Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.
The lustre of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.
If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, then heat; if height, depth also; if solid, then fluid; hardness and softness; roughness and smoothness; calm and tempest; prosperity and adversity; life and death.
The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.
It is a very poor, though common pretence to merit, to make it appear by the faults of other men; a mean wit or beauty may pass in a room where the rest of the company are allowed to have none; it is something to sparkle among diamonds; but to shine among pebbles is neither credit nor value worth the pretending.
Joy and grief are never far apart.—In the same street the shutters of one house are closed, while the curtains of the next are brushed by the shadows of the dance. —A wedding party returns from the church; and a funeral winds to its door.—The smiles and sadness of life are the tragi-comedy of Shakespeare.—Gladness and sighs brighten and dim the mirror he beholds.