A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.
A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.
A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.
A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
A wise traveler never despises his own country.
Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
Dandyism is a variety of genius.
Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.
Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.
Dr. Johnson was a lazy learned man who liked to think and talk better than to read or write; who, however, wrote much and well, but too often by rote.
Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.
Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.
Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.
Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.
Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
Grace in women has more effect than beauty.
Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.
I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation.
If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else.
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.
It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.
Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.
Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.