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George Crabbe Quotes


An English poet and naturalist.
(1754 - 1832)

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A great lie is like a great fish on dry land; it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you. You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself.
[Lying]
 

Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.
 

Better to love amiss than nothing to have loved.
 

Conscience! conscience! man's most faithful friend!
[Conscience]
 

Deceivers are the most dangerous members of society. - They trifle with the best affections of our nature, and violate the most sacred obligations.
[Deceit]
 

Faction is the demon of discord armed with power to do endless mischief, and intent only on destroying whatever opposes its progress. - Woe to that state in which it has found an entrance.
 

Feed the musician, and he's out of tune.
 

From powerful causes spring the empiric's gains. - Man's love of life, his weakness and his pains - these first induce him the vile trash to try, then lend his name that others too may buy.
 

Habit with him was all the test of truth; "it must be right, I've done it from my youth."
[Habit]
 

How often do we sigh for opportunities of doing good, while we neglect the openings of Providence in little things, which would frequently lead to the accomplishment of most important usefulness. Good is done by degrees. However small in proportion the benefit which follows individual attempts to do good, a great deal may thus be accomplished by perseverance, even in the midst of discouragements and disappointments.
[Opportunity]
 

In her experience all her friends relied, Heaven was her help and nature was her guide.
 

In idle wishes fools supinely stay; be there a will and wisdom finds a way.
[Will]
 

In this wild world, the fondest and the best are the most tried, most troubled, and distrest.
[Adversity]
 

It is not their long reigns, nor their frequent changes which occasion the fall of empires, but their abuse of power.
 

Man yields to custom, as he bows to fate - in all things ruled, mind, body, and estate.
 

Oh, how the passions, insolent and strong, bear our weak minds their rapid course along; make us the madness of their will obey; then die, and leave us to our griefs a prey!
[Passion]
 

Our farmers round, well pleased with constant gain, Like other farmers, flourish and complain.
 

Secrets with girls, like guns with boys, are never valued till they make a noise.
[Secrecy]
 

The fable is allegorical; its actions are natural, but its agents imaginary. - The tale is fictitious, but not imaginary, for both its agents and actions are drawn from the passing scenes of life. - Tales are written mainly for amusement: fables for instruction.
 

The game is never lost till won.
 


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