Too much even of a good thing lessens it in our esteem, and scarcity, even of an indifferent, makes it of some estimation.
You are leaping over the hedge before you come at the stile — you are taking the wrong sow by the ear.
To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there is more reason to fear than to hope; it is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket. And for all I am but a clown, or a bumpkin, as you may say, yet I would have you to know I know what’s what, and have always taken care of the main chance.
There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends.