Curst be the verse how well so’er it flow, that tends to make one worthy man my foe, gives virtue scandal, innocence a fear, or from the soft-eyed virgin steals a tear.
Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.
Be silent always when you doubt your sense.
There is an oblique way of reproof, which takes off the sharpness of it, and an address in flattery, which makes it agreeable, though never so gross; but of all flatterers, the most skilful is he who can do what you like, without saying anything which argues he does it for your sake.
Truth shines the brighter clad in verse.
Who dares think one thing, and another tell, my soul detests him as the gates of hell.
A man of business may talk of philosophy; a man who has none may practise it.
The best way to prove the clearness of our mind, is by showing its faults; as when a stream discovers the dirt at the bottom, it convinces us of the transparency and purity of the water.
Die and endow a college or a cat.
Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.
Of all the causes which conspire to blind man’s erring judgment, and mislead the mind, what the weak head with strongest bias rules, is pride—that never failing vice of fools.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great.
Topics: Mankind, Humankind, Self-Knowledge, Humanity, Man
Some have at first for wits, then poets passed; turned critics next, and proved plain fools at last.
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Whatever makes man a slave takes half his worth away.
There are certain times when most people are in a disposition of being informed, and ’tis incredible what a vast good a little truth might do, spoken in such seasons.
Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.
What conscience dictates to be done, or warns me not to do, this teach me more than hell to shun, that more than heaven pursue.
For forms of government, let fools contest; whatever is administered best is best.
Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
He who tells a lie, is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
What is it to be wise? – ‘Tis but to know how little can be known – to see all others’ faults and feel our own.
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