Aphorisms on Man

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Page 6 - What is a man's interest? what constitutes his God, the ultimate of his wishes, his end of existence? Either that which on every occasion he communicates with the most unrestrained cordiality, or hides from every profane eye and ear with mysterious awe; to which he makes every other thing a mere appendix;— the vortex, the centre, the...
Page 174 - You may have hot enemies without having a warm friend; but not a fervid friend without a bitter enemy. The qualities of your friends will be those of your enemies : cold friends, cold enemies — half friends, half enemies — fervid enemies, warm friends.
Page vi - What I give here is the refult of long experience, matured and confirmed by various and daily application. It will be found, I hope, an ufeful book for every clafs of men, from the throne to the cottage.
Page 192 - the proportion of genius (in general) to the vulgar, is like one to a million ; but genius without tyranny, without pretension, that judges the weak with equity, the superior with humanity, and equals with justice, is like one in ten millions.
Page 140 - He who goes one step beyond his real faith, or presentiment, is in danger of deceiving himself and others. Uneasy. 416. He, who to obtain much will suffer little or nothing, can never be called great; and none ever little, who, to obtain one great object, will suffer much. The man who does this is a Sectary : therefore not great.
Page 56 - Who has no friend and no enemy, is one of the vulgar ; and without talents, powers, or energy. The more...
Page 222 - Actions, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell characters: some are mere letters, some contain entire words, lines, whole pages, which at once decipher the life of a man. One such genuine uninterrupted page may be your key to all the rest; but first be certain that he wrote it all alone, and without thinking of publisher or reader.
Page 90 - He who laughed at you till he got to your door, flattered you as you opened it — felt the force of your argument whilst he was with you — applauded when he rose, and, after he went away, blasts you — has the most indisputable title to an archdukedom in hell.
Page 197 - The infinitely little constitutes the infinite difference in works of art, and in the degrees of morals and religion; the greater the rapidity, precision, acuteness, with which this is observed and determined, the more authentic, the greater the observer. Uneasy.
Page 139 - COUP D'OEIL), is the greatest, simplest, most inexhausted gift a mortal can receive from heaven : who has that has all ; and who has it not has little of what constitutes the good and great. Uneasy: doubtful.

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