If frugality were established in the state, if our expenses were laid out rather in the necessaries than the superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)
Contributed by: Zaady
As a wit, if not first, in the very first line.
Creation's heir, the world, the world is mine!
Source: The Traveller
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
Source: The Good-Natured Man
How blest is he who crowns in shades like these A youth of labour with an age of ease!
Source: The Deserted Village
I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.
Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and shew'd how fields were won.
He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another's keeping.
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves."
Vain, very vain, my weary search to find That bliss which only centres in the mind.
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