A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
It is wonderful when a calculation is made, how little the mind is actually employed in the discharge of any profession.
That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.
Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
I know not, Madam, that you have a right, upon moral principles, to make your readers suffer so much.
In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.
Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity.