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SIR FULKE GREVILLE, 1ST BARON BROOKE, LORD BROOKE
English poet
(1554 - 1628)
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Our companions please us less from the charms we find in their conversation than from those they find in ours.
      - [Appreciation : Companions : Conversation]

Penetration seems a kind of inspiration; it gives one an idea of prophecy.
      - [Penetration]

Removing prejudices is, alas! too often removing the boundary of a delightful near prospect in order to let in a shockingly extensive one.
      - [Prejudice]

Respect is better procured by exacting than soliciting it.
      - [Respect]

Some characters are like some bodies in chemistry; very good, perhaps, in themselves, yet fly off and refuse the least conjunction with each other.
      - [Character]

Surely no man can reflect, without wonder upon the vicissitudes of human life arising from causes in the highest degree accidental and trifling. If you trace the necessary concatenation of human events a very little way back, you may perhaps discover that a person's very going in or out of a door has been the means of coloring with misery or happiness the remaining current of his life.
      - [Chance]

The brains of a pedant however full, are vacant.
      - [Pedantry]

The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false; that it lessens.
      - [Beauty]

The mind of man is this world's true dimension; and knowledge is the measure of the mind.
      - [Knowledge]

The world is an excellent judge in general, but a very bad one in particular.
      - [Judgment]

There is an unfortunate disposition in a man to attend much more to the faults of his companions which offend him, than to their perfections which please him.
      - [Grumbling]

There is in some men a dispassionate neutrality of mind, which, though it generally passes for good temper, can neither gratify nor warm us: it must indeed be granted that these men can only negatively offend: but then it should also be remembered that they cannot positively please.
      - [Neutrality]

Those men who are commended by everybody must be very extraordinary men; or, which is more probable, very inconsiderable men.
      - [Popularity]

To divest one's self of some prejudices would be like taking off the skin to feel the better.
      - [Prejudice]

True delicacy, as true generosity, is more wounded by an offence from itself--if I may be allowed the expression--than to itself.
      - [Refinement]

True joy is only hope put out of fear.
      - [Joy]

Unbecoming forwardness oftener proceeds from ignorance than impudence.
      - [Manners]

Vanity is the poison of agreeableness; yet as poison, when artfully and properly applied, has a salutary effect in medicine, so has vanity in the commerce and society of the world.
      - [Vanity]

We laugh heartily to see a whole flock of sheep jump because one did so. Might not one imagine that superior beings do the same, and for exactly the same reason?
      - [Fashion]

We should do by our cunning as we do by our courage--always have it ready to defend ourselves, never to offend others.
      - [Cunning]

Weak men often from the very principle of their weakness derive a certain susceptibility; delicacy and taste which render them, in those particulars, much superior to men of stronger and more consistent minds, who laugh at them.
      - [Delicacy]

What an argument in favor of social connections is the observation that by communicating our grief we have less, and by communicating our pleasure we have more.
      - [Grief]

Whatever natural right men may have to freedom and independency, it is manifest that some men have a natural ascendency over others.
      - [Freedom]

When real nobleness accompanies that imaginary one of birth, the imaginary seems to mix with real, and becomes real too.
      - [Ancestry : Birth]

Without content, we shall find it almost as difficult to please others as ourselves.
      - [Contentment]


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