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 nothing more likely to drive a man mad, than the being unable to get rid of the idea of the distinction between right and wrong, and an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.
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.
Topics: Happiness, Action, Occupation
A man’s reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof. The throwing out of malicious imputations against any character leaves a stain, which no after-refutation can wipe out. To create an unfavourable impression, it is not necessary that certain things should be true, but that they have been said. The imagination is of so delicate a texture that even words wound it.
When I take up a book I have read before I know what to expect; and the satisfaction is not lessened by being anticipated, I shake hands with and look the old tried and valued friend in the face, compare notes, and chat the hour away.
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
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.
Topics: Action, Positive Attitudes, Optimism, Mindsets, Leisure
- Thomas de Quincey English Essayist
- A. C. Benson English Essayist
- Joseph Addison English Essayist
- Arthur Helps English Dramatist
- Samuel Johnson British Essayist
- Edwin Percy Whipple American Essayist
- John Dryden English Poet
- Giacomo Leopardi Italian Poet
- Miguel de Unamuno Spanish Essayist
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge English Poet