Quotes from English Essayist,
Joseph Addison –1672-1719
A good disposition is more valuable than
gold; for the latter is the gift of fortune, but the former is the
dower of nature.
Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight
in the mind, filling it with steady and perpetual serenity.
A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth on his own side.
The persons who have chosen each other out
of all the species, with the design to be each other’s mutual
comfort and love, have in that action, bound themselves to be
good-humored, affable, discreet, forgiving, patient, and joyful with
respect to each other’s frailties, to the end of their lives.
I never knew an early-rising,
hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly
honest, who ever complained of bad luck.
It is ridiculous for any man to criticize
the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own
Quotes from English Author and Philosopher,
Francis Bacon –1561-1626
He that studieth revenge keepeth his own
wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
If I might control the literature of the
household, I would guarantee the well being of the church and state.
By taking revenge, a man is but even with
his enemy; but in passing over it, he is superior.
If money be not they servant, it will be
If a man be gracious to strangers, it
shows that he is a citizen of the world, and his heart is no island,
cut off from other islands, but a continent that joins them.
Quotes from English Novelist,
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton –1803-1873
To judge human nature rightly, a man may
sometimes have a very small experience, provided he has a very large
If a good face is a letter of
recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit.
In families well ordered there is always
one firm, sweet temper, which controls without seeming to dictate.
When a person is down in the world, an
ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
We lose the peace of years when we hunt
after the rapture of moments.
It is difficult to say which does you the
most mischief, enemies with the worst intentions, or friends with
Strike from mankind the principle of
faith, and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.
Quotes from English Historian and Philosopher,
Thomas Carlyle –1795-1881
Make yourself an honest man, and then you
may be sure that there is one less rascal in the world.
Have a purpose in life, and having it,
throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has
Everywhere in life, the true question is
not what we gain, but what we do.
Of all acts of man, repentance is the most
divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
Our grand business is not to see what lies
dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know
what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood
is and what kind of a man you long to be.
Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the
The man without a purpose is like a ship
without a rudder – a waif, a nothing.
It is not a lucky word, this word
“impossible.” No good comes of those have it so often in their
It is one of the illusions that the
present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your
heart that every day is the best day of the year.
A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a
joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.
Do the duty, which lieth nearest to thee,
and the second duty will already have become clearer.
Quotes from English Clergyman,
Caleb C. Colton –1780-1832
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of
you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs
over will be yours.
Our incomes are like our shoes, if too
small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to
stumble and trip.
Applause is the spur of noble minds; it is
the end and aim of weak ones.
Men are born with two eyes, but only one
tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
No company is preferable to bad company,
because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their
virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
Liberty will not descend to a people; a
people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must
be earned before it can be enjoyed.
Quotes from English Novelist,
Charles Dickens –1812-1870
It is well for a man to respect his own
vocation whatever it is, and to think himself bound to uphold it,
and to claim for it the respect it deserves.
The best way to lengthen our days is to
walk and be healthy, walk and be happy.
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us
back to the delusions of our childish days, recall to the old man
the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his
own fireside and quiet home!
No one is useless in this world who
lightens the burden of it for anyone else.
It will generally be found that those who
sneer habitually at human nature are among its worst and least
Reflect upon your present blessings, of
which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all
men have some.
Quotes from English Statesman & Author,
Benjamin Disraeli –1804-1881
It is much easier to be critical than to
Next to knowing when to seize an
opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to
forego an advantage.
The secret of success is constancy of
We are all born for love; it is the
principle of existence and its only end.
The secret of success in life is for a man
to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter,
but characters are only developed.
A great thing is a great book; but a
greater thing than all is the talk of a great man.
Quotes from English Novelist,
George Eliot –1819-1880
It is only a poor sort of happiness that
could ever come by caring very much about our own narrow pleasures.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to
say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
What do we live for, if it is not to make
life less difficult for each other?
As to people saying a few idle words about
us, we must not mind that any more than the old church steeple minds
the rooks cawing about it.
It’s easy to find reasons why other folks
should be patient.
It seems to me we can never give up
longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain
things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after
Quotes from English Essayist,
Charles Lamb – 1775-1834
A laugh is worth one hundred groans in any
We gain nothing by being with such as
ourselves; we encourage each other in mediocrity. I am always
longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
The greatest pleasure I know is to do good
action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
The good things of life are not to be had
singly, but come to us with a mixture; like a schoolboy’s holiday,
with a task affixed to the tail of it.
