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" A cherub's face, a reptile all the rest. "
" The ruling passion, be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still. "
" Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. "
" Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. "
" How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot. "
" Like Cato, give his little senate laws, and sit attentive to his own applause. "
" Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe. "
" To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th' observer's sake. "
" Wit is the lowest form of humor. "
" Extremes in nature equal ends produce; In man they join to some mysterious use. "
" Health consists with temperance alone. "
" To err is human; to forgive, divine. "
" Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. "
" But Satan now is wiser than of yore, and tempts by making rich, not making poor. "
" Never was it given to mortal man - To lie so boldly as we women can. "
" Gentle dullness ever loves a joke. "
" Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. "
" The worst of madmen is a saint run mad. "
" All nature is but art unknown to thee. "
" Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be. "
" Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined. "
" The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head. "
" Fools admire, but men of sense approve. "
" Men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot. "
" 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. "
" Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind. "
" A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead. "
" Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. "
" True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learn'd to dance. "
" Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. "
" The most positive men are the most credulous. "