Proper words in proper places make the true definition of style.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
May you live every day of your life.
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.
The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.
A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
War: that mad game the world so loves to play.
Many a truth is told in jest.
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy, when great ones are not in the way: for want of a block he will stumble at a straw.
The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver's watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.
Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
Your onions should be thoroughly boiled.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.
Cruel people are ever cowards in emergency.
There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday
We of this age have discovered a shorter, and more prudent method to become scholars and wits, without the fatigue of reading or of thinking.
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seems to me to be alive and talking to me.
Just get the right syllable in the proper place.
A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
Then, rising with Aurora's light, The Muse invoked, sit down to write; Blot out, correct, insert, refine, Enlarge, diminish, interline.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
If it were a rainy day, a drunken vigil, a fit of the spleen, a course of physic, sleepy Sunday, an ill run at dice, a long tailor's bill, a beggar's purse, a factious head, a hot sun, costive diet, want of books, and a just contempt for learning - but for these. . .the number of authors and of writing would dwindle away to a degree most woeful to behold.
Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
A lie is an excuse guarded
If a lump of soot falls into the soup and you cannot conveniently get it out, stir it well in and it will give the soup a French taste.
It is pleasant to observe how free the present age is in laying taxes on the next. "Future ages shall talk of this; they shall be famous to all posterity;" whereas their time and thoughts will be taken up about present things, as ours are now.