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All human wisdom, to divine, is folly.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
And doubt, a greater mischief than despair.
Be just in all thy actions, and if join'd
With those that are not, never change thy mind.
Clear-sighted reason, wisdom's judgment leads; and sense, her vassal, in her footsteps treads.
Expect not more from servants than is just;
Reward them well, if they observe their trust,
Nor with them cruelty or pride invade;
Since God and nature them our brothers made.
From Egypt arts their progress made to Greece, wrapped in the fable of the golden fleece.
In age to wish for youth is full as vain
As far a youth to turn a child again.
Man's that savage beast whose mind, from reason to self-love declined, delights to prey upon his kind.
More in prosperity is reason tost than ships in storms, their helms and anchors lost.
Not from gray hairs authority doth flow,
Nor from bald heads, nor from a wrinkled brow;
But our past life, when virtuously spent,
Must to our age those happy fruits present.
O happiness of blindness! now no beauty
Inflames my lust; no other's goods my envy,
Or misery my pity; no man's wealth
Draws my respect; nor poverty my scorn,
Yet still I see enough! man to himself
Is a large prospect, raised above the level
Of his low creeping thoughts; if then I have
A world within myself, that world shall be
My empire; there I'll reign, commanding freely,
And willingly obey'd, secure from fear
Of foreign forces, or domestic treasons.
O happiness of sweet retir'd content!
To be at once secure and innocent.
Poesy is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.
Rashness and haste make all things insecure.
Such was the force of his eloquence, to make the hearers more concerned than h he that spake.
'T is in worldly accidents,
As in the world itself, where things most distant
Meet one another: Thus the east and west,
Upon the globe a mathematical point
Only divides: Thus happiness and misery,
And all extremes, are still contiguous.
The age, wherein he lived was dark; but he
Could not want sight, who taught the world to see.
- in Todd's "Johnson" [Sight]
The harmony of things, as well as that of sound, from discord springs.
Whatsoever is worthy of their love is worth their anger.
When any great design thou dost intend,
Think on the means, the manner, and the end.
When by a pardoned murderer blood is spilt, the judge that pardoned hath the greatest guilt.
When wealthy, show thy wisdom not to be to wealth a servant, but make wealth serve thee.
The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth produce,
But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use:
So Age a mature mellowness doth set
On the green promises of youthful heat.
- Cato Major (pt. IV, l. 47) [Age]
Sure there are poets which did never dream
Upon Parnassus, nor did taste the stream
Of Helicon; we therefore may suppose
Those made not poets, but the poets those.
- Cooper's Hill [Poets]
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