None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
To prejudge other men’s notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.
Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state.
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards.
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.