Great libraries, which are the history of the force and weakness of the human mind.— Reflections (IV. 178).
We have had the great professor and founder [Rousseau] of the philosophy of vanity in England. As I had good opportunities of knowing his proceedings almost from day to day, he left no doubt on my mind that he entertained no principle either to influence his heart or to guide his understanding but vanity.—National Assembly (IV. 298).
I have lived long and variously in the world. Without any considerable pretensions to literature in myself, I have aspired to the love of letters. I have lived for a great many years in habitudes with those who professed them.—Noble Lord(VI. 70).