Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
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They that have grown old in a single state are generally found to be morose, fretful and captious; tenacious of their own practices and maxims; soon offended by contradiction or negligence; and impatient of any association but with those that will watch their nod, and submit themselves to unlimited authority.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
It were Happy if we studied Nature more in natural Things; and acted according to Nature; whose rules are few, plain and most reasonable.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
When many demons are struggling inside you, the one that you feed is the one that will become the strongest. You alone are responsible for what you feed.
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.