Careless of censure, nor too fond of fame, Still pleased to praise, yet not afraid to blame, Averse alike to flatter or offend, Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend.
Chaste to her husband, frank to all beside, A teeming mistress, but a barren bride.
Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this minute.
Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but it impairs what it would improve.
Dear, damned, distracting town, farewell! Thy fools no more I'll tease: This year in peace, ye critics, dwell, Ye harlots, sleep at ease!
Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.
False happiness is like false money; it passes for a time as well as the true, and serves some ordinary occasions; but when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.
Fire in each eye and papers in each hand, they rave, recite, and madden round the land.
Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot, To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.