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ADMIRATION - see Reaction.
Great men are still admirable; I say there is, at bottom, nothing else admirable. Carlyle : Heroes and Hero Worship. The Ilero as
Divinity. No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. 52 Carlyle : Heroes and Ilero Worship. The Hero
as Divinity. There are charms made only for distant admiration. No spectacle is nobler than a blaze. 53 Johnson : Works. VII. 182. (Oxford edition, 1823.)
We always like those who admire us: we do not always like those whom we admire. 54
La Rochefoucauld : Reflections. No. 294. Admiration is an art which we must learn. 55 George P. Upton : Memories. (Translated from the
Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.
Shakespeare : King Henry V. Act iii. Sc. 6. ADVERSITY.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity there are a hundred that will stand adversity. 57 Carlyle : IIeroes and Hero Worship. The Hero as
Man of Letters. The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame. 58
Colton : Lacon. There is no education like adversity. 59 Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield): Endymion. Ch. 61. Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. 60 Hazlitt : Sketches and Essays. On the Conversation
of Lords. In the adversity of our best friends we always find something which is not wholly displeasing to us.
La Rochefoucauld : Reflections. No. 15. Great men often rejoice at crosses of fortune, just as brave soldiers do at wars.
62 Seneca : 01 Providence. Bk. i. Ch. 4. (Stewart, Trans.) ADVERTISEMENTS.
The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without, a good thing may pass over unobserved, or be lost among commissions of bankrupt.
Addison : The Tatler. No. 224.
The advertisements in a newspaper are more full of knowledge in respect to what is going on in a State or community than the editorial columns are. Henry Ward Beecher : Prorerbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. The Press.
Before giving advice we must have secured its acceptance, or, rather, have made it desired. 65 Amiel : Journal, Dec. 29, 1871. (Mrs. Humphrey
Ward, Translator.) The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel; for in other confidences men commit the parts of life, their lands, their goods, their children, their credit, some particular affair; but to such as they inake their counsellors they commit the whole; by how much the more they are obliged to all faith and integrity.
Bucon: Essays. Of Counsel. Good advice is one of those injuries which a good man ought, if possible, to forgive, but at all events to forget at once. 67 Paul Chatfield, M.D. (Horace Smith) : The Tin
Colton : Lacon. Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself; you will never err if you listen to your own suggestions. 69
Cicero: Ep. ii. 7. I do not like giving advice, because it is an unnecessary responsibility under any circunstances. 70
Disrueli (Earl of Beaconsfield): Speech,
Aylesbury, Sept. 21, 1865. They that will not be counselled cannot be helped. 71 Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard's Almanac. We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct. 72 Benjamin Franklin : Poor Richard's Almanac.
Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us except the very thing we wish them to do. There is one thing in particular they are always disposed to give us, and which we are as unwilling to take, namely, advice. 73
Hazlitt : Characteristics. No. 88. The advice that is wanted is generally unwelcome, and that which is not wanted is evidently impertinent. 74
Johnson : Letters to and from the Late Samuel
Advice, as it always gives a temporary appearance of superiority, can never be very grateful, even when it is most necessary or most judicious. 75
Johnson: Rambler. No. 87. Vanity is so frequently the apparent motive of advice, that we, for the most part, summon our powers to oppose it without any very accurate inquiry whether it is right. 76
Johnson : Rambler. No. 87. We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
La Rochefoucauli : Reflections. No. 07. He who gives advice to a self-conceited man stands himself in need of counsel from another. 78 Saudi: The Gulistan. Ch. 8. Rules for Conduct
in Life. No. 27. He who listens not to advice, studies to hear apprehension. When advice gains not admission into the ear, if they reprehend you, be silent. 79 Saadi : The Gulistan. Ch. 8. Rules for Conduct in
Life. No. 18. When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again. 80
Shakespeare: King Lear. Act ii. Sc. 4. A word to the wise is enough. 81
Vanbrugh: Æsop. Act iii. Sc. 1. AFFECTATION
Affectation is as necessary the mind, as dress is to the body. 82
Hazlitt : Characteristics. No. 157. Contempt is the proper punishment of affectation. 83
Johnson : Rambler. No. 20. AFFECTION.
Our affections are our life. We live by these. They supply our warmth. 84
Channing : Note-Book. Friendship. “God bless you" is the old-fashioned summing-up of sincere affection, without the least smirk of studied civility. 85
George Eliot: Life of Georye Eliot, by J. W. Cross.
