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Irish political author
(1740 - 1818)
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A generous nation is grateful even for the preservation of its rights, and willingly extends the respect due to the office of a good prince into an affection for his person.
      - [Popularity]

A writer who builds his arguments upon facts is not easily to be confuted. He is not to be answered by general assertions or general reproaches. He may want eloquence to amuse and persuade; but, speaking truth, he must always convince.
      - [Truth]

After a long experience in the world, I affirm, before God, I never knew a rogue who was not unhappy.
      - [Knavery]

An academical education, sir, bids me tell you, that it is necessary to establish the truth of your first proposition before you presume to draw inferences from it.
      - [Argument]

An obstinate, ungovernable self-sufficiency plainly points out to us that state of imperfect maturity at which the graceful levity of youth is lost and the solidity of experience not yet acquired.
      - [Self-sufficiency]

Anger has some claim to indulgence, and railing is usually a relief to the mind.
      - [Anger]

As to lawyers,--their profession is supported by the indiscriminate defence of right and wrong.
      - [Lawyers]

Assertion, unsupported by fact, is nugatory; surmise and general abuse, in however elegant language, ought not to pass for proofs.
      - [Assertions]

Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.
      - [Jokes]

Compassion to an offender who has grossly violated the laws is, in effect, a cruelty to the peaceable subject who has observed them.
      - [Compassion]

Deliberate treachery entails punishment upon the traitor. There is no possibility of escaping it, even in the highest rank to which the consent of society can exalt the meanest and worst of men.
      - [Treachery]

Even legal punishments lose all appearance of justice, when too strictly inflicted on men compelled by the last extremity of distress to incur them.
      - [Punishment]

Every common dauber writes rascal and villain under his pictures, because the pictures themselves have neither character nor resemblance. But the works of a master require no index. His features and coloring are taken from nature. The impression they make is immediate and uniform; nor is it possible to mistake his characters.
      - [Art]

Friendship is too pure a pleasure for a mind cankered with ambition, or the lust of power and grandeur.
      - [Friendship]

Gratuitous violence in argument betrays a conscious weakness of the cause, and is usually a signal of despair.
      - [Argument]

Guilt alone, like brain-sick frenzy in its feverish mood, fills the light air with visionary terrors, and shapeless forms of fear.
      - [Guilt]

Guilt is a poor, helpless, dependent being. Without the alliance of able, diligent, and let me add, fortunate fraud, it is inevitably undone. If the guilty culprit be obstinately silent, it forms a deadly presumption against him; if he speaks, talking tends only to his discovery, and his very defence often furnishes the materials for his conviction.
      - [Guilt]

How much easier it is to be generous than just! Men are sometimes bountiful who are not honest.
      - [Generosity]

I give you full credit for your elegant diction, well-turned periods, and Attic wit; but wit is oftentimes false, though it may appear brilliant; which is exactly the case of your whole performance.
      - [Wit]

In a great business there is nothing so fatal as cunning management.
      - [Cunning]

In a state where discretion begins, law, liberty, and safety end.
      - [Discretion]

Injuries may be atoned for, and forgiven; but insults admit of no compensation. They degrade the mind in its own esteem, and force it to recover its level by revenge.
      - [Insult]

Insults admit of no compensation.
      - [Insult]

Intemperance is a great decayer of beauty.
      - [Intemperance]

It behooves the minor critic who hunts for blemishes to be a little distrustful of his own sagacity.
      - [Critics]

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