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MONEY AND TIME.—Money and time are the heaviest burthens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use. To set himself free from these incumbrances, one hurries to Newmarket; another travels over Europe; one pulls down his house and calls architects about him; another buys a seat in the country, and follows his hounds over hedges and through rivers; one makes collections of shells; and another searches the world for tulips and carnations.Johnson.

MONEY, THE LOVE OF.—The love of money, is the root of all evil.-Paul.

MORALITY.—All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.- Voltaire.

MORALITY.—The morality which is divorced from godliness, however specious and captivating to the eye, is super

, ficial and deceptive. The only morality that is clear in its source, pure in its precepts, and efficacious in its influence, is the morality of the gospel. All else is, at best, but idolatry—the worship of something of man's own creation; and that imperfect and feeble, like himself, and wholly insufficient to give him support and strength.

MORALITY.—Discourses on morality, and reflection on human nature, are the best means we can make use of to improve our minds, gain a true knowledge of ourselves, and recover our souls out of the vice, ignorance, and prejudice which naturally cleave to them.--Addison.

MORALITY AND MOTIVES.—The morality of an action depends upon the motive from which we act. If I fling half a crown to a beggar with intention to break his head, and he picks it up and buys victuals with it, the physical effect is good; but with respect to me, the action is very wrong.Johnson.

MORALITY AND RELIGION.—They that cry down moral honesty, cry down that which is a great part of my religion, my duty towards God, and my duty towards man.

What care I to see a man run after a sermon, if he cozens and cheats as soon as he comes home. On the other side, morality must not be without religion; for if


may change, as I see convenience. Religion must govern it. He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff dog; so long as you stroke him, and please

him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you, as finely - as may be; he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your

throat. -Selden.

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MORALS AND MANNERS.-Where social improvements originate with the clergy, and where they bear a just share of the toil, the condition of morals and manners cannot be very much depressed.-Martineau.

MORALS OF A COMMUNITY.—The health of a community, is an almost unfailing index of its morals.--Martineau.

MORALS OF A PEOPLE.—Learn what a people glory in, and you may learn much of both the theory and practice of their morals.—Martineau.

MORTALITY.—The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their lives, which infallibly destroy them. This is a reflection made by some historians, upon observing that there are many more thousands killed in a flight, than in a battle; and may be applied to those multitudes of imaginary sick persons that break their constitutions by physic, and throw themselves into the arms of death, by endeavoring to escape it.-Addison.

MORTALITY.—To smell a fresh turf of earth, is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.—“ Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.” -Fuller.

MOTHERS.—I think it must somewhere be written, that the virtues of mothers shall, occasionally, be visited on their children, as well as the sins of fathers.—Dickens.

MOTIVES.—The true motives of our actions, like the real pipes of an organ, are usually concealed; but the gilded and hollow pretext is pompously placed in the front for show.Colton.

MURMURING.—He who murmurs against his condition, does not understand it; but he who accepts of it in peace, will soon learn to comprehend it. What one has experienced and learned in this respect, is always a stage he has made on his way to heaven.

Music.—Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist. Beethoven.

MUSIC, SACRED. -One of the most essential preparations for eternity is, delight in praising God; a higher acquirement, I do think, than even delight and devotedness in pray

- Chalmers.


MYSTERY.—Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun; the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying influence from the want of a body.-Colton.

MYSTERY.--Most men take least notice of what is plain, as if that were of no use; but puzzle their thoughts, and lose

themselves in those vast depths and abysses, which no human understanding can fathom.-Sherlock.

MYSTERIES.—In dwelling on divine mysteries, keep thy heart humble, thy thoughts reverent, thy soul holy. Let not philosophy be ashamed to be confuted, nor logic to be confounded, nor reason to be surpassed. What thou canst not prove, approve; what thou canst not comprehend, believe; what thou canst believe, admire and love and obey. So shall thine ignorance be satisfied in thy faith, and thy doubt be swallowed up in thy reverence, and thy faith be as influential as sight. Put out thine own candle, and then shalt thou see clearly the sun of righteousness.

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NAMES.—With the vulgar, and the learned, names have great weight; the wise use a writ of inquiry into their legitimacy when they are advanced as authorities.—Zim


NAMES OF CONTEMPT.—One of the greatest artifices the devil uses to engage men in vice and debauchery, is to fasten names of contempt on certain virtues, and thus to fill weak souls with a foolish fear of passing for scrupulous, should they desire to put them in practice.-Pascal.

NATURE AND PHILOSOPHY.—It is the bounty of nature that we live, but of philosophy, that we live well; which is, in truth, a greater benefit than life itself. -Seneca.

NATURE, ARTIFICIAL.—All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. -Sir T. Browne.

NATURE, GOOD.—Good-nature is the very air of a good mind; the sign of a large and generous soul; and the peculiar soil in which virtue prospers. — Goodman.

NATURE, GOOD.-Good-nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty. It shows virtue in the fairest light; takes off in some measure from the deformity of vice; and makes even folly and impertinence supportable. -Addison.

NATURE, GOOD AND ILL.—Good-nature, like a bee, collects honey from every herb. Ill-nature, like a spider, sucks poison from the sweetest flower.

NECESSITY.—There is no contending with necessity, and we should be very tender how we censure those that submit to it. 'Tis one thing to be at liberty to do what we will, and another thing to be tied up to do what we must.—Sir R. L'Estrange.

NEEDY, THE.-God, the great Father of all, has given no one of his children such a property in the things of this world, but that he has also given his needy brother a right in the surplusage of his goods, so that it cannot justly be denied him when his pressing wants call for it. —Locke.

NEGLECT.-A little neglect may breed great mischief; for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by an enemy, all for want of care about a horse-shoe nail.- Franklin.

NEGLECT.—An experienced mother, who had brought up a large family of children with eminent success, was once asked by a younger one what she would recommend in the case of some children who were too anxiously educated; and her reply was, “I think, my dear, a little wholesome neglect."


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