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Terror has its inspiration, as well as competition.
That divine gift which makes a woman charming.
That soul-subduing sentiment, harshly called flirtation, which is the spell of a country house.
That youthful fervor, which is sometimes called enthusiasm, but which is a heat of imagination subsequently discovered to be inconsistent with the experience of actual life.
The affections are the children of ignorance; when the horizon of our experience expands, and models multiply, love and admiration imperceptibly vanish.
The age does not believe in great men, because it does not possess any.
The art of conversation is to be prompt without being stubborn, to refute without argument, and to clothe great matters in a motley garb.
The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
- in a speech [Authorship]
The celebrated Boerhaave, who had many enemies, used to say that he never thought it necessary to repeat their calumnies. "They are sparks," said he, "which, if you do not blow them, will go out of themselves."
The character of a woman rapidly develops after marriage, and sometimes seems to change, when in fact it is only complete.
The conduct of men depends upon the temperament, not upon a bunch of musty maxims.
The constitution of England is not a paper constitution. It is an aggregate of institutions, many of them founded merely upon prescription, some of them fortified by muniments, but all of them the fruit and experience of an ancient and illustrious people.
The Continent will not suffer England to be the workshop of the world.
The country has, I think, made up its mind to close this career of plundering and blundering.
- in a letter to Lord Grey de Welton
The difference between talent and genius is this: while the former usually develops some special branch of our faculties, the latter commands them all. When the former is combined with tact, it is often more than a match for the latter.
The enterprise of America precedes that of Europe, as the industry of England precedes that of the rest of Europe.
The eyes of the social herd, who always observe little things, and generally form from them their opinions of great affairs.
The feathered arrow of satire has oft been wet with the heart's blood of its victims.
The fight of Balaklava--that was a feat of chivalry, fiery with consummate courage and bright with flashing valor.
The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
The girl of the period sets up to be natural, and is only rude; mistakes insolence for innocence; says everything that comes first to her lips, and thinks she is gay when she is only giddy.
The Greeks adored their gods by the simple compliment of kissing their hands; and the Romans were treated as atheists if they would not perform the same act when they entered a temple. This custom, however, as a religious ceremony declined with paganism,but was continued as a salutation by inferiors to their superiors, or as a token of esteem among friends.
The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.
- in a speech at Guildhall, London, Nov. 9, 1878
The indulgence in grief is a blunder.
The Italians say it is not necessary to be a stag; but we ought not to be a tortoise.
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