We often fancy we suffer from ingratitude,
while in reality we suffer from self love.
God does not just work through a nation
collectively; He does not just work through a big church or a big
Sunday School class; He works through individual men and women who
are faithful in their work.
One may be better than his reputation, but
never than his principles.
Quotes from English Novelist, Playwright, & Physician,
People ask you for criticism, but they
only want praise.
Only a mediocre person is always at his
At a dinner party one should eat wisely,
but not too well, and talk well, but not too wisely.
It is funny thing about life – If you
refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.
Half the difficulties of man lies in his
desire to answer every question with a yes or no. Yes or no may
nether of them be the answer; each side have in it some yes and some
Quotes from English Poet,
Alexander Pope – 1688-1744
The greatest magnifying glasses in the
world are a man’s eyes when they look upon his own person.
Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide
the fault I see; that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.
I never knew a man who could bear the
misfortunes of another person perfectly.
He who tells a lie is not sensible to how
great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty
more to maintain one.
It is with narrow souled people as with
narrow necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise
they make in pouring it out.
To be angry is to revenge the faults of
others on our selves.
Quotes from English Author,
Francis Quarles – 1592-1644
He that gives all, though but little,
gives much; for God looks not to be the quantity of the gift, but to
the quality of the giver.
Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God,
if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.
If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, use
fasting and walking; if a healthful soul, use fasting and praying.
If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise
as to hold thy tongue.
Before thou reprehend another, take heed
thou art not culpable in what one goes about to reprehend. He that
cleanses a blot with blotted fingers makes a greater blur
In all thy actions, think God sees thee;
and in all His actions, labor to see Him.
Quotes from English Poet & dramatist,
William Shakespeare – 1564-1616
It is one of the most beautiful
compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help
another without helping himself.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be
false to any man.
Kindness in women, not their beauteous
looks, shall win my love.
Thoughts are but dreams until their
effects be tried.
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
that it do singe thyself
God’s goodness hath been great to thee.
Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the
Lord hath done.
An enterprise, when once begun should not
be left till all is won.
Conversation should be pleasant without
scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned
without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
I will chide no brother in the world but
myself, against whom I know the most faults.
Praising what is lost makes the
Gold is worse than poison to men’s souls,
doing more murders in this world than any mortal drug.
Give every man your ear, but few your
voice; take each man’s censure, but reserve your judgment.
To climb steep hills requires slow pace at
While thou livest, keep a good tongue in
Quotes from English Dramatist,
George Bernard Shaw – 1856-1950
Work is the mission of mankind on this
When I was a young man I observed that
nine out of every ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to
be a failure. So I did ten times more work.
A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody
as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
The things most people want to know about
are usually none of their business.
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime
to waste it on children.
There is only one way to defy Time; that
is to have young ideas, which may always be trusted to find youthful
and vivid expression.
Quotes from English
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Poverty is hard work, but debt is
horrible. A man might as well have a smoky house and a scolding
wife, which are said to be the two worst evils of our life.
Learn to say, “No”; it will be of more use
to you than to be able to read Latin.
It is foolish to try to live on past
experience. It is a very dangerous, and sometimes fatal habit to
judge ourselves to be safe because of something we felt or did
twenty years ago.
Luck taps, once in a lifetime, at
everybody’s door, but if industry does not open it, luck goes away.
Beware of no man more than of yourself; we
carry our worst enemies within us.
The devil never tempted a man whom he
found judiciously employed.
Cultivate forbearance until your heart
yields a fine crop of it, and pray for a short memory as to all
Quotes from English Bishop,
Jeremy Taylor – 1613-1667
As we neglect meditation so are our
prayers imperfect, meditation being the soul of prayer and the
intention of our spirit.
The private and personal blessings we
enjoy, the blessings of immunity, safe guard, liberty, and
integrity, deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.
It is impossible for that man to despair
who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.
Idleness is the burial of a living man.
Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy
would do, so shalt thou be thy greatest friend.
From David learn to give thanks for
everything. Every furrow in the Book of Psalms is sown with seeds of
No man can be provident of his time who is not prudent in the choice
of his company