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Irish humorous and novelist
(1713 - 1768)
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Lovers are apt to hear through their eyes, but the safest way is to see through their ears. Who was it that said, "Speak, that I may see you?"
      - [Speech]

Madness is consistent; which is more than can be said for poor reason. Whatever may be the ruling passion at the time continues equally so throughout the whole delirium, though it should last for life. Madmen are always constant in love; which no man in his senses ever was. Our passions and principles are steady in frenzy; but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
      - [Madness]

Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.
      - [Uneasiness]

O blessed Health! thou art above all gold and treasure; 'tis thou who enlargest the soul, and openest all its powers to receive instruction, and to relish virtue. He that has thee has little more to wish for, and he that is so wretched as to want thee, wants everything with thee.
      - [Health]

One doe not require nor think of a fire often in sprint or autumn; yet I don't know how it is, but when we have happened by chance to pass near one, the sensation it communicates is so pleasant that we feel rather inclined to indulge it. This is analogous to temptation,--and the moral is, "keep away from the fire."
      - [Temptation]

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
      - [Pain : Pleasure]

Patience cannot remove, but it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune.
      - [Affliction]

People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding up a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.
      - [Health]

Plutarch has a fine expression, with regard to some woman of learning, humility, and virtue;--that her ornaments were such as might be purchased without money, and would render any woman's life both glorious and happy.
      - [Ornament]

Positiveness is a most absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat.
      - [Positiveness]

Precedents are the disgrace of legislation. They are not wanted to justify right measures, are absolutely insufficient to excuse wrong ones. They can only be useful to heralds, dancing masters, and gentlemen ushers.
      - [Precedent]

Probably Providence has implanted peevishness and ill-temper in sick and old persons, in compassion to the friends or relations who are to survive; as it must naturally lessen the concern they might otherwise feel for their loss.
      - [Resignation]

Sight is by much the noblest of the senses. We receive our notices from the other four, through the organs of sensation only. We hear, we feel, we smell, we taste, by touch. But sight rises infinitely higher. It is refined above matter, and equals the faculty of spirit.
      - [Sight]

Simplicity is the great friend to nature, and if I would be proud of anything in this silly world, it should be of this honest alliance.
      - [Simplicity]

So fruitful is slander in variety of expedients to satiate as well as disguise itself. But if these smoother weapons cut so sore, what shall we say of open and unblushing scandal, subjected to no caution, tied down to no restraints?
      - [Slander]

So quickly sometimes has the wheel turned round, that many a man has lived to enjoy the benefit of that charity which his own piety projected.
      - [Benevolence]

Some people pass through life soberly and religiously enough, without knowing way, or reasoning about it, but, from force of habit merely, go to heaven like fools.
      - [Thoughtlessness]

Such a pearly row of teeth, that sovereignty would have pawned her jewels for them.
      - [Teeth]

The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.
      - [Angels]

The best hearts are ever the bravest.
      - [Courage]

The best hearts, Trim, are ever the bravest, replied my uncle Toby.
      - [Bravery]

The brave only know how to forgive.
      - [Forgiveness]

The chaste mind, like a polished plane, may admit foul thoughts, without receiving their tincture.
      - [Purity]

The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
      - [Knowledge]

The happiness of life may be greatly increased by small courtesies in which there is no parade, whose voice is too still to tease, and which manifest themselves by tender and affectionate looks, and little kind acts of attention.
      - [Kindness]

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