Famous quotes by Critics


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"Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves"
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"The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices"
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"The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors"
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"The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature"
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"Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted"
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"If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation"
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"Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity"
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"Grace in women has more effect than beauty"
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"Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features"
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"A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it"
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"A hair in the head is worth two in the brush"
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"A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one - they show one another off to the best advantage"
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"A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles"
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"Those who can command themselves command others"
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"The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet"
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"The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor"
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"The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature"
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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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"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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