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English poet and critic
(1688 - 1744)
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Wealth in the gross is death, but life diffus'd,
  As poison heals, in just proportion us'd.
      - [Avarice]

What is every year of a wise man's life but a censure or critic on the past?
      - [Experience]

What is fame? a fancied life in others' breath.
      - [Fame]

What is it to be wise?
  'Tis but to know how little can be known,
    To see all others' faults, and feel our own.
      - [Wisdom]

What mighty contests rise from trivial things.
      - [Proverbs]

What nothing earthly gives, or can destroy,
  The soul's calm sunshine, and the heart-felt joy,
    Is virtue's prize.
      - [Virtue]

What so pure, which envious tongues will spare?
  Some wicked wits have libell'd all the fair,
    With matchless impudence they style a wife,
      The dear-bought curse, and lawful plague of life;
        A bosom serpent, a domestic evil,
          A night invasion, and a mid-day devil;
            Let not the wise these sland'rous words regard,
              But curse the bones of ev'ry living bard.
      - [Wives]

What though no friends in sable weeds appear,
  Grieve for an hour, perhaps, then mourn a year?
    And bear about the mockery of woe
      To midnight dances, and the public show!
      - [Funerals]

What Tully said of war may be applied to disputing: "It should be always so managed as to remember that the only true end of it is peace." But generally true disputants are like true sportsmen,--their whole delight is in the pursuit; and the disputant no more cares for the truth than the sportsman for the hare.
      - [Controversy]

When I die, I should be ashamed to leave enough to build me a monument if there were a wanting friend above ground. I would enjoy the pleasure of what I give by giving it alive and seeing another enjoy it.
      - [Charity]

When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
      - [Virtue]

When rosy morning glimmered o'er the dales.
      - [Morning]

When two people compliment each other with the choice of anything, each of them generally gets that which he likes least.
      - [Compliments]

When we are young, we are slavishly employed in procuring something whereby we may live comfortably when we grow old; and when we are old, we perceive it is too late to live as we proposed.
      - [Old Age]

When weary reapers quit the sultry field,
  and, crown'd with corn, their thanks to Ceres yield.
      - [Agriculture]

Where blended lie the oppressor and the oppressed.
      - [Graves]

Where order in variety we see, and where, though all things differ, all agree.
      - [Nature]

Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were a rich man.
      - [Generosity : Gratitude]

While I live, no rich or noble knave shall walk the world in credit to his grave.
      - [Knavery]

Who knows but He, whose hand the lightning forms,
  Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms,
    Pours fierce ambition in a Caesar's mind.
      - [Ambition]

Who says in verse what others say in prose.
      - [Poets]

Who taught that heaven-directed spire to rise?
      - [Spires]

Who taught the nations of the field and wood
  To shun their poison and to choose their food.
      - [Instinct]

Whoever thinks a perfect work to see, thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
      - [Perfection]

Wholesome solitude, the nurse of sense!
      - [Solitude]

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