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OCCUPATION.—No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.—Landon.
OCCUPATION.-Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought, to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.- Hazlitt.
OCCUPATION.--Every Egyptian was commanded by law annually to declare by what means he maintained himself; and if he omitted to do it, or gave no satisfactory account of his way of living, he was punishable with death. This law Solon brought from Egypt to Athens, where it was inviolably observed as a most equitable regulation.—Herodotus.
OCCUPATION.—It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do the less time one finds to do it in. one procrastinates, one can do it when one will, and, therefore, one seldom does it at all; whereas, those who have a great deal of business, must (to use a vulgar expression) buckle to it; and then they always find time enough to do it in.Chesterfield.
OCCUPATION.—I have lived, to know that the great secret of human happiness is this: never suffer your energies to stagnate. The old adage of too many irons in the fire, conveys an untruth. You cannot have too many-poker, tongs, and all-keep them all going.--Adam Clarke.
OCCUPATION.—Let none fondly persuade themselves that men can live without the necessaries of life. He who will not apply himself to business, evidently discovers that he means to get his bread by cheating, stealing, or begging, or else is wholly void of reason.— Ischomachus.
OCCUPATION FOR THE YOUNG.–Occupation is a necessity to the young. They love to be busy about something, however trifling; and if not directed to some useful employment will soon engage in something that is evil, thus verifying the old proverb, " That idleness is the mother of mischief."
OCCUPATION, ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY.—The prosperity of a people is proportionate to the number of hands and minds usefully employed. To the community, sedition is a fever, corruption is a gangrene, and idleness is an atrophy. Whatever body, and whatever society wastes more than it acquires, must gradually decay: and every being that continues to be fed, and ceases to labor, takes away something from the public stock. Johnson.
OCCUPATIONS, THEIR SOURCE.—Most of the trades, professions, and ways of living among mankind, take their original, either from the love of pleasure, or the fear of want. The former, when it becomes too violent, degenerates into luxury, and the latter into avarice. --Addison.
ODDITIES.--Oddities and singularities of behavior may attend genius; but when they do, they are its misfortunes and blemishes. The man of true genius will be ashamed of them, or at least will never affect to be distinguished by them.Temple.
OLD AGE.-A comfortable old age is the reward of a wellspent youth; therefore instead of its introducing dismal and melancholy prospects of decay, it should give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.—Palmer.
OLD AGE. — -We hope to grow old, yet we fear old age; that is, we are willing to live, and afraid to die.—Bruyere.
OLD AGE.—Old age has been charged with being insensible to pleasure, and the enjoyments arising from the gratification of the senses; a most blessed and heavenly effect, truly, if it eases us of what in youth was the sorest plague of life.— Cicero.
OLD AGE.—An old man who has lived in the exercise of virtue, looking back without a blush on his past days, and pointing to that better state where alone he can be perfectly rewarded, is a figure the most venerable that can well be imagined.—Mackenzie.
OLD AGE, AND YOUTH.—As I approve of a youth, that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man, that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule, may be old in body, but can never be so in mind. - Cicero.
OLD AGE AND YOUTH.—Though every old man has been young, and
every young one hopes to be old, there seems to be a most unnatural misunderstanding between those two stages of life.
This unhappy want of commerce arises from the insolent arrogance or exultation in youth, and the irrational despondence or self-pity in age.—Steele.
OMNIPRESENCE or God.—“Tell me,” said a gentleman to a child of six years old, where God is, and I will give you a penny.” “And I," said the child, “ will give you two, if you
will tell me where he is not.” OPINION.—That was excellently observed, say I, when I read a passage in an author, where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I. pronounce him to be mistaken.-Swift.
• OPINION, ITS VALUE.—The same enthusiasm, that dignifies a butterfly or a medal to the virtuoso and the antiquary, may
controversy into quixotism; and present to the deluded imagination of the theological knight-errant, a barber's basin, as Mambrino's helmet. The real value of any doctrine can only be determined by its influence on the conduct
of man, with respect to himself, to his fellow-creatures, or to God.—Percival.
OPINION OF OTHERS.—Conscience, in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.— Taylor's Statesman.
OPINION OF OTHERS, ITS INFLUENCE.- -Almost all the parts of our bodies require some expense. The feet demand shoes; the legs, stockings; the rest of the body, clothing; and the belly, a good deal of victuals. Our eyes, though exceedingly useful, ask, when reasonable, only the cheap assistance of spectacles, which could not much impair our finances. But the
eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us. If all but myself were blind, I should want neither fine clothes, fine houses, nor fine furniture. Franklin.
OPINIONS.—Opinions, like showers, are generated in high places, but they invariably descend into lower ones, and ultimately flow down to the people, as rain unto the sea.Colton.
OPINIONS, OUR OWN.—We never are satisfied with our opinions, whatever we may' pretend, till they are ratified and confirmed by the suffrages of the rest of mankind. We dispute and wrangle forever; we endeavor to get men to come to us, when we do not go to them.—Sir J. Reynolds.
OPPORTUNITIES.-A genius and great abilities are often wanting, sometimes,only opportunities. Some deserve praise for what they have done, and others for what they would have done.-Bruyere.
OPPORTUNITIES.—He who has opportunities to inspect the sacred moments of elevated minds, and seizes none, is a son of dulness; but he who turns those moments into ridicule, will betray with a kiss, and in embracing, murder.-Lavater.
OPPORTUNITIES, TO BE IMPROVED.—There is need of a sprightly and vigilant soul to discern and to lay hold on favorable junctures; a man must look before him, descry opportunities at a distance, keep his eye constantly upon them, observe all the motions they make towards him, make himself ready for their approach, and when he sees his time, lay fast hold, and not let go again, till he has done his business.
ORATORY.—In oratory, the greatest art is to conceal art. -Swift.
OSTENTATION.-- Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theatre for virtue is conscience. — Cicero.
OURSELVES AND OTHERS.—The disesteem and contempt of others is inseparable from pride. It is hardly possible to overvalue ourselves, but by undervaluing our neighbors; and we commonly most undervalue those who are by other men thought to be wiser than we are; and it is a kind of jealousy in ourselves that they are so, which provokes our pride.Clarendon.
PAIN AND PLEASURE.—Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other; and he only that knows how to accommodate himself to their periodical returns, and can wisely extract the good from the evil, knows how to live. Sterne.
PAIN AND PLEASURE.—. Pain may be said to follow pleasure, as its shadow; but the misfortune is, that in this partio