As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men, I see no reason why anyone should be exempt.
Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.
The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
I want to be distinguished from the rest; to tell the truth, a friend to all mankind is not a friend for me.
A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.
There’s nothing quite like tobacco: it’s the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn’t deserve to live.
No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say, nothing is equal to tobacco; it’s the passion of the well-bred, and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.
Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.
If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.