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English critic and author
(1778 - 1830)
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There is nothing more to be esteemed than a manly firmness and decision of character. I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what is to be done in given circumstances and does it.
      - [Decision]

There is nothing so remote from vanity as true genius. It is almost as natural for those who are endowed with the highest powers of the human mind to produce the miracles of art, as for other men to breathe or move. Correggio, who is said to have produced some of his divinest works almost without having seen a picture, probably did not know that he had done anything extraordinary.
      - [Genius]

There is some virtue in almost every vice, except hypocrisy; and even that, while it is a mockery of virtue, is at the same time a compliment to it.
      - [Vice]

There is something captivating in spirit and intrepidity, to which, we often yield as to a resistless power; nor can he reasonably expect, the confidence of others who too apparently distrusts himself.
      - [Confidence]

They wear the livery of other men's fortunes; their very thoughts are not their own.
      - [Acting]

Those only deserve a monument who do not need one.
      - [Monuments]

Those people who are always improving never become great. Greatness is an eminence, the ascent to which is steep and lofty, and which a man must seize on at once by natural boldness and vigor, and not by patient, wary steps.
      - [Greatness]

Those who are fond of setting things to rights, have no great objection to seeing them wrong.
      - [Reform]

Those who can command themselves command others.
      - [Self-control]

Those who object to wit are envious of it.
      - [Wit]

Those who wish to forget painful thoughts do well to absent themselves for a while from, the ties and objects that recall them; but we can be said only to fulfill our destiny in the place that gave us birth.
      - [Birthplace]

Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
      - [Familiarity]

Time,--the most independent of all things.
      - [Time]

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
      - [Friendship : Love]

To be forward to praise others implies either great eminence, that can afford to, part with applause; or great quickness of discernment, with confidence in our own judgments; or great sincerity and love of truth, getting the better of our self-love.
      - [Praise]

To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us.
      - [Age]

To be wiser than other men is to be honester than they; and strength of mind is only courage to see and speak the truth.
      - [Wisdom]

"To elevate and surprise" is the great art of quackery and puffing; to raise a lively and exaggerated image in the mind, and take it by surprise before it can recover breath.
      - [Quacks]

To expect an author to talk as he writes is ridiculous; or even if he did you would find fault with him as a pedant.
      - [Authorship]

To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.
      - [Leadership]

To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it.
      - [Justification]

To great evils we submit; we resent little provocations.
      - [Evil]

To speak highly of one with whom we are intimate is a species of egotism. Our modesty as well as our jealousy teaches us caution on this subject.
      - [Egotism]

To write a genuine familiar or truly English style is to write as anyone would speak in common conversation, who had a thorough command and choice of words, or who could discourse with ease, force, and perspicuity, setting aside all pedantic and oratorical flourishes.
      - [Style]

To-day kings, to-marrow beggars, it is only when they are themselves that they are nothing.
      - [Acting]

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