S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.
Religion prescribes to every miserable man the means of bettering his condition; nay, it shows him that the bearing of his afflictions as he ought to do will naturally end in the removal of them: it makes him easy here because it can make him happy hereafter.
Upon the whole, a contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world; and if in the present life his happiness arises from the subduing his desires, it will arise in the next from the gratification of them.
The safe and general antidote against sorrow is employment. It is commonly observed that among soldiers and seamen, though there is much kindness, there is little grief; they see their friend fall without any of that lamentation which is indulged in security and idleness, because they have no leisure to spare from the care of themselves; and whoever shall keep his thoughts equally busy, will find himself equally unaffected with irretrievable losses.
When some one sorrow, that is yet reparable, gets hold of your mind like a monomaniawhen you think, because heaven has denied you this or that, on which you had set your heart, that all your life must be a blankoh, then diet yourself well on biographythe biography of good and great men. See how little a space one sorrow really makes in life. See scarce a page, perhaps, given to some grief similar to your own; and how triumphantly the life sails on beyond it. You thought the wing was broken! Tuttuttwas but a bruised feather! See what life leaves behind it, when all is done!a summary of positive facts far out of the region of sorrow and suffering, linking themselves with the being of the world. Yes! biography is the medicine here!