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English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error. Where one has been saved by a true estimation of another's weakness, thousands have been destroyed by a false appreciation of their own strength.
      - [Conceit]

Bed is a bundle of paradoxes; we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; and we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
      - [Bed]

Bigotry murders religion to frighten folks with her ghost.
      - [Bigotry]

"Books," says my lord Bacon, "should have no patrons but truth and reason."
      - [Books]

Brutes leave ingratitude to man.
      - [Ingratitude]

Butler compared the tongues of these eternal talkers to race-horses, which go the faster the less weight they carry.
      - [Talking]

Calumniators are those who have neither good hearts nor good understandings. We ought not to think ill of any one till we have palpable proof; and even then we should not expose them to others.
      - [Calumny]

Calumny crosses oceans, scales mountains and traverses deserts, with greater ease than the Scythian Abaris, and like him, rides upon a poisoned arrow.
      - [Calumny]

Charles Fox said that restorations were the most bloody of all revolutions; and he might have added that reformations are the best mode of preventing the necessity of either.
      - [Reformation]

Cheerfulness ought to be the viaticum vitae of their life to the old; age without cheerfulness is a Lapland winter without a sun.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
      - [Adversity]

Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than his merit; posterity will regard the merit rather than the man.
      - [Merit]

Conversation is the music of the mind, an intellectual orchestra, where all the instruments should bear a part, but where none should play together. Each of the performers should have a just appreciation of his own powers, otherwise an unskilful novice who might usurp the first fiddle, would infallibly get into a scrape. To prevent these mistakes, a good master of the band will be very particular in the assortment of the performers; if too dissimilar, there will be no harmony, if too few, there will be no variety; and if too numerous, there will be no order, for the. presumption of one prater, might silence the eloquence of a Burke, or the wit of a Sheridan, as a single kettle-drum would drown the finest solo of a Gionowich or a Jordini.
      - [Conversation]

Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things. Our blood is nearer and dearer to us than our money, and our life than our estate.
      - [Courage]

Courage is incompatible with the fear of death; but every villain fears death; therefore, no villain can be brave. He may, indeed, possess the courage of the rat, and fight with desperation when driven into a corner. * * * * * yet the glare of a courage thus elicited by danger, where fear conquers fear, is not to be compared to that calm sunshine which constantly cheers and illuminates the breast of him, who builds his confidence on virtuous principles.
      - [Bravery : Courage]

Courage is like the diamond,--very brilliant; not changed by fire, capable of high polish, but except for the purpose of cutting hard bodies useless.
      - [Courage]

Criticism is like champagne, nothing more execrable if bad, nothing more excellent if good; if meagre, muddy, vapid and sour, both are fit only to engender colic and wind; but if rich, generous and sparkling, they communicate a genial glow to the spirits, improve the taste, and expand the heart.
      - [Criticism]

Cruel men are the greatest lovers of Mercy, avaricious men of generosity, and proud men of humility; that is to say, in other, not in themselves.
      - [Contrast]

Custom is the law of one description of fools, and fashion of another; but the two parties often clash--for precedent is the legislator of the first, and novelty of the last. Custom, therefore, looks to things that are past, and fashion to things that are present.
      - [Custom]

Death is like thunder in two particulars; we are alarmed, at the sound of it; and it is formidable only from that which preceded it.
      - [Death]

Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.
      - [Death]

Deformity of the heart I call
  The worst deformity of all;
    For what is form, or what is face,
      But the soul's index, or its case?
      - [Deformity]

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
      - [Action]

Despotism can no more exist in a nation until the liberty of the press be destroyed than the night can happen before the sun is set.
      - [Despotism]

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven and hell a fable.
      - [Charity]

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