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Silence often expresses more powerfully than speech the verdict and judgment of society. 4990 Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield): Speech, House
of Commons, Aug. 1, 1862. Administration of
Viscount Palmerston. There are some silent people who are more interesting than the best talkers.
4991 Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield): Endymion. Ch.35. Let us be silent, so we may hear the whisper of the gods. 4992
Emerson : Essays. Friendship. Solon having been asked by Periander over their cups (Alugu nótur), since he happened to say nothing, Whether he was silent for want of words or because he was a fool, replied: “No fool is able to be silent over his cups."
4993 Epictetus : Fragments. LXXVI. (Long, Trans.) Silence gives consent. 4994 Oliver Goldsmith: The Good-Natured Man. Act ii.
We may give more offence by our silence than even by impertinence. 4995
Hazlitt : Characteristics. No. 173. Silence is the essential condition of happiness. 4996
Heine : Wit, Wisdom, and Pathos. The
Romantic School. Silence holds the door against the strife of tongue and all the impertinences of idle conversation. 4997 James Hervey: Meditations. Contemplations on the
Starry Heavens. Silence is not only never thirsty, but also never brings pain or sorrow. 4998 Hippocrates: Plutarch's Morals. (Shilleto,
Translator.) Silence ! the pride of reason, 4999 Holmes : The Professor at the Breakfast-Table. Ch. 5.
It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended the more difficult it is to find anything to say. 5000
Johnson : The Adventurer. No. 84. Silence, – the applause of real and durable inpressions. 5001 Lamartine : Graziella : Pt. ii. Ch. 28. ' (Runnion,
Translator.) Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself. 5002
La Rochefoucauld: Reflections ; or, Sentences
' and Moral Maxims. No. 79. There is an eloquent silence which serves to approve or to condemn: there is a silence of discretion and of respect. 5003 La Rochefoucauld: Reflections ; or, Sentences
and Moral Maxims. Reflections on Various Subjects. On Conversation.
How victorious is silence !
Longfellow : Hyperion. Introductory Note. That silence is one of the great arts of conversation is allowed by Cicero himself, who says there is not only an art, but even an eloquence, in it. 5003
Hannah More : Essays on Various Subjects.
Thoughts on Conversation. Silence is the greatest persecution: never have the saints held their peace.
Pascal: Thoughts. Ch. xxiv. Ixii. (Wight,
Translator. Louandre edition.) Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. 5007 Plutarch: Morals. On Education. (Shilleto,
Translator.) Give not thy tongue too great a liberty, lest it take thee prisoner. A word unspoken is, like the sword in thy scabbard, thine; if vented, thy sword is in another's hand; if thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue. 5008
Quarles : Enchiridion. Cent. iii. No. 32. Silence is the highest wisdom of a fool, and speech is the greatest trial of a wise man. If thou wouldst be known a wise man, let thy words show thee so; if thou doubt thy words, let thy silence feign thee so. It is not a greater point of wisdom to discover knowledge than to hide ignorance. 5009
Quarles : Enchiridion. Cent. iii. No. 57. Silence is the gratitude of true affection. 5010
Sheridan : Pizarro. Act ii. Sc. 1. Thought is silence.
Sheridan: Pizarro. Act i. Sc. 1. The silence of a wise man is more wrong to mankind than the slanderer's speech. 5012
Wycherley : Maxims and Reflections.
Like begets like the world over.
SIN - see Envy, Hell, Jesus Christ, Solitude.
Every sin provokes its punishment.
God made sin possible just as he made all lying wonders possible, but he niler made it a fact, never set anything in his plan to harmonize with it. Therefore it enters the world as a forbidden fact against everything that God has ordained. 5016
Horace Bushnell : Nature and the
Supernatural. Ch. 11. Sin is free, or you cannot make sin out of it. 5017 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Con
science Foundation of the Religion of
Bk. i. Ch. 4.
Translator.) My sin is the black spot which my bad act makes, seen against the disk of the Sun of Righteousness. Hence religion and sin come and go together. 5020 Charles H. Parkhurst: Sermons. 1. The Pattern
in the Mount. Sin spoils the spirit's delicacy, and unwillingness deadens its susceptibility. 5021 Charles H. Parkhurst: Sermons. III. Coming to
the Truií. A man does not necessarily sin who does that which our reason and our conscience condemn. 5022 Timothy Titcomb (J. G. Holland): Gold-Foil.
