Who can direct when all pretend to know?
A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.
Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.
Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
Take a dollar from a thousand and it will be a thousand no more.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.
Category: Nationalities And Nationalism
It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for preeminence.
There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. Fontenelle says he would undertake to persuade the whole public of readers to believe that the sun was neither the cause of light or heat, if he could only get six philosophers on his side.
Category: Philosophers And Philosophy
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure.