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WILLIAM HAVARD
English actor and dramatist
(1710? - 1778)

Appearances deceive
  And this one maxim is a standing rule:
    Men are not what they seem.
      - [Appearance]

Be honest poverty thy boasted wealth;
  So shall thy friendships be sincere, tho' few
    So shall thy sleep be sound, thy waking cheerful.
      - [Poverty]

Britain, the queen of isles, our fair possession
  Secur'd by nature, laughs at foreign force;
    Her ships her bulwark, and the sea her dike,
      Sees plenty in her lap, and braves the world.
      - [England]

Comfort--'tis for ease and quiet;
  It sleeps upon the down of sweet content,
    In the sound bed of industry and health.
      - [Comfort]

Consider how the desperate fight;
  Despair strikes wild,--but often fatal too--
    And in the mad encounter wins success.
      - [Despair]

Fear on guilt attends, and deeds of darkness;
  The virtuous breast ne'er knows it.
      - [Fear]

Frank sincerity, though no invited guest, is free to all, and brings his welcome with him.
      - [Sincerity]

Hark! the death-denouncing trumpet sounds
  The fatal charge, and shouts proclaim the onset;
    Destruction rushes dreadful to the field,
      And bathes itself in blood; havoc let loose
        Now undistinguish'd rages all around,
          While ruin, seated on her dreary throne,
            Sees the plain strewed with subjects truly hers,
              Breathless and cold.
      - [Battle]

He that acts unjustly
  Is the worst rebel to himself; and though now
    Ambition's trumpet and the drum of power
      May drown the sound, yet conscience will one day
        Speak loudly to him.
      - [Injustice]

How the time
  Loiters in expectation! Then the mind
    Drags the dead burden of a hundred years
      In one short moment's space. The nimble heart
        Beats with impatient throbs,--sick of delay,
          And pants to be at ease.
      - [Expectation]

I have too deeply read mankind to be amused with friendship; it is a name invented merely to betray credulity; it is intercourse of interest, not of souls.
      - [Friendship]

Let falsehood be a stranger to thy lips;
  Shame on the policy that first began
    To tamper with the heart to hide its thoughts!
      And doubly shame on that inglorious tongue,
        That sold its honesty and told a lie.
      - [Falsehood]

O breath of public praise,
  Short liv'd and vain! oft gain'd without desert,
    As often lost, unmerited; composed
      But of extremes: Thou first beginn'st with love
        Enthusiastic, madness of affection; then
          (Bounding o'er moderation and o'er reason)
            Thou turn'st to hate, as causeless and as fierce.
      - [Popularity]

O credulity, thou hast as many ears as fame has tongues, open to every sound of truth as of falsehood.
      - [Credulity]

O cursed ambition, thou devouring bird,
  How dost thou from the field of honesty
    Pick every grain of profit or delight,
      And mock the reaper's toil!
      - [Ambition]

O Eloquence! thou violated fair, how thou art wooed and won to either bed of right or wrong!
      - [Eloquence]

Servile inclinations, and gross love,
  The guilty bent of vicious appetite;
    At first a sin, a horror ev'n in bliss,
      Deprave the senses and lay waste the man;
        Passions irregular, and next a loathing,
          Quickly succeed to dash the wild.
      - [Lust]

The greatest glory of a free-born people,
  Is to transmit that freedom to their children.
      - [Freedom]

The guilty mind debases the great image that it wears, and levels us with brutes.
      - [Guilt]

Who shall tax successful villany, or call the rising traitor to account?
      - [Success]


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