I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep people from vice.
Every man of any education would rather be called a rascal, than accused of deficiency in the graces.
The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labor, than when you give money merely in charity.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
There are charms made only for distance admiration.
If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
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.