The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
The superfluous, a very necessary thing.
Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
Such is the feebleness of humanity, such is its perversity, that doubtless it is better for it to be subject to all possible superstitions, as long as they are not murderous, than to live without religion.
Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent.