‘Tis not in mortals to command success, but we’ll do more, Sempronius, we’ll deserve it.
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- Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.
- The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.
- Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.
- The truth of it is, learning, like travelling, and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable, by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities.
- A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
- A day, an hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity in bondage.