Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dwell Upon Excellencies

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.

A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections.

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale, 
And nightly to the listening earth 
Repeats the story of her birth.

Quotes by Joseph Addison