Scottish Author and Dramatist
"Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish."
"Are afflictions aught but mercies in disguise? th' alternate cup. Medicinal though bitter, and prepar'd by love's own hand for salutary ends."
"I courted fame but as a spur to brave and honest deeds; who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it."
"Uncertainty! fell demon of our fears! The human soul that can support despair, supports not thee."
"Ambition! deadly tyrant! inexorable master! what alarms, what anxious hours, what agonies of heart, are the sure portion of thy gaudy slaves?"
"O grant me, heav'n, a middle state, neither too humble nor too great; more than enough for nature's ends, with something left to treat my friends."