Portrait 1769â€“70 by Joshua Reynolds
10 November 1728|
Either Ballymahon, County Longford, Kingdom of Ireland, or Elphin, County Roscommon, Kingdom of Ireland
|Died||4 April 1774
|Resting place||Temple Church, London|
|Occupation||Playwright, poet, busker, apothecary’s assistant|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
|Literary movement||The Club|
|Notable works||The Vicar of Wakefield, “The Deserted Village”, The Good-Natur’d Man, She Stoops to Conquer|
There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.
I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.
A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.
Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
I love everything that's old, – old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.