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Quote Left The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape. Quote Right
Quote Left Golf is a game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood. Quote Right
Quote Left Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity. Quote Right
Quote Left Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. Quote Right
Quote Left The endearing elegance of female friendship. Quote Right
Quote Left There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. Quote Right
Quote Left The traveler that resolutely follows a rough and winding path will sooner reach the end of his journey than he that is always changing his direction, and wastes the hour of daylight in looking for smoother ground and shorter passages. Quote Right
Quote Left No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. Quote Right
Quote Left Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality they discourse like angels, but they live like men. Quote Right
Quote Left A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek. Quote Right
Quote Left He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many fold in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale. Quote Right
Quote Left A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. Quote Right
Quote Left Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language. Quote Right
Quote Left We talked of the education of children; and I asked him what he thought was best to teach them first. JOHNSON. "Sir, it is no matter what you ... Quote Right
Quote Left You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company. Quote Right
Quote Left To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution. Quote Right
Quote Left Language is the dress of thought. Quote Right
Quote Left It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time. Quote Right
Quote Left A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk. Quote Right
Quote Left The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. Quote Right
Quote Left There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible. Quote Right
Quote Left More knowledge may be gained of a man's real character by a short conversation with one of his servants than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree and ended with his funeral. Quote Right
Quote Left No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money. Quote Right
Quote Left No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library. Quote Right
Quote Left Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark. Quote Right
Quote Left The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it. Quote Right
Quote Left To see helpless infancy stretching out her hands, and pouring out her cries in testimony of dependence, without any powers to alarm jealousy, or any guilt to alienate affection, must surely awaken tenderness in every human mind; and tenderness once excited will be hourly increased by the natural contagion of felicity, by the repercussion of communicated pleasure, by the consciousness of dignity of benefaction. Quote Right
Quote Left A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other. Quote Right
Quote Left I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations. Quote Right
Quote Left We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. Quote Right