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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: Irish
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If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.

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Man wants but little here below, nor wants that little long.

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Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.

Tags: Modesty, Seldom, Virtues

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.

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Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.

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Tenderness is a virtue.

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The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.

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The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition.

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The jests of the rich are ever successful.

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There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.

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They say women and music should never be dated.

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With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.

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Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.

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As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.

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I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.

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I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.

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You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

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A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.

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Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

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All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.

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Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

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Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.

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Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!

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Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.

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When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?

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Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.

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Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.

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Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.

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A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.

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People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.

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The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.

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Where wealth accumulates, men decay.

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Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.

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Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.

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Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.

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Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.

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Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet.

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Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.

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Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.

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I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.

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The secret to true happiness is a combination of low expectations and insensitivity.

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