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And 'tis remarkable that they talk most who have the least to say.
 

Be to their virtue very kind; be to their faults a little blind.
 

Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.
 

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.
 

For hope is but a dream for those that wake.
 

For, when with beauty we can virtue join, We paint the semblance of a form divine.
 

He's half absolv'd Who has confess'd.
 

Hope is but the dream of those that wake.
[Hope]
 

Hope is but the dream of those who wake.
 

Hopes are but the dreams of those that wake.
 

Human science is an uncertain guess.
[Science]
 

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
[Argument]
 

It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it.
 

Similes are like songs of love: They much describe, they nothing prove.
 

The daily showers rejoice the thirsty earth, and bless the flowery buds.
[Rain]
 

The end must justify the means.
[Means]
 

The ends must justify the means.
 

They always talk who never think, and who have the least to say.
[Loquacity]
 

They always talk who never think.
 

They never taste who always drink; They always talk who never think.
[Talk]
 


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