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ISAAC BICKERSTAFFE (BICKERSTAFF)
Irish dramatist
(c. 1735 - c. 1812)

Health is the greatest of all possessions, and it is a maxim with me that a hale cobbler is a better man than a sick king.
      - [Health]

The greatness that would make us grave,
  Is but an empty thing.
    What more than mirth would mortals have?
      The cheerful man's a king.
      - [Mirth]

Hope! thou nurse of young desire.
      - Love in a Village (act I, sc. 1, l. 1)
        [Hope]

There was a jolly miller once,
  Lived on the River Dee;
    He worked and sang, from morn to night;
      No lark so blithe as he.
        And this the burden of his song,
          Forever used to be,--
            "I care for nobody, not I,
              If no one cares for me."
      - Love in a Village (act I, sc. 5)
        [Contentment]

Young fellows will be young fellows.
      - Love in a Village (II, 2) [Youth]

By candle-light nobody would have taken you for above five-and-twenty.
      - Maid of the Mill (act I, II) [Age]

Ay, do despise me, I'm the prouder for it;
  I like to be despised.
      - The Hypocrite (act V, sc. 1) [Pride]


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