English Poet best known for "Night Thoughts"
"Illustrious examples engross, prejudice, and intimidate. They engross our attention, and so prevent a due inspection of ourselves; they prejudice our judgment in favour of their abilities, and so less."
"A dearth of words a woman need not fear; but 'tis a task indeed to learn to hear: in that the skill of conversation lies; that shows and makes you both polite and wise."
"A Deity believed, is joy begun; a Deity adored, is joy advanced; a Deity beloved, is joy matured. Each branch of piety delight inspires."
"A man I knew who lived upon a smile, and well it fed him; he look'd plump and fair, while rankest venom foam'd through every vein."
"A man of sense can artifice disdain, as men of wealth may venture to go plain? I find the fool when I behold the screen, for 'tis the wise man's interest to be seen."
"Affliction is the good man's shining scene; prosperity conceals his brightest ray; as night to stars, woe lustre gives to man."
"Against their wills what numbers ruin shun, purely through want of wit to be undone! Nature has shown by making it so rare, that wit's a jewel which we need not wear."
"A partial world will list to my lays, while Anna reigns, and sets a female name unrival'd in the glorious lists of fame."
"Age should fly concourse, cover in repeat defects of judgment, and the will subdue; walk thoughtful on the silent, solemn shore of that vast ocean it must sail so soon."
"Ah! What is human life? How, like the dial's tardy-moving shade, day after day slides from us unperceiv'd! The cunning fugitive is swift by stealth; too subtle is the movement to be seen; yet soon the hour is up?and we are gone."
"All feeling of futurity benumbed; all Godlike passion for externals quenched; all relish of realities expired; imbruted every faculty divine; heart buried in the rubbish of the world."
"An author! 'tis a venerable name! How few deserve it, and what numbers claim! Unbless'd with sense above their peers refined, who shall stand up dictators to mankind? Nay, who dare shine, if not in virtue's cause? That sole proprietor of just applause."
"And beautiful as sweet! And young as beautiful! and soft as young! And gay as soft! and innocent as gay."