He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is
more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
The best character, indeed, were it not rather too perfect for
human nature, is that which is not swayed by temper of any
kind, but alternately employs enterprise and caution, as each is
useful to the particular purpose intended.
— Mere reason is insufficient to convince us of its veracity: and whoever is moved by faith to assent to it, is conscious of a continued miracle in his own person, which subverts all the principles of his understanding, and gives him a determination to believe what is most contrary to custom and experience.
The perusal of a history seems a calm entertainment, but would be no entertainment at all did not our hearts beat with correspondent movements to those which are described by the historian.
To repeat to a man’s prejudice anything thaT escaped him in private conversation, or to make any such use of his private letters, is highly blamed.
-too obvious to have any influence, because they must always, to every man, occur at first sight; and when they prevail not of themselves, they are surely obstructed by education, prejudice, and passion, not by ignorance or mistake.
“Sometimes both utility and analogy fail and leave the laws of justice in total uncertainty.”
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.