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Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee!

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.

Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.

Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.

The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.