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Irish writer on art
(1794 - 1860)
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A bond is necessary to complete our being, only we must be careful that the bond does not become bondage.
      - [Bondage]

A good taste in art feels the presence or the absence of merit; a just taste discriminates the degree--the poco piu and the poco meno. A good taste rejects faults; a just taste selects excellences. A good taste is often unconscious; a just taste is always conscious. A good taste may be lowered or spoilt; a just taste can only go on refining more and more.
      - [Taste]

A good taste is often unconscious; a just taste is always conscious.
      - [Taste]

A king or a prince becomes by accident a part of history. A poet or an artist becomes by nature and necessity a part of universal humanity.
      - [Greatness]

Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth.
      - [Language]

All government, all exercise of power, no matter in what form, which is not based in love and directed by knowledge, is a tyranny.
      - [Government]

All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the safe side and the just side of a question is the generous side and the merciful side.
      - [Generosity]

All my own experience of life teaches me the contempt of cunning, not the fear. The phrase "profound cunning" has always seemed to me a contradiction in terms. I never knew a cunning mind which was not either shallow or on some point diseased.
      - [Cunning]

As the eye becomes blinded by fashion to positive deformity, so, through social conventionalism, the conscience becomes blinded to positive immorality.
      - [Fashion]

As what we call genius arises out of the disproportionate power and size of a certain faculty, so the great difficulty lies in harmonizing with it the rest of the character.
      - [Genius]

Avarice is to the intellect what sensuality is to the morals.
      - [Avarice]

Blessed is the memory of those who have kept themselves unspotted from the world. Yet more blessed and more dear the memory of those who have kept themselves unspotted in the world.
      - [Holiness]

Chill penury weighs down the heart itself; and though it sometimes be endured with calmness, it is but the calmness of despair.
      - [Poverty]

Conflict, which rouses up the best and highest powers in some characters, in others not only jars the whole being, but paralyzes the faculties.
      - [Character]

Even virtue itself, all perfect as it is, requires to be inspirited by passion; for duties are but coldly performed which are but philosophically fulfilled.
      - [Passion]

Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty.
      - [Vanity]

Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.
      - [Fear]

I have great admiration for power, a great terror of weakness, especially in my own sex, yet feel that my love is for those who overcome the mental and moral suffering and temptation through excess of tenderness rather than through excess of strength.
      - [Tenderness]

I have much more confidence in the charity which begins in the home and diverges into a large humanity, than in the world-wide philanthropy which begins at the outside of our horizon to converge into egotism.
      - [Charity]

If a superior woman marry a vulgar or inferior man, he makes her miserable, but seldom governs her mind or vulgarizes her nature; and if there be love on his side, the chances are that in the end she will elevate and refine him.
      - [Wedlock]

If the deepest and best affections which God has given us sometimes brood over the heart like doves of peace,--they sometimes suck out our life-blood like vampires.
      - [Affection]

If we can still love those who have made us suffer, we love them all the more.
      - [Forgiveness]

In every mind where there is a strong tendency to fear there is a strong capacity to hate. Those who dwell in fear dwell nest door to hate; and I think it is the cowardice of women which makes them such intense haters.
      - [Fear]

In morals, what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion, what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.
      - [Fear]

In our relations with the people around us, we forgive them more readily for what they do, which they can help, than for what they are, which they cannot help.
      - [Character]

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