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If one's intimate in love or friendship cannot, or does not, share all one's intellectual tastes or pursuits, that is a small matter. Intellectual companions can be found easily in inen and books. After all, if we think of it, most of the world's loves and friendships have been between people that could not read nor spell. 802 Holmes : The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table.
Lowell : My Study Windows. Pope. Company, villanous company, hath been the spoil of me. 804 Shakespeare: King Henry IV. Pt. i. Act iii. Sc. 3.
They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. 805
Sir Philip Sidney: Arcadia. Bk. i. When men are lonely they stoop to any companionship; the dog becomes a comrade, the horse a friend; and it is no shame to shower them with caresses and speeches of love. 806
Lew Wallace : Ben-Hur. Bk. i. Ch. 1. COMPARISON.
Comparisons made between wit and wit, courage and courage, beauty and beauty, birth and birth, are always odious and ill taken. 807 · Cervantes : Don Quixote, Pt. ii. Ch. 1. (Lockhart,
Translator.) By comparison alone we fix the epithets of praise or blame, and learn how to assign the due degree of each.
808 Hume : Essays. XXII. Of the Standard of Taste.
Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing.
Act iii. Sc. 5. As a rule, there is no surer way to the dislike of men than to behave well where they have behaved badly. 810
Lew Wallace : Ben-Hur. Bk. iv. Ch. 9. COMPASSION.
Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
Lectures on Poetry. The Value and Uses of
There is a remedy for every wrong, and a satisfaction for every soul.
813 Emerson : Letters and Social Aims. Immortality, Everything a man parts with is the cost of something. Everything he receives is the compensation of something. 814 J. G. Holland : Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects.
VII. Cost and Compensation. Compensation is just, and proceeds from God. 815 La Bruyere : The Characters or Manners of the
Present Aye. Ch. 16. COMPETENCY — see Power, Riches, Wealth.
Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
816 Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice. Act i. Sc. 2. COMPLAINT.
To hear complaints is wearisome alike to the wretched and the happy. 817
Johnson : Rasselas. Ch. 35. COMPLIMENTS.
Unusual compliments, to which there is no stated and prescriptive answer, embarrass the feeble, who know not what to say, and disgust the wise, who, knowing them to be false, suspect them to be hypocritical. 818
Johnson: Boswell's Life of Johnson. V. 440.
Note 2. (George Birkbeck Hill, Editor, 1887.) Compliments are in their place only where there is full as much of weakness as of merit. 819 Landor: Imaginary Conrersations. Lord Chester.
field and Lord Chatham. CONCEIT — see Conversation, Self-Conceit, Sin.
Conceit is the most incurable disease that is known to the human soul. 820 Henry Ward Beecher: Proverbs from Plymouth
. Pulpit. Men lose wisdom just in proportion as they are conceited. 821 Henry Ward Beecher: Proverbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. Character. Sit thee down, clod-pole! for in whatever place I am seated, that is the upper end to thee. 822
Cervantes : Don Quixote. Pt. ii. Ch. 32.
(Jarvis, Translator.) I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
823 George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss. Bk. v. Ch. 6.
The worthless and offensive members of society, whose existence is a social pest, invariably think theinselves the most ill-used people alive, and never get over their astonish. ment at the ingratitude and selfishness of their contemporaries.
$24 Emerson: Representatire Men. Uses of Great Men.
He that overvalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.
825 Johnson: Works. IX. 344. (Oxford edition, 1825.)
Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing.
Act iv. Sc. 2.
Oh, most lame and impotent conclusion!
Shakespeare: Othello. Act ii. Sc. 1. CONDITION
Nature makes us vagabonds, the world makes us respecte able.
829 Alexander Smith : Dreamthorp. On Vagabonds.
CONFIDENCE — see Conscience, Success, Treason.
