Quotes by William Gilmore Simms

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Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.

The only true source of politeness is consideration.
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air.
Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of it is fatal to the best talent.
Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.

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