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The world can doubtless never be well known by theory: practice is absolutely necessary; but surely it is of great use to a young ...
Whoever is admitted or sought for, in company, upon any other account than that of his merit and manners, is never respected there ...
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humours and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; ...
It is commonly said ... that ridicule is the best test of truth; for that it will not stick where it is not just. I deny it. A tru ...
If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not f ...
Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as ...
Most people have ears, but few have judgment; tickle those ears, and depend upon it you will catch their judgments, such as they a ...
Horse-play, romping, frequent and loud fits of laughter, jokes, waggery, and indiscriminate familiarity, will sink both merit and ...
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