The sunshine of life is made up of very little beams that are bright all the time. To give up something, when giving up will prevent unhappiness; to yield, when persisting will chafe and fret others; to go a little around rather than come against another; to take an ill look or a cross word quietly, rather than resent or return it,—these are the ways in which clouds and storms are kept off, and a pleasant and steady sunshine secured.
Nothing is such an obstacle to the production of excellence as the power of producing what is good with ease and rapidity.
To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list.
He whose first emotion, on the view of an excellent work, is to undervalue or depreciate it, will never have one of his own to show.
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