They teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.
Nothing is more common than mutual dislike, where mutual approbation is particularly expected.
Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favourable to virtue.... Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.
Any of us would kill a cow, rather than not have beef.
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
Sir, that all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.
A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.