Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.
I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
The wide world is all before us - but a world without a friend.
The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o' the morn.
Suspense is worse than disappointment.
Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!
Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
Suspicion is a heavy armor and with its weight it impedes more than it protects.
There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.
His locked, lettered, braw brass collar, Shewed him the gentleman and scholar.
And there begins a lang digression about the lords o' the creation.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
Let them cant about decorum, Who have characters to lose!
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