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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: English
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They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.

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They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.

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'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.

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To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye, nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task.

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Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.

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Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

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Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved.

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Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.

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Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

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He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.

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Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.

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You are a woman: you must never speak what you think; your words must contradict your thoughts, but your actions may contradict your words.

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Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.

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She likes herself, yet others hates, For that which in herself she prizes; And while she laughs at them, forgets She is the thing that she despises.

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A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.

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Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.

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A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.

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I know that's a secret, for it's whispered every where.

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If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.

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In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.

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Beauty is the lover's gift.

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Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.

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I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.

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If there's delight in love, 'Tis when I see that heart, which others bleed for, bleed for me.

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There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.

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Wit must be foiled by wit: cut a diamond with a diamond.

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A wit should be no more sincere than a woman constant.

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I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.

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Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.

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No, I'm no enemy to learning; it hurts not me.

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Resistance is thought transformed into feeling. Change the thought that creates the resistance, and there is no more resistance.

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Dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present.

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If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.

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I have found that most of the things I want from living I must get from people.

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It's not the situation... It's your reaction to the situation.

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People want riches; they need fulfillment.

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