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English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784
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A merchant's desire is not of glory, but of gain; not of public wealth, but of private emolument; he is, therefore, rarely to be consulted about war and peace, or any designs of wide extent and distant consequence
A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.
A mode of transferring property without producing any intermediate good
A patriot is he whose public conduct is regulated by one single motive, the love of his country; who, as an agent in parliament, has, for himself, neither hope nor fear, neither kindness nor resentment, but refers every thing to the common interest
4th of JulyPatriotism
A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist who does not love Scotland better than truth.
A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation
A successful author is equally in danger of the diminution of his fame, whether he continues or ceases to write
A tavern chair is the throne of human felicity.
A tree might be a show in Scotland as a horse in Venice
A vow is a snare for sin
A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety.
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favor cannot satisfy him
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
A woman of fortune being used the handling of money, spends it judiciously; but a woman who gets the command of money for the first time upon her marriage, has such a gust in spending it, that she throws it away with great profusion
About the beginning of the seventeenth century appeared a race of writers that may be termed the metaphysical poets.
About things on which the public thinks long it commonly thinks right.
Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
Accustom your children constantly to this; if a thing happened at one window and they, when relating it, say that it happened at another, do not let it pass, but instantly check them; you do not know where deviation from truth will end
Actions are visible, though motives are secret
Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases
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