In collecting antiquities of every country, I have been careful to choose only by intrinsick worth, and real usefulness, without regard to party or opinions.
The measure of justice prescribed to us, in our transactions with others, is remarkably clear and comprehensive.
It cannot be expected of all to be poets and philosophers; it is necessary that the greater part of mankind should be employed in the business of common life.
Whoever commits a fraud is guilty not only of the particular injury to him whom he deceives, but of the diminution of that confidence which constitutes not only the ease but the existence of society.
The great incentive to virtue is the reflection that we must die; it will therefore be useful to accustom ourselves, whenever we see a funeral.
Of him, to whom much is given, much shall be required.
It is easy for every man, whatever be his character with others, to find reasons for esteeming himself, and therefore censure, contempt, or conviction of crimes, seldom deprive him of his own favour.
It is impossible for those that have only known affluence and prosperity, to judge of themselves or others.
Men seldom give pleasure, where they are not pleased themselves; it is necessary, therefore, to cultivate an habitual alacrity and cheerfulness.