Aphorisms, sayings and quotes    



It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
By theme : Politics  

It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
By theme : Politics  

History is the discovering of the principles of human nature.
By theme : History   Morality  

Among well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt of others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.
By theme : Person   Relations  

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
By theme : Liberty  

Delicacy of taste has the same effect as delicacy of passion; it enlarges the sphere both of our happiness and our misery.
By theme : Feelings  

A delicacy of taste is favorable to love and friendship, by confining our choice to few people, and making us indifferent to the company and conversation of the greater part of men.
By theme : Behavior   Relations  

Uncommon expressions are a disfigurement rather than an embellishment of discourse.
By theme : Relations   Society  

It is a certain rule that wit and passion are entirely incompatible. When the affections are moved, there is no place for the imagination.
By theme : Psychology   Wit  

 
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