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.
Zeal will do more than knowledge.
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.
There is room enough in human life to crowd almost every art and science in it. If we pass “no day without a line”—visit no place without the company of a book—we may with ease fill libraries, or empty them of their contents. The more we do, the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
- Joseph Addison English Essayist
- A. C. Benson English Essayist
- Arthur Helps English Dramatist, Essayist
- Thomas de Quincey English Essayist, Writer
- Samuel Johnson British Essayist
- Edwin Percy Whipple American Essayist
- John Dryden English Poet
- Giacomo Leopardi Italian Poet, Essayist
- Miguel de Unamuno Spanish Essayist
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge English Poet