Repentance for past crimes is just and easy; but sin-no-more's a task too hard for mortals.

Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself.

Good manners and soft words have brought many a difficult thing to pass.

The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it is intolerable.

If women were humbler, men would be more honest.

Thinking is to me the greatest fatigue in the world (The Relapse).

You may build castles in the air, and fume, and fret, and grow thin and lean, and pale and ugly, if you please. But I tell you, no man worth having is true to his wife, or can be true to his wife, or ever was, or will be so.