Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith

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Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter. more...

Fear guides more to their duty than gratitude; for one man who is virtuous from the love of virtue, from the obligation he thinks he lies under to the Giver of all, there are ten thousand who are good only from their apprehension of punishment. more...

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations. more...

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. more...

I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. more...

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. more...

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little. more...

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy. more...

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. more...

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond. more...

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away? more...

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook. more...

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning. more...

The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself. more...

Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes. more...

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other. more...

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse. more...

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. more...

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss! more...

Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law. more...

Where wealth accumulates, men decay. more...

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. more...

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. more...

Honour sinks where commerce long prevails. more...

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well. more...

If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. more...

They say women and music should never be dated. more...

The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one. more...

I always get the better when I argue alone. more...

They please, are pleas'd, they give to get esteem Till, seeming blest, they grow to what they seem. more...

I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me. more...

In arguing one should meet serious pleading with humor, and humor with serious pleading. more...

Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay. more...

Blame where you must, be candid where you can, And be each critic the Good-natured Man. more...

Age, that lessens the enjoyment of life, increases our desire of living more...

Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned, Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale. more...

Fine declamation does not consist in flowery periods, delicate allusions of musical cadences, but in a plain, open, loose style, where the periods are long and obvious, where the same thought is often exhibited in several points of view. more...

This is that eloquence the ancients represented as lightning, bearing down every opposer; this the power which has turned whole assemblies into astonishment, admiration and awe- - that is described by the torrent, the flame, and every other instance of irresistible impetuosity. more...

I hate the French because they are all slaves and wear wooden shoes. more...

Man seems the only growth that dwindles here. more...

What if in Scotland's wilds we viel'd our head, Where tempests whistle round the sordid bed; Where the rug's two-fold use we might display, By night a blanket, and a plaid by day. more...

Thus 'tis with all; their chief and constant care Is to seem everything but what they are. more...

Amid thy desert-walks the lapwing flies, And tires their echoes with unvaried cries. more...

The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness more...

By every remove I only drag a greater length of chain. more...

Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by. more...

One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality. more...

In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit. more...

Nobody with me at sea but myself. more...

Villainy, when detected, never gives up, but boldly adds impudence to imposture. more...

Our bounty, like a drop of water, disappears, when diffus'd too widely more...

To a philosopher no circumstance, however trifling, is too minute. more...

How blest is he who crowns in shades like these A youth of labour with an age of ease! more...

The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made. more...

The volume of Nature is the book of knowledge. more...

And the weak soul, within itself unbless'd, Leans for all pleasure on another's breast. more...

The wisdom of the ignorant somewhat resembles the instinct of animals; it is diffused in but a very narrow sphere, but within the circle it acts with vigor, uniformity, and success. more...

It is not easy to recover an art when once lost. more...

How wide the limits stand Between a splendid and a happy land. more...

One writer, for instance, excels at a plan or a title page, another works away at the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index. more...

To husband out life's taper at the close, And keep the flames from wasting by repose. more...

Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite; but those vices are ever changing, and the antidote should be changed accordingly should still be new. more...

In proportion as society refines, new books must ever become more necessary. more...

Though very poor, may still be very blest. more...

Men may be very learned, and yet very miserable; it is easy to be a deep geometrician, or a sublime astronomer, but very difficult to be a good man. I esteem, therefore, the traveller who instructs the heart, but despise him who only indulges the imagination. A man who leaves home to mend himself and others, is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is only a vagabond. more...

Those who think must govern those that toil. more...

The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found, at last, to be of our own producing. more...

The man recovered of the bite, The dog it was that died. more...

I can't say whether we had more wit among us now than usual, but I am certain we had more laughing, which answered the end as well. more...

O Luxury! thou curst by Heaven's decree! more...

Our Garrick 's a salad; for in him we see Oil, vinegar, sugar, and saltness agree! more...

Where wealth and freedom reign contentment fails, And honour sinks where commerce long prevails. more...

Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart? more...

Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. more...

Crime generally punishes itself. more...

And his best riches, ignorance of wealth. more...

All his faults are such that one loves him still the better for them. more...

Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end. more...

I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing. more...

When a person has no need to borrow they find multitudes willing to lend. more...

You will always find that those are most apt to boast of national merit, who have little or not merit of their own to depend on . . . more...

As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood. more...

Wealth accumulates, and men decay. more...

Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and shew'd how fields were won. more...

What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly trace the situation of some. The sorrowful traveller wanders over the awful ruins of others. . . . Here stood their citadel, but now grown over with weeds; there their senate-house, but now the haunt of every noxious reptile; temples and theatres stood here, now only an undistinguished heap of ruins. more...

As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,- Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head. more...

Death when unmasked shows us a friendly face and is a terror only at a distance. more...

Creation's heir, the world, the world is mine! more...

We seldom speak of the virtue which we have, but much oftener of that which we lack. more...

There is a greatness in being generous, and there is only simple justice in satisfying creditors. Generosity is the part of the soul raised above the vulgar. more...

The malicious sneer is improperly called laughter. more...

The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind. more...

Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones. more...

It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them. more...

A volcano may be considered as a cannon of immense size. more...

Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the givers bosom. more...

Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind. more...

If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness. more...

[T]here are depths of thousands of miles which are hidden from our inquiry. The only tidings we have from those unfathomable regions are by means of volcanoes, those burning mountains that seem to discharge their materials from the lowest abysses of the earth. more...

The very pink of perfection. more...

To the last moment of his breath, On hope the wretch relies; And even the pang preceding death Bids expectation rise. more...

Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face. more...

A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. more...

But winter lingering chills the lap of May. more...

And what is friendship but a name, A charm that lulls to sleep, A shade that follows wealth or fame, And leaves the wretch to weep? more...

To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives. more...

We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favors. more...

All the bloomy flush of life is fled. more...

The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form. more...

The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love. more...

Thus let me hold thee to my heart, And every care resign: And we shall never, never part, My life-my all that's mine! more...

As for murmurs, mother, we grumble a little now and then, to be sure; but there's no love lost between us. more...

Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam, His first best country ever is at home. more...

There is nothing magnanimous in bearing misfortunes with fortitude, when the whole world is looking on.... He who, without friends to encourage or even without hope to alleviate his misfortunes, can behave with tranquility and indifference, is truly great. more...

He watched and wept and prayed and felt for all more...

True wisdom consists of tracing effects to their causes. more...

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay. more...

If we look round the world, there seem to be not above six distinct varieties in the human species, each of which is strongly marked, and speaks the kind seldom to have mixed with any other. But there is nothing in the shape, nothing in the faculties, that shows their coming from different originals; and the varieties of climate, of nourishment, and custom, are sufficient to produce every change. more...

As few subjects are more interesting to society, so few have been more frequently written upon than the education of youth. more...

Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow; but crush'd or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around. more...

At night returning, every labour sped, He sits him down, the monarch of a shed; Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys His children's looks, that brighten at the blaze; While his lov'd partner, boastful of her hoard, Displays her cleanly platter on the board. more...

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law. more...

As for disappointing them I should not so much mind; but I can't abide to disappoint myself. more...

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew. more...

Silence gives consent. more...

In all the silent manliness of grief. more...

The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery. more...

Take a dollar from a thousand and it will be a thousand no more. more...

People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable. more...

Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure. more...

If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich. more...

Girls like to be played with and rumpled a little too sometimes. more...

The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain. more...

Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so. more...

No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it. more...

He makes a very handsome corpse and becomes his coffin prodigiously. more...

The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. more...

True generosity is a duty as indispensably necessary as those imposed on us by law. more...

To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service. more...

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry. more...

Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement. more...

She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes. more...

A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home. more...

Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale, And guide my lonely way To where yon taper cheers the vale With hospitable ray. more...

Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see, My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee; Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain, And drags at each remove a lengthening chain. more...

All the sciences are, in some measure, linked with each other, and before the one is ended, the other begins. more...

The world is like a vast sea: mankind like a vessel sailing on its tempestuous bosom. ... [T]he sciences serve us for oars. more...

We may affirm of Mr. Buffon, that which has been said of the chemists of old; though he may have failed in attaining his principal aim, of establishing a theory, yet he has brought together such a multitude of facts relative to the history of the earth, and the nature of its fossil productions, that curiosity finds ample compensation, even while it feels the want of conviction. more...

Why was this heart of mine formed with so much sensibility! Or why not my fortune adapted to its impulses! Tenderness without a capacity of relieving only makes the man who feels it more wretched than the object which sues for assistance. more...

Good people all, with one accord, Lament for Madam Blaize, Who never wanted a good word From those who spoke her praise. more...

So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar, But bind him to his native mountains more. more...

Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes. more...

Logicians have but ill defined As rational the human mind; Reason, they say, belongs to man, But let them prove it if they can. more...

To me more dear, congenial to my heart, One native charm, than all the gloss of art. more...

A kind and gentle heart he had, To comfort friends and foes; The naked every day he clad When he put on his clothes. more...

And e'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart distrusting asks if this be joy. more...

There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. more...

Whatever mitigates the woes, or increases the happiness of others, is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity. more...

I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts. more...

A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds a year. more...

We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown. more...

Fear guides more than gratitude. more...

He who fights and runs away May live to fight another day... more...

Politeness is the result of good sense and good nature. more...

A book may be very amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity. more...

All is not gold that glitters, Pleasure seems sweet, but proves a glass of bitters more...

Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain. more...

The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim. more...

When any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad character, a troublesome guest, or one we desired to get rid of, upon his leaving my house I ever took care to lend him a riding-coat, or a pair of boots, or sometimes a horse of small value, and I always had the satisfaction of finding he never came back to return them. more...

Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for preeminence. more...

There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. Fontenelle says he would undertake to persuade the whole public of readers to believe that the sun was neither the cause of light or heat, if he could only get six philosophers on his side. more...

The mind is ever ingenious in making its own distress. more...

True genius walks along a line, and, perhaps, our greatest pleasure is in seeing it so often near falling, without being ever actually down. more...

If we do not find happiness in the present moment, in what shall we find it? more...

The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves. more...

That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel. more...

Hope, like the gleaming taper more...

Embosom'd in the deep where Holland lies. Methinks her patient sons before me stand, Where the broad ocean leans against the land. more...

Here lies David Garrick, describe me who can, An abridgment of all that was pleasant in man. more...

The watch-dog's voice that bay'd the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind. more...

Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind; Though fraught with all learning, yet straining his throat To persuade Tommy Townshend to lend him a vote. Who too deep for his hearers still went on refining, And thought of convincing while they thought of dining: Though equal to all things, for all things unfit; Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit. more...

And learn the luxury of doing good. more...

In arguing too, the parson own'd his skill, For e'en though vanquish'd he could argue still; While words of learned length and thundering sound Amaz'd the gazing rustics rang'd around; And still they gaz'd, and still the wonder grew That one small head could carry all he knew. more...

The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man who comes to relieve it. more...

