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English critic and author
(1778 - 1830)
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Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
      - [Action]

It is a false principle that because we are entirely occupied with ourselves, we must equally occupy the thoughts of others. The contrary inference is the fair one.
      - [Egotism]

It is better to desire than to enjoy, to love than to be loved.
      - [Desire]

It is hard to dispraise those who are dispraised by others. He is little short of a hero who perseveres in thinking well of a friend who has become a butt for slander, and a byword.
      - [Friends]

It is only those who never think at all, or else who have accustomed themselves to blood invariably on abstract ideas, that ever feel ennui.
      - [Ennui]

It is remarkable how virtuous and generously disposed every one is at a play.
      - [Drama]

It is well that there is no one without a fault, for he would not have a friend in the world. He would seem to belong to a different species.
      - [Faults]

It might be argued, that to be a knave is the gift of fortune, but to play the fool to advantage it is necessary to be a learned man.
      - [Fortune]

Keep your misfortunes to yourself.
      - [Secrecy]

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
      - [Learning]

Let a man's talents and virtues be what they may, we only feel satisfaction in his society as he is satisfied in himself. We cannot enjoy the good qualities of a friend if he seems to be none the better for them.
      - [Self-esteem]

Life is a continued struggle to be what we are not, and to do what we cannot.
      - [Life]

Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
      - [Life]

Literature, like nobility, runs in the blood.
      - [Literature]

Lying is the strongest acknowledgement of the force of truth.
      - [Lying]

Malice often takes the garb of truth.
      - [Malice]

Man is a poetical animal, and delights in fiction.
      - [Fiction]

Mankind are so ready to bestow their admiration on the dead, because the latter do not hear it, or because it gives no pleasure to the objects of it. Even fame is the offspring of envy.
      - [Envy]

Many a man would have turned rogue if he knew how.
      - [Rogues]

Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.
      - [Excellence]

Men of gravity are intellectual stammerers, whose thoughts move slowly.
      - [Gravity]

Men of the greatest genius are not always the most prodigal of their encomiums. But then it is when their range of power is confined, and they have in fact little perception, except of their own particular kind of excellence.
      - [Genius]

Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
      - [Modesty]

No man can thoroughly master more than one art or science.
      - [Art]

No wise man can have a contempt for the prejudices of others; and he should even stand in a certain awe of his own, as if they were aged parents and monitors. They may in the end prove wiser than he.
      - [Prejudice]

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