Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

English Poet and Scholar

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But words once spoke can never be recall?d.

The men, who labor and digest things most, will be much apter to despond than boast; for if your author be profoundly good, ?twill cost you dear before he?s understood.

Choose an author as you would a friend.

The press, the pulpit, and the stage, conspire to censure and expose our age.

Clouds dissolved the thirsty ground supply.

Those things which now seem frivolous and slight, will be of serious consequence to you, when they have made you once ridiculous.

Constant quiet fills my peaceful breast with unmixed joy.

Thou whom avenging pow?rs obey, cancel my debt (too great to pay) before the sad accounting day.

Grief dejects and wrings the tortured soul.

True friends appear less moved than counterfeit.

I will not quarrel with a slight mistake, Such as our nature's frailty may excuse.

Truth and fiction are so aptly mixed that all seems uniform and of a piece.

Invention is not so much the result of labor as of judgment.

Want of decency is want of sense.

Let us not write at a loose rambling rate, in hope the world will wink at all our faults.

We weep and laugh, as we see others do.

Men still had faults, and men will have them still; he that hath none, and lives as angels do, must be an angel.

Whatsoever contradicts my sense, I hate to see, and never can believe.

Often try what weight you can support, and what your shoulders are too weak to bear.

Words are like leaves; some wither every year, and every year a younger race succeed.

Our heroes of the former days deserved and gained their never-fading bays.

Words once spoke can never be recall'd.

Praise Him, each savage furious beast that on His stores do daily feast; and you tame slaves, of the laborious plough, your weary knees to your Creator bow.

You gain your point if your industrious art can make unusual words easy.

Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault, proceeds from want of sense, or want of thought.

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English Poet and Scholar