Whatever the skill of any country may be in the sciences, it is from its excellence in polite learning alone that it must expect a character from posterity. more...

A mind too vigorous and active, serves only to consume the body to which it is joined. more...

Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest more...

Silence is become his mother tongue. more...

Elegy of the Death of a Mad Dog The dog, to gain some praivate ends, Went mad and bit the man. more...

Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog And in that town a dog was found, As many dogs there be, Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound, And curs of low degree. more...

Philosophy ... should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of. more...

To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber. more...

There is one way by which a strolling player may be ever secure of success; that is, in our theatrical way of expressing it, to make a great deal of the character. To speak and act as in common life is not playing, nor is it what people come to see; natural speaking, like sweet wine, runs glibly over the palate and scarcely leaves any taste behind it; but being high in a part resembles vinegar, which grates upon the taste, and one feels it while he is drinking. more...

It has been well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves. more...

Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please. more...

Is it that Nature, attentive to the preservation of mankind, increases our wishes to live, while she lessens our enjoyments, and as she robs the senses of every pleasure, equips imag-ination in the spoil? more...

The volumes of antiquity, like medals, may very well serve to amuse the curious, but the works of the moderns, like the current coin of a kingdom, are much better for immediate use. more...

An emperor in his nightcap will not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown. more...

The youth who follows his appetites too soon seizes the cup, before it has received its best ingredients, and by anticipating his pleasures, robs the remaining parts of life of their share, so that his eagerness only produces manhood of imbecility and an age of pain. more...

The little mind who loves itself, will wr'te and think with the vulgar; but the great mind will be bravely eccentric, and scorn the beaten road, from universal benevolence. more...

Whatever be the motives which induce men to write,-whether avarice or fame,-the country becomes more wise and happy in which they most serve for instructors. more...

Aspiring beggary is wretchedness itself. more...

While selfishness joins hands with no one of the virtues, benevolence is allied to them all. more...

Like the tiger, that seldom desists from pursuing man after having once preyed upon human flesh, the reader who has once gratified his appetite with calumny makes ever after the most agreeable feast upon murdered reputations! more...

See me, how calm I am. Ay, people are generally calm at the misfortunes of others. more...

If the soul be happily disposed, every thing becomes capable of affording entertainment, and distress will almost want a name. more...

The sports of children satisfy the child. more...

I have found by experience that they who have spent all their lives in cities contract not only an effeminacy of habit, but of thinking. more...

Near yonder copse, where once the garden smil'd, And still where many a garden flower grows wild, There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose, The village preacher's modest mansion rose. A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds a year; Remote from town's he ran his godly race, Nor e'er had chang'd nor wish'd to change his place; Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for power, By doctrines fashion'd to the varying hour; Far other aims his heart had learn'd to prize. More bent to raise the wretched than to rise. more...

An Englishman fears contempt more than death. more...

The bounds of a man's knowledge are easily concealed, if he has but prudence. more...

It is impossible to combat enthusiasm with reason; for though it makes a show of resistance, it soon eludes the pressure, refers you to distinctions not to be understood, and feelings which it cannot explain. A man who would endeavor to fix an enthusiast by argument might as well attempt to spread quicksilver with his finger. more...

Ridicule has even been the most powerful enemy of enthusiasm, and properly the only antagonist that can be opposed to it with success. more...

Error is ever talkative. more...

For the first time, the best may err, art may persuade, and novelty spread out its charms. The first fault is the child of simplicity; but every other the offspring of guilt. more...

Sweet was the sound, when oft, at evening's close, Up yonder hill the village murmur rose; There as I passed, with careless steps and slow, The mingling notes came soften'd from below; The swain responsive as the milkmaid sung, The sober herd that low'd to meet their young; The noisy geese that gabbled o'er the pool, The playful children just let loose from school; The watch-dog's voice that bay'd the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind; These all in sweet confusion sought the shade, And fill'd each pause the nightingale had made. more...

But me, not destined such delights to share, My prime of life in wandering spent and care; Impell'd, with steps unceasing, to pursue Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view That, like the circle bounding earth and skies, Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies; My fortune leads to traverse reams alone, And find no spot of all the world my own. more...

I learn several great truths; as that it is impossible to see into the ways of futurity, that punishment always attends the villain, that love is the fond soother of the human breast. more...

Man little knows what calamities are beyond his patience to bear till he tries them; as in ascending the heights of ambition, which look bright from below, every step we rise shows us some new and gloomy prospect of hidden disappointment; so in our descent from the summits of pleasure, though the vale of misery below may appear, at first, dark and gloomy, yet the busy mind, still attentive to its own amusement, finds, as we descend, something to flatter and to please. Still as we approach, the darkest objects appear to brighten, and the mortal eye becomes adapted to its gloomy situation. more...

Fancy restrained may be compared to a fountain, which plays highest by diminishing the aperture. more...

For praise too dearly lov'd, or warmly sought, Enfeebles all internal strength of thought; And the weak soul within itself unblest, Leans for all pleasure on another's breast. more...

The folly of others is ever most ridiculous to those who are themselves most foolish. more...

Friendship is made up of esteem and pleasure; pity is composed of sorrow and contempt: the mind may for some time fluctuate between them, but it can never entertain both at once. more...

O friendship! thou fond soother of the human breast, to thee we fly in every calamity; to thee the wretched seek for succor; on thee the care-tired son of misery fondly relies; from thy kind assistance the unfortunate always hopes relief, and may be sure of-disappointment. more...

True generosity is a duty as indispensably necessary as those imposed upon us by the law. It is a rule imposed upon us by reason, which should be the sovereign law of a rational being. more...

