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All looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
All nature mourns, the skies relent in showers; hushed are the birds, and closed the drooping flowers.
All potent flattery, universal lord!
All seems infected that th' infected spy,
As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded.
An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him.
And gentle Dulness ever loves a joke.
And heaven that every virtue bears in mind,
E'en to the ashes of the just, is kind.
And reason raise o'er instinct as you can, in this 'tis God directs, in that 'tis man.
And sip with nymphs their elemental tea.
And snatch a grace beyond the reach of art.
And yet believe me, good as well as ill
Woman's at best a contradiction still
Heaven, when it strives to polish all it can
Its last best work, but forms a softer man.
Art still followed where Rome's eagles flew.
As yet a child, not yet a fool to fame, I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came.
Ask for what end the heavenly bodies shine,
Earth for whose use? Pride answers, 'Tis for mine
For me kind nature wakes her genial power,
Suckles each herb, and spreads out every flower.
Astrologers that future fates foreshow.
At every word a reputation dies.
At present we can only reason of the divine justice from what we know of justice in man. When we are in other scenes, we may have truer and nobler ideas of it; but while we are in this life, we can only speak from the volume that is laid open before us.
Authors, like coins, grow dear as they grow old;
It is the rust we value, not the gold.
- [Authorship : Value]
Be silent always, when you doubt your sense,
And speak, tho' sure, with seeming diffidence.
Be thou the first true merit to befriend,
His praise is lost who waits till all commend.
Beauty draws us with a single hair.
Beauty, frail flower that every season fears, blooms in thy colors for a thousand years.
Behold the groves that shine with silver frost, their beauty withered, and their verdure lost!
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