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LORD GEORGE LYTTELTON, 1ST BARON LYTTELTON ("THE GOOD LORD LYTTELTON")
English poet, author and statesman
(1709 - 1773)

A woman's noblest station is retreat.
      - [Women]

Domestic worth, that shuns too strong a light.
      - [Retirement]

Ev'n in the happiest choice, where fav'ring heaven
  Has equal love and easy fortune giv'n,--
    Think not, the husband gain'd, that all is done;
      The prize of happiness must still be won:
        And, oft, the careless find it to their cost;
          The lover in the husband may be lost;
            The graces might alone his heart allure;
              They and the virtues, meeting, must secure.
      - [Matrimony]

Hence, wretched nation! all thy woes arise,
  Avow'd corruption, licens'd perjuries,
    Eternal taxes, treaties for a day,
      Servants that rule, and senates that obey.
      - [Corruption]

Love can hope, where reason would despair.
      - [Love]

Me other cares in other climes engage,
  Cares that become my birth, and suit my age:
    In various knowledge to instruct my youth,
      And conquer prejudice, worst foe to truth,
        By foreign arts, domestic faults to mend,
          Enlarge my notions, and my views extend;
            The useful science of the world to know,
              Which books can never teach, nor pedants show.
      - [Travel]

Seek to be good, but aim not to be great;
  A woman's noblest station is retreat;
    Her fairest virtues fly from public sight;
      Domestic worth,--that shuns too strong a light.
      - [Women]

The useful science of the world to know, which books can never teach, nor pedants show.
      - [Travel]

Wit is not levelled so much at the muscles as at the heart; and the latter will sometimes smile when there is not a single wrinkle on the cheek.
      - [Wit]

A cunning woman is a knavish fool.
      - Advice to a Lady [Women]

The lower in the husband may be lost.
      - Advice to a Lady (l. 112) [Husbands]

What is your sex's earliest, latest care,
  Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair.
      - Advice to a Lady (l. 17) [Vanity]

None without hope e'er lov'd the brightest fair:
  But Love can hope where Reason would despair.
      - Advice to a Lady (st. 13) [Love]

Women, like princes, find few real friends.
      - Advice to a Lady (st. 2) [Friends]

How much the wife is dearer than the bride.
      - An Irregular Ode [Wives]

The lover in the husband may be lost.
      - Epigram [Love]

Ah, no! the conquest was obtained with ease;
  He pleased you not by studying to please.
      - Progress of Love (3) [Pleasure]

For his chaste Muse employed her heaven-taught lyre
  None but the noblest passions to inspire,
    Not one immoral, one corrupted thought,
      One line, which dying he could wish to blot.
      - Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus [Poets]

Where none admire, 'tis useless to excel;
  Where none are beaux, 'tis vain to be a belle.
      - Soliloquy of a Beauty in the Country
         (l. 11) [Beauty : Proverbs]

Beauty, like wit, to judges should be shown;
  Both most are valued where they best are known.
      - Soliloquy of a Beauty in the Country
         (l. 13) [Beauty]

Alas! by some degree of woe
  We every bliss must gain;
    That heart can ne'er a transport know,
      That never feels a pain.
      - Song [Bliss]

Who bids me Hope, and in that charming word
  Has peace and transport to my soul restor'd.
      - The Progress of Love--Hope
         (eclogue II, l. 41) [Hope]


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