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SIR ROGER L'ESTRANGE
English partisan writer
(1616 - 1704)
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A body may well lay too little as too much stress upon a dream; but the less he heed them the better.
      - [Dreams]

A plodding diligence brings us sooner to our journey's end than a fluttering way of advancing by starts.
      - [Industry]

A universal applause is seldom less than two thirds of a scandal.
      - [Applause]

All duties are matters of conscience, with this restriction that a superior obligation suspends the force of an inferior one.
      - [Duty]

Avarice is insatiable, and is always pushing on for more.
      - [Avarice]

By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there's no more future left for them.
      - [Procrastination]

Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.
      - [Astrology]

He that contemns a shrew to the degree of not descending to words with her does worse than beat her.
      - [Anger]

He that upon a true principle lives, without any disquiet of thought, may be said to be happy.
      - [Happiness]

He that would live clear of envy must lay his finger on his mouth, and keep his hand out of the ink-pot.
      - [Envy]

Humor is the offspring of man; it comes forth like Minerva, fully armed from the brain.
      - [Wit]

If we should cease to be generous and charitable because another is sordid and ungrateful, it would be much in the power of vice to extinguish Christian virtues.
      - [Virtue]

Imperfections would not be half so much taken notice of, if vanity did not make proclamation of them.
      - [Vanity]

Ingratitude is abhorred by God and man.
      - [Ingratitude]

Intemperate wits will spare neither friend nor foe, and make themselves the common enemies of mankind.
      - [Wit]

It is a way of calling a man a fool when no attention is given to what he says.
      - [Attention]

It is one of the vexatious mortifications of a studious man to have his thoughts disordered by a tedious visit.
      - [Bores]

It is the fancy, not the reason of things, that makes us so uneasy. It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone, that can make anybody happy or miserable.
      - [Fancy]

It may serve as a comfort to us in all our calamities and afflictions that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss.
      - [Experience]

Lord Melbourne was so accustomed to garnish his conversation in this way that Sydney Smith once said to him, "We will take it for granted that everybody is damned, and now proceed with the subject."
      - [Oaths]

Men are not to be judged by their looks, habits, and appearances; but by the character of their lives and conversations, and by their works.
      - [Judgment]

Men indulge those opinions and practices that favor their pretensions.
      - [Self-love]

Men talk as if they believed in God, but they live as if they thought there was none; their vows and promises are no more than words, of course.
      - [Inconsistency]

Money does all things,--for it gives and it takes away; it makes honest men and knaves, fools and philosophers; and so forward, mutatis mutandis, to the end of the chapter.
      - [Money]

Much tongue and much judgment seldom go together.
      - [Talking]


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