Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows: they take breath but are not alive.
There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.
Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.
Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.
He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man.
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.
The truly proud man knows neither superiors or inferiors. The first he does not admit of - the last he does not concern himself about.
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.