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Irish essayist, dramatist and politician
(1672 - 1729)
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A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.
      - [Age]

A man advanced in years, that thinks fit to look back upon his former life, and call that only life which was passed with satisfaction and enjoyment, excluding all parts which were not pleasant to him, will find himself very young, if not in his infancy.
      - [Retrospection]

A man cannot be cheerful and good-natured unless he is also honest; which is not to be said of sadness.
      - [Sadness]

A man endowed with great perfections, without good-breeding, is like one who has his pockets full of gold, but always wants change for his ordinary occasions.
      - [Good Breeding]

A man that is temperate, generous, valiant, chaste, faithful, and honest, may, at the same time, have wit, humour, mirth, good breeding, and gallantry. While he exerts these latter qualities, twenty occasions might be invented to show he is master of the other noble virtues.
      - [Man]

A man's appearance falls within the censure of every one that sees him; his parts and learning very few are judges of.
      - [Dress]

A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.
      - [Modesty]

A true and genuine impudence is ever the effect of ignorance, without the least sense of it.
      - [Impudence]

All a woman has to do in this world is contained within the duties of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother.
      - [Women]

All that nature has prescribed must be good; and as death is natural to us, it is absurdity to fear it. Fear loses its purpose when we are sure it cannot preserve us, and we should draw resolution to meet it from the impossibility to escape it.
      - [Death]

Allow no man to be so free with you as to praise you to your face.
      - [Praise]

Among all the diseases of the mind, there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.
      - [Flattery]

An inquisitive man is a creature naturally very vacant of thought itself, and therefore forced to apply itself to foreign assistance.
      - [Inquisitiveness]

As beauty of body, with an agreeable carriage, pleases the eye, and that pleasure consists in that we observe all the parts with a certain elegance are proportioned to each other; so does decency of behavior which appears in our lives obtain the approbation of all with whom we converse, from the order, consistency, and moderation of our words and actions.
      - [Decency]

As ceremony is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance, so good breeding is an expedient to make fools and wise men equal.
      - [Ceremony]

As for my labors, if they can but wear one impertinence out of human life, destroy a single vice, or give a morning's cheerfulness to an honest mind--in short if the world can be but one virtue the better, or in any degree less vicious, or receive from them the smallest addition to their innocent diversions--I shall not think my pains, or indeed my life, to have been spent in vain.
      - [Authorship]

Beauties, whether male or female, are generally the most untractable people of all others.
      - [Beauty]

Beauty has been the delight and torment of the world ever since it began. The philosophers have felt its influence so sensibly that almost every one of them has left some saying or other which intimates that he knew too well the power of it.
      - [Beauty]

Cheerfulness is always to be kept up if a man is out of pain; but mirth, to a prudent man, should always be accidental. It should naturally arise out of the occasion, and the occasion seldom be laid for it.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Conversation never sits easier upon us than when we now and then discharge ourselves in a symphony of laughter, which may not improperly be called the chorus of conversation.
      - [Conversation]

Each successive generation plunges into the abyss of passion, without the slightest regard to the fatal effects which such contract has produced upon their predecessors; and lament, when too late, the rashness with which they slighted the advice of experience, and stifled the voice of reason.
      - [Experience]

Etiquette is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance.
      - [Etiquette]

Even the style of the Scriptures is more than human.
      - [Bible]

Every pert young fellow that has a moving fancy, and the least jingle of verse in his head, sets up for a writer of songs, and resolves to immortalize his bottle or his mistress.
      - [Songs]

Extinguish vanity in the mind, and you naturally retrench the little superfluities of garniture and equipage. The blossoms will fall of themselves when the root that nourishes them is destroyed.
      - [Vanity]

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