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English poet and author
(1775 - 1864)
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A critic is never too severe when he only detects the faults of an author. But he is worse than too severe when, in consequence of this detection, be presumes to place himself on a level with genius.
      - [Critics]

A great man knows the value of greatness; he dares not hazard it, he will not squander it.
      - [Greatness]

A little praise is good for a shy temper; it teaches it to rely on the kindness of others.
      - [Praise]

A mercantile democracy may govern long and widely; a mercantile aristocracy cannot stand.
      - [Government]

A smile is ever the most bright and beautiful with a tear upon it. What is the dawn without the dew? The tear is rendered by the smile precious above the smile itself.
      - [Smiles]

A true philosopher is beyond the reach of fortune.
      - [Philosophy]

A wise man will always be a Christian, because the perfection of wisdom is to know where lies tranquillity of mind and how to attain it, which Christianity teaches.
      - [Wisdom]

Absurdities are great or small in proportion to custom or insuetude.
      - [Absurdity]

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked. God sometimes sends a famine, sometimes a pestilence, and sometimes a hero, for the chastisement of mankind; none of them surely for our admiration.
      - [Ambition]

An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. If you reject it, you are unhappy: if you accept it, you are undone.
      - [Flattery]

And Modesty, who, when she goes,
  Is gone for ever.
      - [Proverbs]

As the pearl ripens in the obscurity of its shell, so ripens in the tomb all the fame that is truly precious.
      - [Fame]

As there are some flowers which you should smell but slightly to extract all that is pleasant in them, and which, if you do otherwise, emit what is unpleasant and noxious, so there are some men with whom a slight acquaintance is quite sufficient to draw out all that is agreeable; a more intimate one would be unsatisfactory and unsafe.
      - [Associates]

Be assured that, although men of eminent genius have been guilty of all other vices, none worthy of more than a secondary name has ever been a gamester. Either an excess of avarice or a deficiency of what, in physics, is called excitability, is the cause of it; neither of which can exist in the same bosom with genius, with patriotism, or with virtue.
      - [Gambling]

Belief in a future life is the appetite of reason.
      - [Future]

Children are what the mothers are.
      - [Children]

Circumstances form the character; but, like petrifying matters, they harden while they form.
      - [Character]

Clear writers, like clear fountains, do not seem so deep as they are; the turbid looks most profound.
      - [Authorship]

Consciousness of error is, to a certain extent, a consciousness of understanding; and correction of error is the plainest proof of energy and mastery.
      - [Error]

Contentment is better than divinations or visions.
      - [Contentment]

Cruelty in all countries is the companion of anger; but there is only one, and never was another on the globe, where she coquets both with anger and mirth.
      - [Cuckoos]

Cruelty is no more the cure of crimes than it is the cure of sufferings. Compassion in the first instance is good for both; I have known it to bring compunction when nothing else would.
      - [Cuckoos]

Cruelty is the highest pleasure to the cruel man; it is his love.
      - [Cruelty]

Cruelty, if we consider it as a crime, is the greatest of all; if we consider it as a madness, we are equally justifiable in applying to it the readiest and the surest means of oppression.
      - [Cruelty]

Delay of justice is injustice.
      - [Justice]

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