SAVILLE, J. F. Quotes
(1783-1853), English dramatist
Diversions are most properly applied to ease and relieve those who are oppressed by being too much employed. Those that are idle have no need of them, and yet they, above all others, give themselves up to them.—To unbend our thoughts when they are too much stretched by our cares is not more natural than it is necessary; but to turn our whole life into a holiday is not only ridiculous, but destroys pleasure instead of increasing it.
The sight of a drunkard is a better sermon against that vice than the best that was ever preached on that subject.
A dull man is so near a dead man that he is hardly to be ranked in the list of the living; and as he is not to be buried whilst half alive, so he is as little to be employed whilst he is half dead.
Common fame is the only liar that deserves to have some respect.—Though she tells many an untruth, she often hits right, and most especially when she speaks ill of men.
There is a false gravity that is a very ill symptom; and as rivers which run very slowly have always most mud at the bottom, so a solid stiffness in the constant course of a man's life, is the sign of a thick bed of mud at the bottom of his brain.
A prince who falleth out with laws, breaketh with his best friends.
Men in a party have liberty only for their motto; in reality they are greater slaves than anybody else would care to make them.
He who thinks his place below him, will certainly be below his place.
Power and liberty are like heat and moisture; where they are well mixt, everything prospers; where they are single, they are destructive.
Diversions are the most properly applied to ease and relieve those who are 1,00 much employed. Those that are idle have no need of them, and yet they, above all others, give themselves up to them. To unbend our thoughts, when they are too much stretched by our cares, is not more natural than it is necessary; but to turn our whole life into a holiday, is not only ridiculous but destroyeth pleasure instead of promoting it.
Without the consent of the world, a scandal doth not go deep; it is only a slight stroke upon the injured party, and returneth with the greater force upon those that gave it.
He who thinks his place below him will certainly be below his place.
I will not call vanity and affectation twins, because, more properly, vanity is the mother, and affectation is the darling daughter; vanity is the sin, and affectation is the punishment; the first may be called the root of self-love, the other the fruit. Vanity is never at its full growth till it spreadeth into affectation, and then it is complete.
Women have more strength in their looks, than we have in our laws; and more power by their tears, than we have by our arguments.