Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.
Whoever incites anger has a strong insurance against indifference.
Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is.
Our prejudices are our mistresses; reason is at best our wife, very often heard indeed, but seldom minded.
Words, which are the dress of thoughts, deserve surely more care than clothes, which are only the dress of the person.
Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately.
Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature, and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it, or at least to lighten it as much as we can.
A young man, be his merit what it will, can never raise himself; but must, like the ivy round the oak, twine himself round some man of great power and interest.
There is time enough for everything, in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once; but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.
In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great a majority of fools and knaves; who, singly from their number, must to a certain degree be respected, though they are by no means respectable.