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English poet and author
(1775 - 1864)
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Democracy is always the work of kings. Ashes, which in themselves are sterile, fertilize the land they are cast upon.
      - [Democracy]

Despotism sits nowhere so secure as under the effigy and ensigns of freedom.
      - [Despotism]

Every good writer has much idiom; it is the life and spirit of language.
      - [Style]

Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on almost any subject he may.
      - [Historians]

Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.
      - [Future]

Experience is our only teacher both in war and peace.
      - [Experience]

Falsehood is for a season.
      - [Falsehood]

Fame often rests at first upon something accidental, and often, too, is swept away, or for a time removed; but neither genius nor glory, is conferred at once, nor do they glimmer and fall, like drops in a grotto, at a shout.
      - [Fame]

Fame, they tell you, is air; but without air there is no life for any; without fame there is none for the best.
      - [Fame]

Familiarities are the aphides that imperceptibly suck out the juice intended for the germ of love.
      - [Familiarity]

Fancy is imagination in her youth and adolescence. Fancy is always excursive; imagination, not seldom, is sedate.
      - [Fancy]

Friendships are the purer and the more ardent, the nearer they come to the presence of God, the Sun not only of righteousness but of love.
      - [Friendship]

Goodness does not more certainly make men happy, than happiness makes them good. We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment; the course is then over, the wheel turns round but once; while the reaction of goodness and happiness is perpetual.
      - [Goodness]

Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.
      - [Greatness]

Greatness, as we daily see it, is unsociable.
      - [Greatness]

Harmonious words render ordinary ideas acceptable; less ordinary, pleasant; novel and ingenious ones, delightful. As pictures and statues, and living beauty, too, show better by music-light, so is poetry irradiated, vivified, glorified', and raised into immortal life by harmony.
      - [Harmony]

He who brings ridicule to bear against truth finds in his hand a blade without a hilt.
      - [Ridicule]

Hope is the mother of faith.
      - [Hope]

How sweet and sacred idleness is!
      - [Idleness]

I am heartily glad to witness your veneration for a book which to say nothing of its holiness or authority, contains more specimens of genius and taste than any other volume in existence.
      - [Bible]

I feel I am growing old for want of somebody to tell me that I am looking as young as ever. Charming falsehood! There is a vast deal of vital air loving words.
      - [Age]

I sometimes think that the most plaintive ditty has brought a fuller joy and of longer duration to its composer than the conquest of Persia to the Macedonian.
      - [Music]

I would recommend a free commerce both of matter and mind. I would let men enter their own churches with the same freedom as their own houses; and I would do it without a homily or graciousness or favor, for tyranny itself is to me a word less odious than toleration.
      - [Toleration]

If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt; if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius.
      - [Falsehood]

In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practised to love their neighbor.
      - [Practice]

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