Give a man a horse he can ride, give a man a boat he can sail; and his rank and wealth, his strength and health on sea nor shore shall fail.
'Tis easier for the generous to forgive, than for offence to ask it.
Ingratitude is treason to mankind
Health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise, of health.
But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers?
Peace is the happy natural state of man; war is corruption and disgrace.
The world rolls round forever like a mill; it grinds out death and life and good and ill; it has no purpose, heart or mind or will.
That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others.
For life is but a dream whose shapes return, some frequently, some seldom, some by night and some by day.
Statues and pictures and verse may be grand, But they are not the Life for which they stand.
An elegant sufficiency, content, Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, Ease and alternate labour, useful life, Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!
But what most showed the vanity of life Was to behold the nations all on fire.
The negligence of Nature wide and wild, Where, undisguised by mimic art, she spreads Unbounded beauty to the roving eye.
Whoe'er amidst the sons Of reason, valour, liberty, and virtue Displays distinguish'd merit, is a noble Of Nature's own creating.
I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety, such beauty, such magnificence?