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Style.—Style may be defined,“ proper words in proper places.—Swift."
STYLE.--Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well proportioned, would, if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.--Chesterfield.
STYLE.-Obscurity in writing is commonly an argument of darkness in the mind : the greatest learning is to be seen in the greatest plainness.-Bishop Wilkins.
SUBLIMITY OF THOUGHT.—The sublimest thoughts are conceived by the intellect, when it is excited by pious emotion. -Nevins.
SUCCESS.—Mere success is certainly one of the worst arguments in the world of a good cause, and the most improper to satisfy conscience: and yet we find, by experience, that in the issue it is the most successful of all other arguments, and does in a very odd, but effectual way, satisfy the consciences of a great many men, by showing them their interest. -Tillotson.
SUCCESS IN LIFE.—Moderation is commonly firm, and firmness is commonly successful.—Johnson.
SUCCESS IN WAR.-In war, people judge, for the most part, by the success, whatever is the opinion of the wiser sort. Let a man show all the good conduct that is possible, if the event does not answer, ill-fortune passes for a fault, and is justified by a very few persons.—St. Evremond.
SUFFERING AND FORGIVENESS.—Forgiveness is rarely perfect except in the breasts of those who have suffered.
SUNDAY, ITS OBSERVANCE. I have by long and sound experience found that the due observance of this (the Lord's)
day, and of the duties of it, has been of great advantage to
God Almighty is the Lord of our time, and lends it to us : and as it is but just that we should consecrate this part of that time to Him, so I have found by a strict and diligent observation, that a due observance of this day hath ever had joined to it A BLESSING upon the rest of my time; and the week that hath so begun, hath been BLESSED and prosperous to
And on the other side, when I have been negligent of this day, the rest of the week has been unhappy and unsuccessful to my own secular employments : so that I could casily make an estimate of my successes, in my own secular employments of the week following, by the manner of my passing this day. And this I do not write lightly or inconsiderately, but upon a long and sound observation and experience. ---Sir Matthew Hale.
SUPERFICIALITY.-Superficial writers, like the mole, often fancy themselves deep, when they are exceeding near the surface.-Shenstone.
SUPERFLUITY.--Superfluity creates necessity; and necessity, superfluity. Take care to be an economist in prosperity; there is no fear of your being one in adversity.-Zimmer
SUPERFLUITIES.—Wherever desirable superfluities are imported, industry is excited, and thereby plenty is produced. Were only necessaries permitted to be purchased, men would work no more than was necessary for that
SUPERIORITY, COMPARATIVE. - The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great, because their associates are little.-Johnson.
SUPERSTITION.—The greatest burden in the world is superstition, not only of ceremonies in the church, but of imagipary and scarecrow sins at home.--Milton.
SUPERSTITION.---They that are against superstition, oftentimes run into it of the wrong side. If I wear all colors but black, then I am superstitious in not wearing black. ---Selden.
SUPERSTITIONS.—By superstitions I mean all those hypocritical arts of appeasing God and procuring his favor without obeying his laws, or reforming our sins: infinite such superstitions have been invented by heathens, by Jews, by Christians themselves, especially by the Church of Rome, which abounds with them.-Sherlock.
SURETYSHIP.—Amongst all other things of the world, take care of thy estate, which thou shalt ever preserve, if thou observe these three things: first, that thou know what thou hast; what everything is worth that thou hast; and to see that thou art not wasted by thy servants and officers. The second is, that thou never spend anything before thou have it; for borrowing is the canker and death of every man's estate. The third is, that thou suffer not thyself to be wounded for other men's faults, and scourged for other men's offences; which is the surety for another; for thereby millions of men have been beggared and destroyed, paying the reckoning of other men's riot, and the charge of other men's folly and prodigality; if thou smart, smart for thine own sins, and above all things, be not an ass to carry the burdens of other men.
If any desire thee to be surety, give him a part of what thou hast to spare; if he press thee farther, he is not thy friend at all, for friendship rather chooseth harm to itself, than offereth it. If thou be bound for a stranger, thou art a fool; if for a merchant, thou puttest thy estate to learn to swim ; if for a churchman, he hath no inheritance; if for a lawyer, he will find an evasion by a syllable or word to abuse thee; if for a poor man, thou must pay it thyself; if for a rich man, he needs not: therefore from suretyship, as from a manslayer or enchanter, bless thyself; for the best profit and return will be this—that if thou force him for
whom thou art bound to pay it himself, he will become thy enemy; if thou use to pay it thyself, thou wilt become a beggar.-Sir W. Raleigh-to his Son.
SURMISE.-Surmise is the gossamer that malice blows on fair reputations; the corroding dew that destroys the choice blossom. Surmise is primarily the squint of suspicion, and suspicion is established before it is confirmed.--Zimmer
SUSPENSE.It is a miserable thing to live in suspense; it is the life of a spider.—Swift.
SUSPICION.-One of the principal ingredients in the happiness of childhood, is freedom from suspicion-why may it not be combined with a more extensive intercourse with mankind? A disposition to dwell on the bright side of character, is like gold to its possessor; but to imagine more evil than meets the eye, betrays affinity for it.—Sigourney.
SUSPICION.—Always to think the worst, I have ever found to be the mark of a mean spirit and a base soul.—Bolingbroke.
SYMPATHY.-One of the greatest of all mental pleasures, is, to have our thoughts often divined ; ever entered into with sympathy.-L. E. Landon.
SYMPATHY.—There is a kind of sympathy in souls, that fits them for each other; and we may be assured when we see two persons engaged in the warmths of a mutual affection, that there are certain qualities in both their minds which bear a resemblance to one another. A generous and constant passion in an agreeable lover, where there is not too great a disparity in other circumstances, is the greatest blessing that can befall the person beloved, and if overlooked in one, may perhaps never be found in another.Steele.
SYMPATHY.--To rejoice in another's prosperity, is to give content to your own lot; to mitigate another's grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own.-Edwards. SYSTEM.—Have a time and place for everything, and do
a everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying, as if in vain attempting to overtake time that had been lost.
TALKING.—As it is the characteristic of great wits, to say much in few words, so it is of small wits, to talk much, and say nothing.-Rochefoucault.
TALKING.—Never hold any one by the button, or the hand, in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.— Chesterfield.
TALKING OF SELF.—The lover and physician are both popular from the same cause. We talk to them only of ourselves. That, I dare say, was the origin of confession-egotism under the name of religion.—Landon.
TALKING OF SELF.- A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage: people may be amused, and laugh at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought up against him upon some subsequent occasion. -Johnson.
TALKING TOO MUCH.He that cannot refrain from much speaking, is like a city without walls, and less pains in the world a man cannot take, than to hold his tongue : therefore if thou observest this rule in all assemblies, thou shalt sel