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Nor do they trust their tongues alone,
But speak a language of their own;
Can read a nod, a shrug, a look,
Far better than a printed book;
Convey a libel in a frown,
And wink a reputation down;
Or, by the tossing of the fan,
describe the lady and the man.
Not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rate in a hole.
- in a letter to Bolingbroke [Anger]
Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
Old sciences are unraveled like old stockings, by beginning at the foot.
Once I guessed right,
And I got credit by't;
Thrice I guessed wrong,
And I kept my credit on.
- saying quoted by [Wrong]
Once kick the world, and the world and you live together at a reasonable good understanding.
One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
- quoted in a letter [Enemies]
One of the best rules in conversation is, never say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish we had rather left unsaid. Let the sage reflections of these philosophic minds be cherished.
One principal object of good-breeding is to suit our behaviour to the three several degrees of men, our superiors, our equals, and those below us.
- [Good Breeding]
One principal part of good breeding is to suit our behavior to the three several degrees of men: our superiors, our equals, and those below us.
Orators inflame the people, whose anger is really but a short fit of madness.
Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us the weaker ever after.
- often attributed to Alexander Pope
Patience alleviates, as impatience augments, pain; thus persons of strong will suffer less than those who give way to irritation.
Perpetual aiming at wit is a very bad part of conversation. It is done to support a character: it generally fails; it is a sort of insult on the company, and a restraint upon the speaker.
Perverseness is your whole defence.
Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because whoever would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude will convince others the more, as he appears convinced himself.
Pride, ill nature, and want of sense are the three great sources of ill manners; without some one of these defects, no man will behave himself ill for want of experience, or what, in the language of fools, is called knowing the world.
Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.
Punning is an art of harmonious jingling upon words, which, passing in at the ears, excites a titillary motion in those parts; and this, being conveyed by the animal spirits into the muscles of the face, raises the cockles of the heart.
Quotations are best brought in to confirm some opinion controverted.
Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.
Rhetoric in serious discourses is like the flowers in corn; pleasing to those who come only for amusement, but prejudicial to him who would reap profit from it.
Set off with numerous breaks and dashes.
She watches him as a cat would watch a mouse.
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