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Conscience is the chaos of chimeras, envies, and attempts, the furnace of dreams, the lurking-place of ideas we are ashamed of; it is the pandemonium of sophistry, the battlefield of the passions. 857 Victor Hugo : Les Misérables. Ch. 51. A Tempest
in a Brain. (Wraxall, Translator.) There is a spectacle grander than the ocean, and that is the conscience. 858 Victor Hugo : Les Misérables. Ch. 51. A Tempest
in a Brain. (Wraxall, Translator.) Never yet were the feelings and instincts of our nature violated with impunity, never yet was the voice of conscience silenced without retribution 859 Mrs. Jameson : Studies. Goethe's Tasso, Iphigenia,
and Claviyo. The testimony of a good conscience is the glory of a good man. 860 Thomas à Kempis: Imitation of Christ. Bk. ii.
Ch. 6. (Benham, Translator.) Our character often makes our conscience. 861 Joseph Rour: Meditations of a Parish Priest.
Pt. iv. 32. (Hapgood, Translator.) The conscience of the man who is given over to his pas. sions is like the voice of the shipwrecked mariner overwhelmed by the tempest. 862 Joseph Roux : Meditations of a Parish Priest.
Mind, Talent, Character, 1. (Hapgood,
Translator.) I believe that mere pleasure and pain have less associative power than duty performed or omitted, and that the great use of the associative faculty is not to add beauty to material things, but to add force to the conscience. 863
Ruskin : Modern Painters. Pt. iii.
Sec. i. Ch. 4. $10. The worm of conscience alone wakes and watches with the owl; none shun the light but criminals and evil spirits. 864
Schiller: Love and Intrigue. V. 1. If there be not a conscience to be used in every trade, we shall never prosper. 865
Shakespeare : Pericles. Act iv. Sc. 3. My conscience, hanging about the neck of my heart, says very wisely to me, “ Budge not.” “ Budge,” says the fiend. “ Budge not," says my conscience. 866
Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice.
Act ii. Sc. 1.
First Murderer. So when he opens his purse to give us our reward, thy conscience flies out.
Second Murderer. Let it go, there's few or none will entertain it.
First Murderer. How if it come to thee again ?
Second Murderer. I'll not meddle with it. It is a dangrous thing. It makes a man a coward. A man cannot steal but it accuseth him: he cannot swear but it checks him: 'tis a blushing, shame-faced spirit that mutinies in a man's bosom; it fills one full of obstacles; it made me once restore a purse of gold that I found: it beggars any man that keeps it; it is turned out of all towns and cities for a dangerous thing.
First Murderer. Zounds! it is even now at my elbow.
Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. 868
Sheridan: The Duenna. Act i. Sc. 4. Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything. 869
Laurence Sterne : Sermons. XXVII. The
Abuses of Conscience Considered.
London. On Tailoring. Toilets in General.
Vanbrugh : The Provoked Wife. Act v. Sc. 6. Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called Conscience. 872 George Washington : Moral Maxims. Virtue and
Vice. Conscience. Conscience is the present opinion a man has of his own actions. 873
Thomas Wilson : Maxims of Piety and of
Christianity. God only needs to deliver a sinner to his own conscience to be avenged of his sin. 874
Thomas Wilson: Maxims of Piety and of
Christianity. When conscience forsakes a man the Spirit of God does so too. 875
Thomas Wilson : Maxims of Piety and of
Consecration is going out into the world where God Almighty is, and using every power for his glory. 876
Henry Ward Beecher : Life Thoughts. CONSISTENCY.
No man who is wholly consistent within himself, and who reposes all bis interests in himself alone, can be otherwise than completely happy. 877 Cicero : Offices and Moral Works. Paradoxes. II.
(Edmonds, Translator.) CONSTANCY.
Constancy is human nature.
Pt. iii. Ch. 17.
I would have men of such constancy put to sea, that their business might be everything, and their intent everywhere; for that's it that always makes a good voyage of nothing. 880
Shakespeare: Twelfth Night. Act ii. Sc. 4.
