English Elizabethan Poet, Dramatist and Statesman
"A lively and agreeable man has not only the merit of liveliness and agreeableness himself, but that also of awakening them in others."
"A very small offence may be a just cause for great resentment: it is often much less the particular instance which is obnoxious to us than the proof it carries with it of the general tenor and disposition of the mind from whence it sprung."
"Avarice starves its possessor to fatten those who come after, and who are eagerly awaiting the demise of the accumulator."
"Discernment is a power of the understanding in which few excel. Is not that owing to its connection with impartiality and truth? for are not prejudice and partiality blind?"
"I hardly know a sight that raises one's indignation more than that of an enlarged soul joined to a contracted fortune; unless it be that so much more common one, of a contracted soul joined to an enlarged fortune."
"Removing prejudices is, alas! too often removing the boundary of a delightful near prospect in order to let in a shockingly extensive one."
"Weak men often from the very principle of their weakness derive a certain susceptibility; delicacy and taste which render them, in those particulars, much superior to men of stronger and more consistent minds, who laugh at them."
"Remedies for the mind, as well as the body, are often disgustful in proportion as they are salutary."
"Courage to think is infinitely more rare than courage to act, and yet the danger in the first case is generally imaginary, in the last real."