"Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed."

"Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed."

"Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy."


"No clap of thunder in a fair frosty day could astonish the world more than England's declaration of war against Holland in 1672."

"No one ever was a great poet, that applied himself much to anything else."

"The first glass is for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the forth for my enemies."

"The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit."

"There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others."

"When all is done, human life is, at the greatest, and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over."

"When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't."

"Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new."

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