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Swiss physician and philosopher
(1728 - 1795)
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The love of solitude, when cultivated in the morn of life, elevates the mind to a noble independence, but to acquire the advantages which solitude is capable of affording, the mind must not be impelled to it by melancholy and discontent, but by a real distaste to the idle pleasures of the world, a rational contempt for the deceitful joys of life, and just apprehensions of being corrupted and seduced by its insinuating and destructive gayeties.
      - [Solitude]

The lust of dominion innovates so imperceptibly that we become complete despots before our wanton abuse of power is perceived; the tyranny first exercised in the nursery is exhibited in various shapes and degrees in every stage of our existence.
      - [Tyranny]

The man whose bosom neither riches nor luxury nor grandeur can render happy may, with a book in his hand, forget all his torments under the friendly shade of every tree; and experience pleasures as infinite as they are varied, as pure as they are lasting, as lively as they are unfading, and as compatible with every public duty as they are contributory to private happiness.
      - [Reading]

The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie.
      - [Egotism]

The necessities that exist are in general created by the superfluities that are enjoyed.
      - [Necessity]

The purse of the patient often protracts his case.
      - [Physicians]

The quarter of an hour before dinner is the worst that suitors can choose.
      - [Time]

The rich and luxurious may claim an exclusive right to those pleasures which are capable of being purchased by pelf, in which the mind has no enjoyment, and which only afford a temporary relief to languor by steeping the senses in forgetfulness; but in the precious pleasures of the intellect, so easily accessible by all mankind, the great have no exclusive privilege; for such enjoyments are only to be procured by our own industry.
      - [Voluptuousness]

The sluggard is a living insensible.
      - [Indolence]

The weak may be joked out of anything but their weakness.
      - [Weakness]

There appears to exist a greater desire to live long than to live well! Measure by man's desires, he cannot live long enough; measure by his good deeds, and he has not lived long enough; measure by his evil deeds, and he has lived too long.
      - [Life]

There are few mortals so insensible that their affections cannot he gained by mildness, their confidence by sincerity, their hatred by scorn or neglect.
      - [Affection]

Those beings only are fit for solitude who are like nobody, and are liked by nobody.
      - [Solitude]

Though fancy may be the patient's complaint, necessity is often the doctor's.
      - [Doctors]

Though our donations are made to please ourselves, we insist, upon those who receive our alms being pleased with them.
      - [Beggars]

Thought and action are the redeeming features of our lives.
      - [Energy]

Time is never more misspent than while we declaim against the want of it; all our actions are then tinctured with peevishness. The yoke of life is certainly the least oppressive when we carry it with good-humor; and in the shades of rural retirement, when we have once acquired a resolution to pass our hours with economy, sorrowful lamentations on the subject of time misspent and business neglected never torture the mind.
      - [Time]

Troops of furies march in the drunkard's triumph.
      - [Drunkenness]

Truth lies in a small compass! The Aristotelians say, all truth is contained in Aristotle, in one place or another. Galileo makes Simplicius say so, but shows the absurdity of that speech by answering all truth is contained in a lesser compass, namely, in the alphabet.
      - [Truth]

Unless the habit leads to happiness the best habit is to contract none.
      - [Habit]

We never read without profit if with the pen or pencil in our hand we mark such ideas as strike us by their novelty, or correct those we already possess.
      - [Reading]

We protract the career of time by employment, we lengthen the duration of our lives by wise thoughts and useful actions. Life to him who wishes not to have lived in vain is thought and action.
      - [Occupations]

When ill news comes too late to be serviceable to your neighbor, keep it to yourself.
      - [News]

When soured by disappointment we must endeavor to pursue some fixed and pleasing course of study, that there may be no blank leaf in our book of life. Painful and disagreeable ideas vanish from the mind that can fix its attention upon any subject.
      - [Melancholy]

When we meet with better fare than was expected, the disappointment is overlooked even by the unscrupulous. When we meet with worse than was expected, philosophers alone know how to make it better.
      - [Disappointment]

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