To be resign'd when ills betide,
Patient when favours are deni'd,
And pleas'd with favours given, —
Dear Chloe, this is wisdom's part;
This is that incense of the heart
Whose fragrance smells to heaven.
How nauseating in view of all this to see Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats, the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste, reduce this to a game of scrabble . . . to a matter of finding the right words. We now know that Fianna Fáil ministers see nothing wrong with a Minister for Finance taking large amounts of money for personal use from business interests as long as there is no proof that any specific favours were done.joe higgins
Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits pre pare s. Where observation is concerned, chance favours only the prepared mind.Louis Pasteur
Fortis fortuna adiuvat. Fortune favours the brave.
I will not say with Lord Hale, that "the law will admit of no rival, and nothing to go even with it;" but I will say, that it is a jealous mistress, and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by trifling favours, but by a lavish homage.joseph story
The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favours.robert walpole
In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind.
Our relationships as experimentalists with theoretical physicists should be like those with a beautiful woman – we should accept with gratitude any favours she offers, but we should not expect too much nor believe all that is said.lev artsimovich
I believe that the harm which Mill has done to the world by the passage in his book on Political Economy in which he favours the principle of Protection in young communities, has outweighed all the good which may have been caused by his other writings.Richard Cobden
If we can sympathise only with the utterly blameless, then we can sympathise with no one, for all of us have contributed to our own misfortunes - it is a consequence of the human condition that we should. But it does nobody any favours to disguise from him the origins of his misfortunes, and pretend that they are all external to him in circumstances in which they are not.anthony daniels
I think Nature, if she interests herself much about her children, must often feel that, like the miserable Frankenstein, with her experimenting among the elements of humanity, she has brought beings into existence who have no business here; who can do none of her work, and endure none of her favours; whose life is only suffering; and whose action is one long protest against the ill foresight which flung them into consciousness.james anthony froude
In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind .
The landlady and Tam grew gracious Wi' favours secret, sweet and precious.Robert Burns
Capitalism is the condition of possessing capital; the position of a capitalist; a system which favours the existence of capitalists.
To be resign'd when ills betide, Patient when favours are deni'd, And pleas'd with favours given, Dear Chloe, this is wisdom's part; This is that incense of the heart Whose fragrance smells to heaven.
All that is required of us, in our "new sexual ethic," is that we have sex in a way that favours us more than it favours our diseases.richard summerbell
I am your host; With robbers' hands my hospitable favours You should not ruffle thus.william shakespeare
We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours.Oliver Goldsmith
Again, in our enterprises we present the singular spectacle of daring and deliberation, each carried to its highest point, and both united in the same persons; although usually decision is the fruit of ignorance, hesitation of reflection. But the palm of courage will surely be adjudged most justly to those, who best know the difference between hardship and pleasure and yet are never tempted to shrink from danger. In generosity we are equally singular, acquiring our friends by conferring, not by receiving, favours.
Variant translation: Blessings on your young courage , boy; that's the way to the stars . Book X Fortune favours the brave .