Those who raise envy will easily incur censure.
Genius is independent of situation.
No tribute is laid on castles in the air.
A joke's a very serious thing.
Weak is that throne, and in itself unsound, Which takes not solid virtue for its ground.
The surest way to health, say what they will, Is never to suppose we shall be ill; Most of the ills which we poor mortals know From doctors and imagination flow.
When satire flies abroad on falsehood's wing, Short is her life, and impotent her sting; But when to truth allied, the wound she gives Sinks deep, and to remotest ages lives.
Nature listening stood, whilst Shakespeare play'd And wonder'd at the work herself had made.
England a fortune-telling host, As num'rous as the stars, could boast; Matrons, who toss the cup, and see The grounds of Fate in grounds of tea.
No two on earth in all things can agree; All have some darling singularity; Women and men, as well as girls and boys, In gewgaws take delight, and sigh for toys, Your sceptres and your crowns, and such like things, Are but a better kind of toys for kings. In things indifferent reason bids us choose, Whether the whim's a monkey or a muse.
Last Update: 13 April 2021
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