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Brutes find out where their talents lie: a bear will not attempt to fly.
By the laws of God, of nature, of nations, and of your country you are and ought to be as free a people as your brethren in England.
Common fluency of speech in many men and most women is owing to a scarcity of matter.
Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives.
Conscience signifies that knowledge which a man hath of his own thoughts and actions; and because, if a man judgeth fairly of his actions by comparing them with the law of God, his mind will approve or condemn him; this knowledge or conscience may be both an accuser and a judge.
Cruel people are ever cowards in emergency.
Every age might perhaps produce one or two geniuses, if they were not sunk under the censure and obloquy of plodding, servile, imitating pedants.
Every creature lives in a state of war by nature.
Every dog must have his day.
Exploding many things under the name of trifles is a very false proof either of wisdom or magnanimity, and a great check to virtuous actions with regard to fame.
Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most men's power to be agreeable.
Fine words! I wonder where you stole 'em.
[Lat., Libertas et natale solum.]
- said about Chief Justice Whitshed's motto for his coach
Fingers were made before forks and hands before knives.
Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem.
Fond of those hives where folly reigns,
And cards and scandal are the chains,
Where the pert virgin slights a name,
And scorns to redden into shame.
Fools are apt to imitate only the defects of their betters.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is slavery.
God forbid that such a scoundrel as want should dare approach me!
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse.
Great abilities, when employed as God directs, do but make the owners of them greater and more painful servants to their neighbors.
Had Windham possessed discretion in debate, or Sheridan in conduct, they might have ruled their age.
Have you not observed that there is a lower kind of discretion and regularity, which seldom fails of raising men to the highest station in the court, the church, and the law?
He that calls a man ungrateful sums up all the veil that a man can be guilty of.
Hereditary right should be kept sacred, not from any inalienable right in a particular family, but to avoid the consequences that usually attend the ambition of competitors.
His talk was now of tythes and flues;
He smok'd his pipe, and read the news;
Knew how to preach old sermons next,
Vamp'd in the preface and the text;
At christenings well could act his part,
And had the service all by heart;
Wish'd women might have children fast,
And thought whose sow had farrow'd last;
Against dissenters would repine,
And stood up firm for right divine;
Found his head fill'd with many a system,
But classic authors--he ne'er miss'd 'em.
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