But in all despotic governments, though a particular prince may favour arts and letter, there is a natural degeneracy of mankind.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
Source: The Spectator
Contributed by: Zaady
There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude.
Faith is kept alive in us, and gathers strength, more from practice than from speculation.
The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness.
There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.
The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.
Source: Cato. Act ii. Sc. 1.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Source: Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments, 1794
Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joy, and dividing our grief.
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