April 10, 1778
We can scarcely hate anyone that we know.
Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.
Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke.
Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows: they take breath but are not alive.
Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.