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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
      - [Music]

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power of dominion.
      - [Authority]

Nothing lies on our hands with such uneasiness as time. Wretched and thoughtless creatures! In the only place where covetousness were a virtue we turn prodigals.
      - [Time]

Nothing makes a woman more esteemed by the opposite sex than chastity; whether it be that we always prize those most who are hardest to come at, or that nothing besides chastity, with its collateral attendants, truth, fidelity, and constancy, gives the man a property in the person he loves, and consequently endears her to him above all things.
      - [Chastity]

Nothing makes men sharper than want.
      - [Want]

Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconstancy.
      - [Inconstancy]

Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great.
      - [Contempt]

Notwithstanding that natural love in brutes is much more violent and intense than in rational creatures, Providence has taken care that it should be no longer troublesome to the parent than it is useful to the young; for so soon as the wants of the latter cease, the mother withdraws her fondness, and leaves them to provide for themselves.
      - [Brutes]

Novelty serves us for a kind of refreshment, and takes off from that satiety we are apt to complain of in our usual and ordinary entertainments.
      - [Novelty]

Now to the main the burning sun descends,
  And sacred night her gloomy veil extends.
    The western sun now shot a feeble ray
      And faintly scatter'd the remains of day.
      - [Evening]

O Lucius, I am sick of this bad world!
  The day-light and the sun grow painful to me.
      - [Despair]

Of all hardness of heart there is none so inexcusable as that of parents toward their children. An obstinate, inflexible, unforgiving temper is odious upon all occasions; but here it is unnatural.
      - [Parents]

Of his shallow species there is not a more unfortunate, empty and conceited animal than that which is generally known by the name of a critic.
      - [Critics]

Oh, Liberty! thou goddess heavenly bright!
  Profuse of bliss, and pregnant with delight!
    Eternal pleasures in thy presence reign,
      And smiling plenty leads thy wanton train.
      - [Freedom]

On you, most loved, with anxious fear I wait,
  And from your judgment must expect my fate.
      - [Proposals]

One may know a man that never conversed in the world, by his excess of good-breeding.
      - [Good Breeding]

One of the most important, but one of the most difficult things to a powerful mind is to be its own master; a pond may lay quiet in a plain, but a lake wants mountains to compass and hold it in.
      - [Government]

One would fancy that the zealots in atheism would be exempt from the single fault which seems to grow out of the imprudent fervor of religion. But so it is, that irreligion is propagated with as much fierceness and contention, wrath and indignation, as if the safety of mankind depended upon it.
      - [Atheism]

One would think that the larger the company is in which we are engaged, the greater variety of thoughts and subjects would be started into discourse; but, instead of this we find that conversation is never so much straightened and confined, as in numerous assemblies.
      - [Conversation]

Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacence, if they discover none of the like in themselves.
      - [Censure]

Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person without a catalogue of some notorious weaknesses and infirmities.
      - [Fame]

Our Grub-street biographers watch for the death of a great man like so many undertakers on purpose to make a penny of him.
      - [Biography]

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
      - [Patience]

Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses; it fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas;--converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated with its proper enjoyments.
      - [Sight]

Peaceable times are the best to live in, though not so proper to furnish materials for a writer.
      - [Authorship]

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