Every acknowledgment of gratitude is a circumstance of humiliation; and some are found to submit to frequent mortifications of this kind, proclaiming what obligations they owe, merely because they think it in some measure cancels the debt. more...

Thus love is the most easy and agreeable, and gratitude the most humiliating, affection of the mind. We never reflect on the man we love without exulting in our choice, while he who has bound us to him by benefits alone rises to our ideas as a person to whom we have in some measure forfeited our freedom. more...

There is yet a silent agony in which the mind appears to disdain all external help, and broods over its distresses with gloomy reserve. This is the most dangerous state of mind; accidents or friendships may lessen the louder kinds of grief, but all remedies for this must be had from within, and there despair too often finds the most deadly enemy. more...

Blest be that spot, where cheerful guests retire To pause from toil, and trim their evening fire; Blest that abode, where want and pain repair, And every stranger finds a ready chair Blest be those feasts with simple plenty crown'd, Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jest or pranks, that never fail, Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale, Or press the bashful stranger to his food, And learn the luxury of doing good. more...

Nothing is so contemptible as that affectation of wisdom, which some display, by universal incredulity. more...

Near yonder thorn, that lifts its head on high, Where once the sign-post caught the passing eye, Low lies that house where nut-brown draughts inspired, Where graybeard mirth and smiling toil retired, Where village statesmen talk'd with looks profound, And news much older than their ale went round. more...

Novels teach the youthful mind to sigh after happiness that never existed. more...

Filial obedience is the first and greatest requisite of a state; by this we become good subjects to our emperors, capable of behaving with just subordination to our superiors, and grateful dependents on heaven; by this we become fonder of marriage, in order to be capable of exacting obedience from others in our turn; by this we become good magistrates, for early submission is the truest lesson to those who would learn to rule. By this the whole state may be said to resemble one family. more...

All that philosophy can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortunes. more...

I fancy the character of a poet is in every country the same,-fond of enjoying the present, careless of the future; his conversation that of a man of sense, his actions those of a fool. more...

The polite of every country seem to have but one character. A gentleman of Sweden differs but little, except in trifles, from one of any other country. It is among the vulgar we are to find those distinctions which characterize a people. more...

To be poor, and to seem poor, is a certain method never to rise. more...

There are but few talents requisite to become a popular preacher; for the people are easily pleased if they perceive any endeavors in the orator to please them. The meanest qualifications will work this effect if the preacher sincerely sets about it. more...

As in some Irish houses, where things are so-so, One gammon of bacon hangs up for a show; But, for eating a rasher of what they take pride in, They'd as soon think of eating the pan it is fried in. more...

Prudery is ignorance. more...

Quality and title have such allurements that hundreds are ready to give up all their own importance, to cringe, to flatter, to look little, and to pall every pleasure in constraint, merely to be among the great, though without the least hopes of improving their understanding or sharing their generosity. They might be happier among their equals. more...

Religion does what philosophy could never do; it shows the equal dealings of Heaven to the happy and the unhappy, and levels all human enjoyments to nearly the same standard. It gives to both rich and poor the same happiness hereafter, and equal hopes to aspire after it. more...

Whichever way we look the prospect is disagreeable. Behind, we have left pleasures we shall never enjoy, and therefore regret; and before, we see pleasures which we languish to possess, and are consequently uneasy till we possess them. more...

We are all sure of two things, at least; we shall suffer and we shall all die. more...

A French woman is a perfect architect in dress: she never, with Gothic ignorance, mixes the orders; she never tricks out a snobby Doric shape with Corinthian finery; or, to speak without metaphor, she conforms to general fashion only when it happens not to be repugnant to private beauty. more...

Processions, cavalcades, and all that fund of gay frippery, furnished out by tailors, barbers, and tire-women, mechanically influence the mind into veneration; an emperor in his nightcap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown. more...

The person whose clothes are extremely fine I am too apt to consider as not being possessed of any superiority of fortune, but resembling those Indians who are found to wear all the gold they have in the world in a bob at the nose. more...

As boys should be educated with temperance, so the first greatest lesson that should be taught them is to admire frugality. It is by the exercise of this virtue alone they can ever expect to be useful members of society. more...

It world be well had we more misers than we have among us. more...

What we say of a thing that has just come in fashion And that which we do with the dead, Is the name of the honestest man in the nation: What more of a man can be said? more...

Popular glory is a perfect coquette; her lovers must toil, feel every inquietude, indulge every caprice, and perhaps at last be jilted into the bargain. True glory, on the other hand, resembles a woman of sense; her admirers must play no tricks. They feel no great anxiety, for they are sure in the end of being rewarded in proportion to their merit. more...

Were I to be angry at men being fools, I could here find ample room for declamation; but, alas! I have been a fool myself; and why should I be angry with them for being something so natural to every child of humanity? more...

Alas! the joys that fortune brings Are trifling, and decay, And those who prize the trifling things, More trifling still than they. more...

It has been remarked that almost every character which has excited either attention or pity has owed part of its success to merit, and part to a happy concurrence of circumstances in its favor. Had Caesar or Cromwell exchanged countries, the one might have been a sergeant and the other an exciseman. more...

The Europeans are themselves blind who describe fortune without sight. No first-rate beauty ever had finer eyes, or saw more clearly. They who have no other trade but seeking their fortune need never hope to find her; coquette-like, she flies from her close pursuers, and at last fixes on the plodding mechanic who stays at home and minds his business. more...

