Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
The contemplation of truth and beauty is the proper object for which we were created, which calls forth the most intense desires of the soul, and of which it never tires.
Zeal will do more than knowledge.
- A. C. Benson English Essayist
- Arthur Helps English Dramatist, Essayist
- Thomas de Quincey English Essayist, Writer
- Joseph Addison English Essayist
- Samuel Johnson British Essayist
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- John Dryden English Poet
- Giacomo Leopardi Italian Poet, Essayist
- Miguel de Unamuno Spanish Essayist
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge English Poet