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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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Love, anger, pride and avarice all visibly move in those little orbs.
      - [Eyes]

Make not my, ear a stranger to thy thoughts.
      - [Ears]

Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious.
      - [Man : Mirth]

Mankind are more indebted to industry than ingenuity; the gods set up their favors at a price, and industry is the purchaser.
      - [Industry]

Many actions calculated to procure fame are not conducive to ultimate happiness.
      - [Fame]

Marriage enlarges the scene of our happiness and miseries. A marriage of love is pleasant; a marriage of interest, easy; and a marriage where both meet, happy. A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship, all the enjoyments of sense and reason, and, indeed, all the sweets of life.
      - [Matrimony]

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
      - [Travel]

Men naturally warm and heady are transported with the greatest flush of good-nature.
      - [Good Humor]

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.
      - [Bashfulness]

Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood.
      - in the "Spectator", no. 476 [Conversation]

Misery and ignorance are always the cause of great evils. Misery is easily excited to anger, and ignorance soon yields to perfidious counsels.
      - [Misery]

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
      - [Modesty]

Most of our fellow-subjects are guided either by the prejudice of education or by a deference to the judgment of those who perhaps in their own hearts disapprove the opinions which they industriously spread among the multitude.
      - [Authority]

Much might be said on both sides.
      - in the "Spectator", no. 122 [Argument]

Music can noble hints impart,
  Engender fury, kindle love;
    With unsuspected eloquence can move,
      And manage all the man with secret art.
      - [Music]

Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings.
      - [Music]

Music when thus applied raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions. It strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture.
      - [Music]

Music, among those who were styled the chosen people, was a religious art.
      - [Music]

Must one rash word, the infirmity of age, throw down the merit of my better years?
      - [Rashness]

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
      - [Human Nature]

My heart leaps at the trumpet's voice.
      - [Voice]

Nature has laid out all her art in beautifying the face; she has touched it with vermilion, planted in it a double row of ivory, made it the seat of smiles and blushes, lighted it up and enlivened it with the brightness of the eyes, hung it on each side with curious organs of sense, given it airs and graces that cannot be described, and surrounded it with such a flowing shade of hair as sets all its beauties in the most agreeable light.
      - [Face]

Nature has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making.
      - [Conceit]

Nature seems to have taken a particular care to disseminate her blessings among the different regions of the world, with an eye to their mutual intercourse and traffic among mankind, that the nations of the several parts of the globe might have a kind of dependence upon one another and be united together by their common interest.
      - [Commerce]

No man writes a book without meaning something, though he may not have the faculty of writing consequentially and expressing his meaning.
      - [Books]

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