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SIR FULKE GREVILLE, 1ST BARON BROOKE, LORD BROOKE
English poet
(1554 - 1628)
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A lively and agreeable man has not only the merit of liveliness and agreeableness himself, but that also of awakening them in others.
      - [Inspiration]

A proud man never shows his pride so much as when he is civil.
      - [Pride]

A very small offence may be a just cause for great resentment: it is often much less the particular instance which is obnoxious to us than the proof it carries with it of the general tenor and disposition of the mind from whence it sprung.
      - [Offense]

As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men.
      - [Politeness]

Avarice starves its possessor to fatten those who come after, and who are eagerly awaiting the demise of the accumulator.
      - [Avarice]

Despair gives the shocking ease to the mind that a mortification gives to the body.
      - [Despair]

Discernment is a power of the understanding in which few excel. Is not that owing to its connection with impartiality and truth? for are not prejudice and partiality blind?
      - [Discernment]

Envy is but the smoke of low estate,
  Ascending still against the fortunate.
      - [Envy]

Good-humor is allied to generosity, ill-humor to meanness.
      - [Good Humor]

Good-humor will sometimes conquer ill-humor, but ill-humor will conquer it oftener; and for this plain reason, good-humor must operate on generosity, ill-humor on meanness.
      - [Good Humor]

He whom God chooseth, out of doubt doth well:
  What they that choose their God do, who can tell?
      - [Religion]

Human knowledge is the parent of doubt.
      - [Doubt]

I hardly know a sight that raises one's indignation more than that of an enlarged soul joined to a contracted fortune; unless it be that so much more common one, of a contracted soul joined to an enlarged fortune.
      - [Soul]

I hardly know so melancholy a reflection as that parents are necessarily the sole directors of the management of children, whether they have or have not judgment, penetration or taste to perform the task.
      - [Children]

I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.
      - [Imitation]

I have often thought that the nature of women was interior to that of men in general, but superior in particular.
      - [Nature]

It is not enough that you can form nay, and follow, the most excellent rules for conducting yourself in the world. You must also know when to deviate from them, and where lies the exception.
      - [Conduct]

It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little; a great deal may rouse you to remove what a little will only accustom you to endure.
      - [Adversity]

Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter.
      - [Laughter]

Many with trust, with doubt few, are undone.
      - [Doubt]

May not taste be compared to that exquisite sense of the bee, which instantly discovers and extracts the quintessence of every flower, and disregards all the rest of it?
      - [Taste]

Men and statues that are admired ire an elevated situation have a very different effect upon us when we approach them; the first appear less than we imagined them, the last bigger.
      - [Contrast]

Most men have more courage than even they themselves think they have.
      - [Courage]

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.
      - [Conceit : Deceit]

One great reason why men practice generosity so little in the world is their finding so little there. Generosity is catching; and if so many men escape it, it is in a great degree from the same reason the countrymen escape the smallpox,--because they meet no one to give it to them.
      - [Generosity]


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