"A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring."

"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

"A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left."


"Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear."

"At every word a reputation dies."

"Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside."

"Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul."

"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

"Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul."

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."

"For he lives twice who can at once employ, The present well, and e'en the past enjoy."

"For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His can't be wrong whose life is in the right."

"Happy the man whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air In his own ground."

"Health consists with temperance alone."

"Heav'n, as its purest gold, by tortures try'd; The saint sustain'd it, but the woman died."

"Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms."

"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends."

"Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies."

"How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d."

"How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!"

"How vast a memory has Love!"

"I am his Highness' dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?"

"I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts."

"I think a good deal may be said to extenuate the fault of bad Poets."

"I think it was a generous thought, and one that fow'd from an exalted mind, that it was not improbable but God might be delighted with the various methods of worshipping him, which divided the whole world."

"If to her share some female errors fall, Look on her face, and you'll forget 'em all."

"Let spades be trumps! she said, and trumps they were."

"Let such, such only tread this sacred floor, Who dare to love their country and be poor."

"Lo these were they, whose souls the Furies steel'd, And curs'd with hearts unknowing how to yield."

"Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night: God said, "Let Newton be!" and all was light."

"Nor Fame I slight, nor for her favors call; She comes unlooked for, if she comes at all."

"Party is the madness of many, for the gain of a few."

"Say, is not absence death to those who love?"

"So perish all, whose breast ne'er learn'd to glow For others' good, or melt at others' woe."

"Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon."

"Teach me to feel another's woe, To right the fault I see; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me."

"The proper study of Mankind is Man."

"Thus let me live, unseen, unknown; Thus unlamented let me die; Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lie."

"To be angry, is to revenge the fault of others upon ourselves."

"To err is human, to forgive divine."

"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance."

"Unblemish'd let me live, or die unknown; O grant an honest fame, or grant me none!"

"Vital spark of heav'nly flame! Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame:"

"What dire offence from amorous causes springs, What mighty contests rise from trivial things!"

"Ye Gods! annihilate but space and time, And make two lovers happy."

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