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Irish poet, dramatist and novelist
(1728 - 1774)
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A boy will learn more true wisdom in a public school in a year than by a private education in five. It is not from masters, but from their equals, that youth learn a knowledge of the world.
      - [Study]

A French woman is a perfect architect in dress: she never, with Gothic ignorance, mixes the orders; she never tricks out a snobby Doric shape with Corinthian finery; or, to speak without metaphor, she conforms to general fashion only when it happens not to be repugnant to private beauty.
      - [Dress]

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
      - [Curiosity]

A man's own heart must ever be given to gain that of another.
      - [Heart]

A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sincerity.
      - [Sincerity]

Absence, like death, sets a seal on the image of those we love: we cannot realize the intervening changes which time may have effected.
      - [Absence]

Age, that lessens the enjoyment of life, increases our desire of living.
      - [Age]

Alas! the joys that fortune brings
  Are trifling, and decay,
    And those who prize the trifling things,
      More trifling still than they.
      - [Fortune]

All his faults are such that one loves him still the better for them.
      - [Faults]

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
      - [Husbands : Wives]

All that philosophy can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortunes.
      - [Philosophy]

All that the wisdom of the proud can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortune.
      - [Pride]

An emperor in his nightcap will not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
      - [Appearance]

An Englishman fears contempt more than death.
      - [Contempt]

And even his failings leaned to virtue's side.
      - [Virtue]

And, as a bird each fond endearment tries
  To tempt its new-fledg'd offspring to the skies,
    He tried each art, reprov'd each dull delay,
      Allur'd to brighter worlds, and led the way.
      - [Preaching]

As boys should be educated with temperance, so the first greatest lesson that should be taught them is to admire frugality. It is by the exercise of this virtue alone they can ever expect to be useful members of society.
      - [Economy]

As in some Irish houses, where things are so-so,
  One gammon of bacon hangs up for a show;
    But, for eating a rasher of what they take pride in,
      They'd as soon think of eating the pan it is fried in.
      - [Pride]

Aspiring beggary is wretchedness itself.
      - [Beggars]

Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way
  With blossom'd furze, unprofitably gay,
    There, in his noisy mansion, skill'd to rule,
      The village master taught his little school:
        A man severe he was, and stern to view,
          I knew him well, and every truant knew;
            Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
              The day's disasters in his morning's face;
                Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee
                  At all his jokes, for many a joke had he;
                    Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
                      Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd;
                        Yet he was kind, or if severe in aught,
                          The love he bore to learning was in fault,
                            The village all declar'd how much he knew;
                              'T was certain he could write and cypher too.
                                Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage;
                                  And e'en the story ran, that he could gauge.
      - [Schools]

Blest be that spot, where cheerful guests retire
  To pause from toil, and trim their evening fire;
    Blest that abode, where want and pain repair,
      And every stranger finds a ready chair
        Blest be those feasts with simple plenty crown'd,
          Where all the ruddy family around
            Laugh at the jest or pranks, that never fail,
              Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale,
                Or press the bashful stranger to his food,
                  And learn the luxury of doing good.
      - [Hospitality]

Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart?
      - [Integrity]

But me, not destined such delights to share,
  My prime of life in wandering spent and care;
    Impell'd, with steps unceasing, to pursue
      Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view
        That, like the circle bounding earth and skies,
          Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies;
            My fortune leads to traverse reams alone,
              And find no spot of all the world my own.
      - [Exile]

But times are alter'd; trade's unfeeling train
  Usurp the land, and dispossess the swain;
    Along the lawn, where scatter'd hamlets rose,
      Unwieldy wealth and cumbrous pomp repose.
      - [Trade]

Crimes generally punish themselves.
      - [Crime]

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