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English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784
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Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us
Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic
Advice is offensive, it shows us that we are known to others as well as to ourselves
Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own
Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.
All intellectual improvement arises from leisure
All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable that I would not rather know it than not.
All power of fancy over reason is a degree of madness
All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals.
All theory is against the freedom of the will; all experience for it
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
All truth is valuable, and satirical criticism may be considered as useful when it rectifies error and improves judgment; he that refines the public taste is a public benefactor
All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance
Allegories drawn to great length will always break
Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those we cannot resemble
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we can not resemble
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep
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