Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
— Joseph Addison

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero abate quote

I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property.
— James Madison

Friends and neighbors, the taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us by allowing abatement.
— Benjamin Franklin

Where's the hope that can abate The grief of hearts thus desolateThat can Youth's keenest pangs assuage,And mitigate the gloom of Age?Religion bids the tempest cease,And, leads her to a port of peace;And on, the lonely pilot steersThrough the lapse of future years.
— abate quotation by Thomas Haynes Bayly