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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
St. Evremond
  Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox.  1
  He is not always at ease who laughs.  2
  History tells us of illustrious villains, but there never was an illustrious miser.  3
  Let pleasure be ever so innocent, the excess is always criminal.  4
  Liberality is the best way to gain affection; for we are assured of their friendship to whom we are obliged.  5
  Politeness is a mixture of discretion, civility, complaisance and circumspection spread over all we do and say.  6
  Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue. We have seen a thousand people esteemed, either for the merit they had not yet attained or for that they no longer possessed.  7
  Some men will believe nothing but what they can comprehend; and there are but few things that such are able to comprehend.  8
  The censure of those that are opposed to us is the nicest commendation that can be given us.  9
  There is a heroic innocence, as well as a heroic courage.  10
  Too austere a philosophy makes few wise men; too rigorous politics, few good subjects; too hard a religion, few religious persons whose devotion is of long continuance.  11
  We rarely meet with persons that have true judgment; which, to many, renders literature a very tiresome knowledge. Good judges are as rare as good authors.  12
  We want fewer things to live in poverty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently with riches.  13

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