Madam, a circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge; it blossoms through the year. And depend on it that they who are so fond of handling the leaves, will long for the fruit at last.— Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.
Here 's to the maiden of bashful fifteen;
Here 's to the widow of fifty; Here 's to the flaunting, extravagant queen, And here 's to the housewife that 's thrifty! Let the toast pass; Drink to the lass; I 'll warrant she 'll prove an excuse for the glass.
An aspersion upon my parts of speech!
Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
A bumper of good liquor Will end a contest quicker Than justice, judge or vicar.
An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance!
Those that vow the most are the least sincere.
Never say more than is necessary.
The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.
When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.
Women govern us; let us render them perfect: the more they are enlightened, so much the more shall we be. On the cultivation of the mind of women depends the wisdom of men. It is by women that nature writes on the hearts of men.
She's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile.
Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.
Do thou snatch treasures from my lips, and I'll take kingdoms back from thine.
There's only one truth about war: people die.
Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.
I ne'er could any lustre see In eyes that would not look on me;
I ne'er saw nectar on a lip But where my own did hope to sip.
An apothecary should never be out of spirits.
Mr. Speaker. I said the honorable member was a liar it is true and I am sorry for it. The honorable member may place the punctuation where he pleases.
There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of wine by his own fireside.
When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.
For in religion as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere.
He is the very pineapple of politeness!
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.
I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning.
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.
Happiness is an exotic of celestial birth.
Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike- no bail, no demurrer.
The heart that is conscious of its own integrity is ever slow to credit another´s treachery.
Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.
There are a set of malicious, prating, prudent gossips, both male and female, who murder characters to kill time; and will rob a young fellow of his good name before he has years to know the value of it.
There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existed; and I thought it my duty to do so.
There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature -- the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick.
You write with ease, to show your breeding, But easy writing's vile hard reading.
'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.
It is by women that nature writes on the hearts of men.
A wise woman will always let her husband have her way.
There needs no small degree of address to gain the reputation of benevolence without incurring the expense.
Our ancestors are very good kind of folks;
but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.
Many a wretch has rid on a hurdle who has done less mischief than utterers of forged tales, coiners of scandal, and clippers of reputation.
Steal! to be sure they may; and, egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children,-disfigure them to make 'em pass for their own.
A tale of scandal is as fatal to the credit of a prudent lady as a fever is generally to those of the strongest constitutions. But there is a sort of puny, sickly reputation, that is always ailing, yet will wither the robuster characters of a hundred prudes.
Fame, the sovereign deity of proud ambition.
Soft pity never leaves the gentle breast where love has been received a welcome guest.
I hate to see prudence clinging to the green suckers of youth;
'tis like ivy round a sapling, and spoils the growth of the tree.
A progeny of learning.
A fluent tongue is the only thing a mother don't like her daughter to resemble her in.