Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading! Take them out of this book, for instance, –you might as well take the book along with them; –one cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer; –he steps forth like a bridegroom, –bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.
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- One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
- First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, ‘Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.
- A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.
- When ever a person talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not their reason, but their passions, which have got the better of their beliefs. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors; and when they separate, depend on it that it is for the sake of peace and quiet.
- I am persuaded that every time a man smiles, but much more so when he laughs, it adds something to this fragment of life.
- For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.