I see before me the statue of a celebrated minister who said that confidence was a plant of slow growth. But I believe, however gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity. 830 Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield): Speech at Mansion
House, Nov. 9, 1867. Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great. 831
Emerson : Essays, Prudence. The only way to get the confidence of the world is to show the world that you do not want their confidence. 832
B. R. Haydon : Table Talk. Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
William Pitt (Earl of Chathanı): Speech,
Jan. 14, 1766. I would have some confidence with you that decerns you nearly. 834
Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing.
Act iii. Sc. 5. Confidence is a thing not to be produced by compulsion. Men cannot be forced into trust. 835 Daniel Webster : Speech, United States Senate,
Session of 1833-34. The Removal of the
Like talks best with like, laughs best with like, works best with like, and enjoys best with like; and it cannot help it. 836
Timothy Titcomb (J. G. Holland): Gold-Foil.
XVIII. Social Classification.
CONSCIENCE - see Righteousness, Virtue.
A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body, it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can possibly befall us. I know nothing so hard for a generous mind to get over as calumny and reproach, and cannot find any method of quieting the soul under them, besides this single one, of our being conscious to ourselves that we do not deserve them.
Addison : The Guardian. No. 135. It is not history which teaches conscience to be honest; it is the conscience which educates history. 838 Amiel : Journal, Nov. 18, 1851. (Mrs. Humphrey
Ward, Translator.) There is one court whose “ findings” are incontrovertible, and whose sessions are held in the chambers of our own breast. 839
Hosea Ballou : MSS. Sermons. If you sell your conscience to Interest, you traffic with a fiend. 840 Henry Ward Beecher: Proverbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. Business. To make conscience tolerable, love should be thrown around it. Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it. 841 Henry Ward Beecher: Proverbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. The power of conscience is very great, О judges, and is of great weight on both sides; so that they fear nothing who have done no wrong, and they, on the other hand, who have done wrong think that punishment is always hanging over them. 842 Cicero : Orations. For T. A. Milo. Sec. 33.
(Yonge, Translator.) • Conscience emphasizes the word ought. 843 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
Matthew Arnold's Views on Conscience. Conscience is that which perceives and feels rightness and obligatoriness in choices. 844 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
Unexplored Remainders in Conscience. Conscience is your magnetic needle; reason is your chart. 845 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
Is Conscience Infallible ? Conscience requires every man to mean well, and to do his best. It requires us not only to follow all the light we have but all we can obtain, and to do so gladly. 846 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
Is Conscience Infallible?
God is in the word ought, and therefore it outweighs al? but God. 847 Joseph Cook: Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
Unexplored Remainders in Conscience. Our secret thoughts are rarely heard except in secret. No man knows what conscience is until he understands what solitude can teach him concerning it. 848 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
Is Conscience Infallible ? There is a spectacle grander than the ocean, and that is the conscience. There is a spectacle grander than the sky, and it is the interior of the soul. To write the poem of the human conscience, were the subject only one man, and he the lowest of men, would be reducing all epic poems into one supreme and final epos. ... It is no more possible to prevent thought from reverting to an ideal than the sea from returning to the shore. With the sailor this is called the tide; with the culprit it is called remorse. God heaves the soul like the ocean. 849 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
The Laughter of the Soul ut Itself. The unknown is an ocean. What is conscience? The compass of the unknown. 850 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
The Laughter of the Soul at Itself. We know through conscience that we must answer for what we are, and for what we do, to a power outside of us. 851 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.
Matthew Arnold's Views on Conscience. No man can escape this vitiating effect of an offence against his own sentiment of right. 852
George Eliot : Adam Bede. Ch. 29. Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no anıbition corrupt thee, no example sway thee, no persuasion move thee to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily, for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.
853 Benjamin Franklin : Poor Richard's Almanac.
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent, it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
854 Oliver Goldsmith : The Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. 13. Conscience, the voice of God within us. 855
J. C. and A. W. Hare: Guesses at Truth. A good conscience expects to be treated with perfect con. fidence. 856
Victor Hugo: The Toilers of the Sea.
Pt. i. Bk. iii. Ch. 9.