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The chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating an undergrowth of small pleasures, since very few great ones are let on long leases.
- James H. Aughey
It's grand, and you canna expect to be baith grand and comfortable.
- Sir James Matthew Barrie, Little Minister
Is there no balm in Gilead: is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
- Bible, Jeremiah (ch. VIII, v. 22)
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.
- Bible, Job (ch. XVI, v. 2)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- Bible, Psalms (ch. XXIII, v. 4)
For in a dearth of comforts, we art taught
To be contented with the least.
- Sir William D'Avenant
In the exhaustless catalogue of Heaven's mercies to mankind, the power we have of finding some germs of comfort in the hardest trials must ever occupy the foremost place; not only because it supports and upholds us when we most require to be sustained, but because in this source of consolation there is something, we have reason to believe, of the Divine Spirit; something of that goodness which detects, amidst our own evil doings, a redeeming quality; something, which even in our fallen nature, we possess in common with the angels; which had its being in the old time when they trod the earth, and linger on it yet in pity.
- Charles Dickens
Giving comfort under affliction requires that penetration into the human mind, joined to that experience which knows how to soothe, how to reason, and how to ridicule; taking the utmost care never to apply those arts improperly.
- Henry Fielding
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
Sweet as refreshing dews or summer showers,
To the long parching thirst of drooping flowers;
Grateful as fanning gales to fainting swains
And soft as trickling balm to bleeding pains
Such are thy words.
- John Gay
The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest and then becomes a host, and then a master.
- Kahlil Gibran
Comfort--'tis for ease and quiet;
It sleeps upon the down of sweet content,
In the sound bed of industry and health.
- William Havard
They have most satisfaction in themselves, and consequently the sweetest relish of their creature comforts.
- Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.
- Hermann Hesse, Der Steppenwolf,
(translated by Basil Creighton),
"Tractat vom Steppenwolf"
Comfort and indolence are cronies.
- Thomas Hood
The comforts we enjoy here below are not like the anchor in the bottom of the sea that holds fast in a storm, but like the flag upon the top of the mast that turns with every wind.
- Christopher Love
It is pleasant, when the sea runs high, to view from land the great distress of another.
[Lat., Suave mari magno, turbantibus aequora ventis
E terra magnum alterius spectare laborum.]
- Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
De Rerum Natura (II, 1)
Men who pass most comfortably through this world are those who possess good digestions and hard hearts.
- Harriet Martineau
From out the throng and stress of lies,
From out the painful noise of sighs,
One voice of comfort seems to rise:
"It is the meaner part that dies."
- William Morris (1), Comfort
To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Comfort, like the golden sun,
Dispels the sullen shade with her sweet influence,
And cheers the melancholy house of care.
- Nicholas Rowe
Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.
- Samuel Rutherford
Take that, and he that doth the ravens feed,
Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
Be comfort to my age.
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It
(Adam at II, iii)
O my good lord, that comfort comes too late,
'Tis like a pardon after execution.
That gentle physic, given in time, had cured me;
But now I am past all comforts here but prayers.
- William Shakespeare,
The Life of King Henry the Eighth
(Katherine at IV, ii)
The chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating our undergrowth of small pleasures, since very few great ones, alas! are let on long leases.
- Richard Sharp ("Conversation Sharp"),
Letters and Essays in Prose and Verse
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