A willing heart adds feather to the heel.
I have seen the day, when, if a man made himself ridiculous, the world would laugh at him. But now, everything that is mean, disgusting, and absurd, pleases them but so much the better!
Tis ever thus: indulgence spoils the base;
Raising up pride, and lawless turbulence,
Like noxious vapors from the fulsome marsh
When morning shines upon it.
A woman is seldom roused to great and courageous exertion but when something most dear to her is in immediate danger.
I believe this earth on which we stand is but the vestibule to glorious mansions through which a moving crowd forever press.
If my heart were not light, I would die.
But woman's grief is like a summer storm, Short as it violent is.
The strength of man sinks in the hour of trial; but there doth live a Power that to the battle girdeth the weak.
The tyrant now Trusts not to men: nightly within his chamber The watch-dog guards his couch, the only friend He now dare trust.
O lovely Sisters! is it true That they are all inspired by you, And write by inward magic charm'd, And high enthusiasm warm'd?
The bliss even of a moment still is bliss.
I am as one
Who doth attempt some lofty mountain's height,
And having gained what to the upcast eye
The summit's point appear'd, astonished sees
Its cloudy top, majestic and enlarged,
Towering aloft, as distant as before.
Half-uttered praise is to the curious mind, as to the eye half-veiled beauty is, more precious than the whole.
The plainest case in many words entangling.
The mind doth shape itself to its own wants, and can bear all things.
There is a sight all hearts beguiling--
A youthful mother to her infant smiling,
Who with spread arms and dancing feet,
A cooing voice, returns its answer sweet.
O mysterious Night! thou art not silent; many tongues halt thou.
Men's actions to futurity appear but as the events to which they are conjoined do give them consequence.
A good man's prayers will from the deepest dungeon climb heaven's height, and bring a blessing down.
Ah! happy is the man whose early lot Hath made him master of a furnish'd cot; Who trains the vine that round his window grows, And after setting sun his garden hoes; Whose wattled pails his own enclosure shield, Who toils not daily in another's field.
It is so seldom that a young fellow has any inclination for the company of an old man. . .
Pride is a fault that great men blush not to own: it is the ennobled offspring of self-love; though, it must be confessed, grave and pompous vanity, Iike a fat plebeian in a rove of office, does very often assume its name.
Me care for te laws when te laws care for me.
War is honorable
In those who do their native rights maintain;
In those whose swords an iron barrier are
Between the lawless spoiler and the weak;
But is, in those who draw th' offensive blade
For added power or gain, sordid and despicable
As meanest office of the worldly churl.
Time never bears such moments on his wing as when he flies too swiftly to be marked.
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