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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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Pity is not natural to man. Children are always cruel; savages are always cruel.
      - [Pity]

Players, sir! I look upon them as no better than creatures set upon tables and joint-stools to make faces and produce laughter, like dancing dogs.--But, sir, you will allow, that some players are better than others?--Yes, sir; as some dogs dance better than others.
      - [Acting]

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
      - [Pleasure]

Pleasure itself is not a vice.
      - [Pleasure]

Politeness is fictitious benevolence. Depend upon it, the want of it never fails to produce something disagreeable to one or other.
      - [Politeness]

Politeness is one of those advantages which we never estimate rightly but by the inconvenience of its loss.
      - [Politeness]

Pound St. Paul's Church into atoms, and consider any single atom; it is to be sure, good for nothing; but put all these atoms together, and you have St. Paul's Church. So it is with human felicity, which is made up of many ingredients, each of which may be shown to be very insignificant.
      - [Enjoyment]

Poverty has, in large cities, very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for tomorrow.
      - [Poverty]

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.
      - [Power]

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. It becomes cheap as it becomes vulgar, and will no longer raise expectation or animate enterprise.
      - [Praise]

Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument.
      - [Argument]

Preserve me from unseasonable and immoderate sleep.
      - [Sleep]

Presumption will be easily corrected; but timidity is a disease of the mind more obstinate and fatal.
      - [Timidity]

Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself.
      - [Pride]

Pride is seldom delicate, it will please itself with very mean advantages; and envy feels not its own happiness, but when it may be compared with the misery of others.
      - [Pride]

Probably no one will ever know whether it is better to wear a nightcap or not.
      - [Sleep]

Profuseness is a cruel and crafty demon, that gradually involves her followers in dependence and debt; that is, fetters them with irons that enter into their souls.
      - [Extravagance]

Promise, large promise, is the soul of advertising.
      - [Advertising]

Prosperity is too apt to prevent us from examining our conduct, but as adversity leads us to think properly of our state, it is most beneficial to us.
      - [Adversity]

Providence has fixed the limits of human enjoyment by immovable boundaries, and has set different gratifications at such a distance from each other, that no art or power can bring them together. This great law it is the business of every rational being to understand, that life may not pass away in an attempt to make contradictions consistent, to combine opposite qualities, and to unite things which the nature of their being must always keep asunder.
      - [Enjoyment]

Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.
      - [Prudence]

Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author.
      - [Quotations]

Rags will always make their appearance where they have a right to do it.
      - [Laziness]

Rash oaths, whether kept or broken, frequently produce guilt.
      - [Oaths]

Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
      - [Writing]

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