The circumstance which gives authors an advantage above all these great masters, is this, that they can multiply their originals; or rather, can make copies of their works, to what number they please, which shall be as valuable as the originals themselves.
Topics: Authors & Writing
An honest private man often grows cruel and abandoned when converted into an absolute prince. Give a man power of doing what he pleases with impunity, you extinguish his fear, and consequently overturn in him one of the great pillars of morality.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure, but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
In private conversation between intimate friends the wisest men very often talk like the weakest; for, indeed, the talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.
Topics: Conversation, Thinking
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Topics: Success, Perseverance, Friendship, Endurance, Resolve
There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
Topics: Adversity, Difficulties, Blessings, Patience, Silver Linings
- Samuel Johnson British Essayist
- A. C. Benson English Essayist
- Arthur Helps English Dramatist
- William Hazlitt English Essayist
- Thomas de Quincey English Essayist
- John Dryden English Poet
- Miguel de Unamuno Spanish Essayist
- G. K. Chesterton English Journalist
- Pamela Hansford Johnson English Novelist
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton British Author, Politician