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Danske citater:

  • Det er meneskeligt at fejle, men guddommeligt at tilgive.
  • Er ikke fravær døden for de, som elsker?
  • Karakterstyrke er en øvelse, ikke hvile.
  • Korpsånd, i bedste fald manges galskab til fordelt for få.
  • Mennesker ville være engle, engle ville være gud.
  • Nogle har først passeret for åndfulde; derpå for digtere; er rask blevet kritikere dernæst; og har vist sig at være rene tåber tilsidst.
  • Tåber farer ind, hvor engle frygter at træde.
  • Verdens største lup er en mands øje, når han betragter sig selv.


Engelske citater:

  • A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.
  • A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
  • A wit 's a feather, and a chief a rod; An honest man 's the noblest work of God.
  • Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear.
  • All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
  • All gardening is landscape painting.
  • An atheist is but a mad, ridiculous derider of piety, but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to a good action.
  • An honest man's the noblest work of God.
  • And if I lose thy love, I lose my all.
  • And love the offender, yet detest the offence.
  • And make each day a critic on the last.
  • And mistress of herself, though china fall.
  • Ask you what provocation I have had? The strong antipathy of good to bad.
  • At every word a reputation dies.
  • At ev'ry trifle scorn to take offense.
  • At være vred er at hævne andres fejl på dig selv.
  • Authors, like coins, grow dear as they grow old: It is the rust we value, not the gold.
  • Be silent always when you doubt your sense.
  • Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
  • Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
  • Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
  • Curse on all laws but those which love has made!
  • Die of a rose in aromatic pain.
  • Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
  • 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.
  • Fame, wealth, and honour! what are you to Love?
  • Fools admire, but men of sense approve.
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  • For he lives twice who can at once employ The present well, and ev'n the past enjoy.
  • Genuine religion is not so much a matter of feeling as a matter of principle.
  • He best can paint them who shall feel them most.
  • Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms.
  • Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
  • Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.
  • How do we know that we have a right to kill creatures that we are so little above, as dogs, for our curiosity or even for some use to us?
  • How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
  • How vast a memory has Love!
  • If to her share some female errors fall, Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.
  • Is not absence death to those who love?
  • It is with our judgment as our watches, none go just alike, yet each believes his own.
  • Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.
  • Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is man.
  • Let spades be trumps! she said, and trumps they were.
  • Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, More a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
  • Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
  • Men, some to business, some to pleasure take; But every woman is at heart a rake.
  • Most authors steal their works, or buy.
  • Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in Night, God said, Let Newton be! And all was Light.
  • Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
  • On life's vast ocean diversely we sail, Reason the card, but passion is the gale.
  • One science only will one genius fit: So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
  • Order is Heaven's first law.
  • Party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few.
  • Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet. To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.
  • Say, is not absence death to those who love?
  • So perish all who do the like again.
  • Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
  • Some praise at morning what they blame at night, But always think the last opinion right.
  • The same ambition can destroy or save, and makes a patriot as it makes a knave.
  • The wrath of Peleus' son, the direful spring Of all the Grecian woes, O goddess sing! Another version: Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring Of woes unnumbered, heavenly goddess, sing! , Translation of the Iliad, 1715
  • There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
  • They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
  • Thou wert my guide, philosopher, and friend.
  • 'Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.
  • 'Tis education forms the common mind: Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
  • To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
  • To err is human, to forgive divine. , An Essay on Criticism
  • Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
  • Truth needs not flowers of speech.
  • Whatever is, is right.
  • When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
  • When much dispute has past, we find our tenets just the same at last.
  • Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?
  • Who builds a church to God and not to fame, Will never mark the marble with his name.
  • Who combats bravely is not therefore brave, He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave: Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise,— His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies.
  • Why has not man a microscopic eye? For this plain reason: man is not a fly.
  • Woman's at best a contradiction still.
  • Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
  • Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to see Men not afraid of God, afraid of me.
  • You eat, in dreams, the custard of the day.
  • You purchase pain with all that joy can give, And die of nothing but a rage to live.

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