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Irish essayist, dramatist and politician
(1672 - 1729)
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There is something so moving in the very image of weeping beauty.
      - [Tears]

These men (chronic fault-finders) should consider that it is their envy which deforms everything, and that the ugliness is not in the object, but in the eye.
      - [Censure]

This great author (Horace), who had the nicest taste of conversation, and was himself a most agreeable companion, had so strong an antipathy to a great talker, that he was afraid, some time or other, it would be mortal to him.
      - [Talking]

To contemn all the wealth and power in the world, where they stand in competition with a man's honor, is rather good sense than greatness of mind.
      - [Honor]

To give pain is the tyranny,--to make happy the true empire of beauty.
      - [Beauty]

To men addicted to delights, business is an interruption; to such as are cold to delights, business is an entertainment. For which reason it was said to one who commended a dull man for his application: "No thanks to him; if he had no business, he would have nothing to do."
      - [Business]

Vanity makes men ridiculous, pride odious and ambition terrible.
      - [Vanity]

We see a world of pains taken and the best years of life spent in collecting a set of thoughts in a college for the conduct of life, and after all the man so qualified shall hesitate in his speech to a good suit of clothes and want common sense before an agreeable woman. Hence it is that wisdom, valour, justice and learning cannot keep a man in countenance that is possessed with these excellencies, if he wants that inferior art of life and behaviour called good-breeding.
      - [Good Breeding]

We should employ our passions in the service of life, not spend life in the service of our passions.
      - [Passion]

Were men so enlightened and studious of their own good as to act by the dictates of their reason and reflection, and not the opinion of others, conscience would be the steady ruler of human life, and the wards truth, law, reason, equity, and religion could be but synonymous terms for that only guide which makes us pass our days in our own favor and approbation.
      - [Conscience]

What we call in men wisdom is in women prudence. It is a partiality to call one greater than the other.
      - [Women]

When a man has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass.
      - [Brevity]

When a woman is deliberating with herself whom she shall choose of many near each other in other pretensions, certainly he of the best understanding is to be preferred.
      - [Courtship]

Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
      - [Praise]

Wisdom, valor, justice and learning cannot keep a man in countenance that is possessed of these excellences if he wants that inferior art of line and behavior called good breeding.
      - [Manners]

He beheld his own rougher make softened into sweetness, and tempered with smiles; he saw a creature who had, as it were, Heaven's second though in her formation.
      - Christian Hero,
        (of Adam awaking and first seeing Eve)

To love her [Lady Elizabeth Hastings] was a liberal education.
      - Of Lady Elizabeth Hastings,
        in "The Tatler", no. 49
        [Appreciation : Love]

'Tis nothing when a fancied scene's in view
  To skip from Covent Garden to Peru.
      - Prologue to Ambrose Phillip's Distressed Mother

The survivorship of a worthy man in his son is a pleasure scarce inferior to the hopes of the continuance of his own life.
      - Spectator [Posterity]

A woman seldom writes her Mind, but in her Postscript.
      - Spectator (no. 79) [Post]

We are always doing, says he, something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.
      - Spectator (vol. VIII, no. 583) [Posterity]

Equality is the life of conversation; and he is as much out who assumes to himself any part above another, as he who considers himself below the rest of society.
      - Tatler (no. 225) [Equality]

A man cannot have an idea of perfection in another, which he was never sensible of in himself.
      - Tatler (no. 227) [Perfection]

Yet though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; and to love her is a liberal education.
      - Tatler (no. 49),
        referring to Lady Elizabeth Hastings

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