Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.