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climbing up a steep and craggy mountain ; when once you reach the top, it fully recompenses your trouble, by opening a fine, clear, and extensive prospect.
MATHEMATICS AND THE LANGUAGES.—The study of the mathematics cultivates the reason ; that of the languages, at the same time the reason and the taste. The former gives power to the mind; the latter, both power and flexibility. The former, by itself, would prepare us for a state of certainties, which nowhere exists; the latter, for a state of probabilities, which is that of common life. Each, by itself, does but an imperfect work: in the union of both, is the best discipline for the mind, and the best training for the world as it is.
MATTER, ITS PROPERTIES.—What is said by the chemists of their darling mercury, is perhaps true of everybody through the whole creation, that, if a thousand lives should be spent upon it, all its properties would not be found out.---Johnson.
MAXIMS.—It is hard to form a maxim against which an exception is not ready to start up: so where the minister grows rich, the public is proportionably poor; as in a private family the steward always thrives the fastest when the lord is running out.-Swift.
Maxims AT COURT.— The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance, and never to keep his word.—Swift.
MAXIMS, BAD.—As a malicious censure craftily worded and pronounced with assurance, is apt to pass with mankind for shrewd wit; so a virulent maxim in bold expressions, though without any justness of thought, is readily received for true philosophy.-Shaftesbury.
MAXIMS, THEIR VALUE.—The value of a maxim, depends on four things: its intrinsic excellence or the comparative
correctness of the principle it embodies; the subject to which it relates; the extent of its application; and the comparative ease with which it may be applied in practice.--Hodge.
MEDICINE.—Medicine has been defined to be the art or science of amusing a sick man with frivolous speculations about his disorder, and of tampering ingeniously, till nature either kills or cures him.
MEDIOCRITY—There is a mean in all things; even virtue itself has stated limits; which not being strictly observed, it ceases to be virtue. Horace.
MEDIOCRITY.—They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing. It is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean. Superfluity comes soonest by white hairs, but competency lives longest.
MEDITATION ON TRUTH. -It is easier to go six miles to hear a sermon, than to spend one quarter of an hour in meditating on it when I come home.-Philip Henry.
MEDITATION ON TRUTH.—It is not hasty reading, but seriously meditating upon holy and heavenly truths that makes them
prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee's touching on the flowers that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon them, and drawing out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most on divine truth, that will prove the choicest, wisest, strongest Christian.-Bishop Hall.
MELANCHOLY.-Melancholy is a kind of demon that haunts our island, and often conveys herself to us in an easterly wind. -Addison.
MELANCHOLY.—Melancholy, or low spirits, is that hysterical passion which forces unbidden sighs and tears. It falls upon a contented life, like a drop of ink on white paper,
which is not the less a stain that it carries no meaning with it.-W. Scott's Life.
MEMORY. The memory is a treasurer to whom we must give funds, if we would draw the assistance we need. Rowe.
MEMORY.-We consider ourselves as defective in memory, either because we remember less than we desire, or less than we suppose others to remember. Johnson.
MEMORY.-It is a terrible thought, that nothing is ever forgotten; that not an oath is ever uttered that does not continue to vibrate through all time, in the widespreading current of sound; that not a prayer is lisped, that its record is not to be found stamped on the laws of nature, by the indelible seal of the Almighty's will.-Cooper.
MEMORY.—Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in their judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.–Fuller.
MEN AND STATUES.—Men and statues that are admired in an elevated station, have a very different effect on us when we approach them: the first appear less than we imagined them; the last, larger.-Rochefoucault.
MEN AND THEIR MERIT.—Cotemporaries appreciate the man, rather than his merit; posterity will regard the merit, rather than the man.- Colton.
MEN, DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GREAT AND LITTLE.—The real difference between men, is
energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men.
-Fuller. MEN, GREAT.—Times of general calamity and confusion,
have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.-Colton.
MEN, HOW KNOWN.-There are peculiar ways in men,
which discover what they are, through the most subtle feints and closest disguise. A blockhead cannot come in, nor go away, nor sit, nor rise, nor stand, like a man of sense. --Bruyere.
MEN, HOW TO JUDGE. — -We may judge of men by their conversation toward God, but never by God's dispensations toward them.-Palmer.
MERCIES.-Were there but a single mercy apportioned to each moment of our lives, the sum would rise very high; but how is our arithmetic confounded when every minute has more than we can distinctly number.-— Rowe on Contentment.
MERIT.-Real merit of any kind, cannot long be concealed; it will be discovered, and nothing can depreciate it, but a man's exhibiting it himself. It may not always be rewarded as it ought; but it will always be known.—Chesterfield.
MERIT.-True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.—Halifax.
MERIT, MODEST.—Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward; and merit without modesty, insolent. But modest merit has a double claim to acceptance, and generally meets with as many patrons as beholders.—Hughes. MERIT, SUFFICIENCY OF.—
:-The sufficiency of my merit, is to know that my merit is not sufficient.—St. Augustine.
MERRIMENT. - Merriment is always the effect of a sudden impression. The jest which is expected is already destroyed. -Johnson.
METAPHORS.-An epithet or metaphor drawn from nature ennobles art; an epithet or metaphor drawn from art degrades nature.-Johnson.
METHOD.—Method goes far to prevent trouble in business; for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those who have business depending what to do and what to hope. -— Wm. Penn.
METHOD.—Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.—Addison.
MIND, ACTIVE.—As the fire-fly only shines when on the wing, so it is with the human mind--when at rest, it dark
MIND AND BODY.--I find by experience, that the mind and the body are more than married, for they are most intimately united; and when the one suffers, the other sympathizes. - Chesterfield
MIND AND MANNERS.—Prepare yourselves for the great world, as the athlete used to do for their exercises; oil (if I may use the expression) your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do, as young people are too apt to think.Chesterfield.
MIND, A SOUND.--A perfectly just and sound mind, is a rare and invaluable gift. But it is still more unusual to see . such a mind unbiassed in all its actings. God has given this soundness of mind but to few; and a very small number of these few, escape the bias of some predilection perhaps habitually operating; and none are at all times perfectly free. An exquisite watch went irregularly, though no defect could