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English clergyman, critic and professor of rhetoric and belles-lettres
(1718 - 1809)
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The fatal fondness of indulging in a spirit of ridicule, and the injurious and irreparable consequences which sometimes attend the too severe reply, can never be condemned with more asperity than it deserves. Not to offend is the first step towards pleasing. To give pain is as much an offence against humanity as against good-breeding, and surely it is as well to abstain from an action because it is sinful, as because it is unpolite.
      - [Ridicule]

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
      - [Literature]

The least degree of ambiguity which leaves the mind in suspense as to the meaning ought to be avoided with the greatest care.
      - [Style]

The prevailing manners of an age depend, more than we art aware of, or are willing to allow, on the conduct of the women; this is one of the principal things on which the great machine of human society turns.
      - [Women]

The spirit of true religion breathes gentleness and affability; it gives a native, unaffected ease to the behavior; it is social, kind, cheerful; far removed from the cloudy and illiberal disposition which clouds the brow, sharpens the temper, and dejects the spirit.
      - [Religion]

The tapering pyramid--whose spiky top has wounded the thick cloud.
      - [Spires]

They gather round, and wonder at the tale
  Of horrid apparition, tall and ghostly,
    That walks at dead of night, or takes his stand
      O'er some new-open'd grave, and (strange to tell),
        Evanishes at crowing of the cock.
      - [Ghosts]

Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible, and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity, as soon as it has passed that point, begins to verge towards decay.
      - [Age]

Time hurries on with a resistless, unremitting stream, yet treads more soft than e'er did midnight thief, that slides his hand under the miser's pillow and carries off the prize.
      - [Time]

True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to Him who made us, and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and the duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.
      - [Gentleness]

Under ground
  Precedency's a jest; vassal and lord,
    Grossly familiar, side by side consume.
      - [Graves]

We ought never to sport with pain and distress in any of our amusements, or treat even the meanest insect with wanton cruelty.
      - [Cuckoos]

We should ever have it fixed in our memories that, by the character of those whom we choose for our friends, our own is likely to be formed, and will certainly be judged by the world. We ought, therefore, to be slow and cautious in contracting intimacy; but when a virtuous friendship is once established, we must ever consider it a sacred engagement.
      - [Companions]

You may discover tribes of men without policy, or laws, or cities, or any of the arts of life; but nowhere will you find them without some form of religion.
      - [Religion]

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