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English humorist, poet, novelist and miscellaneous writer
(1779 - 1849)
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A French word for an English malady.
      - [Ennui]

A relish bestowed upon the poorer classes, that they may like what they may eat; while it is seldom enjoyed by the rich, because they may eat what they like.
      - [Appetite]

A secret is like silence: you cannot talk about it, and keep it. It is like money; when once you know there is any concealed, it is half discovered.
      - [Secrecy]

Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health.
      - [Agriculture]

An ugly face and the want of exterior beauty generally increases the interior beauty.
      - [Ugliness]

As friendship must be founded on mutual esteem, it cannot long exist among the vicious; for we soon find ill company to be like a dog, which dirts those the most whom he loves the best.
      - [Friendship]

Aspiring to nothing but humility, the wise man will make it the height of his ambition to be unambitious. As he cannot effect all that he wishes, he will only wish for that which he can effect.
      - [Ambition]

Avarice is only prudence and economy pushed to excess.
      - [Avarice]

Bravery is a cheap and vulgar quality, of which the brightest instances are frequently found in the lowest savage.
      - [Bravery]

By a union courtesy and talent an adversary may be made to grace his own defeat, as the sandal-tree perfumes the hatchet that cuts it down.
      - [Courtesy]

Content is the best opulence, because it is the pleasantest, and the surest. The richest man is he who does not want what which is wanting to him; the poorest is the miser, who wants that which he has.
      - [Contentment]

Conversation stock being a joint and common property, every one should take a share in it; and yet there may be societies in which silence will be our best contribution.
      - [Conversation]

Death is a silent, peaceful genius, who rocks our second childhood to sleep in the cradle of the coffin.
      - [Death]

Everything appertaining to the angler's art is cowardly, cruel, treacherous, and cat-like.
      - [Angling]

Extremes touch: he who wants no favors :from Fortune may be said to have obtained the very greatest that she can bestow, in realizing an independence which no changes can diminish.
      - [Extremes]

False rumors die of their own stench.
      - [Rumor]

Favors, and especially pecuniary ones, are generally fatal to friendship; for our pride will ever prompt us to lower the value of the gift by diminishing that of the donor.
      - [Gifts]

Fortune is painted blind in order to show her impartiality; but when she cheers the needy with hope, and depresses the wealthy with distrust, methinks she confers the richest boon on the poorest man, and injures those on whom she bestows her favors.
      - [Fortune]

Good and bad luck is but a synonyme, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment.
      - [Luck]

Griefs are like the beings that endure them--the little ones are the most clamorous and noisy; those of older growth and greater magnitude are generally tranquil, and sometimes silent.
      - [Grief]

Humanity is much more shown in our conduct towards animals, where we are irresponsible except to heaven, than towards our fellow-creatures, where we are restrained by the laws, by public opinion, and fear of retaliation.
      - [Humanity]

If the seal of time were to be the signet of truth, there is no absurdity, oppression, or falsehood that might not be revived as gospel; while the gospel itself would want the more an-cient warrant of paganism.
      - [Antiquity]

If there were no readers there certainly would be no writers. Clearly, therefore, the existence of writers depends upon the existence of readers; and, of course, as the cause must be antecedent to the effect, readers existed before writers. Yet, on the other hand, if there were no writers there could be no readers, so it should appear that writers must be antecedent to readers.
      - [Reading]

Jokes are the cayenne of conversation, and the salt of life.
      - [Jokes]

Liars are verbal forgers.
      - [Lying]

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