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English novelist and playwright
(1776 - 1850)
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A cheerful temper spreads like the dawn, and all vapors disperse before it. Even the tear dries on the cheek, and the sigh sinks away half-breathed when the eye of benignity beams upon he unhappy.
      - [Cheerfulness]

A sincere acquaintance with ourselves teaches us humility; and from humility springs that benevolence which compassionates the transgressors we condemn, and prevents the punishments we inflict from themselves partaking of crime, in being rather the wreakings of revenge than the chastisements of virtue.
      - [Punishment]

Any base heart can devise means of vileness, and affix the ugly shapings of its own fancy to the actions of those around him; but it requires loftiness of mind, and the heaven-born spirit of virtue, to imagine greatness where it is not, and to deck the sordid objects of nature in the beautiful robes of loveliness and light.
      - [Suspicion]

Beauty of form affects the mind, but then it must be understood that it is not the mere shell that we admire; we are attracted by the idea that this shell is only a beautiful case adjusted to the shape and value of a still more beautiful pearl within. The perfection of outward loveliness is the soul shining through its crystalline covering.
      - [Beauty]

But the most annoying of all public reformers is the personal satirist. Though he may be considered by some few as a useful member of society, yet he is only ranked with the hangman, whom we tolerate because he executes the judgment we abhor to do ourselves, and avoid with a natural detestation of his office. The pen of the one and the cord of the other are inseparable in our minds.
      - [Satire]

Compulsion hardly restores right; love yields all things.
      - [Love]

Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel.
      - [Authorship]

Guilt is a spiritual Rubicon.
      - [Guilt]

Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.
      - [Happiness]

He that easily believes rumors has the principle within him to augment rumors. It is strange to see the ravenous appetite with which some devourers of character and happiness fix upon the sides of the innocent and unfortunate.
      - [Rumor]

How different is the ready hand, tearful eye, and soothing voice, from the ostentatious appearance which is called pity.
      - [Pity]

How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping!
      - [Tears]

I never yet heard man or woman much abused, that I was not inclined to think the better of them; and to transfer any suspicion or dislike to the person who appeared to take delight in pointing out the defects of a fellow-creature.
      - [Abuse]

If cowardice were not so completely a coward as to be unable to look steadily upon the effects of courage, he would find that there is no refuge so sure as dauntless valor.
      - [Cowardice]

Imparting knowledge, is only lighting other men's candle at our lamp, without depriving ourselves of any flame.
      - [Knowledge]

In the career of female fame, there are few prizes to tie obtained which can vie with the obscure state of a beloved wife or a happy mother.
      - [Fame]

It depends on education (that holder of the keys which the Almighty hath put into our hands) to open the gates which lead to virtue or to vice, to happiness or misery.
      - [Education]

It has been wisely said, "that well may thy guardian angel suffer thee to lose thy locks, when thou darest wilfully to lay thy head in the lap of temptation!" Was it not easier for the hero of Judaea to avoid the touch of the fair Philistine, than to elude her power when held in her arms?
      - [Temptation]

It is not designed that the road should be made too smooth for us here upon earth.
      - [Trouble]

Lachrymal counsellors, with one foot in the cave of despair, and the other invading the peace of their friends, are the paralyzers of action, the pests of society, and the subtlest homicides in the world; they poison with a tear; and convey a dagger to the heart while they press you to their bosoms.
      - [Despair]

Life is a warfare; and he who easily desponds deserts a double duty--he betrays the noblest property of man, which is dauntless resolution; and he rejects the providence of that All-Gracious Being who guides and rules the universe.
      - [Despondency]

Magnanimity is above circumstance; and any virtue which depends on that is more of constitution than of principle.
      - [Magnanimity]

National antipathy is the basest, because the most illiberal and illiterate of all prejudices.
      - [Prejudice]

Nobility, without virtue, is a fine setting without a gem.
      - [Nobility]

Self-love leads men of narrow minds to measure all mankind by their own capacity.
      - [Self-love]

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