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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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The woman that deliberates is lost.
      - [Proverbs]

The world is so full of ill-nature that I have lampoons sent me by people who cannot spell, and satires composed by those who scarce know how to write.
      - [Ills]

There are greater depths and obscurities, greater intricacies and perplexities, in an elaborate and well-written piece of nonsense, than in the most abstruse and profound tract of school divinity.
      - [Nonsense]

There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion.
      - [Discretion]

There are no more useful members in a commonwealth than merchants. They knit mankind together in a mutual intercourse of good offices, distribute the gifts of Nature, find work for the poor, and wealth to the rich, and magnificence to the great.
      - [Commerce]

There in no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.
      - in the "Guardian", no. 99 [Justice]

There is a great amity between designing and art.
      - [Art]

There is a kind of grandeur and respect which the meanest and most insignificant part of mankind endeavor to procure in the little circle of their friends and acquaintance. The poorest mechanic, nay, the man who lives upon common alms, gets him his set of admirers, and delights in that superiority which he enjoys over those who are in some respects beneath him. This ambition, which is natural to the soul of man, might, methinks, receive a very happy turn; and, if it were rightly directed, contribute as much to a person's advantage, as it generally does to his uneasiness and disquiet.
      - [Ambition]

There is a sort of economy in Providence that one shall excel where another is defective, in order to make men more useful to each other, and mix them in society.
      - [Society]

There is more of turn than of truth in a saying of Seneca, "That drunkenness does not produce but discover faults." Common experience teaches the contrary. Wine throws a man out of himself, and infuses dualities into the mind which she is a stranger to in her sober moments.
      - [Intemperance]

There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.
      - [Obscurity]

There is no passion that is not finely expressed in those parts of the inspired writings which are proper for divine songs and anthems.
      - [Bible]

There is no passion which steals into the heart more imperceptibly, and covers itself under more disguises, than pride.
      - [Pride]

There is no society or conversation to be kept up in the world without good-nature, or something which must bear its appearance, and supply its place. For this reason mankind have been forced to invent a kind of artificial humanity, which is what we express by the word "good-breeding." For, if we examine thoroughly the idea of what we call so, we shall find it to be nothing else but an imitation and mimicry of good-nature, or, in other terms, affability, complaisance, and easiness of temper reduced into an art.
      - [Good Breeding]

There is no talent so pernicious as eloquence to those who have it under command.
      - [Eloquence]

There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.
      - [Justice]

There is nobody so weak of invention that cannot make some little stories to villify his enemy.
      - [Slander]

There is not a more melancholy object than a man who has his head turned with religious enthusiasm.
      - [Enthusiasm]

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.
      - [Gratitude]

There is not so variable a thing in nature. as a lady's head-dress.
      - [Dress]

There is not, in my opinion, anything more mysterious in nature than this instinct in animals which thus rise above reason and fall infinitely short of it.
      - [Instinct]

There is nothing in which men more deceive themselves than in what they call zeal.
      - [Zeal]

There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
      - [Beauty]

There is nothing which one regards so much with an eye of mirth and pity as innocence when it has in it a dash of folly.
      - [Folly]

There is nothing which strengthens faith more than the observance of morality.
      - [Morality]

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