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THOMAS SOUTHERNE (SOUTHERN)
Irish dramatist
(1660 - 1746)

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme,--to be sublimely great, or to be nothing.
      - [Ambition]

An oath is a recognizance to heaven, binding us over in the courts above to plead to the indictment of our crimes.
      - [Oaths]

Distress is virtue's opportunity: we only live to teach us how to die.
      - [Affliction]

Lying's a certain mark of cowardice.
      - [Lying]

Pity is akin to love.
      - [Pity]

The fragrant infancy of opening flowers flowed to my senses in that melting kiss.
      - [Kisses]

The reconciling grave swallows distinction first, that made us foes; there all lie down in peace together.
      - [Death : Graves]

There is no courage but in innocence; no constancy but in an honest cause.
      - [Courage]

When guilt is in its blush of infancy, it trembles in a tenderness of shame; and the first eye that pierces through the veil that hides the secret brings it to the face.
      - [Guilt]

Words may be counterfeit, false coined, and current only from the tongue, without the mind; but passion is in the soul, and always speaks the heart.
      - [Passion]

Pity's akin to love; and every thought
  Of that soft kind is welcome to my soul.
      - Oroonoko (act II, sc. 2, l. 64)
        [Pity : Proverbs]

Of the king's creation you may be; but he who makes a count, ne'er made a man.
      - Sir Anthony Love (act II, sc. 1) [Man]

Ambition is our idol, on whose wings
  Great minds are carry'd only to extreme;
    To be sublimely great, or to be nothing.
      - The Loyal Brother (act I, sc. 1)
        [Ambition]

'Tis something to be willing to commend;
  But my best praise is, that I am your friend.
      - To Mr. Congreve on the Old Bachelor
         (last lines) [Friends]


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