Roger L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
English Journalist, Pamphleteer and Author
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.
People are sooner reclaimed by the side-wind of a surprise than by downright admonition.
The very soul of the slothful does effectually but lie drowsing in his body, and the whole man is totally given up to his senses.
If we should cease to be generous and charitable because another is sordid and ungrateful, it would be much in the power of vice to extinguish Christian virtues.
Pretenses go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment.
There are braying men in the world, as well as braying asses; for what is loud and senseless talking any other than away of braying?
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.