A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
A thousand years may elapse before there shall appear another man with a power of versification equal to that of Pope.
Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence. His name, like the shuttlecock, must be beat backward and forward, or it falls to the ground.
Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then.
All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
Among the calamities of war may be numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.