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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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Every one knows the veneration which was paid by the Jews to a name so great, wonderful, and holy. They would not let it enter even into their religious discourses. What can we then think of those who make use of so tremendous a name, in the ordinary expression of their anger, mirth, and most impertinent passions?
      - [Profanity]

Every passion gives a particular cast to the countenance, and is apt to discover itself in some feature or other. I have seen an eye curse for half an hour together, and an eyebrow call a man a scoundrel.
      - [Physiognomy]

Fables take off from the severity of instruction, and enforce it at the same time that they conceal it.
      - [Fables]

Facts are plain spoken; hopes and figures are its aversion.
      - [Facts]

Falsehood and fraud shoot up in every soil
  The product of all climes.
      - [Falsehood]

Fame is a good so wholly foreign to our natures that we have no faculty in the soul adapted to it, nor any organ in the body to relish it; an object of desire placed out of the possibility of fruition.
      - [Fame]

Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense; there are forty men of wit for one man of good sense; and he that will carry nothing about with him but gold, will be every day at a loss for readier change.
      - [Sense]

For my own part, I am apt to join in the opinion with those who believe that all the regions of Nature swarm with spirits, and that we have multitudes of spectators on all our actions when we think ourselves most alone.
      - [Spirits]

Forever singing, as they shine,
  The hand that made us is divine.
      - [Singers : Stars]

Foul with stains of gushing torrents and descending rains.
      - [Rain]

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
      - [Friendship]

From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments, the mind acquires new ideas; and by a frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor.
      - [Society]

Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence, of this virtue.
      - in the "Guardian", no. 166 [Philanthropy]

God discovers the martyr and confessor without the trial of flames and tortures, and will hereafter entitle many to the reward of actions which they had never the opportunity of performing.
      - [Martyrs]

Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant.
      - [Gold]

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature.
      - [Beauty]

Good-breeding shows itself most where to an ordinary eye it appears the least.
      - [Good Breeding]

Good-nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty. It shows virtue in the fairest light; takes off in some measure from the deformity of vice; and makes even folly and impertinence supportable.
      - [Good Nature]

Government mitigates the inequality of power, and makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow-subjects.
      - [Government]

Guard thy heart on this weak side, where most our nature fails.
      - [Weakness]

Half the misery of human life might be extinguished, would men alleviate the general curse they lie under, by mutual offices of compassion, benevolence, and humanity.
      - [Reciprocity]

He who would pass the declining years with honor and comfort, should when young, consider that he might one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he had once been young.
      - [Aging]

Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.
      - in the "Spectator", no. 387 [Health]

Here the marble statues breathe in rows.
      - [Sculpture]

His fancy lost in pleasant dreams.
      - [Dreams]

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