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English poet and critic
(1772 - 1834)
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There are errors which no wise man will treat with rudeness while there is a probability that they may be the refraction of some great truth still below the horizon.
      - [Error]

There are three classes into which all the women past seventy years of age, that ever I knew, were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.
      - [Age]

There is in every human countenance either a history or a prophecy which must sadden, or at least soften every reflecting observer.
      - [Face]

There is no slight danger from general ignorance; and the only choice which Providence has graciously left to a vicious government is either to fall by the people, if they are suffered to become enlightened, or with them, if they are kept enslaved and ignorant.
      - [Government : Ignorance]

There is nothing insignificant, nothing!
      - [Trifles]

There is one art of which man should be master,--the art of reflection.
      - [Reflection]

There is small chance of truth at the goal, where there is not childlike humility at the starting-post.
      - [Truth]

This is the curse of every evil deed, that, propagating still, it brings forth evil.
      - [Evil]

To leave no interval between the sentence and the fulfillment of it doth beseem God only, the Immutable!
      - [Punishment]

To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
      - [Experience]

To see Kean act was like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.
      - [Acting]

Too soon did the doctors of the church forget that the heart--the moral nature--was the beginning and the end, and that truth, knowledge, and insight were comprehended in its expansion.
      - [Religion]

Truth is a good dog; but beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.
      - [Error]

Truths of all others the most awful and interesting are too often considered as so true that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bed-ridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors.
      - [Truth]

Up to twenty-one, I hold a father to have power over his children as to marriage; after that age, authority and influence only. Show me one couple unhappy merely on account of their limited circumstances, and I will show you ten who are wretched from other causes.
      - [Matrimony]

Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating the truth.
      - [Truth]

We should manage our thoughts as shepherds do their flowers in making a garland: first, select the choicest, and then dispose them in the most proper places, that every one may reflect a part of its color and brightness on the next.
      - [Thought]

What is an epigram? a dwarfish whole,
  Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
      - [Epigrams]

Where virtue is, sensibility is the ornament and becoming attire of virtue. On certain occasions it may almost be said to become virtue. But sensibility and all the amiable qualities may likewise become, and too often have become, the panders of vice and the instruments of seduction.
      - [Sensibility]

Wherever you find a sentence musically worded, of true rhythm and melody in the words, there is something deep and good in the meaning also.
      - [Style]

Ye living flowers, that skirt the eternal frost!
      - [Flowers]

You do not believe, you only believe that you believe.
      - [Belief]

You may depend upon it, religion is, in its essence, the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It will alone gentilize, if unmixed with cant; and I know nothing else that will, alone. Certainly not the army, which is thought to be the grand embellisher of manners.
      - [Gentlemen : Religion]

A wild rose roofs the ruined shed,
  And that and summer well agree.
      - A Day Dream [Wild Roses]

My eyes make pictures, when they are shut.
      - A Day Dream [Dreams : Eyes]

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