Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere.
What God wills, will happen; thou canst not hurry it, thou canst not alter it; therefore wait, and be patient – ’twill be time enow to rail or rejoice when what is to happen has happened.
We take a natural interest in novelties, but it is against nature to take an interest in familiar things.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is. Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those.