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Swiss physician and philosopher
(1728 - 1795)
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A good name will wear out; a bad one may be turned; a nickname lasts forever.
      - [Nicknames]

Age is suspicious but is not itself often suspected.
      - [Age]

All our distinctions ire accidental; beauty and deformity, though personal qualities, are neither entitled to praise nor censure; yet it so happens that they color our opinion of those qualities to which mankind have attached responsibility.
      - [Distinction]

An everlasting tranquility is, in my imagination, the highest possible felicity, because I know of no felicity on earth higher than that which a peaceful mind and contented heart afford.
      - [Heaven]

Be not so bigoted to any custom as to worship at the expense of truth.
      - [Custom]

Beauty gains little, and homeliness and deformity lose much, by gaudy attire. Lysander knew this was in part true, and refused the rich garments that the tyrant Dionysius proffered to his daughters, saying "that they were fit only to make unhappy faces more remarkable."
      - [Display : Dress]

Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder.
      - [Beauty]

Books afford the surest relief in the most melancholy moments.
      - [Reading]

By fools, knaves fatten; by bigots, priests are well clothed; every knave finds a gull.
      - [Knavery]

Comedians are not actors; they are only imitators of actors.
      - [Acting]

Conceit and confidence are both of them cheats; the first always imposes on itself, the second frequently deceives others too.
      - [Conceit]

Contempt is frequently regulated by fashion.
      - [Contempt]

Economy is an excellent lure to betray people into expense.
      - [Economy]

Egotism is more like an offense, than a crime; though it is allowable to speak of yourself, provided nothing is advanced in favor; but I cannot help suspecting that those who abuse themselves are, in reality, angling for approbation.
      - [Egotism]

Family pride entertains many unsocial opinions.
      - [Pride]

Fools with bookish knowledge art children with edged weapons; they hurt themselves, and put others in pain.
      - [Fools]

Gambling houses are temples where the most sordid and turbulent passions contend; there no spectator can be indifferent. A card or a small square of ivory interests more than the loss of an empire, or the ruin of an unoffending group of infants, and their nearest relatives.
      - [Gambling]

Hunger is the mother of impatience and anger.
      - [Hunger]

Idlers cannot even find time to be idle, or the industrious to be at leisure. We must always be doing or suffering.
      - [Action]

If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride or luxury or ambition or egotism? No; I shall say indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed, all good principles must stagnate without mental activity.
      - [Idleness]

In fame's temple there is always a niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate scoundrels, or successful butchers of the human race.
      - [Fame]

In the sallies of badinage a polite fool shines; but in gravity he is as awkward as an elephant disporting.
      - [Conversation]

Incivility is the extreme of pride; it is built on the contempt of mankind.
      - [Incivility]

Indolent people, whatever taste they may have for society, seek eagerly for pleasure, and find nothing. They have an empty head and seared hearts.
      - [Idleness]

It would be a considerable consolation to the poor and discontented could they but see the means whereby the wealth they covet has been acquired, or the misery that it entails.
      - [Poverty]

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