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Silence in times of suffering is the best.
Since a true knowledge of nature gives us pleasure, a lively imitation of it, either in poetry or painting, must produce a much greater; for both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature.
So the false spider, when her nets are spread, deep ambushed in her silent den does lie.
Some of our philosophizing divines have too much exalted the faculties of our souls, when they have maintained that by their force mankind has been able to find out God.
Speech is the light, the morning of the mind:
It spreads the beauteous images abroad,
Which else lie furl'd and shrouded in the soul.
Stiff opinion, always in the wrong.
Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude, and in that ease solitude is prepared for them.
Sure there is none but fears a future state;
And when the most obdurate swear they do not,
Their trembling hearts belie their boasting tongues.
Sweet is pleasure after pain.
Sweet the pleasure after pain.
'T was grief no more, or grief and rage were one within her soul; at last 't was rage alone.
Take my esteem, if you on that can live,
For frankly, sir, 'tis all I have to give.
Take the goods the gods provide thee.
Take what He gives, since to rebel is vain;
The bad grows better, which we well sustain;
And could we choose the time, and choose aright,
'Tis best to die, our honor at the height.
That crawling insect, who from mud began, warmed by my beams, and kindled into man!
That gloomy outside, like a rusty chest, contains the shoring treasure of a soul resolved and brave.
The art of clothing the thought in apt, significant and sounding words.
The blushing beauties of a modest maid.
- [Girlhood : Maidenhood]
The bravest men are subject most to chance.
The bride, lovely herself, and lovely by her side a bevy of bright nymphs, with sober grace came glittering like a star, and took her place.
The commendation of adversaries is the greatest triumph of a writer, because it never comes unless extorted.
The elephant is never won by anger; nor must that man who would reclaim a lion take him by the teeth.
The emperor one day took up a pencil which fell from the hand of Titian, who was then drawing his picture; and upon the compliment which Titian made him on that occasion he said, "Titian deserves to be served by Caesar."
The end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction; and he who writes honestly is no more an enemy to the offender than the physician to the patient when he prescribes harsh remedies.
The fortitude of a Christian consists in patience, not in enterprises which the poets call heroic, and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride and worldly honor.
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