Ch. 11. Letter to Miss Sara Hennell, June 19, 1861. Let the foundation of thy affection be virtue, then make the building as rich and as glorious as thou canst. If the foundation be beauty or wealth, and the building virtue, the foundation is too weak for the building, and it will fall. Happy is he the palace of whose affection is founded upon virtue, walled with riches, glazed with beauty, and roofed with honor. 86
Quarles : Enchiridion. Cent. II, No. 94.
In the posteriors of this day, which the rude multitude call the afternoon.
Shakespeare : Love's Labor's Lost. Act v. Sc. 1. AGE - see Character, old Age, Tears.
is a matter of feeling, not of years. 88 George William Curtis : Prue and I. VI. Tit.
bottom's Spectacles. AGONY.
There are three supreme agonies in life: the agony of jealousy, the agony of fearing you have mistaken your talents, and the agony of ennui. 89
B. R. Haydon : Table Talk. AMBITION — see Avarice, Experience, Fame.
Ambition alone acquires strength from gratification, and, after having gained one object, still sees another rise before it to which it as eagerly pushes on; and the dominion which it usurps over the mind is capable of enduring from youth to extreme age. 90 Joanna Baillie : Plays on the Passions. Preface.
To the Reader. Ambition can creep as well as soar. The pride of no person in a flourishing condition is more justly to be dreaded than that of him who is mean and cringing under a doubtful and unprosperous fortune.
91 Burke: Letters on a Regicide Peace. Letter iii. 1797.
It has been so strong as to make very miserable men take comfort that they were supreme in misery; and certain it is when we cannot distinguish ourselves by something excellent, we begin to take a complacency in some singular infirmities, follies, or defects of one kind or other. 92
Burke : On the Sublime and the Beautiful. That exorbitant appetite and desire of honor, which we commonly call ambition; love of money, which is covetousness, and that greedy desire of gain; self-love, pride, and inordinate desire of vainglory or applause, love of study in excess; love of women (which will require a just volume of itself), of the other I will briefly speak, and in their order. Ambition, a proud covetousness, or a dry thirst of honor, a great torture of the mind, composed of envy, pride, and covetousness, a gallant madness, one defines it a pleasant poison; Ambrose. "
a canker of the soul, an hidden plague;" Bernard, “a secret poison, the father of livor, and mother of hypocrisy, the moth of holiness, and cause of madness, crucifying and disquieting all that it takes hold of.” Burton : Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. i. Sect. 2
Mem. 3, Subs. 11.
All true ambition and aspiration are without comparisons. 94
Henry Ward Beecher : Life Thoughts. Ambition has no rest. 95
Bulwer-Lytton : Richelieu. Act iii. Sc. 1. Ambition is often overtaken by calamity, because it is not aware of its pursuer, and never looks behind. 96 Paul Chatfield, M.D. (Horace Smith): The Tin
Trumpet. Ambition. In men of the highest character and noblest genius there generally exists insatiable desire of honor, command, power, and glory. 97
Cicero: Offices. Bk. I. 8. Ambition is in fact the avarice of power, and happiness herself is soon sacrificed to that very lust of dominion, which was first encouraged only as the best mode of obtaining it. 98
Colton : Lacon. Hitch your wagon to a star. 99 Emerson : Essay on Civilization. Society and Solitude.
Ambition scarce ever produces any evil but when it reigns in cruei and savage bosoms. 100
Fielding : Amelia. Bk. vi. Ch. 6. Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us; its appetite grows keener by indulgence, and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires. 101 Benjamin Franklin : On True Happiness. Penn
sylvania Gazette, Nov. 20, 1735. Any attempt to lower a man's reputation in that one point where he is ambitious to be distinguished is never forgotten or forgiven. 102
B. R. Haydon : Table Talk. Ambition is of a higher and more heroic strain than avarice. Its objects are nobler, and the means by which it attains its ends less mechanical. 103
Hazlitt : Table Talk. Second Series, Pt. i.
Essay x. On Thought and Action. Ambition is not a weakness unless it be disproportioned to the capacity. To have more ambition than ability is to be at once weak and unhappy. 104 George S. Hillard : Eulogy on the Life and Serrices of
Daniel Webster. Faneuil Hall, Boston, Nov. 30, 1852. Every man who can be a first-rate something - as every man can be who is a man at all — has no right to be a fifthrate something; for a fifth-rate soinething is no better than a first-rate nothing. 105 J. G. Holland: Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects.