Men are but children of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving too, and full as vain.
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Fool that I was, upon my eagle's wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.
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Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be.
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Drinking is the soldier's pleasure.
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Fortune befriends the bold.
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For they conquer who believe they can.
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For all have not the gift of martyrdom.
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Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.
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Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
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Successful crimes alone are justified.
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All human things are subject to decay, and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
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He was exhaled; his great Creator drew His spirit, as the sun the morning dew.
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Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.
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To die is landing on some distant shore.
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Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.
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Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.
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Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
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Since every man who lives is born to die, and none can boast sincere felicity, with equal mind, what happens, let us bear, nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care.
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Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.
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So over violent, or over civil that every man with him was God or Devil.
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All objects lose by too familiar a view.
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All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
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Seek not to know what must not be reveal, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more; if future fortunes were known before!
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He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
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It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.
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Genius must be born, and never can be taught.
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Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
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Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.
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We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
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Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
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Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.
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All heiresses are beautiful.
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Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.
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For present joys are more to flesh and blood than a dull prospect of a distant good.
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Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.
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When I consider life, it is all a cheat. Yet fooled with hope, people favor this deceit.
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Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.
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Love is love's reward.
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Love is not in our choice but in our fate.
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Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate he left his son.
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Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!
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Pains of love be sweeter far than all the other pleasures are.
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The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one.
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Beware the fury of a patient man.
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Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.
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He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.
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Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.
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Mighty things from small beginnings grow.
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He who would search for pearls must dive below.
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Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.
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Repentance is but want of power to sin.
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Plots, true or false, are necessary things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings.
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Not to ask is not be denied.
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She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.
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Far more numerous are those as such; who think to little and talk to much.
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Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you don't let other people spend it for you.
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Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today.
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He who trusts secrets to a servant makes him his master.
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Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
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War is the trade of Kings.
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War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honor but an empty bubble.
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Nature meant me a wife, a silly harmless household Dove, fond without art; and kind without deceit.
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Dryden, John

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