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Poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations. It cannot rob us of the affection we have for each other, or degrade us in our own opinion, of in that of any person, whose opinion we ought to value.
There is some magic in wealth, which can thus make persons pay their court to it, when it does not even benefit themselves. How strange it is, that a fool or knave, with riches, should be treated with more respect by the world, than a good man, or a wise man in poverty!
What has a man's face to do with his character? Can a man of good character help having a disagreeable face?
One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.
A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness.
I tasted too what was called the sweet of revenge - but it was transient, it expired even with the object, that provoked it.
There is some comfort in dying surrounded by one's children.
It is dismal coming home, when there is nobody to welcome one!
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