To err is human; to forgive, divine.
To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.
The ruling passion, be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still.
Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels men rebel.
No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hate a man for being a friend to her.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
All nature is but art unknown to thee.
There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature’s God.
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest.
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.
Lo! The poor Indian, whose untutored mind sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind.
On wrongs swift vengeance waits.
The difference is too nice – Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.
The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person.
Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.
‘Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.
The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.
Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but the truth in a masquerade.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise!
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child.
But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state?
‘Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.
A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.
To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th’ observer’s sake.
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
Never find fault with the absent.
Honor and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part: there all the honor lies.
The most positive men are the most credulous.
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head.
Party-spirit at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be.
Order is heaven’s first law.
Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use.
Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example.
Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
True politeness consists in being easy one’s self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.
Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.
For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.
Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.
Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.
No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.
Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
Passions are the gales of life.
Fondly we think we honor merit then, When we but praise ourselves in other men.
Praise undeserved, is satire in disguise.
Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause.
For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right.
Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
Get place and wealth, if possible with grace; if not, by any means get wealth and place.
Gentle dullness ever loves a joke.
Wit is the lowest form of humor.
If a man’s character is to be abused there’s nobody like a relative to do the business.
Health consists with temperance alone.
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, content to dwell in decencies for ever.
The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg.
Those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
Never was it given to mortal man – To lie so boldly as we women can.
But Satan now is wiser than of yore, and tempts by making rich, not making poor.
Never elated when someone’s oppressed, never dejected when another one’s blessed.
The learned is happy, nature to explore; The fool is happy, that he knows no more.
Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind.
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot.
Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire.
How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
And die of nothing but a rage to live.
Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.
Woman’s at best a contradiction still.
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Lo, what huge heaps of littleness around!
At ev’ry word a reputation dies.
Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in the night. God said, Let Newton be! and all was light!
I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
A cherub’s face, a reptile all the rest.