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  • 'T is liberty crowns Britannia's Isle,
    And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile.
    Addison
  • 'T is not my talent to conceal my thoughts, or carry smiles and sunshine in my face when discontent sits heavy at my heart.
    Addison
  • 'T is said that absence conquers love;
    But oh! believe it not.
    I've tried, alas! its power to prove,
    But thou art not forgot.
    Absence Conquers Love, F.W. THOMAS.
  • 'T is the Divinity that stirs within us.
    Addison
  • 'Take heed how ye hear' is a genuine monition touching happy relations - a real injunction under the law of love. Let us not think it applies only to the way we hear sermons. How do you listen to the conversation of your friends? With half-parted lips ready to break in with your own opinions? With the wandering eye of one evidently uninterested? Is this the love that helps another to be his best? Do you like to be well listened to? Mind, then, the give and take of love, and be a good listener, and for truth's sake as well as love's.
    Maltbie Babcock
  • 'Tis a stinger.
  • 'Tis a word that's quickly spoken,
    Which being restrained, a heart is broken.
    Beaumont and Fletcher
  • 'Tis all swine's flesh, varied by sauces.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis an exact life that maintains itself in due order in private.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis an old lesson; time approves it true,
    And those who know it best, deplore it most;
    When all is won that all desire to woo,
    The paltry prize, is hardly worth the cost.
    Byron
  • 'Tis as cheap sitting as standing.
  • 'Tis aye a solemn thing to me
    To look upon a babe that sleeps -
    Wearing in its spirit-deeps
    The unrevealed mystery
    Of its Adam's taint and woe,
    Which, when they revealed lie,
    Will not let it slumber so.
    Elizabeth B. Browning
  • 'Tis better to lean towards doubt than assurance - Augustine.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis but a short journey across the isthmus of Now.
    Bovee
  • 'Tis enough -
    Who listens once will listen twice;
    Her heart be sure is not of ice,
    And one refusal no rebuff.
    Byron
  • 'Tis ever thus when favours are denied;
    All had been granted but the thing we beg:
    And still some great unlikely substitute -
    Your life, your soul, your all of earthly good -
    Is proffer'd, in the room of one small boon.
    Joanna Baillie
  • 'Tis ever thus: indulgence spoils the base;
    Raising up pride, and lawless turbulence,
    Like noxious vapors from the fulsome marsh
    When morning shines upon it.
    Joanna Baillie
  • 'Tis evil counsel that will admit no change.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis far beyond not fearing death to taste and relish it.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis for youth to subject itself to common opinions.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis from high life high characters drawn;
    A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn.
    POPE: Moral Essays, Epis. i., Line 135.
  • 'Tis godlike to have power, but not to kill.
    Beaumont and Fletcher
  • 'Tis he, I ken the manner of his gait;
    He rises on the toe; that spirit of his
    In aspiration lifts him from the earth.
    SHAKESPEARE: Troil. and Cress., Act iv., Sc. 5.
  • 'Tis hers to pluck the amaranthine flower
    Of Faith, and round the sufferer's temples bind
    Wreaths that endure affliction's heaviest shower,
    And do not shrink from sorrow's keenest wind.
    Sonnet XXXV, W. WORDSWORTH.
  • 'Tis impossible to deal fairly with a fool.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis in books the chief
    Of all perfections to be plain and brief.
    Butler
  • 'Tis in grain, sir, 'twill endure wind and weather.
  • 'Tis in some sort a kind of dying to avoid the pain of living well.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Tis long since death had the majority.
    Blair
  • 'Tis man himself makes his own god and his own hell.
    Bailey

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