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Scottish jurist and philosopher
(1696 - 1782)
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A great mind will neither give an affront nor bear it.
      - [Magnanimity]

A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty.
      - [Abstinence]

An agreeable figure and winning manner, which inspire affection without love, are always new. Beauty loses its relish, the graces never, after the longest acquaintance, they are no less agreeable than at first.
      - [Beauty]

An infallible way to make your child miserable is to satisfy all his demands. Passion swells by gratification; and the impossibility of satisfying every one of his demands will oblige you to stop short at last, after he has become a little headstrong.
      - [Childhood : Children]

As nice as we are in love, we forgive more faults in that than in friendship.
      - [Forgiveness]

Beauty is a dangerous property, tending to corrupt the mind of the wife, though it soon loses its influence over the husband. A figure agreeable and engaging, which inspires affection, without the ebriety of love, is a much safer choice.
      - [Beauty]

Beauty loses its relish; the graces never.
      - [Grace]

Custom is the great leveller. It corrects the inequality of fortune by lessening equally the pleasures of the prince and the pains of the peasant.
      - [Custom]

Death, whether it regards ourselves or others, appears less terrible in war than at home. The cries of women and children, friends in anguish, a dark room, dim tapers, priests and physicians, are what affect us the most on the death-bed. Behold us already more than half dead and buried.
      - [Death]

Even dress is apt to inflame a man's opinion of himself.
      - [Self-conceit]

Every man, however little, makes a figure in his own eyes.
      - [Conceit]

False praise is always confined to the great.
      - [Praise]

Genius is allied to a warm and inflammable constitution; delicacy of taste, to calmness and sedateness. Hence it is common to find genius in one who is a prey to every passion.
      - [Genius]

Great wants proceed from great wealth; but they are undutiful children, for they sink wealth down to poverty.
      - [Want]

If you should escape the censure of others, hope not to escape your own.
      - [Conscience]

Ignorance is the mother of fear.
      - [Ignorance]

Logic is the art of thinking well: the mind, like the body, requires to be trained before it can use its powers in the most advantageous way.
      - [Logic]

Luxury possibly may contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury there would be no poor.
      - [Luxury]

Many shining actions owe their success to chance, though the general or statesman runs away with the applause.
      - [Chance]

Men are guided less by conscience than by glory; and yet the shortest way to glory is to be guided by conscience.
      - [Glory]

No man ever did a designed injury to another without doing a greater to himself.
      - [Injury]

Nothing more excites to everything noble and generous, than virtuous love.
      - [Love]

Nothing so uncertain as general reputation. A man injures me from humor, passion, or interest; hates me because he has injured me; and speaks ill of me because he hates me.
      - [Reputation]

Parsimony is enough to make the master of the golden mines as poor as he that has nothing; for a man may be brought to a morsel of bread by parsimony as well as profusion.
      - [Avarice]

Ridicule, which chiefly arises from pride, a selfish passion, is but at best a gross pleasure, too rough an entertainment for those who are highly polished and refined.
      - [Ridicule]

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