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WENTWORTH DILLON, 4TH EARL OF ROSCOMMON
Irish poet and translator
(1633? - 1685)
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A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.
      - [Bachelors]

Beware what spirit rages in your breast; for one inspired, ten thousand are possessed.
      - [Spirits]

Choose an author as you choose a friend.
      - [Authors]

Clouds dissolved the thirsty ground supply.
      - [Rain]

Constant quiet fills my peaceful breast with unmixed joy.
      - [Solitude]

Grief dejects and wrings the tortured soul.
      - [Soul]

Immodest words admit of no defence,
  For want of decency is want of sense.
      - [Words]

Invention is not so much the result of labor as of judgment.
      - [Invention]

Let us not write at a loose rambling rate, in hope the world will wink at all our faults.
      - [Style]

Often try what weight you can support,
  And what your shoulders are too weak to bear.
      - [Exercise]

Our heroes of the former days deserved and gained their never-fading bays.
      - [Heroes]

Praise Him, each savage furious beast
  That on His stores do daily feast;
    And you tame slaves, of the laborious plough,
      Your weary knees to your Creator bow.
      - [Worship]

Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault,
  Proceeds from want of sense, or want of thought.
      - [Pride]

Sound judgment is the ground of writing well.
      - [Authorship]

Those things which now seem frivolous and slight,
  Will be of serious consequence to you,
    When they have made you once ridiculous.
      - [Error]

True friends appear less moved than counterfeit.
      - [Friends]

Truth and fiction are so aptly mixed that all seems uniform and of a piece.
      - [Fiction]

Want of decency is want of sense.
      - [Decency]

We weep and laugh, as we see others do.
      - [Weeping]

What you keep by you, you may change and mend;
  But words once spoke can never be recall'd.
      - [Proverbs : Talking : Words]

Whatsoever contradicts my sense,
  I hate to see, and never can believe.
      - [Sense]

Words are like leaves; some wither every year, and every year a younger race succeed.
      - [Words]

You gain your point if your industrious art can make unusual words easy.
      - [Style]

You must not think that a satiric style allows of scandalous and brutish words; the better sort abhor scurrility.
      - [Satire]

The first great work (a task performed by few)
  Is that yourself may to yourself be true.
      - An Essay on Translated Verses (l. 71)
        [Truth]


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