Roger L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
English Journalist, Pamphleteer and Author
Imperfections would not be half so much taken notice of, if vanity did not make proclamation of them.
Simonides was an excellent poet, insomuch that he made his fortune by it.
There are those that make it a point of bravery to bid defiance to the oracles of divine revelation.
Ingratitude is abhorred by God and man.
So long as we stand in need of a benefit, there is nothing dearer to us; nor anything cheaper when we have received it.
There is no contending with necessity, and we should be very tender how we censure those that submit to it. It is one thing to be at liberty to do what we will, and another thing to be tied up to do what we must.
?Tis not for a desultory thought to atone for a lewd course of life; nor for anything but the superinducing of a virtuous habit upon a vicious one, to qualify an effectual conversion.
Intemperate wits will spare neither friend nor foe, and make themselves the common enemies of mankind.
Some natures are so sour and ungrateful that they are never to be obliged.
There is no creature so contemptible but by resolution may gain his point.
A body may well lay too little as too much stress upon a dream; but the less he heed them the better.
It is a way of calling a man a fool when no attention is given to what he says.
Some people are all quality; you would think they are made up of nothing but title and genealogy. The stamp of dignity defaces in them the very character of humanity and transports them to such a degree of haughtiness that they reckon it below themselves to exercise either good nature or good manners.
There is no opposing brutal force to the stratagems of human reason.
A plodding diligence brings us sooner to our journey's end than a fluttering way of advancing by starts.
It is one of the vexatious mortifications of a studious man to have his thoughts disordered by a tedious visit.
Some read books only with a view to find fault, while others read only to be taught; the former are like venomous spiders, extracting a poisonous quality, where the latter, like the bees, sip out a sweet and profitable juice.
Though this may be play to you, 'T is death to us.
A universal applause is seldom less than two thirds of a scandal.
It is the fancy, not the reason of things that makes us so uneasy. It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anybody happy or miserable.
That which the world miscalls a jail, a private closet is to me. . . Locks, bars, and solitude together met, make me no prisoner, but an anchoret.
'Tis not necessity, but opinion, that makes men miserable; and when we come to be fancy-sick, there's no cure.
All matches, friendships, and societies are dangerous and inconvenient, where the contractors are not equal.
It may serve as a comfort to us in all our calamities and afflictions that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss.
The blessings of fortune are the lowest: the next are the bodily advantages of strength and health: but the superlative blessings, in fine, are those of the mind.