Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough, and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort.
Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies.
The united voice of millions cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.
It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.
Topics: Future, Realistic Expectations, Hope
Philosophy can add to our happiness in no other manner but by diminishing our misery; it should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of. Happy were we all born philosophers; all born with a talent of thus dissipating our own cares by spreading them upon all mankind.
Topics: Philosophy, Gratitude, Blessings, Appreciation
People seldom improve, when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.
- Oscar Wilde Irish Poet
- George William Russell Irish Author
- Brendan Behan Irish Poet
- Jonathan Swift Irish Satirist
- Edmund Burke British Philosopher, Statesman
- William Butler Yeats Irish Poet
- James Joyce Irish Novelist
- Elizabeth Bowen Irish Novelist
- Sheridan Le Fanu Irish Novelist
- Laurence Sterne Irish Anglican Novelist