"They who have considered our nature, affirm that shame and disgrace are two of the most insupportable evils of human life: the courage and spirits of many have master'd other misfortunes and borne themselves up against them; but the wisest and best of souls have not been a match for these."
"Most of us are aware of and pretend to detest the barefaced instances of that hypocrisy by which men deceive others, but few of us are upon our guard or see that more fatal hypocrisy by which we deceive and over-reach our own hearts."
"Look into the world--how often do you behold a sordid wretch, whose straight heart is open to no man's affliction, taking shelter behind an appearance of piety, and putting on the garb of religion, which none but the merciful and compassionate have a title to wear."
"We all cry out that the world is corrupt,--and I fear too justly,--but we never reflect, what we have to thank for it, and that it is our open countenance of vice, which gives the lye to our private censures of it, which is its chief protection and encouragement."
"The goods of fortune ... were never intended to be talked out of the world.--But as virtue and true wisdom lie in the middle of extremes,--on one hand, not to neglect and despise riches, so as to forget ourselves,--and on the other, not to pursue and love them so, as to forget God;Mto have them sometimes in our heads,--but always something more important in our hearts."
"De gustibus non est disputandum;Mthat is, there is no disputing against HOBBY-HORSES; and, for my part, I seldom do ... for ... I keep a couple of pads myself, upon which, in their turns ... I frequently ride out and take the air."
"We often think ourselves inconsistent creatures, when we are the furthest from it, and all the variety of shapes and contradictory appearances we put on, are in truth but so many different attempts to gratify the same governing appetite."
"So that if you would form a just judgment of what is of infinite importance to you not to be misled in,--namely, in what degree of real merit you stand ... call in religion and morality.--Look,--What is written in the law of God?--How readest thou?--Consult calm reason and the unchangeable obligations of justice and truth;Mwhat say they?"
"It was not till the middle of the second dance, when, from some pauses in the movement wherein they all seemed to look up, I fancied I could distinguish an elevation of spirit different from that which is the cause or the effect of simple jollity.--In a word, I thought I beheld Religion mixing in the dance."
"Hail ye small sweet courtesies of life, for smooth do ye make the road of it! like grace and beauty which beget inclinations to love at first sight; 'tis ye who open this door and let the stranger in."