Roger L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
English Journalist, Pamphleteer and Author
By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there's no more future left for them.
Live and let live is the rule of common justice.
The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.
Upon the upshot, afflictions are the methods of a merciful Providence to force us upon the only means of settling matters right.
Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.
Lord Melbourne was so accustomed to garnish his conversation in this way that Sydney Smith once said to him, "We will take it for granted that everybody is damned, and now proceed with the subject."
The fairest blossoms of pleasantry thrive best where the sun is not strong enough to scorch, nor the soil rank enough to corrupt.
We mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.
Good or bad company is the greatest blessing or greatest plague of life.
Men talk as if they believed in God, but they live as if they thought there was none; their vows and promises are no more than words, of course.
The heart of man looks fair, but when we come to lay any weight upon?t the ground is false under us.
We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve.
He that contemns a shrew to the degree of not descending to words with her does worse than beat her.
Money does all things,--for it gives and it takes away; it makes honest men and knaves, fools and philosophers; and so forward, mutatis mutandis, to the end of the chapter.
The just season of doing things must, be nicked, and all accidents improved.
What man in his right senses, that has wherewithal to live free, would make himself a slave for superfluities? What does that man want who has enough? Or what is he the better for abundance that can never be satisfied.
He that upon a true principle lives, without any disquiet of thought, may be said to be happy.
Nothing is so fierce but love will soften; nothing so sharp-sighted in other matters but it will throw a mist before its eyes.
The lowest boor may laugh on being tickled, but a man must have intelligence to be amused by wit.
What signifies the sound of words in prayer without the affection of the heart, and a sedulous application of the proper means that may naturally lead us to such an end?
He that would live clear of envy must lay his finger on his mouth, and keep his hand out of the ink-pot.
Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad masters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes.
The most insupportable of tyrants exclaim against the exercise of arbitrary power.
Wickedness may prosper for a while, but in the long run, he that sets all the knaves at work will pay them.
Humor is the offspring of man; it comes forth like Minerva, fully armed from the brain.