Go into the street and give one man a lecture on morality and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms.
Friends are often chosen for similitude of manners, and therefore each palliate the other's failings because they are his own.
The great effect of friendship is beneficence, yet by the first act of uncommon kindness it is endangered.
The longer we live, and the more we think, the higher value we learn to put on the friendship and tenderness of parents and friends. Parents we can have but once; and he promises himself too much, who enters life with the expectation of finding many friends.
The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay, or dislike hourly increased by causes too slender for complaint, and too numerous for removal.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens as excite neither shame nor sorrow.
There is nothing too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.