Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
Men are often capable of greater things than they perform - They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.
The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it.
We often repent of our first thoughts, and scarce ever of our second.
Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.
By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.
Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
I never found even in my juvenile hours that it was necessary to go a thousand miles in search of themes for moralizing.
It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.
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