Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing; he who has laid up no materials can produce no combinations.
Joshua Reynolds Quotes
If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiencies. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor; nothing is ever to be attained without it.
A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
The great and ultimate end of all the employments of mankind is to produce amusement.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.