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Look around the inhabited world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
 

Love is love's reward.
[Love]
 

Love is not in our choice but in our fate.
 

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
[Love]
 

Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.
 

Men are but children of a larger growth; our appetites are as apt to change as theirs, and full as craving, too, and full as vain.
[Man]
 

Most confidence has still most cause to doubt.
[Temptation]
 

Never was patriot yet, but was a fool.
 

None but the brave deserve the fair.
[Bravery]
 

Not sharp revenge, nor hell itself can find a fiercer torment than a guilty mind.
[Remorse]
 

Oh, give me liberty! for even were paradise my prison, still I should long to leap the crystal walls.
[Liberty]
 

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.
[Care]
 

Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are.
 

Present joys are more to flesh and blood Than the dull prospect of a distant good.
[One Day]
 

Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.
[Reason]
 

Repentance is but want of power to sin.
 

Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.
 

Seas are the fields of combat for the winds, but when they sweep along some flowery coast, their wings move mildly, and their rage is lost.
[Wind]
 

See how he sets his countenance for deceit, and promises a lie before he speaks.
 

Seek not to know what must not be reveal, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more; if future fortunes were known before!
 


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