"All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance."

"Amiable weaknesses of human nature."

"Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes."

"But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous."


"Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius."

"Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty."

"History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind."

"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect."

"I was never less alone than when by myself."

"In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute."

"On the approach of spring I withdraw without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure."

"Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery."

"Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive."

"The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness."

"The power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous."

"The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators."

"Vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries empires and cities in a common grave."

"We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win."

"Wit and valor are qualities that are more easily ascertained than virtue, or the love of wisdom."

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