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Matthew Prior Quotes

(1664-1721), British Diplomat, Poet

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.

Category: Argument

And 'tis remarkable that they talk most who have the least to say.

Category: Bores And Boredom

To John I owed great obligation; but John, unhappily, thought fit to publish it to all the nation: Sure John and I are more than quit.

Category: Debt

Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.

Category: Doctors

Who walks the fastest, but walks astray, is only furthest from his way.

Category: Goals

Hopes are but the dreams of those that wake.

Category: Hope

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.

Category: Love

Be to their virtue very kind; be to their faults a little blind.

Category: Marriage

Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?

Category: Song And Singing

They talk most who have the least to say.

Category: Speakers And Speaking

Forbear to mention what thou canst not praise.

Category: Tact And Tactfulness

They never taste who always drink; they always talk who never think.

Category: Talkativeness