That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.
I have protracted my work till most of those whom I wished to please have sunk into the grave, and success and miscarriage are empty sounds: I therefore dismiss it with frigid tranquillity, having little to fear or hope from censure or from praise.
And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, Nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.
If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
He who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.