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LEIGH HUNT (JAMES HENRY LEIGH HUNT)
English poet and writer
(1784 - 1859)
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A large bare forehead gives a woman a masculine and defying look. The word "effrontery" comes from it. The hair should be brought over such a forehead as vines are trailed over a wall.
      - [Hair]

Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles.
      - [Trifles]

Beauty too often sacrifices to fashion. The spirit of fashion is not the beautiful, but the wilful; not the graceful, but the fantastic; not the superior in the abstract, but the superior in the worst of all concretes,--the vulgar.
      - [Beauty]

Danger for danger's sake is senseless.
      - [Danger]

Did you ever observe that immoderate laughter always ends in a sigh?
      - [Laughter]

Doth this soul within me, this spirit of thought, and love, and infinite desire, dissolve as well as the body? Has nature, who quenches our bodily thirst, who rests our weariness, and perpetually encourages us to endeavor onwards, prepared no food for this appetite of immortality?
      - [Immortality]

For the most part, we should pray rather in aspiration than petition, rather by hoping than requesting; in which spirit also we may breathe a devout wish for a blessing on others upon occasions when it might be presumptuous to beg it.
      - [Prayer]

For the qualities of sheer wit and humor, Swift had no superior, ancient or modern.
      - [Wit]

God made both tears and laughter, and both for kind purposes; for as laughter enables mirth and surprise to breathe freely, so tears enable sorrow to vent itself patiently. Tears hinder sorrow from becoming despair and madness.
      - [Laughter]

Great women belong to history and to self-sacrifice.
      - [Women]

Hair is the most delicate and lasting of our materials, and survives us, like love. It is so light, so gentle; so escaping from the idea of death, that, with a lock of hair belonging to a child or friend, we may almost look up to heaven and compare notes with the angelic nature,--may almost say, "I have a piece of thee here not unworthy of thy being now."
      - [Hair]

Happy opinions are the wine of the heart.
      - [Opinion]

He (Charles Lamb) had felt, thought, and suffered so much that he literally had intolerance for nothing.
      - [Toleration]

I am persuaded there is no such thing after all as a perfect enjoyment of solitude; for the more delicious the solitude the more one wants a companion.
      - [Solitude]

I entrench myself in my books, equally against sorrow and the weather.
      - [Books]

If you are melancholy for the first time, you will find, upon a little inquiry, that others have been melancholy many times, and yet are cheerful now.
      - [Melancholy]

Improvement is nature.
      - [Improvement]

It is a delicious moment, certainly, that of being well nestled in bed, and feeling that you shall drop gently to sleep. The good is to come, not past; the limbs have just been tired enough to render the remaining in one posture delightful; the labor of the day is gone.
      - [Bed]

It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and which, having so taught us, enable us to recall them with satisfaction when old.
      - [Books]

Large eyes were admired in Greece, where they still prevail. They are the finest of all when they have the internal look, which is not common. The stag or antelope eye of the Orientals is beautiful and lamping, but is accused of looking skittish and indifferent. "The epithet of 'stag-eyed,'" says Lady Wortley Montgu, speaking of a Turkish love-song, "pleases me extremely; and I think it a very lively image of the fire and indifference in his mistress' eye."
      - [Eyes]

Leaves seem light and useless, and idle and wavering, and changeable--they even dance; yet God has made them part of the oak. In so doing, He has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without.
      - [Gaiety]

Light is, perhaps, the most wonderful of all visible things.
      - [Light]

Little eyes must be good-tempered or they are ruined. They have no other resource. But this will beautify them enough. They are made for laughing, and, should do their duty.
      - [Eyes]

Mankind are creatures of books, as well as of other circumstances; and such they eternally remain,--proofs, that the race is a noble and believing race, and capable of whatever books can stimulate.
      - [Books]

May exalting and humanizing thoughts forever accompany me, making me confident without pride, and modest without servility.
      - [Humility]


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