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!
A woman is seldom roused to great and courageous exertion but when something most dear to her is in immediate danger.
Time never bears such moments on his wing as when he flies too swiftly to be marked.
If my heart were not light, I would die.
Half-uttered praise is to the curious mind, as to the eye half-veiled beauty is, more precious than the whole.
Heaven often smites in mercy, even when the blow is severest.
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.
I believe this earth on which we stand is but the vestibule to glorious mansions through which a moving crowd forever press.
Stand there, damn'd meddling villain, and be silent;
For if thou utt'rest but a single word,
A cough or hem, to cross me in my speech,
I'll send thy cursed spirit from the earth,
To bellow with the damn'd!
The inward sighs of humble penitence
Rise to the ear of Heaven, when peal'd hymns
Are scatter'd with the sounds of common air.
But dreams full oft are found of real events
The form and shadows.
It is so seldom that a young fellow has any inclination for the company of an old man. . .
Sweet sleep be with us, one and all!
And if upon its stillness fall
The visions of a busy brain,
We'll have our pleasure o'er again,
To warm the heart, to charm the sight,
Gay dreams to all! good night, good night.
Tis ever thus when favours are denied;
All had been granted but the thing we beg:
And still some great unlikely substitute--
Your life, your soul, your all of earthly good--
Is proffer'd, in the room of one small boon.
It ever is the marked propensity of restless and aspiring minds to look into the stretch of dark futurity.
The plainest case in many words entangling.
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.
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.
Me care for te laws when te laws care for me.
My day is closed! the gloom of night is come! a hopeless darkness settles over my fate.
She who only finds her self-esteem
In others' admiration, begs an alms;
Depends on others for her daily food,
And is the very servant of her slaves;
Tho' oftentimes, in a fantastic hour,
O'er men she may a childish pow'r exert,
Which not ennobles but degrades her state.
To make the cunning artless, tame the rude, subdue the haughty, shake the undaunted soul; yea, put a bridle in the lion's mouth, and lead him forth as a domestic cur,--these are the triumphs of all-powerful beauty.
Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride.
Think'st thou there are no serpents in the world But those who slide along the grassy sod, And sting the luckless foot that presses them? There are who in the path of social life Do bask their spotted skins in Fortune's sun, And sting the soul.
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