What real good does an addition to a fortune already sufficient procure? Not any. Could the great man, by having his fortune increased, increase also his appetites, then precedence might be attended with real amusement. more...

Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend, And round his dwelling guardian saints attend. more...

A man's own heart must ever be given to gain that of another. more...

Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie. more...

No vernal blooms their torpid rocks array, But winter lingering chills the lap of May; No zephyr fondly sues the mountain's breast, But meteors glare, and stormy glooms invest. more...

Pity, though it may often relieve, is but, at best, a short-lived passion, and seldom affords distress more than transitory assistance; with some it scarce lasts from the first impulse till the hand can be put into the pocket. more...

Politics resemble religion; attempting to divest either of ceremony is the most certain mode of bringing either into contempt. more...

The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable. more...

Mortifications are often more painful than real calamities. more...

A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sincerity. more...

Here let me sit in sorrow for mankind. more...

The soul may be compared to a field of battle, where the armies are ready every moment to encounter. Not a single vice but has a more powerful opponent, and not one virtue but may be overborne by a combination of vices. more...

There is unspeakable pleasure attending the life of a voluntary student. more...

A boy will learn more true wisdom in a public school in a year than by a private education in five. It is not from masters, but from their equals, that youth learn a knowledge of the world. more...

The way to acquire lasting esteem is not by the fewness of a writer's faults, but the greatness of his beauties, and our noblest works are generally most replete with both. more...

Error is always talkative. more...

Taste is the power of relishing or rejecting whatever is offered for the entertainment of the imagination. more...

Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain. more...

Titles and mottoes to books are like escutcheons and dignities in the hands of a king. The wise sometimes condescend to accept of them; but none but a fool would imagine them of any real importance. We ought to depend upon intrinsic merit, and not the slender helps of the title. more...

But times are alter'd; trade's unfeeling train Usurp the land, and dispossess the swain; Along the lawn, where scatter'd hamlets rose, Unwieldy wealth and cumbrous pomp repose. more...

There is probably no country so barbarous that would not disclose all it knew, if it received equivalent information; and I am apt to think that a person who was ready to give more knowledge than he received would be welcome wherever he came. more...

Let observation with observant view, Observe mankind from China to Peru. more...

Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these trifles become at last their most serious concerns. more...

Every want that stimulates the breast becomes a source of pleasure when redressed. more...

Wit generally succeeds more from being happily addressed than from its native poignancy. A jest, calculated to spread at a gaming-table, may be received with, perfect indifference should it happen to drop in a mackerel-boat. more...

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies. more...

Philosophy can add to our happiness in no other manner but by diminishing our misery; it should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of. Happy were we all born philosophers; all born with a talent of thus dissipating our own cares by spreading them upon all mankind. more...

Want of prudence is too frequently the want of virtue. more...

In two opposite opinions, if one be perfectly reasonable, the other can't be perfectly right. more...

I have visited many countries, and have been in cities without number, yet never did I enter a town which could not produce ten or twelve little great men; all fancying themselves known to the rest of the world, and complimenting each other upon their extensive reputation. more...

The premises being thus settled, I proceed to observe that the concatenation of self-existence, proceeding in a reciprocal duplicate ratio, naturally produces a problematical dialogism, which in some measure proves that the essence of spirituality may be referred to the second predicable. more...

And as a bird each fond endearment tries To tempt its new-fledg'd offspring to the skies, He tried each art, reprov'd each dull delay, Allur'd to brighter worlds, and led the way. more...

What is genius or courage without a heart? more...

Her modest looks the cottage might adorn, Sweet as the primrose peeps beneath the thorn. more...

By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd; The sports of children satisfy the child. more...

Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore. more...

Even children follow'd with endearing wile, And pluck'd his gown, to share the good man's smile. more...

While Resignation gently slopes away, And all his prospects brightening to the last, His heaven commences ere the world be past. more...

He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, For he knew when he pleas'd he could whistle them back. more...

Remote, unfriended, melancholy, slow, Or by the lazy Scheld or wandering Po. more...

A night-cap deck'd his brows instead of bay,- A cap by night, a stocking all the day. more...

Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace The day's disasters in his morning face; Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee At all his jokes, for many a joke had he; Full well the busy whisper circling round Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd. Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault; The village all declar'd how much he knew, 'Twas certain he could write and cipher too. more...

The whitewash'd wall, the nicely sanded floor, The varnish'd clock that click'd behind the door; The chest, contriv'd a double debt to pay,- A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day. more...

Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt; It 's like sending them ruffles when wanting a shirt. more...

Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth: If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt. more...

Absence, like death, sets a seal on the image of those we love: we cannot realize the intervening changes which time may have effected. more...

Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over. more...

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray. more...

The genteel thing is the genteel thing any time, if as be that a gentleman bees in a concatenation accordingly. more...

When we take a slight survey of the surface of our globe a thousand objects offer themselves which, though long known, yet still demand our curiosity. more...

In my time, the follies of the town crept slowly among us, but now they travel faster than a stagecoach. more...

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative. more...

Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long. more...

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting; 'Twas only that when he was off he was acting. more...

Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. more...

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after. more...

When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray, What charm can soothe her melancholy? What art can wash her guilt away? more...

There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it. more...

The doctor found, when she was dead, her last disorder mortal. more...

But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all. more...

The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with success. more...

The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation. more...

The dancing pair that simply sought renown, By holding out to tire each other down; The swain mistrustless of his smutted face, While secret laughter titter'd round the place; The bashful virgin's side-long looks of love, The matrons glance that would those looks reprove: These were thy charms, sweet village; sports like these, With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to please; These were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed, These were thy charms - but all these charms are fled. more...

