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English author and lexicographer
(1709 - 1784)
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To forget, or pretend to do so, to return a borrowed article, is the meanest sort of petty theft.
      - [Borrowing]

To go and see one druidical temple is only to see that it is nothing, for there is neither art nor power in it; and seeing one is quite enough.
      - [Seeing]

To grieve for evils is often wrong; but it is much more wrong to grieve without them. All sorrow that lasts longer than its cause is morbid, and should be shaken off as an attack of melancholy, as the forerunner of a greater evil than poverty or pain.
      - [Sorrow]

To hear complaints with patience, even when complaints are vain, is one of the duties of friendship.
      - [Complaining]

To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.
      - [Opportunity]

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
      - [Secrecy]

To neglect at any time preparation for death is to sleep on our post at a siege; to omit it in old age is to sleep at an attack.
      - [Death]

To paint things as they are requires a minute attention, and employs the memory rather than the fancy.
      - [Reality]

To prevent evil is the great end of government, the end for which vigilance and severity are properly employed.
      - [Government]

To purchase Heaven has gold the power?
  Can gold remove the mortal hour?
    In life can love be bought with gold?
      Are friendship's pleasures to be sold?
        No--all that's worth a wish--a thought,
          Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought.
            Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind,
              Let nobler views engage thy mind.
      - [Wealth]

To revenge reasonable incredulity by refusing evidence, is a degree of insolence with which the world is not yet acquainted; and stubborn audacity is the last refuge of guilt.
      - [Evidence]

To set the mind above the appetites is the end of abstinence, which one of the Fathers observes to be, not a virtue, but the groundwork of a virtue.
      - [Abstinence]

To talk in public, to think in solitude, to read and to hear, to inquire and answer inquiries, is the business of the scholar.
      - [Scholarship]

To tell of disappointment and misery, to thicken the darkness of futurity, and perplex the labyrinth of uncertainty, has been always a delicious employment of the poets.
      - [Poetry]

To tell your own secrets is generally folly, but that folly is without guilt; to communicate those with which we are intrusted is always treachery, and treachery for the most part combined with folly.
      - [Secrecy]

To-morrow's action! Can that hoary wisdom,
  Borne down with years, still dote upon to-morrow,--
    That fatal mistress of the young, the lazy,
      The coward, and the fool, condemn'd to lose
        A useless life in waiting for to-morrow,
          To gaze with longing eyes upon to-morrow,
            Till interposing death destroys the prospect!
      - [Tomorrow]

Too much vigor in the beginning of an undertaking often intercepts and prevents the steadiness and perseverance always necessary in the conduct of a complicated scheme.
      - [Perseverance]

Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.
      - [Adversaries]

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
      - [Friendship]

Truth allows no choice.
      - [Truth]

Truth has no gradations; nothing which admits of increase can be so much what it is, as truth is truth. There may be a strange thing, and a thing more strange. But if a proposition be true, there can be none more true.
      - [Truth]

Truth, such as is necessary to the reputation of life, is always found where it is honestly sought.
      - [Truth]

Unconstraint is the grace of conversation.
      - [Conversation]

Vanity is so frequently the apparent motive of advice, that we, for the most part, summon our powers to oppose it without any very accurate inquiry whether it is right.
      - [Advice]

Want of tenderness is want of parts, and is no less a proof of stupidity than depravity.
      - [Tenderness]

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