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A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.
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A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
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A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.
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A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
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Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty, and just reasoning to delicate sentiment. In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.
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And what is the greatest number? Number one.
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Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.
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Avarice, the spur of industry.
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Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.
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Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
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Beauty is no quality in things themselves, it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
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Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.
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Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.
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Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
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Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
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Custom is the great guide to human life.
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Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.
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Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.
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Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.
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Everything in the world is purchased by labor.
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Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
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He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
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He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
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Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.
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Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
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I have written on all sorts of subjects... yet I have no enemies; except indeed all the Whigs, all the Tories, and all the Christians.
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It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
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It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.
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It is not reason which is the guide of life, but custom.
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It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
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It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.
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Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
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Men often act knowingly against their interest.
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No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed.
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Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.
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Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
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Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.
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Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.
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Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.
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That the sun will not rise to-morrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise.
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The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue.
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The chief benefit, which results from philosophy, arises in an indirect manner, and proceeds more from its secret, insensible influence, than from its immediate application.
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The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
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The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
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The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.
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The law always limits every power it gives.
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The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
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The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason.
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There is a very remarkable inclination in human nature to bestow on external objects the same emotions which it observes in itself, and to find every where those ideas which are most present to it.
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There is not to be found, in all history, any miracle attested by a sufficient number of men, of such unquestioned good sense, education and learning, as to secure us against all delusion in themselves.
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This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society.
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To be a philosophical sceptic is, in a man of letters, the first and most essential to being a sound, believing Christian.
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To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.
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Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
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What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.
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