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Irish poet, dramatist and novelist
(1728 - 1774)
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No vernal blooms their torpid rocks array,
  But winter lingering chills the lap of May;
    No zephyr fondly sues the mountain's breast,
      But meteors glare, and stormy glooms invest.
      - [Mountains]

Nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty.
      - [Poverty]

Nothing is so contemptible as that affectation of wisdom, which some display, by universal incredulity.
      - [Incredulity]

Novels teach the youthful mind to sigh after happiness that never existed.
      - [Novels]

O friendship! thou fond soother of the human breast, to thee we fly in every calamity; to thee the wretched seek for succor; on thee the care-tired son of misery fondly relies; from thy kind assistance the unfortunate always hopes relief, and may be sure of--disappointment.
      - [Friendship]

Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest.
      - [Ambition]

Oh, blest retirement! friend to life's decline, how blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, a youth of labor with an age of ease!
      - [Retirement]

One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality.
      - [Quarrels]

One writer excels at a plan or a title-page; another works away at the body of the book; and a third is a dab hand at an index.
      - [Authorship]

Our bounty, like a drop of water, disappears, when diffus'd too widely.
      - [Bounty]

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
      - [Repentance]

Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please.
      - [Affectation]

People seldom improve when they have no model but themselves to copy after.
      - [Self]

Pity, though it may often relieve, is but, at best, a short-lived passion, and seldom affords distress more than transitory assistance; with some it scarce lasts from the first impulse till the hand can be put into the pocket.
      - [Pity]

Politics resemble religion; attempting to divest either of ceremony is the most certain mode of bringing either into contempt.
      - [Politics]

Popular glory is a perfect coquette; her lovers must toil, feel every inquietude, indulge every caprice, and perhaps at last be jilted into the bargain. True glory, on the other hand, resembles a woman of sense; her admirers must play no tricks. They feel no great anxiety, for they are sure in the end of being rewarded in proportion to their merit.
      - [Fame]

Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough, and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort.
      - [Praise]

Processions, cavalcades, and all that fund of gay frippery, furnished out by tailors, barbers, and tire-women, mechanically influence the mind into veneration; an emperor in his nightcap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
      - [Dress]

Prudery is ignorance.
      - [Prudery]

Quality and title have such allurements that hundreds are ready to give up all their own importance, to cringe, to flatter, to look little, and to pall every pleasure in constraint, merely to be among the great, though without the least hopes of improving their understanding or sharing their generosity. They might be happier among their equals.
      - [Rank]

Religion does what philosophy could never do; it shows the equal dealings of Heaven to the happy and the unhappy, and levels all human enjoyments to nearly the same standard. It gives to both rich and poor the same happiness hereafter, and equal hopes to aspire after it.
      - [Religion]

Ridicule has even been the most powerful enemy of enthusiasm, and properly the only antagonist that can be opposed to it with success.
      - [Enthusiasm]

See me, how calm I am.
  Ay, people are generally calm at the misfortunes of others.
      - [Calumny]

She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a greater character than ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with their eyes.
      - [Women]

Sweet was the sound, when oft, at evening's close,
  Up yonder hill the village murmur rose;
    There as I passed, with careless steps and slow,
      The mingling notes came soften'd from below;
        The swain responsive as the milkmaid sung,
          The sober herd that low'd to meet their young;
            The noisy geese that gabbled o'er the pool,
              The playful children just let loose from school;
                The watch-dog's voice that bay'd the whispering wind,
                  And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind;
                    These all in sweet confusion sought the shade,
                      And fill'd each pause the nightingale had made.
      - [Evening]

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