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Satires and lampoons on particular people circulate more by giving copies in confidence to the friends of the parties, than by printing them.
Tale-bearers, as I said before, are just as bad as the tale-makers.
The argument of the weak.
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.
The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
- attributed to,
in report of a "Speech in Reply to Mr. Dundas"
The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.
There are a set of malicious, prating, prudent gossips, both male and female, who murder characters to kill time; and will rob a young fellow of his good name before he has years to know the value of it.
There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature; the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.
They only babble who practice not reflection,
I shall think--and thought is silence.
They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.
Though sinking in decrepit age, he prematurely falls whose memory records no benefit conferred on him by man. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.
Thought is silence.
To smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief.
Where they do agree on the stage, then unanimity is wonderful.
Wit loses its point when dipped in malice.
Wit loses its respect with the good when seen in company with malice; and to smile at the jest which plants a thorn in another's breast is to become a principal in the mischief.
Women govern us; let us render them perfect: the more they are enlightened, so much the more shall we be. On the cultivation of the mind of women depends the wisdom of men. It is by women that nature writes on the hearts of men.
Ye prime adepts in scandal's school, who rail by precept and detract by rule!
You write with ease, to show your breeding,
But easy writing's curst hard reading.
- Clio's Protest,
see Moore's "Life of Sheridan", vol. I, p. 55
I ne'er could any lustre see
In eyes that would not look on me;
I ne'er saw nectar on a lip
But where my own did hope to sip.
- Duenna--Air (act I, sc. 2) [Possession]
Fortune, my friend, I've often thought,
Is weak, if Art assist her not:
So equally all Arts are vain,
If Fortune help them not again.
- Love Epistles of Aristoenetus (ep. XIII)
While his off-heel, insidiously aside,
Provokes the caper which he seems to chide.
- Pizarro (the prologue) [Dancing]
As headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile.
- Rivals (act III, st. 3)
[Character : Proverbial Phrases]
You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page, where a neat rivulet of text shall meander through a meadow of margin.
- School for Scandal (act I, sc. 1) [Books]
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