I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Source: The Spectator
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
A man that has a taste of music, painting, or architecture, is like one that has another sense, when compared with such as have no relish of those arts.
To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.
Whether zeal or moderation be the point we aim at, let us keep the fire out of the one, and the frost out of the other.
Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominance.
Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honoris a private station.
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