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Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison
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.
The great essentials for happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
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.
Devotion, when it does not lie under the check of reason, is apt to degenerate into enthusiasm.
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.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.