A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.
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.
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.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
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.
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!
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.
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind.
Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.