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English poet and dramatist
(1683 - 1765)
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Joy is an import; joy is an exchange;
  Joy flies monopolists: it calls for two;
    Rich fruit! Heaven planted! never pluck'd by one.
      - [Joy]

Joy is as import; joy is an exchange;
  Joy flies monopolists: it calls for two;
    Rich fruit! Heaven planted! never pluck'd by one.
      - [Joy]

Joy wholly from without, is false, precarious, and short. From without it may be gathered; but, like gathered flowers, though fair, and sweet for a season, it must soon wither, and become offensive. Joy from within is like smelling the rose on the tree; it is more sweet and fair, it is lasting; and, I must add, immortal.
      - [Joy]

Kircher, the astronomer, having an acquaintance who denied the existence of a Supreme Being, took the following method to convince him of his error. Expecting him on a visit, he placed a handsome celestial globe in a part of the room where it could not escape the notice of his friend, who, on observing it, inquired whence it came, and who was the maker.
  "It was not made by any person," said the astronomer.
    "That is impossible," replied the sceptic; "you surely jest."
      Kircher then took occasion to reason with his friend upon his own atheistical principles, explaining to him that he had adopted this plan with a design to show him the fallacy of his scepticism.
        "You will not," said he, "admit that this small body originated in mere chance, and yet you contend that those heavenly bodies, to which it bears only a faint and diminutive resemblance, came into existence without author or design."
          He pursued this chain of reasoning till his friend was totally confounded, and cordially acknowledged the absurdity of his notions. By night an atheist half believes a God.
      - [Atheism]

Lean not on earth; it will pierce thee to the heart; a broken reed at best; but oft a spear, on its sharp point Peace bleeds and Hope expires.
      - [Earth]

Learning makes a man fit company for himself.
      - [Learning]

Lemira's sick; make haste, the doctor call,
  He comes: but where is his patient?--at the ball;
    The doctor stares; her woman curtsies low,
      And cries, "My lady, sir, is always so:
        Diversions put her maladies to flight;
          True, she can't stand, but she can dance all night.
            I've known my lady (for she loves a tune)
              For fevers take an opera in June:
                And, though perhaps you'll think the practice bold,
                  A midnight park is sovereign for a cold."
      - [Sickness]

Let no man trust the first false step of guilt; it hangs upon a precipice, whose steep descent in last perdition ends.
      - [Guilt]

Life is the triumph of our mouldering clay; death, of the spirit infinite! divine!
      - [Death]

Life's cares are comforts; such by heaven design'd
  He that has none, must make them or be wretched.
      - [Proverbs]

Like other tyrants, death delights to smite what, smitten, most proclaims the pride of power and arbitrary nod.
      - [Death]

Long traveled in the ways of men.
      - [Travel]

Long-travelled in the ways of men.
      - [Experience]

Man is not made to question, but adore.
      - [Faith]

Man makes a death, which nature never made.
      - [Death]

Man was not made to question, but adore.
      - [Doubt]

Man's caution often into danger turns, and his guard falling crushes him to death.
      - [Caution]

Man's rich restorative; his balmy bath,
  That supples, lubricates, and keep in play
    The various movements of this nice machine,
      Which asks such frequent periods of repair,
        When tir'd with vain rotations of the day,
          Sleep winds us up for the succeeding dawn;
            Fresh we spin on, till sickness clogs our wheels,
              Or death quite breaks the spring, and motion ends.
      - [Sleep]

Man's science is the culture of his heart;
  And not to lose his plummet in the depths
    Of nature, or the more profound of God.
      - [Self-knowledge]

Man, know thyself! all wisdom centres there.
      - [Self-knowledge]

Mankind praise against their will,
  And mix as much detraction as they can.
      - [Detraction]

Men talk only to conceal the mind.
      - [Talking]

Men that would blush at being thought sincere,
  And feign, for glory, the few faults they went;
    That love a lie, where truth would pay as well;
      As if to them, vice shone her own reward.
      - [Court]

Misfortune, like a creditor severe,
  But rises in demand for her delay;
    She makes a scourge of past prosperity
      To sting thee more and double thy distress.
      - [Misfortune]

More hearts pine away in secret anguish for the want of kindness from those who should be their comforters than for any other calamity in life.
      - [Encouragement]

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