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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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As for the ass's behavior in such nice circumstances; whether he would starve sooner than violate his neutrality to the two bundles of hay, I shall not presume to determine.
      - [Neutrality]

As to be perfectly just is an attribute of the Divine nature, to be so to the utmost of our abilities is the glory of man.
      - [Glory]

As vivacity is the gift of woman, gravity is that of man.
      - [Dignity]

Beauty commonly produces love, but cleanliness preserves it. Age itself is not unamiable while it is preserved clean and unsullied; like a piece of metal constantly kept smooth and bright, we look on it with more pleasure than on a new vessel cankered with rust.
      - [Cleanliness]

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
      - in the "Spectator", no. 166 [Books]

But silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them.
      - in the "Tatler", no. 133 [Silence]

By anticipation we sugar misery and enjoy happiness before they are in being. We can set the sun and stars forward, or lose sight of them by wandering into those retired parts of eternity when the heavens and earth shall be no more.
      - [Anticipation]

Calm and serene he drives the furious blast,
  And, pleas'd th' Almighty's orders for perform,
    Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
      - [Power]

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
      - in the "Guardian", no. 166 [Charity]

Charity is the perfection and the ornament of religion.
      - [Alms]

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Cleanliness may be defined to be the emblem of purity of mind.
      - [Cleanliness]

Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable.
      - [Complacency]

Complaisance, though in itself it be scarce reckoned in the number of moral virtues, is that which gives a lustre to every talent a man can be possessed of. It was Plato's advice to an unpolished writer that he should sacrifice to the graces. In the same manner I would advise every man of learning, who would not appear in the world a mere scholar or philosopher, to make himself master of the social virtue which I have here mentioned.
      - [Complacency]

Contentment produces, in some measure, all those effects which the alchemist usually ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if it does not bring riches, it does the same thing by banishing the desire for them.
      - [Contentment]

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.
      - [Courage]

Cunning has only private selfish aims, and sticks at nothing which may make them succeed. Discretion has large and extended views, and, like a well-formed eye, commands a whole horizon; cunning is a kind of shortsightedness, that discovers the minutest objects which are near at hand, but is not able to discern things at a distance.
      - [Cunning]

Cunning is only the mimic of discretion, and may pass upon weak men, in the same manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom.
      - [Cunning]

Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity, and a greater incitement to tenderness and pity than any other motive whatever.
      - [Dependence]

Devotion, when it does not lie under the check of reason, is apt to degenerate into enthusiasm.
      - [Devotion]

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to win all the duties of life.
      - [Discretion]

E'en the rough rocks with tender myrtle bloom, and trodden weeds send out a rich perfume.
      - [Flowers]

Encourage innocent amusement.
      - [Amusements]

Even the greatest actions of a celebrated person labor under this disadvantage, that however surprising and extraordinary they may be, they are no more than what are expected from him.
      - [Notoriety]

Every man in the time of courtship and in the first entrance of marriage, puts on a behavior like my correspondent's holiday suit.
      - [Courtship]

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