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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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Pedantry in learning is like hypocrisy inn religion--a form of knowledge without the power of it.
      - [Pedantry]

Persons in great stations have seldom their true character drawn till several years after their death. Their personal friendships and enmities must cease, and the parties they were engaged in be at an end, before their faults or their virtues can have justice done them. When writers have the least opportunities of knowing the truth, they are in the best disposition to tell it.
      - [Greatness]

Physic, for the most part, is nothing else but the substitute of exercise and temperance.
      - [Health]

Plutarch has written an essay on the benefits which a man may receive from his enemies; and among the good fruits of enmity, mentions this in particular, that by the reproaches which it casts upon us, we see the worst side of ourselves.
      - [Enemies]

Plutarch says very finely that a man should not allow himself to hate even his enemies.
      - [Hate]

Poverty palls the most generous spirits; it cows industry, and casts resolution itself into despair.
      - [Poverty]

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world and ignorance of mankind.
      - [Prejudice]

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.
      - in the "Tatler", no. 147 [Reading]

Reason shows itself in all occurrences of life; whereas the brute makes no discovery of such a talent, but in what immediately regards his own preservation or the continuance of his species.
      - [Instinct]

Religion contracts the circle of our pleasures, but leaves it wide enough for her votaries to expatiate in.
      - [Religion]

Religion prescribes to every miserable man the means of bettering his condition; nay, it shows him that the bearing of his afflictions as he ought to do, will naturally end in the removal of them.
      - [Sorrow]

Riches are apt to betray a man into arrogance.
      - [Riches]

Riches expose a man to pride and luxury, and a foolish elation of heart.
      - [Riches]

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.
      - [Ridicule]

Should a writer single out and point his raillery at particular persons, or satirize the miserable, he might be sure of pleasing a great part of his readers, but must be a very ill man if he could please himself.
      - [Satire]

Should I publish any favors done me by your lordship, I am afraid it would look more like vanity than gratitude.
      - [Vanity]

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.
      - [Silence]

Simonides, a poet famous in his generation, is, I think, author of the oldest satire that is now extant, and, as some say, of the first that was ever written.
      - [Satire]

Sir Francis Bacon observed that a well-written book, compared with its rivals and antagonists, is like Moses' serpent, that immediately swallowed up and devoured those of the Egyptians.
      - [Style]

Soon as the evening shades prevail,
  The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
    And nightly to the listening earth
      Repeats the story of her birth.
      - in the "Spectator", no. 465, Ode [Moon]

Speechless with wonder and half dead with fear.
      - [Fear]

Supposing all the great points of atheism were formed into a kind of creed, I would fain ask whether it would not require an infinite greater measure of faith than any set of articles which they so violently oppose.
      - [Atheism]

'T is liberty crowns Britannia's Isle,
  And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile.
      - [England]

'T is not my talent to conceal my thoughts, or carry smiles and sunshine in my face when discontent sits heavy at my heart.
      - [Discontent]

'T is the Divinity that stirs within us.
      - [Soul]

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