Roger L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
English Journalist, Pamphleteer and Author
A plodding diligence brings us sooner to our journey's end than a fluttering way of advancing by starts.
It is one of the vexatious mortifications of a studious man to have his thoughts disordered by a tedious visit.
Some read books only with a view to find fault, while others read only to be taught; the former are like venomous spiders, extracting a poisonous quality, where the latter, like the bees, sip out a sweet and profitable juice.
Though this may be play to you, 'T is death to us.
A universal applause is seldom less than two thirds of a scandal.
It is the fancy, not the reason of things that makes us so uneasy. It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anybody happy or miserable.
That which the world miscalls a jail, a private closet is to me. . . Locks, bars, and solitude together met, make me no prisoner, but an anchoret.
'Tis not necessity, but opinion, that makes men miserable; and when we come to be fancy-sick, there's no cure.
All matches, friendships, and societies are dangerous and inconvenient, where the contractors are not equal.
It may serve as a comfort to us in all our calamities and afflictions that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss.
The blessings of fortune are the lowest: the next are the bodily advantages of strength and health: but the superlative blessings, in fine, are those of the mind.
To be longing for this thing to-day and for that thing to-morrow; to change likings for loathings, and to stand wishing and hankering at a venture--how is it possible for any man to be at rest in this fluctuant, wandering humor and opinion?
Avarice is insatiable, and is always pushing on for more.
It requires a critical nicety to find out the genius or the propensions of a child.
The common people do not judge of vice or virtue by morality or immorality, so much as by the stamp that is set upon it by men of figure.
Unruly ambition is deaf, not only to the advice of friends, but to the counsels and monitions of reason itself.
By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there's no more future left for them.
Live and let live is the rule of common justice.
The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.
Upon the upshot, afflictions are the methods of a merciful Providence to force us upon the only means of settling matters right.
Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.
Lord Melbourne was so accustomed to garnish his conversation in this way that Sydney Smith once said to him, "We will take it for granted that everybody is damned, and now proceed with the subject."
The fairest blossoms of pleasantry thrive best where the sun is not strong enough to scorch, nor the soil rank enough to corrupt.
We mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.
Good or bad company is the greatest blessing or greatest plague of life.