An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)
Contributed by: Zaady
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
In civilized life, where the happiness, and indeed almost the existence, of man depends so much upon the opinion of his fellow men, he is constantly acting a studied part.
I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.
Source: Tales of a Traveller
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have often found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
Free-livers on a small scale, who are prodigal within the compass of a guinea.
Source: The Stout Gentleman.
Great minds have great purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.
Source: Wolfert’s Roost. The Creole Village
Good temper, like a sunny day, sheds a ray of brightness over everything; it is the sweetener of toil and the soother of disquietude!
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