I have great hope of a wicked man; slender hope of a mean one. A wicked man may be converted and become a prominent saint. A mean man ought to be converted six or seven times, one right after the other, to give him a fair start and put him on an equality with a bold, wicked man.
Whoever is mean in his youth runs a great risk of becoming a scoundrel in riper years; meanness leads to villainy with fatal attraction.
Superior men, and yet not always virtuous, there have been; but there never has been a mean man, and at the same time virtuous.
To dally mucn with subjects mean and low, proves that the mind is weak or makes it so.
I have so great a contempt and detestation for meanness, that I could sooner make a friend of one who had committed murder, than that of a person who could be capable, in any instance, of the former vice. Under meanness, I comprehend dishonesty; under dishonesty, ingratitude; under ingratitude, irreligion; and under this latter, every species of vice and immorality.