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GRAVITY
[ Also see Dignity Earnestness Jesting Levity Physics Sadness Science Smiles Sobriety ]

It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus III

Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree but it preserves it.
      - Confucius

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
      - Albert Einstein

A grave aspect to a grave character is of much more consequence than the world is generally aware of; a barber may make you laugh, but a surgeon ought rather to make you cry.
      - Henry Fielding

Gravity is the best cloak for sin in all countries.
      - Henry Fielding

Men of gravity are intellectual stammerers, whose thoughts move slowly.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Gravity is more suggestive than convincing.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

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.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Gravity is a mysterious carriage of the body invented to cover the defects of the mind.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Too much gravity argues a shallow mind.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Is there anything so grave and serious as an ass?
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

To how many blockheads of my time has a cold and taciturn demeanor procured the credit of prudence and capacity!
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Gravity is a kind of quackery.
      - Mmm. Langlois de Motteville

I think it is the most beautiful and humane thing in the world, so to mingle gravity with pleasure that the one may not sink into melancholy, nor the other rise up into wantonness.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Gravity is of the very essence of imposture; it does not only mistake other things, but is apt perpetually almost to mistake itself.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Piety enjoins no man to be dull.
      - Bishop Robert South

The very essence of gravity was design, and, consequently, deceit; it was a taught trick to gain credit of the world for more sense end knowledge than a man was worth; and that with all its pretensions it was no better, but often worse, than what a French wit had long ago defined it--a mysterious carriage of the body to cover the defects of the mind.
      - Laurence Sterne

Yorick sometimes, in his wild way of talking, would say that gravity was an arrant scoundrel, and, he would add, of the most dangerous kind, too, because a sly one; and that he verily believed more honest well-meaning people were bubbled out of their goods and money by it in one twelvemonth than by pocket-picking and shoplifting in seven.
      - Laurence Sterne

The body's wisdom to conceal the mind.
      - Edward Young


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