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The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
In faith and hope the world will disagree, but all mankind's concern is charity.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Teach me to feel another's woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.
The best way to prove the clearness of our mind, is by showing its faults; as when a stream discovers the dirt at the bottom, it convinces us of the transparency and purity of the water.
Chiefs who no more in bloody fights engage, But wise through time, and narrative with age, In summer-days like grasshoppers rejoice - A bloodless race, that send a feeble voice.
While pensive poets painful vigils keep, Sleepless themselves, to give their readers sleep.
See! From the brake the whirring pheasant springs, And mounts exulting on triumphant wings; Short is his joy! He feels the fiery wound, Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground.
To the Elysian shades dismiss my soul, where no carnation fades.
No louder shrieks to pitying heaven are cast, When husbands or lap-dogs breathe their last.
Genius creates, and taste preserves.
Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.
No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.
Seas roll to waft me, suns to light me rise; My footstool earth, my canopy the skies.
A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Every woman is at heart a rake.
The most positive men are the most credulous, since they most believe themselves, and advise most with their falsest flatterer and worst enemy--their own self-love.
Modest plainness sets off sprightly wit, For works may have more with than does 'em good, As bodies perish through excess of blood.
Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
Of all the causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgement, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is PRIDE, the never-failing vice of fools.
All gardening is landscape painting.
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
Monuments, like men, submit to fate.
He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
O peace! how many wars were waged in thy name.
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise.
At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.
Say, will the falcon, stooping from above, Smit with her varying plumage, spare the dove? Admires the jay the insect's gilded wings? Or hears the hawk when Philomela sings?
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
A tree is a nobler object than a prince in his coronation-robes.
Love the offender, yet detest the offense.
True wit is nature to advantage dressed; What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.
The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them
How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?
The ruling passion, be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still.
A pear-tree planted nigh: 'Twas charg'd with fruit that made a goodly show, And hung with dangling pears was every bough.
And soften'd sounds along the waters die: Smooth flow the waves, the zephyrs gently play.
Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix, Of crooked counsels and dark politics.
Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.
On wrongs swift vengeance waits.
Never elated when someone's oppressed, never dejected when another one's blessed.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink of it deeply, or taste it not, for shallow thoughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking deeply sobers us again.