XVI. The Sins of our Neighbors. Sin, every day, takes out a patent for some new invention. 5023 E. P. Whipple : Essays and Reviews. Romance
of Rascality. SINCERITY – see Eloquence, Friends, Friendship,
It is only when one is thoroughly true that there can be purity and freedom. 5024 Auerbach: On the Heights. (Bennett, Translator.) Private sincerity is a public welfare. 5025 C. A. Bartol : Radical Problems. Individualism.
A silent, great soul; he was one of those who cannot but be in earnest; whoin Nature herself has appointed to be sincere. 5026 Carlyle: Heroes and Hero Worship. The Hero as
Prophet. Sincerity is the way to heaven. The attainment of sincerity is the way of man. 5027 Confucius : The Doctrine of the Mean. Ch. 20,
Sec. 18. (Legge, Translator.)
The superior man . . . in regard to his speech . . . is anxious that it should be sincere. 5028 Confucius :Analects. Pt. xvi. Ch. 10. (Legge,
Translator.) Truth and fidelity are the pillars of the temple of the world; when these are broken, the fabric falls, and crushes all to pieces. 5029 Owen Felltham : Resolves. Pt ii. Of Promises
and Keeping One's Word. A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sinceritv. 5030 Goldsmith: The Good-Natured Man. Act ii. Don't be “consistent,” but be simply true. 5031 Holmes : The Professor at the Breakfast-Table.
Ch. 2. I think you will find that people who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be " consistent." 5032 Holines : The Professor at the Breakfast-Table.
Ch. 2. Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people. What we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others. 5033 La Rochefoucauld : Reflections ; or, Sentences
and Moral Maxims. No. 62. Weak persons cannot be sincere. 5034 La Rochefoucauld : Reflections ; or, Sentences
und Moral Maxims. No. 316. Sincerity is impossible unless it pervade the whole being; and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character. 5035
Lowell : My Study Windows. Pope. The only conclusive evidence of a man's sincerity is that he give himself for a principle. 5036 Lowell : Among My Books. Rousseau and the
Sentimentalists. Sincerity is the way of heaven; to think how to be sincere is the way of man. 5037 Mencius : Bk. iv. Pt. i. Ch. 12, Sec. 2. (Legge,
Translator.) The happy talent of pleasing either those above or below you seems to be wholly owing to the opinion they have of your sincerity. ... There need be no more said in honor of it than that it is what forces the approbation of your opponents. 5038
Steele : The Spectator. No. 280. There is no time so miserable but a man may be true. 5039 Shakespeare: Timon of Athens. Act iv. Sc. 3.
Singing has nothing to do with the affairs of this world: it is not for the law. Singers are merry, and free from sorrows and cares. 5040 Martin Luther : Table Talk. Of Universities,
Arts, etc. No. 839. (Hazlitt, Translator.) SINGING — see Song, Voice, The.
Ainong all the instruments which sound in Haydn's child's concerts, that best serves the purposes of educational music which is born with the performer, — the voice. In the childhood of nations speaking was singing. 5041 Richter : Levana. Third Fragment. Ch. 5.
Music. For my voice, I have lost it with hollaing and singing of anthems.
5042 Shakespeare: King Henry IV. Pt. ii. Act i. Sc. 2.
I love a ballad but even too well; if it be doleful matter, merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed, and sung lamentably. 5043
Shakespeare: A Winter's Tale. Act iv. Sc. 3. SKILL.
There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be to boil an egg. 5044
Emerson : Conduct of Life. Behavior. All skill ought to be exerted for universal good. 5045
Johnson : Řasselas. Ch. 6. SKY, The.
The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. This cannot be owing to anything in the stars themselves, separately considered. The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur; for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion as inakes it impossible, on ordinary occasions, to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity. 5046 Burke : On the Sublime and Beautiful. Pt. i.
Magnificence. The heavens are nobly eloquent of the Deity, and the most magnificent heralds of their Maker's praise. 5047 James Hervey: Meditations. Contemplations of
the Starry Heavens. Sky is the part of creation in which Nature has done more for the sake of pleasing man, more for the sole and evident purpose of talking to him and teaching him, than in any other of her works, and it is just the part in which we least attenil to her.
5048 Ruskin: Modern Painters. Pt. ii. Sec. iii. Ch. 1.