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: Realistic Expectations, Future, Hope
Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies.
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.
A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
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: Gratitude, Blessings, Appreciation
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
The united voice of millions cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.
Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light, adorns and cheers our way; and still, as darker grows the night, emits a brighter ray.
- Oscar Wilde Irish Poet
- George William Russell Irish Author, Poet
- Brendan Behan Irish Poet
- Jonathan Swift Irish Satirist
- Edmund Burke Irish Political leader
- William Butler Yeats Irish Poet
- James Joyce Irish Novelist
- Elizabeth Bowen Irish Novelist
- Laurence Sterne Irish Anglican Novelist
- Sheridan Le Fanu Irish Novelist