Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him, till he becomes invisible.
Source: The Spectator
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.
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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