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"The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of learned lumber in his head."

"To err is human; to forgive, divine."

"With loads of learned lumber in his head."

"Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon."

"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."

"Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child."

"When to the Permanent is sacrificed the Mutable, the prize is thine: the drop returneth whence it came. The Open Path leads to the changeless change - Non-Being, the glorious state of Absoluteness, the Bliss past human thought."

"The appearance and disappearance of the Universe are pictured as an outbreathing and inbreathing of "the Great Breath," which is eternal, and which, being Motion, is one of the three aspects of the Absolute - Abstract Space and Duration being the other two."

"The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres."

"But blind to former as to future fate, What mortal knows his pre-existent state?"

"'Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do."

"And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade."

"What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease."

"But honest instinct comes a volunteer; Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit, While still too wide or short in human wit."

"Slave to no sect, who takes no private road, But looks through Nature up to Nature's God."

"A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature."

"To observations which ourselves we make, we grow more partial for th' observer's sake."

"It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them the more noise they make in pouring it out."

"Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly."

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