English Poet, Dramatist
"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. All habits gather, by unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas."
"Want is a bitter and hateful good, because its virtues are not understood; yet many things, impossible to thought, have been by need to full perfection brought; the daring of the soul proceeds from thence, sharpness of wit and active diligence; prudence at once, and fortitude it gives; and, if in patience taken, mends our lives."
"Sighs, groans and tears proclaim his inward pains, but the firm purpose of his heart remains."
"The florid, elevated, and figurative way is for the passions; for love and hatred, fear and anger, are begotten in the soul by showing their objects out of their true proportion, either greater than the life, or less; but instruction is to be given by showing them what they naturally are. A man is to be cheated into passion, but reasoned into truth."
"I can forgive a foe, but not a mistress and a friend; treason is there in its most horrid shape, where trust is greatest!"
"I must leave you to the satisfaction of your own conscience, which, though a silent panegyric, is yet the best."
"Great souls forgive not injuries till time has put their enemies within their power, that they may show forgiveness is their own."
"Good sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Good-nature by which I mean beneficence and candor, is the product of right reason."
"Discover the opinion of your enemies, which is commonly the truest; for they will give you no quarter, and allow nothing to complaisance."