Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
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.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny.
A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
May 1, 1672
June 17, 1719
Franklin Pierce Adam
Samuel Hopkins Adams
Chimamanda Ngozi Adi
Shmuel Yosef Agnon
William R. Alger