A man seems never to know what anything means till he has lost it; and this I suppose is the reason why losses- vanishing away of things- are among the teachings of this world of shadows.
Argument does not soften, but rather hardens, the obdurate heart.
I don't believe in the goodness of disagreeable people.
Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working.
Men cannot labor on always. They must have recreation.
Occupied people are not unhappy people.
The less we parade our misfortunes the more sympathy we command.
The love of truth is the stimulus to all noble conversation. This is the root of all the charities. The tree which springs from it may have a thousand branches, but they will all bear a golden and generous fruitage.
The taxes of government are heavy enough, but not so heavy as the taxes we lay upon ourselves.
There is nothing to do with men (and women) but to love them; to contemplate their virtues with admiration, their faults with pity and forbearance, and their injuries with forgiveness.
Truth is the root of all the charities.
We may neglect the wrongs which we receive, but be careful to rectify those which we are the cause of to others.
What is there glorious in the world, that is not the product of labor, either of the body or of the mind?
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