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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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The moderns cannot reach their beauties, but can avoid their imperfections.
      - [Ancients]

The moral perfections of the Deity, the more attentively, we consider, the more perfectly still shall we know them.
      - [God]

The most exquisite words and finest strokes of an author are those which very often appear the most doubtful and exceptionable to a man who wants a relish for polite learning; and they are those which a sour undistinguishing critic generally attacks with the greatest violence.
      - [Critics]

The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener.
      - [Flattery]

The natural homage which such a creature as Man bears to an infinitely wise and good God, is a firm Reliance on Him for the blessings and conveniences of life, and an habitual Trust in Him for deliverance out of all such dangers and difficulties as may befall us. The man who always lives in this disposition of mind, when he reflects upon his own weakness and imperfection, comforts himself with the contemplation of those Divine attributes which are employed for his safety and welfare. He finds his want of foresight made up by the omniscience of Him who is his support. He in not sensible of his own want of strength when he knows that his Helper is Almighty. In short, the person who has a firm Trust on the Supreme Being, is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his hap-piness.
      - [Faith in Christ]

The passion for praise, which is so very vehement in the fair sex, produces excellent effects in women of sense, who desire to be admired for that which only deserves admiration.
      - [Praise]

The peacock in all his pride does not display half the colors that appear in the garments of a British lady when she is dressed.
      - [Dress]

The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness.
      - [Faith]

The pleasantest part of a man's life is generally that which passes in courtship, provided his passion be sincere, and the party beloved kind with discretion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing emotions of the soul, rise in the pursuit.
      - [Courtship]

The pride of woman, natural to her, never sleeps until modesty is gone.
      - [Pride]

The productions of a great genius, with many lapses and inadvertences, are infinitely preferable to the works of an inferior kind of author which are scrupulously exact, and conformable to all the rules of correct writing.
      - [Genius]

The religious man fears, the man of honor scorns, to do an ill action.
      - [Action]

The schoolboy counts the time till the return of the holidays; the minor longs to be of age; the lover is impatient till he is married.
      - [Impatience]

The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education.
      - in the "Guardian", no. 161 [Honor]

The soul, considered with its Creator, is like one of those mathematical lines that may draw nearer to another for all eternity without a possibility of touching it; and can there be a thought so transporting as to consider ourselves in these perpetual approaches to Him, who is not only the standard of perfection, but of happiness?
      - [Soul]

The soul, secure in her existence, smiles
  At the drawn dagger, and defies its point,
    The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
      Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years;
        But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
          Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
            The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
      - [Soul]

The statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter, and removes the rubbish.
      - [Sculpture]

The talent of turning men into ridicule, and exposing to laughter those one converses with, is the gratification of little minds and ungenerous tempers. A young man with this cast of mind cuts himself off from all manner of improvement.
      - [Ridicule]

The time never lies heavy upon him; it is impossible for him to be alone.
      - [Alone]

The truth of it is, there is nothing in history which is so improving to the reader as those accounts which we meet with of the death of eminent persons and of their behavior in that dreadful season.
      - [Death]

The ungrown glories of his beamy hair.
      - [Hair]

The utmost we can hope for in this world is contentment; if we aim at anything higher, we shall meet with nothing but grief and disappointment. A man should direct all his studies and endeavors at making himself easy now and happy hereafter.
      - [Happiness]

The very first discovery of beauty strikes the mind with an inward joy, and spreads a cheerfulness and delight through all its faculties.
      - [Beauty]

The voice of reason is more to be regarded than the bent of any present inclination; since inclination will at length come over to reason, though we can never force reason to comply with inclination.
      - [Reason]

The ways of heaven are dark and intricate,
  Puzzled in mazes, and perplex'd with errors;
    Our understanding traces them in vain,
      Lost and bewilder'd in the fruitless search;
        Nor sees with how much art the windings run,
          Nor where the regular confusion ends.
      - [Providence]

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