When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.
Happiness resides not in posessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
You must look into other people as well as at them.
A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.
To rejoice in another's prosperity, is to give content to your own lot: to mitigate another's grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own.
WORDS OF WISDOM
The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.
-Solomon Ibn Gabriol
Years teach us more than books.
Silence does not always mark wisdom.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
No man was ever wise by chance.
I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it's dull, you're just not communicating.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
The only test of work of literature is that it shall please other ages than its own.