18th-century Essayist Quotes
Nor elves, nor fays, nor magic charm, Have pow'r, or will, to work us harm; For those who dare the truth to tell, Fays, elves, and fairies, wish them well.
I am persuaded there is no such thing after all as a perfect enjoyment of solitude; for the more delicious the solitude the more one wants a companion.
Is the world all grown up? Is childhood dead? Or is there not in the bosom of the wisest and the best some of the child's heart left, to respond to its earliest enchantments?
We must not be timid from a fear of committing faults: the greatest fault of all is to deprive oneself of experience.
Luc de Clapiers
A man without decision can never be said to belong to himself.
The true character of epistolary style is playfulness and urbanity.
It often happens that the quotations constitute the most valuable part of a book.
Taste is, in general, considered as that faculty of the human mind by which we perceive and enjoy whatever is beautiful or sublime in the works of nature or art.
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