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"I would not enter in my list of friends, Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm. An inadvertent step may crush the snail That crawls at evening in the public path, But he has the humanity, forewarned, Will tread aside, and let the reptile live."

"Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray."

"Acquaint thyself with God, if thou would'st taste His works. Admitted once to his embrace, Thou shalt perceive that thou was blind before: Thine eye shall be instructed; and thine heart Made pure shall relish with divine delight Till then unfelt, what hands divine have wrought."

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence."

"Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;Wisdom is humble that he knows no more."

"The dogs did bark, the children screamed, Up flew the windows all; And every soul bawled out, Well done! As loud as he could bawl."

"Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa around, and while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn throws up a steamy column, and the cups that cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, so let us welcome peaceful evening in."

"No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach."

"Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair."

"No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed."

"O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?"

"The parson knows enough who knows a Duke."

"Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will."

"The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow."

"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees."

"Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt."

"How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home."

"Nature is a good name for an effect whose cause is God."

"A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator."

"It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme Rudely appealed to on each trifling theme."

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