Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.
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- Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country’s ruin!
- A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
- To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
- A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
- There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
- Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.