Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Contributed by: Zaady
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Should the whole frame of Nature round him break, In ruin and confusion hurled, He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, And stand secure amidst a falling world.
Source: Horace. Ode iii. Book iii.
Thy steady temper, Portius, Can look on guilt, rebellion, fraud, and Cæsar, In the calm lights of mild philosophy.
Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 1.
'T is not in mortals to command success, But we 'll do more, Sempronius, - we 'll deserve it.
Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 2.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
Source: Spectator, no. 112 (London), 9 July 1711.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
Source: Spectator, no. 215 (London), 6 November 1711.
Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin?
The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care; His presence shall my wants supply, And guard me with a watchful eye.
Source: Spectator. No. 444.
Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated.
Source: The Spectator, no. 411.
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