We ought to avoid the friendship of the bad and the enmity of the good.
881 Epictetus: Fragments. CLIII. (Long, Transiator.)
CONTEMPT - see Affectation, Sarcasm.
An Englishman fears contempt more than death.
Contempt is a kind of gangrene which, if it seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the rest by degrees.
883 Johnson : Works. VIII. 47. (Oxford edition, 1825.) No man can fall into contempt but those who deserve it. 884 Johnson : Works. Debates. X. 350. (Oxford edi.
tion, 1825.) Those only are despicable who fear to be despised. 885 La Rochefoucauld : Reflections ; or, Sentences and
Moral Maxims. No. 322. Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. 886
Shakespeare : Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 2. If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another; I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt. 887
Shakespeare : Merry Wives of Windsor.
Act i. Sc. 1.
Shakespeare : Much Ado about Nothing.
Act iii. Sc. 3.
Contention is a hydra's head; the more they strive the inore they may: and as Praxiteles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy face in it, brake it in pieces: but for that one he saw many more as bad in a moment. 889 Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. ii. Sec. 3,
Mem. 7. CONTENTMENT - see Happiness, Humility, Travellers.
The rarest feeling that ever lights a human face is the contentment of a loving soul. 890
Henry Ward Beecher : Life Thoughts. We only see in a lifetime a dozen faces marked with the peace of a contented spirit. 891 Henry Ward Beecher : Proverbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. I would do what I pleased; and, doing what I pleased, I should have my will ; and, having my will, I shonld be contented; and, content, there is no more to be desired; and when there is no more to desire, there is an end of it. 892 Cervantes. Don Quicote. Pt. i. Bk. iv. Ch. 50.
(Jarvis, Translator.) Content is the best opulence, because it is the pleasantest, and the surest. The richest man is he who does not want that which is wanting to him: the poorest is the miser, who wants that which he has. 893 Paul Chatfield, M.D. (Horace Smith): The Tin
Trumpet. Competency. To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches. 894 Cicero : Offices and Moral Works. Paradoxes. VI.
(Edmonds, Translator.) Contentment, as it is a short road and pleasant, has great delight and little trouble.
895 Epictetus: Fragments. CXXXVII. (Long, Trans.)
Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impreg. nable fortress.
896 Epictetus: Fragments. CXXXVIII. (Long, Trans.)
Contentment consisteth not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire; not in multiplying of wealth, but in subtracting men's desires. 897 Thomas Fuller : The Holy and Profane States. The
Holy State.' Of Contentment. We shall be made truly wise if we be made content; content, too, not only with what we can understand, but content with what we do not understand, - the habit of mind which theologians call, and rightly, faith in God. 898
Charles Kingsley : Health and Education.
Contentment is better than divinations or visions.
Sergius. We are contented because we are happy, and not happy because we are contented. 900 Landor : Iinaginary Conversations. Lord Brooke
and Sir Philip Sidney. Mutual content is like a river, which must have its banks on either side. 901 Le Sage : Gil Blas. Bk. xii. Ch. 12. (Smollett,
Translator.) Contentment with to-day's lot makes candidacy for a better lot to-morrow. 902 Charles H. Parkhurst: Sermons. XV. Things Seen
and Things not Seen. O Contentment, make me rich! for without thee there is no wealth. 903 Saadi; The Gulistan. Ch. iii. Of the Excellency of
Contentment. Tale I. The great quality of Dulness is to be unalterably contented with itself. 904 Thackeray : Miscellanies. Men's Wives. Dennis
Thomas Wilson : Maxims of Piety and of
CONVERSATION — see Reading, Silence, Talkative
ness, War, Wit.
Conversation is an abandonment to ideas, a surrender to persons. 906 A. Bronson Alcott : Table Talk. VI. Discourse.
Canon of Conversation. Debate is angular, conversation circular and radiant of the underlying unity. 907 A. Bronson Alcott : Concord Days. May.