Who can direct when all pretend to know? more...

I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife. more...

For praise too dearly lov'd, or warmly sought, Enfeebles all internal strength of thought; And the weak soul within itself unblest, Leans for all pleasure on another's breast. more...

Good people all, with one accord, Lament for Madame Blaize, Who never wanted a good word - From those who spoke her praise. more...

John Trott was desired by two witty peers To tell them the reason why asses had ears. An't please you, quoth John, I'm not given to letters; Nor dare I pretend to know more than my betters: Howe'er, from this time I shall ne'er see your graces, As I hope to be saved! without thinking on asses. more...

Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose, Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes. more...

Age, that lessens the enjoyment of life, increases our desire of living. more...

Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend, And round his dwelling guardian saints attend. more...

In arguing, too, the parson own'd his skill, For even though vanquished he could argue still. more...

No vernal blooms their torpid rocks array, But winter lingering chills the lap of May; No zephyr fondly sues the mountain's breast, But meteors glare, and stormy glooms invest. more...

These people, however fallen, are still men, and that is a very good title to my affection. more...

Our bounty, like a drop of water, disappears, when diffus'd too widely. more...

All that the wisdom of the proud can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortune. more...

Whatever be the motives which induce men to write, - whether avarice or fame, - the country becomes more wise and happy in which they most serve for instructors. more...

The watch-dog's voice that bay'd the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind: There all in sweet confusion sought the shade, And fill'd each pause the nightingale had made. more...

Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale, And guide my lonely way To where you taper cheers the vale With hospitable ray. more...

To make a fine, gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber. more...

See me, how calm I am. Ay, people are generally calm at the misfortunes of others. more...

Very well, cried I, that's a good girl; I find you are perfectly qualified for making converts, and so go help your mother to make the gooseberry bye. more...

His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand; His manners were gentle, complying, and bland; Still born to improve in every part, His pencil out faces, his manners are heart. more...

Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And e'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side. more...

The king himself has follow'd her When she has walk'd before. more...

And, as a bird each fond endearment tries To tempt its new-fledg'd offspring to the skies, He tried each art, reprov'd each dull delay, Allur'd to brighter worlds, and led the way. more...

But in his duty prompt at every call, He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all. more...

For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those that toil. more...

His house was known to all the vagrant train, He chid their wanderings but reliev'd their pain; The long remembered beggar was his guest, Whose beard descending swept his aged breast. more...

I am amazed how men can call her blind, when, by the company she keeps, she seems so very discriminating. more...

Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace The day's disasters in his morning face. more...

That dire disease, whose ruthless power Withers the beauty's transient flower. more...

How sin all of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place consigned, Our own felicity we make or find. With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestic joy. more...

Yet, he was kind, or, if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault; The village all declar'd how much he knew, 'Twas certain he could write and cipher too. more...

Gay, sprightly, land of mirth and social ease Pleased with thyself, whom all the world can please. more...

One writer excels at a plan or a title-page; another works away at the body of the book; and a third is a dab hand at an index. more...

The wretch condemn'd with life to part, Still, still on hope relies; And every pang that rends the heart Bids expectation rise. more...

Ev'n children followed with endearing wile And pluck'd his gown to share the good man's smile. more...

The Republic of Letters is a very common expression among the Europeans. more...

He casts off his friends, as a huntsman his pack, For he new, when he pleased, he could whistle them back. more...

Taught by that Power that pities me, I learn to pity them. more...

This is that eloquence the ancients represented as lightning, bearing down every opposer; this the power which has turned whole assemblies into astonishment, admiration and awe - that is described by the torrent, the flame, and every other instance of irresistible impetuosity. more...

At this every lady drew up her mouth as if going to pronounce the letter P. more...

The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarcely worth the sentinel. more...

What we say of a thing that has just come in fashion And that which we do with the dead, Is the name of the honestest man in the nation: What more of a man can be said? more...

Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee, At all his jokes, for many a joke had he: Full well the busy whisper, circling round, Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd. more...

Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails, And honour sinks where commerce long prevails. more...

Wisdom makes but a slow defence against trouble, though at last a sure one. more...

The whitewash'd wall, the nicely sanded floor, The varnish'd clock that click'd behind the door; The chest contriv'd a double debt to pay, A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day. more...

A night-cap deck'd his brows instead of bay, A cap by night, - a stocking all the day. more...

The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness. more...

I fancy the character of a poet is in every country the same, - fond of enjoying the present, careless of the future; his conversation that of a man of sense, his actions those of a fool. more...

At church, with meek and unaffected grace, His looks adorn'd the venerable place; Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to pray. more...

Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest. more...

Alas! the joys that fortune brings Are trifling, and decay, And those who prize the trifling things, More trifling still than they. more...

Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity. One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality. more...

The man recover'd of the bite, The dog it was that died. more...

Down where yon anch'ring vessel spreads the sail, That, idly waiting, flaps with every gale, Downward they move, a melancholy band, Pass from the shore and darken all the strand. more...

The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found at last to be of our own producing. more...

At night returning, every labour sped, He sits him down, the monarch of a shed; Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys His children's looks, that brighten at the blaze; While his lov'd partner, boastful of her hoard, Displays her cleanly platter on the board. more...

The hawthorn-brush, with seats beneath the shade For talking age and whispering lovers made! more...

If a man wishes to become rich he must appear to be rich. more...

Though equal to all things, for all things unfit; Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit. more...

The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay; Sat by his fire, and talked the night away, Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won. more...

