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English critic and author
(1778 - 1830)
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The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.
      - [Friendship]

The number of objects we see from living in a large city amuses the mind like a perpetual raree-show, without supplying it with any ideas.
      - [Cities]

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
      - [Hypocrisy]

The public have neither shame nor gratitude.
      - [Public]

The public is so in awe of its own opinion that it never dares to form any, but catches up the first idle rumour, lest it should be behindhand in its judgment, and echoes it till it is deafened with the sound of its own voice.
      - [Opinion]

The same reason makes a man a religious enthusiast that makes a man an enthusiast in any other way, an uncomfortable mind in an uncomfortable body.
      - [Enthusiasm]

The secret of our self-love is just the same as that of our liberality and candor. We prefer ourselves to others only because we have a more intimate consciousness and confirmed opinion of our own claims and merits than of any other person's.
      - [Self-love]

The severest critics are always those who have either never attempted, or who have failed in original composition.
      - [Critics]

The soil of friendship is worn out with constant use. Habit may still attach us to each other, but we feel ourselves fettered by it. Old friends might be compared to old married people without the tie of children.
      - [Friendship]

The soul of conversation is sympathy.
      - [Conversation]

The surest hindrance to success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything at all either to please himself or others.
      - [Success]

The truly proud man knows neither superiors nor inferiors. The first he does not admit of: the last he does not concern himself about.
      - [Pride]

The truth is, we pamper little griefs into great ones, and bear great ones as well as we can.
      - [Grief]

The vain man makes a merit of misfortune, and triumphs in his disgrace.
      - [Vanity]

The vices are never so well employed as in combating one another.
      - [Vice]

The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
      - [Insult]

The world judge of men by their ability in their professions, and we judge of ourselves by the same test; for it is on that on which our success in life depends.
      - [Success]

The youth is better than the old age of friendship.
      - [Friendship]

There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation.
      - [Talking]

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself; we cannot force it any more than love.
      - [Friendship]

There are persons who are never easy unless they are putting your books and papers in order--that is, according to their notions of the matter--and hide things lest they should be lost, where neither the owner nor anybody else can find them. This is a sort of magpie faculty. If anything is left where you want it, it is called litter. There is a pedantry in housewifery, as well as in the gravest concerns. Abraham Tucker complained that whenever his maid servant had been in his library, he could not see comfortably to work again for several days.
      - [Order]

There cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of an innate meanness of disposition, than to be always talking and thinking of being genteel.
      - [Gentility]

There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion. This makes nothing in their favor, but is a proud compliment to man's nature. Whatever he is or does, he cannot entirely efface the stamp of the divinity on him. Let him strive ever so, he cannot divest himself of his natural sublimity of thought and affection, however he may pervert or deprave it to ill.
      - [Heroism]

There is a quiet repose and steadiness about the happiness of age, if the life has been well spent. Its feebleness is not painful. The nervous system has lost its acuteness. But, in mature years we feel that a burn, a scald, a cut, is more tolerable than it was in the sensitive period of youth.
      - [Age]

There is no flattery so adroit or effectual as that of implicit assent.
      - [Flattery]

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