Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
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- Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
- A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
- A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
- Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.
- The truth of it is, learning, like travelling, and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable, by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities.
- A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.