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'To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.'


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'Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust hatred alone is immortal.'


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'Rules and models destroy genius and art.'


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'The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.'


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'Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.'


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'Life is the art of being well deceived and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.'


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'The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.'


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'Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.'


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'Grace in women has more effect than beauty.'


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'Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.'


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'A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage.'


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'The humblest painter is a true scholar and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.'


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'We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.'


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'Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.'


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'Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.'


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'If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.'


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'Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.'


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'Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.'


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'Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!'


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'To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.'


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'Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.'


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'Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.'


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'The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.'


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'There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.'


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'Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!'


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'Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.'


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'No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.'


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'I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.'


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'The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.'


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'Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.'


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'A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.'


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'The seat of knowledge is in the head of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.'


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'Zeal will do more than knowledge.'


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'If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.'


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'Learning is its own exceeding great reward.'


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'The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.'


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'Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!'


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'We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.'


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'To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.'


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'The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.'


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'The humblest painter is a true scholar and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.'


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'Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.'


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'Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.'


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'Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.'


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'Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.'


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'The love of liberty is the love of others the love of power is the love of ourselves.'


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'The incentive to ambition is the love of power.'


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'There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.'


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'A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.'


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'There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.'


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'Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.'


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'A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.'


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'To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.'


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'The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.'


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'Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.'


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'It is not fit that every man should travel it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.'


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'A wise traveler never despises his own country.'


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'You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.'


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'Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!'


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'There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our firends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please, that is, as they please or displease us.'


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'An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence a vain man, in order that it may.'


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'Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.'


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'The seat of knowledge is in the head of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.'


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'To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.'


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'Grace in women has more effect than beauty.'


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'A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.'


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'People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.'

 

 

 

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