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English humorist, poet, novelist and miscellaneous writer
(1779 - 1849)
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Not to know what happened before we were born is always to remain a child; to know, and blindly to adopt that knowledge as an implicit rule of life, is never to be a man.
      - [History : Past]

One would not object to the prevalent notion that whatever is fashionable is right, if our rulers of the mode would contrive that whatever is right should be fashionable.
      - [Fashion]

Oratory is the power to talk people out of their sober and natural opinions.
      - [Oratory]

Persecution is disobeying the most solemn injunction of Christianity, under the sham plea of upholding it.
      - [Persecution]

Plagiarists are purloiners who filch the fruit that others have gathered, and then throw away the basket.
      - [Plagiarism]

Poetry is the music of thought, conveyed to us in music of language.
      - [Poetry]

Popularity is like the brightness of a falling star, the fleeting splendor of a rainbow, the bubble that is sure to burst by its very inflation.
      - [Popularity]

Precept and example, like the blades of a pair of scissors, are admirably adapted to their end when conjoined; separated, they lose the greater portion of their utility.
      - [Precepts]

Prudery is the innocence of the vicious--external sanctity, assumed as a cover for internal laxity.
      - [Prudery]

Pure religion may generally be measured by the cheerfulness of its professors, and superstition by the gloom of its victims.
      - [Religion]

Quills are things that are sometimes taken from the pinions of one goose to spread the opinions of another.
      - [Quill]

Revenge, which, like envy, is an instinct of justice, does but take into its own hands the execution of that natural law which precedes the social.
      - [Revenge]

Scandal is what one-half the world takes pleasure in inventing, and the other half in believing.
      - [Scandal]

Slanderers are at all events economical for they make a little scandal go a great way, and rarely open their mouths except at the expense of other people.
      - [Slander]

The liberty of the press is the true measure of all other liberty; for all freedom without this must be merely nominal.
      - [Press]

The moral courage that will face obloquy in a good cause is a much rarer gift than the bodily valor that will confront death in a bad one.
      - [Courage]

The shadow of a sound,--a voice without a mouth, and words without a tongue.
      - [Echo]

The sleeping partner of life--a change of existence.
      - [Death]

There are two things which will make us happy in this life, if we attend to them. The first is, never to vex ourselves about what we cannot help; and the second, never to vex ourselves about what we can help.
      - [Vexation]

There is a profound charm in mystery.
      - [Mystery]

There is but one good throw upon the dice, which is, to throw them away.
      - [Gambling]

Those repartees are best which turn your adversary's weapons against himself.
      - [Repartee]

To conquer fanaticism, you must tolerate it; the shuttlecock of religious difference soon falls to the ground when there are no battledoors to beat it backward and forward.
      - [Fanaticism]

We may hold it slavish to dress according to the judgment of fools and the caprice of coxcombs; but are we not ourselves both when we are singular in our attire?
      - [Dress]

Were a whole nation to start upon a new career of education, with mature faculties and minds free from prepossession or prejudice, how much would be quickly abandoned that is now most stubbornly cherished!
      - [Opinion]

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