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A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
A shameless woman is the worst of men.
A time there is when like a thrice-told tale, long-rifled life of sweets can yield no more.
All may do what has by man been done.
An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there.
An undevout astronomer is mad.
And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb:
Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
And in their height of kindness are unkind.
And made youth younger, taught life to live.
And shall I prove ungrateful? shocking thought! He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other crimes may pass for virtues in him.
Applause which owes to man's short outlook all its charms.
Around the neck what dross are gold and pearl!
Art thou not dearer to my eyes than light?
Dost thou not circulate through all my veins?
Mingle with life, and form my very soul?
Authors now find, as once Achilles found, the whole is mortal if a part's unsound.
Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer;
Next day the fatal precedent will plead
Thus on, till wisdom is push'd out of life.
- [Delay : Proverbs]
Beautiful as sweet! and young as beautiful! and soft as young! and gay as soft! and innocent as gay!
Beware what earth calls happiness; beware all joys but joys that never can expire.
Bid abhorrence hiss it round the world.
Can eternity belong to me, poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour?
Can gold calm passion, or make reason shine?
Can we dig peace, or wisdom, from the mine?
Wisdom to gold prefer; for 'tis much less
To make our fortune, than our happiness.
Cares are employments; and without employ
The soul is on a rack; the rack of rest,
To souls most adverse; action all their joy.
Courts can give nothing to the wise and good,
But scorn of pomp, and love of solitude.
Critics on verse, as squibs on triumphs wait,
Proclaim their glory, and augment the state;
Hot, envious, noisy, proud, the scribbling fry
Burn, hiss, and bounce, waste paper, ink, and die.
Dark lattice! letting in eternal day!
Death treads in pleasure's footsteps round the world,
When pleasure treads the paths which reason shuns.
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