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English poet and dramatist
(1631 - 1700)
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A chine of honest bacon would please my appetite more than all the marrow-puddings, for I like them better plain, having a very vulgar stomach.
      - [Diet]

A confused mass of thoughts, tumbling over one another in the dark; when the fancy was yet in its first work, moving the sleeping images of things towards the light, there to be distinguished and then either chosen or rejected by the judgment.
      - [Fancy]

A coward is the kindest animal;
  'Tis the most forgiving creature in a fight.
      - [Cowards]

A farce is that in poetry which grotesque (caricature) is in painting. The persons and actions of a farce are all unnatural, and the manners false, that is, inconsistent with the characters of mankind; and grotesque painting is the just resemblance of this.
      - [Caricature]

A good conscience is a port which is landlocked on every side, where no winds can possibly invade. There a man may not only see his own image, but that of his Maker, clearly reflected from the undisturbed waters.
      - [Conscience]

A happy genius is the gift of nature.
      - [Genius]

A lazy frost, a numbness of the mind.
      - [Melancholy]

A lively faith will bear aloft the mind, and leave the luggage of good works behind.
      - [Faith]

A narrow mind begets obstinacy; we do not easily believe what we cannot see.
      - [Obstinacy]

A successive title, long and dark, drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah's ark.
      - [Titles]

A taste which plenty does deprave loathes lawful goods, and lawless ill does crave.
      - [Taste]

A world of woes despatched in little space.
      - [Woe]

Affability, mildness, tenderness, and a word which I would fain bring back to its original signification of virtue,--I mean good-nature,--are of daily use; they are the bread of mankind and staff of life.
      - [Good Humor]

Air, earth, and seas, obey'd th' Almighty nod,
  And with a general fear confess'd the God.
      - [Earth]

Alas! I have not words to tell my grief;
  To vent my sorrow would be some relief;
    Light sufferings give us leisure to complain;
      We groan, we cannot speak, in greater pain.
      - [Grief]

Alas! what stay is there in human state,
  Or who can shun inevitable fate?
    The doom was written, the decree was past,
      Ere the foundations of the world were cast.
      - [Destiny]

All authors to their own defects are blind.
      - [Authorship]

All below is strength; and all above is grace.
      - [Building]

All creatures else a time of love possess,
  Man only clogs with care his happiness,
    And while he should enjoy his part of bliss,
      With thoughts of what may be, destroys what is.
      - [Care]

All desp'rate hazards courage do create,
  As he plays frankly, who has least estate;
    Presence of mind, and courage in distress,
      Are more than armies, to procure success.
      - [Courage]

All habits gather by unseen degrees.
      - [Habit]

All heiresses are beautiful.
      - [Beauty : Heirs]

All objects lose by too familiar a view.
      - [Familiarity]

All of a tenor was their after-life,
  No day discolor'd with domestic strife;
    No jealousy, but mutual truth believed,
      Secure repose, and kindness undeceiv'd.
      - [Matrimony]

Among our crimes oblivion may be set.
      - [Oblivion]

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