C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Think of the ills from which you are exempt.


Keep what you’ve got: the ills that we know are the best.


O, yet we trust that somehow good will be the final goal of ill!


We satisfied ourselves the other day that there was no real ill in life except severe bodily pain; everything else is the child of the imagination, and depends on our thoughts; all other ills find a remedy, either from time or moderation, or strength of mind.

Madame de Sévigné.

Philosophy easily triumphs aver past and future ills; but present ills triumph over philosophy.

La Rochefoucauld.

All ills spring from some vice, either in ourselves or others; and even many of our diseases proceed from the same origin. Remove the vices, and the ills follow. You must only take care to remove all the vices. If you remove part, you may render the matter worse. By banishing vicious luxury, without curing sloth and an indifference to others, you only diminish industry in the state, and add nothing to men’s charity or their generosity.


Common and vulgar people ascribe all ill that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wisdom, to no one.