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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult.

No mind is much employed upon the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.

It is better to live rich than die rich.

A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.

To be happy in the home is the ultimate result of all ambition.

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth.

One of the most wonderful things about life is that we must regularly stop what we are doing and devote our attention to eating.

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

It is happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.

There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having a little misery and as much happiness as possible.

The longer we live the more we think and the higher the value we put on friendship and tenderness towards parents and friends.

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

It is worth a thousand pounds a year to have the habit of looking on the bright side of things.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Nothing will ever be accomplished if all possible objections must be first overcome.

Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

The Irish are a fair people, they never speak well of one another.

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