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Bernard de Mandeville Quotes and Sayings

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We seldom call anybody lazy, but such as we reckon inferior to us,
and of whom we expect some service.
- Bernard de Mandeville

People of substance may sin without being exposed for their stolen pleasure;
but servants and the poorer sort of women have seldom
an opportunity of concealing a big belly,
or at least the consequences of it.
- Bernard de Mandeville

No habit or quality is more easily acquired than hypocrisy,
nor any thing sooner learned than to deny the sentiments
of our hearts and the principle we act from:
but the seeds of every passion are innate to us,
and nobody comes into the world without them.
- Bernard de Mandeville

There is no intrinsic worth in money but what is alterable with the times,
and whether a guinea goes for twenty pounds or for a shilling,
it is the labor of the poor and not the high and low
value that is set on gold or silver,
which all the comforts of life must arise from.
- Bernard de Mandeville

 

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue;
it is built upon shame,
a passion in our nature, and may be either good or
bad according to the actions performed from that motive.
- Bernard de Mandeville

The only thing of weight that can be said against modern
honor is that it is directly opposite to religion.
The one bids you bear injuries with patience,
the other tells you if you don't resent them,
you are not fit to live.
- Bernard de Mandeville

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
- Sally Koch

Things are seldom what they seem.
- William S. Gilbert (Gilbert and Sullivan: HMS Pinafore)

Be alert. The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

Friendship often leads to love,
but lust seldom leads to friendship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I seldom think about my limitations,
and they never make me sad.
Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times;
but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
- Helen Keller

True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
- Charles Caleb Colton

She generally gave herself very good advice,
(though she very seldom followed it).
- Lewis Carroll

Unless they share our opinions,
we seldom find people sensible.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Great designers seldom make great advertising men,
because they get overcome by the beauty of the picture -
and forget that merchandise must be sold.
- James Randolph Adams

Rich men's sons are seldom rich men's fathers.
- Herbert Kaufman

Advice is seldom welcome,
and those who need it the most, like it the least.
- Lord Chesterfield

Beauty is an outward gift,
which is seldom despised,
except by those to whom it has been refused.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was seldom that I attended any religious meetings,
as my parents had not much faith in and were never
so unfortunate as to unite themselves with any of the religious sects.
- Orson Pratt

The cautious seldom err.
- Confucius

A building has integrity just like a man.
And just as seldom.
- Ayn Rand

Without change, something sleeps inside us,
and seldom awakens.
The sleeper must awaken.
- Frank Herbert

A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations,
if it produce nothing useful to the world,
seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
- George Berkeley

It's extremely seldom that anybody wants me to change
what I've written about them.
Generally I portray them in a good light,
if they're friends.
- Harvey Pekar

He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
- Aesop

But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy,
except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.
- Edward Gibbon

The lion is, however, rarely heard -
much more seldom seen.
- John H. Speke

Men are sent into the world with bills of credit,
and seldom draw to their full extent.
- Horace Walpole

It is seldom in life that one knows that a coming event
is to be of crucial importance.
- Anya Seton

The public seldom forgive twice.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

Those who have happy homes seldom turn out badly.
- Daniel H. Hill

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
- Joseph Addison

How seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.
- Thomas Kempis

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man;
his greatest and highest interests are directed by
reason throughout the course of life.
- Epicurus

Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly.
It's more often a succession of jerks.
- Jean Rhys

Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war
that knows no borders or seldom has a face.
- Jacques Chirac

Press on.
Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.
- Robert H. Schuller

Life is made up of constant calls to action,
and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
- Learned Hand

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
- Edmund Burke

A sublime faith in human imbecility has seldom led
those who cherish it astray.
- Henry Ellis

Prayers not felt by us are seldom heard by God.
- Philip Henry

Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.
- Samuel Butler

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till
the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
- Thomas Hardy

Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement.
Mankind has to be stirred up.
- George Santayana

True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
- David Hume

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition;
to curb that,
is the first step to contentment, since to diminish
expectation is to increase enjoyment.
- Frances Burney

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius
ever arrives at maturity.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

I work hard, and I tend to play hard.
I very seldom rest hard.
- Jacqueline Bisset

What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
- P. D. James

Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement.
Mankind has to be stirred up.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Failure seldom stops you.
What stops you is the fear of failure.
- Jack Lemmon

I know when I'm working I seldom get into trouble.
My educated guess is that boredom has caused most of
the problems with Hollywood celebrities.
- Hedy Lamarr

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies;
seldom safe to venture to instruct,
even our friends.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense,
are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
- John Stuart Mill

We invoke the sacrifices of our fallen heroes in the abstract,
but we seldom take time to thank them individually.
- Rahm Emanuel

Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
- George Orwell

He who doesn't consider himself is seldom considerate of others.
- David Seabury

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the
most always like it the least.
- George Chapman

I'm actually a very quiet person off the golf course.
I talk 150 miles per hour when I'm at the course,
but when in private I very seldom ever open my mouth.
- Lee Trevino

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
- Aesop

When morality comes up against profit,
it is seldom that profit loses.
- Shirley Chisholm

The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.
- William Cowper

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
They seem not to notice us, hovering,
averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks,
but what we do for them is never wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Achievements, seldom credited to their source,
are the result of unspeakable drudgery and worries.
- Richard Wagner

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


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