As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swell from the vale, and midway leaves the storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head. more...

So, with decorum all things carry'd; Miss frown'd, and blush'd, and then was - married. more...

While words of learned length and thundering sound Amaz'd the gazing rustics rang'd around. more...

As in some Irish houses, where things are so-so, One gammon of bacon hangs up for a show; But, for eating a rasher of what they take pride in, They'd as soon think of eating the pan it is fried in. more...

Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain. more...

Hoards after hoards his rising raptures fill; Yet still he sighs, for hoards are wanting still. more...

I armed her against the censures of the world; showed her that books were sweet unreproaching companions to the miserable, and that if they could not bring us to enjoy life, they would at least teach us to endure it. more...

Tenderness, without a capacity of relieving, only makes the man who feels it more wretched than the object which sues for assistance. more...

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay; Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade - A breath can make them, as a breath has made - But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroy'd can never be supplied. more...

Beheld the duteous son, the sire decayed, The modest matron, and the blushing maid, Forc'd from their homes, a melancholy train, To traverse climes beyond the Western main. more...

Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite; but those vices are ever changing, and the antidote should be changed accordingly - should still be new. more...

Let observation with observant view, Observe mankind from China to Peru. more...

How small of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place consigned, Our own felicity we make or find. With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestic joy. more...

We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours. more...

To what happy accident is it that we owe so unexpected a visit? more...

Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much; Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind. more...

Near yonder thorn, that lifts its head on high, Where once the sign-post caught the passing eye, Low lies that house where nut-brown draughts inspired, Where graybeard mirth and smiling toil retired, Where village statesmen talk'd with looks profound, And news much older than their ale went round. more...

Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough, and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort. more...

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head should carry all it knew. more...

He cast off his friends, as a huntsman his pack; For he knew, when he pleas'd, he could whistle them back. more...

Whatever the skill of any country be in sciences, it is from excellence in polite learning alone that it must expect a character from posterity. more...

Impell'd with steps unceasing to pursue Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view, That, like the circle bounding earth and skies, Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies. more...

In all my wanderings round this world of care, In all my griefs - and God has given my share - I still had hopes my latest hours to crown, Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down. more...

Nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty. more...

O blest retirement! friend to life's decline - Retreats from care, that never must be mine How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, A youth of labour with an age of ease! more...

O friendship! thou fond soother of the human breast, to thee we fly in every calamity; to thee the wretched seek for succor; on thee the care-tired son of misery fondly relies; from thy kind assistance the unfortunate always hopes relief, and may be sure of - disappointment. more...

And what is friendship but a name, A charm that lulls to sleep; A shade that follows wealth or fame, And leaves the wretch to weep? more...

But times are alter'd; trade's unfeeling train Usurp the land, and dispossess the swain; Along the lawn, where scatter'd hamlets rose, Unwieldy wealth and cumbrous pomp repose. more...

Thus let me hold thee to my heart, And every care resign: And we shall never, never part, My life - my all that's mine! more...

Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success. more...

Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view. more...

A nightcap decked his brows instead of bay, A cap by night - a stocking all the day! more...

Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt; It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt. more...

There is no arguing with Johnson: for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it. more...

You may all go to pot. more...

For he who fights and runs away May live to fight another day; But he who is in battle slain Can never rise and fight again. more...

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent. more...

Good people all, with one acord, Lament for Madame Blaize, Who never wanted a good word - From those who spoke her praise. more...

That strain once more; it bids remembrance rise. more...

O Memory! thou fond deceiver. more...

To the last moment of his breath On hope the wretch relies; And e'en the pang preceding death Bids expectation rise. more...

Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way; And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray. more...

Remote, unfriended, melancholy, slow, Or by the lazy Scheldt, or wandering Po. more...

Where'er I roam, whatever realms I see, My heart untraveled fondly turns to thee; Still to my brother turns with ceaseless pain, And drags at each remove a lengthening chain. more...

These little things are great to little man. more...

Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam, His first, best country ever is, at home. more...

Where wealth and freedom reign contentment fails, And honor sinks where commerce long prevails. more...

The canvas glow'd beyond ev'n Nature warm, The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form. more...

By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd; The sports of children satisfy the child. more...

Cheerful at morn, he wakes from short repose, Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes. more...

So the loud torrent and the whirlwind's roar But bind him to his native mountains more. more...

Unknown those powers that raise the soul to flame, Catch every nerve, and vibrate through the frame. Their level life is but a mouldering fire, Unquenched by want, unfanned by strong desire. more...

Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore. more...

They please, are pleased, they give to get esteem, Till, seeming blest, they grow to what they seem. more...

To men of other minds my fancy flies, Embosomed in the deep where Holland lies. Methinks her patient sons before me stand, Where the broad ocean leans against the land. more...

Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by. more...

The land of scholars and the nurse of arms. more...

For just experience tells; in every soil, That those that think must govern those that toil. more...

Forc'd from their homes, a melancholy train, To traverse climes beyond the western main; Where wild Oswego spreads her swamps around, And Niagara stuns with thundering sound. more...

Vain, very vain, my weary search to find That bliss which only centers in the mind. more...

Luke's iron crown, and Damien's bed of steel. more...

I...chose a wife, as she did her wedding gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well. more...

Handsome is that handsome does. more...

I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. more...

She was all of a muck of sweat. more...

They would talk of nothing but high life, and high-lived company, with other fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare, and the musical glasses. more...

The naked every day he clad When he put on his clothes. more...

And in that town a dog was found, As many dogs there be, Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound, And curs of low degree. more...

The dog, to gain some private ends, Went mad, and bit the man. more...

The man recovered of the bite, The dog it was that died. more...

The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom, is - to die. more...

He calls his extravagance, generosity; and his trusting everybody, universal benevolence. more...

Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain. more...

The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made. more...

The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love, The matron's glance that would those looks reprove. more...

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay; Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; A breath can make them, as a breath has made; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied. more...

His best companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance of wealth. more...

How happy he who crowns in shades like these, A youth of labour with an age of ease. more...

Bends to the grave with unperceived decay, While resignation gently slopes the way; And, all his prospects brightening to the last, His heaven commences ere the world be past. more...

The watchdog's voice that bayed the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind. more...

A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds a year. more...

Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and shew'd how fields were won. more...

Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began. Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And e'en his failings leaned to Virtue's side. more...

And, as a bird each fond endearment tries To tempt its new-fledged offspring to the skies, He tried each art, reproved each dull delay, Allured to brighter worlds, and led the way. more...

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray. more...

Even children followed with endearing wile, And plucked his gown, to share the good man's smile. more...

As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,- Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head. more...

In arguing too, the parson owned his skill, For e'en though vanquished, he could argue still; While words of learned length, and thundering sound Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around; And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head could carry all he knew. more...

Where village statesmen talked with looks profound, And news much older than their ale went round. more...

The whitewashed wall, the nicely sanded floor, The varnished clock that clicked behind the door; The chest contrived a double debt to pay, A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day. more...

The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose. more...

To me more dear, congenial to my heart, One native charm, than all the gloss of art. more...

And, ev'n while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart distrusting asks, if this be joy. more...

Her modest looks the cottage might adorn, Sweet as the primrose peeps beneath the thorn. more...

Through torrid tracts with fainting steps they go, Where wild Altama murmurs to their woe. more...

Thou source of all my bliss, and all my woe, That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so. more...

I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines. more...

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning; Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genus a better discerning. more...

I'll be with you in the squeezing of a lemon. more...

We are the boys That fear no noise Where the thundering cannons roar. more...

They liked the book the better the more it made them cry. more...

Travellers, George, must pay in all places: the only difference is, that in good inns, you pay dearly for your luxuries, and in bad inns you are fleeced and starved. more...

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs. more...

Oh sir! I must not tell my age. They say women and music should never be dated. more...

Baw! Damme, but I'll fight you both, one after the other! With baskets. more...

We modest Gentlemen don't want for much success among the women. more...

Our Garrick's a salad; for in him we see Oil, vinegar, sugar, and saltness agree! more...

Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth: If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt. more...

His conduct still right, with his argument wrong. more...

A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are. more...

Here lies David Garrick, describe me, who can, An abridgment of all that was pleasant in man. more...

As a wit, if not first, in the very first line. more...

He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, For he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back. more...

Who peppered the highest was surest to please. more...

When he talked of their Raphaels, Correggios, and stuff, He shifted his trumpet and only took snuff. more...

The best-humour'd man, with the worst-humour'd Muse. more...

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue. more...

Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please. more...

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay. Princes and lords may flourish or may fade,- A breath can make them, as a breath has made; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroy'd, can never be supplied. more...

A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are. more...

Measures, not men, have always been my mark. more...

Little things are great to little men. more...

Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side. more...

Blest that abode, where want and pain repair, And every stranger finds a ready chair. more...

The pictures placed for ornament and use, The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose. more...

Crimes generally punish themselves. more...

This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey. more...

They liked the book better the more it made them cry. more...

The first blow is half the battle. more...

Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry. more...

Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay; Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; A breath can make them, as a breath has made; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied. more...

And fools who came to scoff remain'd to pray. more...

Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please. more...

If you don't ask me questions, I can't give you an untrue answer. more...

One man is born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and the other with a wooden ladle. more...

Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began. Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And even his failings lean'd to Virtue's side. more...

The life of a scholar seldom abounds with adventure. more...

Far different there from all that charm'd before, The various terrors of that horrid shore;... Those matted woods where birds forget to sing. But silent bats in drowsy clusters cling. more...

Still to ourselves in every place consign'd Our own felicity to make or find. more...

O, blest retirement! friend to life's decline - How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, A youth of labor with an age of ease! more...

Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see, My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee; Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain, And drags at each remove a lengthening chain. more...

They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. more...

The good man suffers but to gain, And every virtue springs from pain; As aromatic plants bestow No spicy fragrance while they grow; But crush'd or trodden to the ground, Diffuse their balmy sweets around. more...

But soon a wonder came to light That show'd the rogues they lied: The man recovered of the bite, The dog it was that died. more...

At church, with meek and unaffected grace, His looks adorn'd the venerable place; Truth from his lips prevail'd with double sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to pray. more...

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition. In the first instance, we cook the dish to our own appetite; in the latter, Nature cooks it for us. more...

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an object intercourse between tyrants and slaves. more...

You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam. more...

Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. more...

With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive. more...

Tenderness is a virtue. more...

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. more...

Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes. more...

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. more...

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it. more...

Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw. more...

Man wants but little here below, nor wants that little long. more...

Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better. more...

I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population. more...

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease. more...

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting. more...

The jests of the rich are ever successful. more...

Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet. more...

For just experience tells, in every soil, That those that think must govern those that toil. more...

Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way; And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray. more...

In all my wanderings round this world of care, In all my griefs-and God has given my share- I still had hopes my latest hours to crown, Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down. more...

The wretch condemn'd with life to part, Still, still on hope relies; And every pang that rends the heart Bids expectation rise. more...

Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. more...


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