No man is much pleased with a companion, who does not increase, in some respect, his fondness for himself.
Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.
It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood in the world.
Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument
Knowledge always desires increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but which will afterwards propagate itself
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw be
Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own, and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords
Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.
By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
There are charms made only for distant admiration.
Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.
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