I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
Life is too short for a long story.
I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'Tis only to them that they are blessings.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.
Category: Books And Reading
While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.
I have all my life been on my guard against the information conveyed by the sense of hearing -- it being one of my earliest observations, the universal inclination of humankind is to be led by the ears, and I am sometimes apt to imagine that they are given to men as they are to pitchers, purposely that they may be carried about by them.
Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.
The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife.
We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.
People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed.
A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.
The pretty fellows you speak of, I own entertain me sometimes, but is it impossible to be diverted with what one despises? I can laugh at a puppet show, at the same time I know there is nothing in it worth my attention or regard.
I have never, in all my various travels, seen but two sorts of people I mean men and women, who always have been, and ever will be, the same. The same vices and the same follies have been the fruit of all ages, though sometimes under different names.
Category: Human Nature
The use of knowledge in our sex (beside the amusement of solitude) is to moderate the passions and learn to be contented with a small expense, which are the certain effects of a studious life and, it may be, preferable even to that fame which men have engrossed to themselves and will not suffer us to share.
To always be loved one must ever be agreeable.