'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.'
A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions that can possibly befall us.
A good disposition is more valuable than gold, for the latter is the gift of fortune, but the former is the dower of nature.
A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.
A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.