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William Matthews

What lasting progress was ever made in social reformation, except when every step was insured by appeals to the understanding and the will?

Contempt | Forethought | Love | Man | Mind | Present | Qualities | Riches | Thought | Virtue | Virtue | Wrong | Riches | Thought |

William Law

The spirit of prayer is a pressing forth of the soul out of this earthly life, it is a stretching with all its desire after the life of God, it is a leaving, as far as it can, all its own spirit, to receive a spirit from above, to be one life, one love, one spirit with Christ in God.

Calamity | Distress | God | Good | Heart | Love | Man | Peace | Repentance | Right | Sin | Will | Calamity | God |

William Matthews

I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen, and so I swung into action and wrote a poem, and it was miserable, for that's how I thought poetry worked: you digested experience and shat literature.

Virtue | Virtue | World | Value |

William Melmoth, wrote under pseudonym Sir Thomas Fitzosborne

Interesting anecdotes afford examples which may be of use in respect to our own conduct.

Applause | Reward | Virtue | Virtue |

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.

Self-interest | Virtue | Virtue |

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

There are some people who would never have fallen in love if they had not heard there was such a thing.

Virtue | Virtue |

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.

Society | Virtue | Virtue | Society |

William Shakespeare

O my love, my wife! Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.

Man | Virtue | Virtue |

William Shakespeare

O how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes favors! There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to, that sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, more pangs and fears than wars or women have, and when he falls, he falls like Lucifer, never to hope again. Henry VIII (Wolsey at III, ii)

Beauty | Looks | Play | Truth | Virtue | Virtue | Youth | Youth | Beauty |

William Shakespeare

O sir, you are old; nature in you stands on the very verge of her confine; you should be ruled and led by some discretion, that discerns your fate better than you yourself.

Books | Good | Thought | Virtue | Virtue | Will | Thought |

William Shakespeare

OLIVIA: How does he love me? VIOLA: With adoration, with fertile tears, with groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire.

Amends | Counsel | Good | Man | Sin | Virtue | Virtue | Will | Counsel |

William Shakespeare

Pity, like a naked, new-born babe striding the blast, or heaven's cherubins, horsed upon the sightless couriers of the air, shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, that tears shall drown the wind.

Virtue | Virtue |

Kautilya, aka Chanakya or Vishnu Gupta NULL

There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.

Disease | Virtue | Virtue | Happiness |

Ishvarakrishna, aka Iśvarakṛṣṇa NULL

The Self (purusha) exists, since an aggregate must be for another's use, since this must be the converse of that which has the three gunas, since there must be a superintendent and also someone to experience, and since activity is for the sake of freedom.

Rest | Virtue | Virtue |

Kautilya, aka Chanakya or Vishnu Gupta NULL

It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment's grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one's life.

Good | Man | Virtue | Virtue | Value |

Ishvarakrishna, aka Iśvarakṛṣṇa NULL

Thus, through conjunction with the Self (purusha), the insentient seems to be sentient, and though the agency really belongs to the gunas, the neutral stranger appears as if it were active.

Knowledge | Virtue | Virtue | Vice |