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.
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.
Inconsistency with ourselves is the great weakness of human nature.
There is nothing that makes its way
more directly to the soul than beauty.
There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
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: Friendship, Perseverance
Without constancy there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world.
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
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, Patience, Silver Linings, Blessings, Difficulties
Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend.
- Samuel Johnson British Essayist
- A. C. Benson English Essayist
- Arthur Helps English Dramatist, Essayist
- Thomas de Quincey English Essayist, Writer
- William Hazlitt 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 English Poet