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English poet and critic
(1772 - 1834)
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A bitter and perplexed "What shall I do?"
  Is worse to man than worse necessity.
      - [Doubt]

A Gothic church is a petrified religion.
      - [Architecture]

A man of maxims only is like a Cyclops with one eye, and that eye placed in the back of his head.
      - [Apothegms]

A maxim is a conclusion upon observation of matters of fact, and is merely speculative; a "principle" carries knowledge within itself, and is prospective.
      - [Maxims]

A nation to be great ought to be compressed in its increment by nations more civilized than itself.
      - [States]

A picture is an intermediate something between a thought and a thing.
      - [Painting]

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket; let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to your imagination than to your memory.
      - [Nature : Poetry]

A rogue is a roundabout fool.
      - [Fools]

A single thought is that which it is from other thoughts as a wave of the sea takes its form and shape from the waves which precede and follow it.
      - [Thought]

A woman in a single state may be happy and may be miserable; but most happy, most miserable, these are epithets belonging to a wife.
      - [Wives]

A woman's friendship borders more closely on love than man's. Men affect each other in the reflection of noble or friendly acts; whilst women ask fewer proofs and more signs and expressions of attachment.
      - [Friendship]

Above all things I entreat you to preserve your faith in Christ. It is my wealth in poverty, my joy in sorrow, my peace amid tumult. For all the evil I have committed, my gracious pardon; and for every effort, my exceeding great reward. I have found it to be so. I can smile with pity at the infidel whose vanity makes him dream that I should barter such a blessing for the few subtleties from the school of the cold-blooded sophists.
      - [Faith in Christ]

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
      - [Advice]

All powerful souls have kindred with each other.
      - [Sympathy]

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
      - [Sympathy]

And is this the prime
  And heaven-sprung message of the olden time?
      - referring to "Know thyself" [Knowledge]

And to be wroth with one we love
  Doth work like madness in the brain.
      - [Anger]

Architecture exhibits the greatest extent of the difference from nature which may exist in works of art. It involves all the powers of design, and is sculpture and painting inclusively. It shows the greatness of man, and should at the same time teach him humility.
      - [Architecture]

As a man without forethought scarcely deserves the name of a man, so forethought without reflection is but a metaphorical phrase for the instinct of a beast.
      - [Forethought]

As idle as a painted ship
  Upon a painted ocean.
      - [Idleness]

As there is much beast and some devil in man, so is there some angel and some God in him. The beast and the devil may be conquered, but in this life never destroyed.
      - [Character]

At one stride comes the dark.
      - [Darkness]

Call not that man wretched, who whatever else he suffers as to pain inflicted, or pleasure denied, has a child for whom he hopes and on whom he doats.
      - [Children]

Cant is the parrot talk of a profession.
      - [Cant]

Centres, or centre-pieces of wood, are put by builders under an arch of stone while it is in the process of construction till the keystone is put in. Just such is the use Satan makes of pleasures to construct evil habits upon; the pleasure lasts till the habit is fully formed; but that done the habit may stand eternal. The pleasures are sent for firewood, and the hell begins in this life.
      - [Habit]

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