At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
His looks adorn’d the venerable place;
Truth from his lips prevail’d with double sway,
And fools who came to scoff, remain’d to pray.
Topics: Prayer, Wisdom
Philosophy can add to our happiness in no other manner but by diminishing our misery; it should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of. Happy were we all born philosophers; all born with a talent of thus dissipating our own cares by spreading them upon all mankind.
Topics: Blessings, Philosophy, Gratitude, Appreciation
One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality.
The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.
Topics: Books, Reading
They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.
Topics: Women, Fashion
It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.
Topics: Realistic Expectations, Future, Hope
People seldom improve, when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.
The current of tenderness widens as it proceeds; and two men imperceptibly find their hearts filled with good nature for each other, when they were at first only in pursuit of mirth and relaxation.
Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies.
The united voice of millions cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.
Mortifications are often more painful than real calamities.
Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success.
Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.
Women famed for their valor, their skill in politics, or their learning, leave the duties of their own sex, in order to invade the privileges of ours. I can no more pardon a fair one for endeavoring to wield the club of Hercules, than I could a man for endeavoring to twirl her distaff.
Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough, and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort.
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- Oscar Wilde Irish Poet, Playwright
- George William Russell Irish Author
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- Jonathan Swift Irish Satirist
- Edmund Burke British Philosopher, Statesman
- William Butler Yeats Irish Poet
- James Joyce Irish Novelist
- Elizabeth Bowen Irish Novelist
- Sheridan Le Fanu Irish Novelist
- Laurence Sterne Irish Anglican Novelist