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Heaven gave to woman the peculiar grace
To spin, to weep, and cully human race.
Hew the block off, and get out the man.
His gardens next your admiration call,
On every side you look, behold the wall!
No pleasing intricacies intervene,
No artful wildness to perplex the scene;
Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother,
And half the platform just reflects the other.
The suffering eye inverted nature sees,
Trees cut to statues, statues thick as trees;
With here a fountain, never to be play'd,
And there a summer-house that knows no shade.
His praise is lost who waits till all commend.
Homer excels all the inventors of other arts in this: that he has swallowed up the honor of those who succeeded him.
Honor and shame from no condition rise; act well your part, there all the honor lies.
Horses (thou say'st) and asses men may try,
And ring suspected vessels ere they buy;
But wives, a random choice, untried they take;
They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake;
Then, nor till then, the veil's removed away,
And all the woman glares in open day.
I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me.
I begin where most people end, with a full conviction of the emptiness of all sorts of ambition, and the unsatisfactory nature of all human pleasures.
I never knew any many in my life, who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.
Immodest words admit of no defence
For want of decency is want of sense.
In every ear it spread, on every tongue it grew.
In that soft season, when descending show'rs
Call forth the greens, and wake the rising flow'rs;
When opening buds salute the welcome day,
And earth relenting feels the genial ray.
In this commonplace world every one is said to be romantic who either admires a fine thing or does one.
Intestine war no more our passions wage,
And giddy factions bear away their rage.
It is not so correct to say that he speaks from nature as that she speaks through him.
It is not so much the being exempt from faults, as the having overcome them, that is an advantage to us.
It is sure the hardest science to forget!
It is vanity which makes the rake at twenty, the worldly man at forty, and the retired man at sixty. We are apt to think that best in general for which we find ourselves pest fitted in particular.
It is very natural for a young friend and a young lover to think the persons they love have nothing to do but to please them.
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
Jarring interests of themselves create the according music of a well-mixed state.
Judge not of actions by their mere effect;
Dive to the centre, and the cause detect;
Great deeds from meanest springs may take their course,
And smallest virtues from a mighty source.
Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
Just disease to luxury succeeds.
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