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LEIGH HUNT (JAMES HENRY LEIGH HUNT)
English poet and writer
(1784 - 1859)
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Mirth itself is too often but melancholy in disguise.
      - [Mirth]

Nature, at all events, humanly speaking, is manifestly very fond of color; for she has made nothing without it. Her skies are blue; her fields, green; her waters vary with her skies; her animals, vegetables, minerals, are all colored. She paints a great any of them in apparently superfluous hues, as if to show the dullest eye how she loves color.
      - [Nature]

No wonder is greater than any other wonder, and if once explained ceases to be a wonder.
      - [Wonder]

Occupation is the necessary basis of all enjoyment.
      - [Occupations]

One can love any man that is generous.
      - [Generosity]

Part of our good consists in the endeavor to do sorrows away, and in the power to sustain them when the endeavor fails,--to bear them nobly, and thus help others to bear them as well.
      - [Sorrow]

Poetry is the breath of beauty.
      - [Poetry]

Some tears belong to us because we are unfortunate; others, because we are humane; many because we are mortal. But most are caused by our being unwise. It is these last only that of necessity produce more.
      - [Repentance]

Stolen kisses are always sweeter.
      - [Proverbs]

Table talk, to be perfect, should be sincere without bigotry, differing without discord, sometimes grave, always agreeable, touching on deep points, dwelling most on seasonable ones, and letting everybody speak and be heard.
      - [Table Talk]

Tears and sorrows and losses are a part of what must be experienced in this present state of life: some for our manifest good, and ail, therefore, it is trusted, for our good concealed;--for our final and greatest good.
      - [Affliction]

The beautiful attracts the beautiful.
      - [Beauty]

The drama is not a mere copy of nature, not a facsimile. It is the free running hand of genius, under the impression of its liveliest wit or most passionate impulses, a thousand times adorning or feeling all as it goes; and you must read it, as the healthy instinct of audiences almost always does, if the critics will let them alone, with a grain of allowance, and a tendency to go away with as much of it for use as is necessary, and the rest for the luxury of laughter, pity, or poetical admiration.
      - [Drama]

The golden line is drawn between winter and summer. Behind all is blackness and darkness and dissolution. Before is hope, and soft airs, and the flowers, and the sweet season of hay; and people will cross the fields, reading or walking with one another; and instead of the rain that soaks death into the heart of green things, will be the rain which they drink with delight; and there will be sleep on the grass at midday, and early rising in the morning, and long moonlight evenings.
      - [Spring]

The last excessive feelings of delight are always grave.
      - [Delight]

The loveliest hair is nothing, if the wearer is incapable of a grace.
      - [Grace]

The more sensible a woman is, supposing her not to be masculine, the more attractive she is in her proportionate power to entertain.
      - [Attractiveness]

The most fascinating women are those that can most enrich the every day moments of existence. In a particular and attaching sense, they are those that can partake our pleasures and our pains in the liveliest and most devoted manner. Beauty is little without this; with it she is triumphant.
      - [Blandishment]

The most tangible of all visible mysteries--fire.
      - [Fire]

The perfection of conversational intercourse is when the breeding of high life is animated by the fervor of genius.
      - [Conversation]

The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing.
      - [Selfishness]

The very greatest genius, after all, is not the greatest thing in the world, any more than the greatest city in the world is the country or the sky. It is the concentration of some of its greatest powers, but it is not the greatest diffusion of its might. It is not the habit of its success, the stability of its sereneness.
      - [Genius]

There is scarcely a single joy or sorrow within the experience of our fellow-creatures which we have not tasted; yet the belief, in the good and beautiful has never forsaken us. It has been medicine to us in sickness, richness in poverty, and the best part of all that ever delighted us in health and success.
      - [Beauty]

There seems a life in hair, though it be dead.
      - [Hair]

Those who have lost an infant are never, as it were, without an infant child. Their other children grow up to manhood and womanhood, and suffer all the changes of mortality; but this one alone is rendered an immortal child; for death has arrested it with his kindly harshness, and blessed it into an eternal image of youth and innocence.
      - [Death of Babies]


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