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English critic and author
(1778 - 1830)
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Grace has been defined, the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
      - [Grace]

Grace in women has more effect than beauty. We sometimes see a certain fine self-possession, an habitual voluptuousness of character, which reposes on its own sensations and derives pleasure from all around it, that is more irresistible than any other attraction. There is an air of languid enjoyment in such persons, "in their eyes, in their arms, and their hands, and their face," which robs us of ourselves, and draws us by a secret sympathy towards them.
      - [Grace]

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
      - [Grace]

Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
      - [Grace]

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
      - [Thought]

Habit in most cases hardens and encrusts by taking away the keener edge of our sensations: but does it not in others quicken and refine, by giving a mechanical facility and by engrafting an acquired sense?
      - [Habit]

Habit is necessary to give power.
      - [Habit]

Habitual liars invent falsehoods not to gain any end or even to deceive their hearers, but to amuse themselves. It is partly practice and partly habit. It requires an effort in them to speak truth.
      - [Falsehood]

He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves.
      - [Hypocrisy]

He who expects from a great name in politics, in philosophy, in art, equal greatness in other things, is little versed in human nature. Our strength lies in our weakness. The learned in books are ignorant of the world. He who is ignorant of books is often well acquainted with other things; for life is of the same length in the learned and unlearned; the mind cannot be idle; if it is not taken up with one thing, it attends to another through choice or necessity; and the degree of previous capacity in one class or another is a mere lottery.
      - [Versatility]

He who lives wisely to himself and his own heart looks at the busy world through the loopholes of retreat, and does not want to mingle in the fray.
      - [Retirement]

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
      - [Friends]

Honesty is one part of eloquence. We persuade others by being in earnest ourselves.
      - [Eloquence]

Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope; and few are reduced so low as that.
      - [Hope]

However we may flatter ourselves to the contrary, our friends think no higher of us than the world do. They see us with the jaundiced or distrustful eyes of others. They may know better, but their feelings are governed by popular prejudice. Nay, they are more shy of us (when under a cloud) than even strangers; for we involve them in a common disgrace, or compel them to embroil themselves in continual quarrels and disputes in our defence.
      - [Friends]

I am always afraid of a fool. One cannot be sure that he is not a knave as well.
      - [Fools]

I hate anything that occupies more space than it is worth. I hate to see a load of bandboxes go along the street, and I hate to see a parcel of big words without anything in them.
      - [Words]

I have known persons without a friend--never any one without some virtue. The virtues of the former conspired with their vices to make the whole world their enemies.
      - [Virtue]

I like a friend better for having faults that one can talk about.
      - [Friends]

If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.
      - [Right]

If we are long absent from our friends, we forget them; if we are constantly with them, we despise them.
      - [Friends]

If we use no ceremony towards others, we shall be treated without any. People are soon tired of paying trifling attentions to those who receive them with coldness, and return them with neglect.
      - [Ceremony]

In love we do not think of moral qualities, and scarcely of intellectual ones. Temperament and manner alone, with beauty, excite love.
      - [Temperament]

In love we never think of moral qualities, and scarcely of intellectual ones. Temperament and manners alone, with beauty, excite love.
      - [Emotion]

In what we really understand, we reason but little.
      - [Reason]

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