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English poet and short story writer
(1754 - 1832)
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Man yields to custom, as he bows to fate,
  In all things ruled--mind, body, and estate,
    In pain, in sickness, we for cure apply
      To them we know not, and we know not why.
      - Tale III--The Gentleman Farmer (l. 86)

The coward never on himself relies,
  But to an equal for assistance flies.
      - Tale III-The Gentleman Farmer (l. 84)

All green was vanished save of pine and yew,
  That still displayed their melancholy hue;
    Save the green holly with its berries red,
      And the green moss that o'er the gravel spread.
      - Tale of the Hall [Holly]

But 'twas a maxim he had often tried,
  That right was right, and there he would abide.
      - Tales (tale XV, The Squire and the Priest)

The face the index of a feeling mind.
      - Tales of the Hall [Face]

Now, at a certain time, in pleasant mood,
  He tried the luxury of doing good.
      - Tales of the Hall (bk. III) [Goodness]

To sigh, yet not recede; to grieve, yet not repent!
      - Tales of the Hall
         (bk. III, Boys at School, last line)

Jane borrow'd maxims from a doubting school,
  And took for truth the test of ridicule;
    Lucy saw no such virtue in a jest,
      Truth was with her of ridicule the test.
      - Tales of the Hall (bk. VIII, l. 126)

See Time has touched me gently in his race,
  And left no odious furrows in my face.
      - Tales of the Hall
         (bk. XVII, The Widow, st. 3) [Time]

Cut and come again.
      - Tales VII (l. 26) [Proverbial Phrases]

The wife was pretty, trifling, childish, weak;
  She could not think, but would not cease to speak.
      - Tales--Struggles of Conscience [Wives]

Oh! 'tis a precious thing, when wives are dead,
  To find such numbers who will serve instead:
    And in whatever state a man be thrown,
      'Tis that precisely they would wish their own.
      - Tales--The Learned Boy [Wives]

But monument themselves memorials need.
      - The Borough (letter II) [Monuments]

"What is a church?" Let Truth and reason speak,
  They would reply, "The faithful, pure and meek,
    From Christian folds, the one selected race,
      Of all professions, and in every place."
      - The Borough (letter II, l. 1) [Churches]

"What is a church?"--Our honest sexton tells,
  'Tis a tall building, with a tower and bells.
      - The Borough (letter II, l. 11) [Churches]

Habit with him was all the test of truth;
  "It must be right: I've done it from my youth."
      - The Borough (letter III) [Habit]

From powerful causes spring the empiric's gains,
  Man's love of life, his weakness, and his pains;
    These first induce him the vile trash to try,
      Then lend his name, that other men may buy.
      - The Borough (letter VII, l. 124)

To show the world what long experience gains,
  Requires not courage, though it calls for pains;
    But at life's outset to inform mankind
      Is a bold effort of a valiant mind.
      - The Borough (letter VII, l. 47)

Void of all honor, avaricious, rash,
  The daring tribe compound their boasted trash--
    Tincture of syrup, lotion, drop, or pill;
      All tempt the sick to trust the lying bill.
      - The Borough (letter VII, l. 75) [Quackery]

Let's learn to live, for we must die alone.
      - The Borough (letter X) [Life]

Virtue alone is happiness below.
      - The Borough (letter XVI) [Virtue]

His patient soul endures what Heav'n ordains,
  But neither feels nor fears ideal pains.
      - The Borough (letter XVII) [Patience]

Some hearts are hidden, some have not a heart.
      - The Borough (letter XVII) [Heart]

Temp'rate in every place--abroad, at home,
  Thence will applause, and hence will profit come;
    And health from either--he in time prepares
      For sickness, age, and their attendant cares.
      - The Borough (letter XVII, l. 198)

Books cannot always please, however good;
  Minds are not ever craving for their food.
      - The Borough (letter XXIV, Schools, l. 402)

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