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Quoatations: Love-Life II


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Advancement In Learning”:

“A man must make his opportunity, as oft as finds it”.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Of Ceremonies And Respects”:

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds”.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), A saying of Queen Elizabeth:

“Demosthenes when he fled from the battle, and that it was reproached to him, said; “That he that flies mought fight again””.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626),  Of Dispatch:

“I knew a wise man that had it for a by-word, when he saw men hasten to a conclusion, “Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner””.


Ben Johnson (1573-1637), “The Alchemist”, prologue:

“Fortune, that favours fools”.


Terence (190-159 B.C.):

“Fortis fortuna adiuvat” (Fortune aids the brave).


(Fortune favors the brave; He who dares wins).



“(He) Who Dares Wins”.


John Webster (1580?-1625?), “The White Devil”:

“Fortune’s a right whore:

If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels,

That she may take away all at one swoop”.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744), “An Essay On Criticism”:

“For fools rush in where angels fear to tread”.



Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Of Discourse”:

“Intermingle…jest with earnest”.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Goodness, And Goodness Of Nature”:

“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world”.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626),  “Of Wisedom For A Man’s Self”:

“It is a poor centre of man’s actions, himself”.


Philip James Bailey (1816-1902), “Festuś”:

“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;

In feelings, not in figures on a dial.

We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives

Who thinks most – feels the noblest - acts the best”.


George Linnaeus Banks (1821-1881), “Daisies in the Grass. What I live For”:

“For the cause that lacks assistance,

For the wrong that needs resistance,

For the future in the distance, And the good that I can do”.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Of Expense”:

“A man ought warily to begin charges which once begun will continue”.


Francis Beaumont (1584-1616); John Fletcher (1579-1625):

“Deeds, not words shall speak me”.


Francis Beaumont (1584-1616); John Fletcher (1579-1625), “Upon An Honest Man’s Fortune”:

“Our acts our angles are, or good or ill,

Our fatal shadows that walk by us still”.


Henry Burton (1886):

“Have you had a kindness shown?

Pass it on!

‘Twas not given for thee alone,

Pass it on!

Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears,

 Till in Heaven the deed appears –

Pass it on”.


Julia Carney (1823-1908), “Little Things”:

“Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,

Help to make earth happy, like the heaven above”.

(Later changed to …make this earth an Eden).


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Of Cunning:

“In things that are tender and unpleasing, it is good to break the ice by some whose words are of less weight, and to reserve the more weighty voice to come in as by chance”.


Bishop Mandell Creighton (1843-1901), “Life (1904), Vol. II:

“No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good”.


Wentworth Dillion, Earl of Roscommon (1633?-85):

“Immodest words admits of no defence,

For want of decency is want of sense”.


John Dickinson (1732-1808), “The Liberty Song”. Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol. XIV:

“By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall”.


John Donne (1571?-1631):

“Forgiveness to the injured does belong;

But they ne’er pardon, who have done the wrong”.


Voltaire (1694-1778), Lettres. A.M. d’Alembert (Nov 28, 1762):

“Quoi que vous fassiez, écrasez l’infâme, et aimez qui vous aime” (Whatever you do, trample down abuses, and love those who love you).


John Donne (1571?-1631):

“Reason to rule, but mercy to forgive:

The first is law, the last prerogative”.


“Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), Translations. From “Omar Chiam”:

“He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,

And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere”.


Stephen Grellet 91773-1855), Attr. “Treasure Trove”, collected by John o’ London  (1925):

“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”.


George Herbert (1593-1633), “The Temple. The Church Porch”:

“Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes

Error a fault and truth discourtesy”.


Horace (65-8 B.C.):

“Et semel emissum volat irrevocable verbum” (A word once let out the cage cannot be whistled back again).


Jean Baptiste Poquelin (Molière; 1622-73),  “Le Misanthrope”, III:

“On doit se regarder soi-même un fort long temps,

Avant que de songer à condamner les gens

 (We should look long and carefully at ourselves

Before we pass judgement on our fellows).


