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John Aiken Quotes


English biographer
(1747 - 1822)

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.
 

He, whose first emotion on the view of an excellent production is to undervalue it, will never have one of his own to show.
[Critics]
 

Nothing is such an obstacle to the production of excellence as the power of producing what is good with ease and rapidity.
[Excellence]
 

The hardest trial of the heart is, whether it can bear a rival's failure without triumph.
[Heart]
 

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.
[Happiness]