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I felt the while a pleasing kind of smart; the kiss went tingling to my panting heart. - When it was gone, the sense of it did stay; the sweetness cling'd upon my lips all day, like drops of honey, loth to fall away.
[Kisses]
 

I have not joyed an hour since you departed, for public miseries, and for private fears; but this blest meeting has o'erpaid them all.
 

I'll habits gather by unseen degrees, As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
[Vice]
 

I'm a little wounded, but I am not slain; I will lay me down to bleed a while. Then I'll rise and fight again.
 

Idiots only may be cozened twice.
[Deceit]
 

If you are for a merry jaunt I will try for once who can foot it farthest.
 

If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.
 

Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
 

Ill news is winged with fate, and flies apace.
[News]
 

Invention is a kind of muse, which, being possessed of the other advantages common to her sisters, and being warmed by the fire of Apollo, is raised higher than the rest.
[Invention]
 

It is a good thing to laugh, at any rate; and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness. Beasts can weep when they suffer, but they cannot laugh.
[Laughter]
 

It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.
[Fortune]
 

It is better not to be than to be unhappy.
[Unhappiness]
 

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
[Forgiveness]
 

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.
 

Jealousy is like a polished glass held to the lips when life is in doubt; if there be breath it will catch the damp and show it.
[Jealousy]
 

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.
 

Kings' titles commonly begin by force, which time wears off and mellows into right; and power which in one age is tyranny is ripened in the next to true succession.
[Kings]
 

Knowledge of men and manners, the freedom of habitudes, and conversation with the best company of both sexes, is necessary to the perfection of good manners.
[Manners]
 

Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.
[Grace]
 


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