Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.
There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.
The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.
The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
The future is purchased by the present.
He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned… a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.