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English poet and author
(1775 - 1864)
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Such is our impatience, such our hatred of procrastination, to everything but the amendment of our practices and the adornment of our nature, one would imagine we were dragging Time along by force, and not he us.
      - [Impatience]

Teach him to live unto God and unto thee; and he will discover that women, like the plants in woods, derive their softness and tenderness from the shade.
      - [Women]

Tears, O Aspasia, do not dwell long upon the cheeks of youth. Rain drops easily from the bud, rests on the bosom of the maturer flower, and breaks down that one which hath lived its day.
      - [Tears]

That which moveth the heart most is the best poetry; it comes nearest unto God, the source of all power.
      - [Poetry]

The damps of autumn sink into the leaves and prepare them for the necessity of their fall; and thus insensibly are we, as years close around us, detached from our tenacity of life by the gentle pressure of recorded sorrow.
      - [Affliction : Age]

The eyes of critics, whether in commending or carping, are both on one side, like a turbot's.
      - [Critics]

The foundation of domestic happiness is faith in the virtue of woman.
      - [Women]

The happiest of pillows is not that which love first presses! it is that which death has frowned on and passed over.
      - [Death]

The happy never say, and never hear said, farewell.
      - [Farewell]

The heart that has once been bathed in love's pure fountain retains the pulse of youth forever.
      - [Heart]

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.
      - [Punishment]

The religion of Christ is peace and good-will,--the religion of Christendom is war and ill-will.
      - [Religion]

The sublime is contained in a grain of dust.
      - [Time]

The tomb is the pedestal of greatness. I make a distinction between God's great and the king's great.
      - [Greatness]

The very beautiful rarely love at all. Those precious images are placed above the reach of the passions.
      - [Beauty]

The worse of ingratitude lies not in the ossified heart of him who commits it, but we find it in the effect it produces on him against whom it was committed.
      - [Ingratitude]

The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
      - [Books]

There are proud men of so much delicacy that it almost conceals their pride, and perfectly excuses it.
      - [Pride]

There is a gravity which is not austere nor captious, which belongs not to melancholy nor dwells in contraction of heart: but arises from tenderness and hangs upon reflection.
      - [Gravity]

There is a vast deal of vital air in loving words.
      - [Kindness]

There is no eloquence which does not agitate the soul.
      - [Eloquence]

Truth sometimes corner unawares upon Caution, and sometimes speaks in public as unconsciously as in a dream.
      - [Truth]

Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in large, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess.
      - [Truth]

Vast objects of remote altitude must be looked at a long while before they are ascertained. Ages are the telescope tubes that must be lengthened out for Shakespeare; and generations of men serve but a single witness to his claims.
      - [Shakespeare]

Virtue is presupposed in friendship.
      - [Friendship]

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