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dom err; restrain thy choler, hearken much, and speak little; for the tongue is the instrument of the greatest good and greatest evil that is done in the world.—Sir W. Raleigh to his Son.

TASTE AND MORALS. --When the taste is purified, the morals are not easily corrupted.-Bachelors, fc.

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TAVERNS.--In the towns and countries I have seen,

I never saw a city or village yet, where miseries were not in proportion to the number of its public-houses. In Rotterdam, you may go through eight or ten strects without finding a publichouse. In Antwerp, almost every second house seems an alehouse. In the one city,

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appearance piness and warm affluence; in the other, the young fellows walk about the streets in shabby finery, their fathers sit at the door darning or knitting suckings, while their ports are filled with dunghills.- Goldsmith.

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TAVERNS SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS AGO.—The following description of a drinking tavern, is in the seventh part of the confession of the Waldenses and Albigenses, composed at least as far back as the year 1120, or 730 years ago. It will be seen that the fruits thereof are as deadly and destroying now, as they were in ancient days. “ A tavern is the fountain of sin; the school of the devil; it is the manner of God to show his power in the church, and to work miracles; that is to say, to give sight to the blind, to make the lame go, the dumb to speak, and the deaf to hear; but the devil doth quite contrary to all this in a tavern, for when à drunken man goeth to a tavern, he goeth uprightly; but when he cometh forth, he cannot go ať all, and he hath lost his sight, his hearing and his speech. The lectures that are read in this school of the devil, are gluttonies, oaths, perjuries, lyings and blasphemies, and divers other villanies; for in a tavern are quarrels, slanders, contentions and murders."

TAXATION.--There is one passage in the Scriptures, to which all the potentates of Europe seem to have given their unanimous assent and approbation, and to have studied so thoroughly as to have it quite at their fingers' ends There went out a decree, in the days of Claudius Cesar, that all the world should be taxed !”—Colton.

TAXES.The taxes are indeed very heavy; and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us.—We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us, by allowing an abatement.—Franklin.

TAXING.--Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new impositions; any bungler can add to the old. But is it altogether wise to have no other bounds to your impositions, than the patience of those who are to bear them? -Burke.

TEACHERS.—I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.- Alexander of Macedon.

TEACHERS.—Teachers should be held in the highest honor. They are the allies of legislators; they have agency in the prevention of crime; they aid in regulating the atmosphere, whose incessant action and pressure cause the life-blood to circulate, and to return pure and healthful to the heart of the nation.—Sigourney.

TEACHING BY EXAMPLE.—Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation.-Sigourney's Letters to Mothers.

TEACHING, BY MOTHERS.-Of what unspeakable importance is her education who gives lessons before any other instruc

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tor; who pre-occupies the unwritten page of being; who produces impressions which only death can obliterate, and mingles with the cradle-dream, what shall be read in eternity !

-Sigourney. TEACHING, TO BEGIN EARLY.-Scratch the green rind of a sapling, or wantonly twist it in the soil, and a scarred or crooked oak will tell of the act for centuries to come. So it is with the teachings of youth, which make impressions on the mind and heart, that are to last forever !

TEARS OF PENITENCE.—Repentance hath a purifying power, and every tear is of a cleansing virtue ; but these penitential clouds must be still kept dropping ; one shower will not suffice ; for repentance is not one single action, but a course— South.

TEMPER, GOOD.-Inviolable fidelity, good-humor, and complacency of temper, outlive all the charms of a fine face, and make the decays of it invisible.— Tatler.

TEMPER, GOOD.-Good temper is like a sunny day; it sheds its brightness on everything.

TEMPER, NOBLE.—A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate. —Sir P. Sidney.

TEMPER, QUARRELSOME.—If a man has a quarrelsome temper, let him alone. The world will soon find him employment. He will soon meet with some one stronger than himself, who will repay him better than you can. fight duels all his life, if he is disposed to quarrel.-Cecil.

TEMPER, SWEETNESS OF.-Sweetness of temper is not an acquired, but a natural excellence; and, therefore, to recommend it to those who have it not, may be deemed rather an insult than advice. — Adventurer.

TEMPER, THE IMPROVEMENT OF.— -If happily we are born of

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a good nature; if a liberal education has formed in us a generous temper and disposition, well-regulated appetites, and worthy inclinations; 'tis well for us, and so indeed we esteem it. But who is there endeavors to give these to himself, or to advance his portion of happiness in this kind ? Who thinks of improving, or so much as of preserving his share, in a world where it must of necessity run so great a hazard, and where we know an honest nature is so easily corrupted ? All other things relating to us are preserved with care, and have some art or economy belonging to them; this, which is nearest related to us, and on which our happiness depends, is alone committed to chance. And temper is the only thing ungoverned, whilst it governs all the rest.—Shaftesbury's Characteristics.

TEMPERANCE.—Temperance indeed is a bridle of gold; and he who uses it rightly, is more like a god than a man: but the English, who are the most subject, of all other people, to melancholy, are, in general, very liberal and excellent feeders.—Burton.

TEMPERANCE.— Tentperance, that virtue without pride, und fortune without envy, that gives vigor of frame and trananillity of mind; the best guardian of youth and support of old

age, the precept of reason as well as religion, and physician of the soul as well as the body, the tutelar goddess of health, and universal medicine of life.—Sir W. Temple.

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TEMPERANCE.-Physic is of little use to a temperate person, for a man's own observation on what he finds does him good, and what hurts him, is the best physic to preserve health.—Lord Bacon.

TEMPERANCE.—Temperance puts wood on the fire, meal in the barrel, flour in the tub, money in the purse, credit in the country, contentment in the house, clothes on the bairns, vigor in the body, intelligence in the brain, and spirit in the whole constitution.-Franklin.

TEMPERANCE AND KNOWLEDGE.—There is no difference between knowledge and temperance; for he who knows what is good and embraces it, and who knows what is bad and avoids it, is learned and temperate. But they who know very well what ought to be done, and yet do quite otherwise, are ignorant and stupid. --Socrates.

TEMPTATION.—Bearing up against temptations and prevailing over them, is the very thing wherein the whole life of religion consists. It is the trial which God puts upon us in this world, by which we are to make evidence of our love and obedience to him, and of our fitness to be made members of his kingdom. Dr. Samuel Clarke's Sermons.

TEMPTATION, HOW TO BE SAFE FROM.- Do all that you can to stand, and then fear lest you may fall, and by the grace of God you are safe.-Edwards.

TEMPTATIONS.— Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of our self-confidence. Fénelon.


TESTAMENTS, THE OLD AND NEW.-- ---The Old and New Testaments are an inseparable whole. They are like the bims above the ark, which faced each other; one casts light on the other, and by means of one we understand the other.

TESTIMONY AND ARGUMENT. — -Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long-bow, the force of it depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force though shot by a child. Boyle.

TESTIMONY FOR CHRIST.-The two men who were most interested in finding Christ guilty, both bore their testimony to his innocence, one saying, “I have betrayed innocent

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