"We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love."
"The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander."
"We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier."
"Consult duty not events."
"A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice."
"Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce."
"In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always."
"An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof."
"Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess."
"I warmed both hands before the fire of life; It sinks, and I am ready to depart."
"Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!"
"Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart."