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Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.
But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Happy the man, and happy he alone,
Let grace and goodness
be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have
an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.
Set all things in their own peculiar place, and know that order
is the greatest grace.
The conscience of a people is their
They think to little who talk to much.
We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
are so busy as the fool and knave.
Men are but children
of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving
too, and full as vain.
Fool that I was, upon my eagle's
wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above
Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what
is, with thoughts of what may be.
Drinking is the soldier's
Fortune befriends the bold.
they conquer who believe they can.
For all have not the
gift of martyrdom.
Roused by the lash of his own stubborn
tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.
Happy the man,
and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can
say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
crimes alone are justified.
All human things are subject
to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
was exhaled; his great Creator drew His spirit, as the sun the morning dew.
Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn,
and death the journey's end.
To die is landing on some distant
Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.
Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.
the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
Since every man who lives is born to die, and none can boast sincere
felicity, with equal mind, what happens, let us bear, nor joy nor grieve too much
for things beyond our care.
Railing and praising were his
usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or
over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.
over violent, or over civil that every man with him was God or Devil.
All objects lose by too familiar a view.
things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
Seek not to know what must not be reveal, for joy only flows where
fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more; if future
fortunes were known before!
He has not learned the first
lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing
and is ruled by prudence.
Genius must be born, and never
can be taught.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be
We first make our habits, and then our habits make
Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers,
rivers run to seas.
Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it
will not bear a soil.
All heiresses are beautiful.
is the jaundice of the soul.
For present joys are more to
flesh and blood than a dull prospect of a distant good.
fight for empires, madmen for applause.
When I consider
life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.
Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens
and the wise it blinds.
Love is love's reward.
Love is not in our choice but in our fate.
miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole
to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate
he left his son.
Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!
Pains of love be sweeter far than all the other pleasures are.
The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
was patriot yet, but was a fool.
He invades authors like
a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.
Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.
things from small beginnings grow.
He who would search for
pearls must dive below.
Reason is a crutch for age, but
youth is strong enough to walk alone.
Repentance is but
want of power to sin.
Plots, true or false, are necessary
things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings.
ask is not be denied.
She feared no danger, for she knew
Far more numerous are those as such; who think to
little and talk to much.
Time is the most valuable coin
in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be
careful that you don't let other people spend it for you.
do thy worst, I have lived today.
He who trusts secrets
to a servant makes him his master.
Look around the inhabited
world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
is the trade of Kings.
War, he sung, is toil and trouble;
Honor but an empty bubble.
Nature meant me a wife, a silly
harmless household Dove, fond without art; and kind without deceit.
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