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.
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.
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.