The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)
Contributed by: Brittany
Public opinion... requires us to think other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.
Contributed by: Anu
Business is really more agreeable than pleasure: it interests the whole mind . . . but it does not look as if it did.
Contributed by: Zaady
An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
The real essence of work is concentrated energy - people who really have that in a superior degree by nature are independent of the forms and habits and artifices by which less able and less active people are kept up to their labors.
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
Source: Literary Studies
The most melancholy of human reflections, perhaps, is that, on the whole, it is a question whether the benevolence of mankind does most good or harm.
Source: Physics and Politics
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