Horace (65-8 B.C.):

“Ira furor brevis est” (Anger is a short madness).


Thomas Paine (1737-1809):

“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good”.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744):

“To err is human, to forgive, divine”.


Sallust (86-34 B.C.):

“Idem velle atque idem nolle, en demum firma amicitia est” (Friendship is this – to desire, and to dislike, the same thing).


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Julius Caesar, Notes:

“A man of great common sense and good taste, - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

“It is easy – terribly easy – to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man’s spirit is devil’s work”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), “The Devil’s Disciple”, Act II:

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity”.


Richard Whately, Archbishop Of Dublin (1787-1863),  Apophthegms:

“Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man”.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), No. 200. Motto in Ed. (1744):

“The noblest motive is the public good”.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), The Tatler, No. 199:

“Let your precept be, Be easy”.


Laurence Sterne (1713-68):

“As we jog on, either laugh with me, or at me, or in short do anything, - only keep your temper”.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919), Solitude:

“Laugh and the world laughs with you;

Weep and you weep alone”.


Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), The Critic As Artist:

“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal”.


Rev. Sydney Smith (1771-1845), Essays (1877). Female Education:

“One of the greatest pleasures of life is conversation”.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Of Wisedom For A Man’s Self:

“Be true to thyself as thou be not false to others”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94):

“To be honest, to be kind – earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered, to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation – above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself – here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94):

“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94), (Michael Finsbury) The Wrong Box:

“Nothing like a little judicious levity”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94), Letter, (Aug 23, 1893):

“I believe in an ultimate decency of things”.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745):

“Few are qualified to shine in company; but it is in most men’s power to be agreeable”.


Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), “Anna Karenina”:

“All happy families resemble each other, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”.


Alfred De Vigny (1797-1863), La Mort du Loup:

“Seul le silence est grand; tout le reste est faiblesse…

Fais énergiquement ta longue et lourde tâche…

Puis, après, comme moi, souffre et meurs sans parler.”

 (Silence alone is great; all else is feebleness…

Perform with all your heart your long and heavy task….

Then as I do, say naught, but suffer and die).


Algerrnon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909):

“For words divide and rend;

But silence is most noble till the end”.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683), Compleat Angler:

“I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning”.

Edward Young (1683-1765):

“Procrastination is the thief of time”.


Richard Whately, Archbishop Of Dublin (1787-1863),  Apophthegms:

“Preach not because you have to say, but because you have something to say”.

Publilius Syrus (C1st B.C.), Sententiae:

“Beneficium inopi bis dat, qui dat celeriter” (He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly).



Francis Bacon (1561-1626),  Of Parents And Children:

“The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears”.

“Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter”.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Of Marriage And Single Life:

“He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief ”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Everybody’s Political What’s What:

“Parentage is a very important profession; but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children”.



Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Of Truth”:

“It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth the hurt”.


Thomas Shadwell (1642?-92),  Psyche:

“Words may be false and full of art,

Sighs are the natural language of the heart”.


Thomas Shadwell (1642?-92), A True Widow:

“And wit’s the noblest frailty of the mind”.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

“The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is”.


Duc De La Rochfoucauld (1613-80),  obviously derived from La Rochdoucauld:

“La reconnaissance de la plupart des homes n’est qu’une secrete envie de recevoir de plus grande bienfaits” (In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favours).

A saying ascribed to Sir Robert Walpole by Hazlitt in his Wit And Humour: “The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favours”.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94), Truth Of Intercourse:

“The cruellest lies are often told in silence”.



Francis Bacon (1561-1626), “Of Wisedom For A Man’s Self”:

“It is the nature of extreme self-lovers, as they will set a house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs”.



Edmund Burke (1729-97),  “On The Sublime And Beautiful”, Intro:

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear”.


James Anthony Froude (1818-94):

“Fear is the parent of cruelty”.


John Donne (1571?-1631), Aureng-Zebe:

“Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear,

To be we know not what, we know not where”.

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