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'A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.'

'A loving heart is the truest wisdom.'

'A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.'

'An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.'

'Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse'

'Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.'

'Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.'

'Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.'

'Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.'

'Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.'

'He would make a lovely corpse.'

'If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.'

'It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.'

'Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.'

'May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?'

'Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!'

'Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.'

'Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.'

'Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.'

'Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.'

'The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.'

'The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.'

'There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.'

'There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.'

'There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.'

'There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.'

''Tis love that makes the world go round'

'Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!'

'We forge the chains we wear in life.'

'The one great principle of English Law is to make business for itself'

Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire
Died in Chatham, Kent
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