An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Contributed by: Zaady
I think I may define taste to be that faculty of the soul which discerns the beauties of an author with pleasure, and the imperfections with dislike.
The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome.
Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 1.
The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing.
One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow, Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
Source: Spectator. No. 68.
The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
And those that paint them truest praise them most.
Source: The Campaign. Last line.
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honour is a private station.
Source: Cato. Act iv. Sc. 4.
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