I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
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.