Famous quotes by Critics


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"The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart"
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"Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week"
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"A wise traveler never despises his own country"
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"You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world"
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"It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse"
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"Zeal will do more than knowledge"
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"Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room"
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"We often choose a friend as we do a mistress - for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love"
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"To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue"
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"Prejudice is the child of ignorance"
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"Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal"
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"Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!"
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"Dr. Johnson was a lazy learned man who liked to think and talk better than to read or write; who, however, wrote much and well, but too often by rote"
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"Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses"
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"Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape"
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"To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living"
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"The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases"
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"The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy"
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"The art of pleasing consists in being pleased"
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"Rules and models destroy genius and art"
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"One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect"
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"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be"
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"Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy"
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"Dandyism is a variety of genius"
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"Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world"
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"Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food"
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"When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest"
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"To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us"
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"To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous"
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"Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress"
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