Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Contributed by: Zaady
Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
I have often thought, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the Middle of Winter.
For wheresoe'er I turn my ravish'd eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground.
Source: A Letter from Italy.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
Source: The Spectator
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and the disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim.
Books are the legacies of that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
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