Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.
It is impossible that an ill-natured man can have a public spirit; for how should he love ten thousand men who has never loved one?
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown propos’d as things forgot.
To pardon those absurdities in ourselves which we cannot suffer in others, is neither better nor worse than to be more willing to be fools ourselves than to have others so.
A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
Topics: Observation, Curiosity
Act well your part; there all honor lies.
Music resembles poetry; in each are numerous graces which no methods teach, and which a master hand alone can reach.
Order in variety we see; though all things differ, all agree.
Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly!
An atheist is but a mad ridiculous derider of piety; but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to a good action; like an impudent debtor, who goes every day to talk familiarly to his creditor, without ever paying what he owes.
Truth shines the brighter clad in verse.
I would tear out my own heart if it had no better disposition than to love only myself, and laugh at all my neighbors.
One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skillful hands; in unskillful, the most mischievous.
Talk what you will of taste, you will find two of a face as soon as two of a mind.
Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.
From pride, from pride, our very reas’ning springs.
Teach me to feel another’s woe,
To hide the fault I see,
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.
Some people are commended for a giddy kind of good humor, which is no more a virtue than drunkenness.
The flying rumors gathered as they rolled, and all who told it added something new, and all who heard it made enlargement too; in every ear it spreads, on every tongue it grew.
Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.
Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
you played, and loved, and ate, and drunk your fill:
walk sober off; before a sprightlier age comes tittering on,
and shoves you from the stage:
leave such to trifle with more grace and ease,
whom Folly pleases, and whose Follies please.
Topics: Age, Aging, Retirement
Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven, and though no science, fairly worth the seven.
Thee too, my Paridel! she mark’d thee there,
Stretch’d on the rack of a too easy chair,
And heard thy everlasting yarn confess
The Pains and Penalties of Idleness.
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