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the happy.

Everything a man parts with is the cost of something Everything he receives is the compensation of something. 814 J. G. Holland : Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects.

VII. Cost and Compensation.
Compensation is just, and proceeds from God.
La Bruyère : The Characters or Manners of the

Present Age. Ch. 16.
COMPETENCY - see Power, Riches, Wealth.

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.

816 Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice. Act i. Sc. 2. COMPLAINT.

To hear complaints is wearisome alike to the wretched and 817

Johnson: Rasselas. Ch. 35. COMPLIMENTS.

Unusual compliments, to which there is no stated and prescriptive answer, embarrass the feeble, who know not what to say, and disgust the wise, who, knowing them to be false, suspect them to be hypocritical. 818

Johnson: Boswell's Life of Johnson. V. 440.

Note 2. (George Birkbeck Hill, Editor, 1887.) Compliments are in their place only where there is full as much of weakness as of merit. 819 Landor: Imaginary Conversations. Lord Chester

field and Lord Chatham. CONCEIT — see Conversation, Self-Conceit, Sin.

Conceit is the most incurable disease that is known to the human soul. 820 Henry Ward Beecher : Proverbs from Plymouth

Pulpit. Men lose wisdom just in proportion as they are conceited. 821 Henry Ward Beecher : Proverbs from Plymouth

Pulpit. Character. Sit thee down, clod-pole! for in whatever place I am seated, that is the upper end to thee. 822

Cervantes : Don Quixote. Pt. ii. Ch. 32.

(Jarvis, Translalor.) I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them. 823 George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss. Bk. v. Ch. 6.

The worthless and offensive members of society, whose existence is a social pest, invariably think themselves the most ill-used people alive, and never get over their astonish. ment at the ingratitude and selfishness of their contemporaries.

824 Emerson : Representative Men. Uses of Great Men

Ae that overvalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.

825 Johnson: Works. IX. 344. (Oxford edition, 1825.)
Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up.

Ruskin: Pre-Raphaelitism.
O that he were here to write me down - an ass!

Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing.

Act iv. Sc. 2.

Oh, most lame and impotent conclusion!

Shakespeare: Othello. Act ii. Sc. 1. CONDITION

Nature makes us vagabonds, the world makes us respecto able.

829. Alexander Smith: Dreamthorp. On Vagabonds.


CONFIDENCE - see Conscience, Success, Treason.

I see before me the statue of a celebrated minister who said that confidence was a plant of slow growth. But I believe, however gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity. 830 Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield): Speech at Mansion

House, Nov. 9, 1867. Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.

Emerson : Essays, Prudence. . The only way to get the confidence of the world is to show the world that you do not want their confidence. 832

B. R. Haydon : Table Talk. Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom. 833

William Pitt (Earl of Chatham): Speech,

Jan. 14, 1766. I would have some confidence with you that decerns you nearly.

Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing.

Act iii. Sc. 5. Confidence is a thing not to be produced by compulsion. Men cannot be forced into trust. 835 Daniel Webster : Speech, United States Senate,

Session of 1833–34. The Removal of the


Like talks best with like, laughs best with like, works best with like, and enjoys best with like; and it cannot help it. 836

Timothy Titcomb (J. G. Holland): Gold-Foil

XVIII. Social Classification.


CONSCIENCE - see Righteousness, Virtue.

A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body: it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can possibly befall us. I know nothing so hard for a generous mind to get over as calumny and reproach, and cannot find any method of quieting the soul under them, besides this single one, of our being conscious to ourselves that we do not deserve them. 837

Addison : The Guardian. No. 135. It is not history which teaches conscience to be honest; it is the conscience which educates history. 838 Amiel : Journal, Nov. 18, 1851. (Mrs. Humphrey

Ward, Translator.) There is one court whose “ findings” are incontrovertible, and whose sessions are held in the chambers of our own breast. 839

Hosea Ballou : MSS. Sermons. If you sell your conscience to Interest, you traffic with a fiend. 840 Henry Ward Beecher : Proverbs from Plymouth

Pulpit. Business. To make conscience tolerable, love should be thrown around it. Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it. 841 Henry Ward Beecher : Proverbs from Plymouth

Pulpit. The power of conscience is very great, О judges, and is of great weight on both sides; so that they fear nothing who have done no wrong, and they, on the other hand, who have done wrong think that punishment is always hanging over them. 842 Cicero : Orations. For T. A. Milo. Sec. 33.

(Yonge, Translator.) Conscience emphasizes the word ougbt. 843 Joseph Cook: Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

Matthew Arnold's Views on Conscience. Conscience is that which perceives and feels rightness and obligatoriness in choices. 844 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

Unexplored Remainders in Conscience. Conscience is your magnetic needle; reason is your chart. 845 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

Is Conscience Infallible ? Conscience requires every man to mean well, and to do his best. It requires us not only to follow all the light we have, but all we can obtain, and to do so gladly. 846 Joseph Cook : Bosion Monday Lectures. Conscience.

Is Conscience Infallible?

God is in the word ought, and therefore it outweighs all but God. 847 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

Unexplored Remainders in Conscience. Our secret thoughts are rarely heard except in secret. No man knows what conscience is until he understands what solitude can teach him concerning it. 848 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

Is Conscience infallible ? There is a spectacle grander than the ocean, and that is the conscience. There is a spectacle grander than the sky, and it is the interior of the soul. To write the poem of the human conscience, were the subject only one man, and he the lowest of men, would be reducing all epic poems into one supreme and final epos. . . . It is no more possible to prevent thought from reverting to an ideal than the sen from returning to the shore. With the sailor this is called the tide; with the culprit it is called remorse. God heaves the soul like the ocean. 849 Joseph Cook: Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

The Laughter of the Soul at Itself. The unknown is an ocean. What is conscience? The compass of the unknown. 850 Joseph Cook : Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

The Laughter of the Soul at Itself. We know through conscience that we must answer for what we are, and for what we do, to a power outside of us. 851 Joseph Cook: Boston Monday Lectures. Conscience.

Matthew Arnold's Views on Conscience. No man can escape this vitiating effect of an offence against his own sentiment of right. 852

George Eliot : Adam Bede. Ch. 29. Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, no example sway thee, no persuasion move thee to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily, for a good conscience is a continual Christinas.

853 Benjamin Franklin : Poor Richard's Almanac.

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent, it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

854 Oliver Goldsmith: The Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. 13. Conscience, the voice of God within us. 855

J. C. and A. W. Hare: Guesses at Truth. A good conscience expects to be treated with perfect con. fidence. 856

Victor Hugo: The Toilers of the Sear

Pt. i. Bk. iii. Ch. 9 .


Conscience is the chaos of chimeras, envies, and attempts, the furnace of dreams, the lurking-place of ideas we are ashamed of; it is the pandemonium of sophistry, the battlefield of the passions. 857 Victor Hugo : Les Misérables. Ch. 51. A Tempest

- in a Brain. (Wraxall, Translator.) There is a spectacle grander than the ocean, and that is the conscience. 858 Victor Hugo : Les Misérables. Ch. 51. A Tempest

in a Brain. (Wraxall, Translator.) Never yet were the feelings and instincts of our nature violated with impunity, never yet was the voice of conscience silenced without retribution. 859 Mrs. Jameson : Studies. Goethe's Tasso, Iphigenia,

and Clavigo. The testimony of a good conscience is the glory of a good 860 Thomas à Kempis: Imitation of Christ. Bk. ii.

Ch. 6. (Benham, Translator.) Our character often makes our conscience. 861 Joseph Roux : Meditations of a Parish Priest.

Pt. iv. 32. (Hapgood, Translator.) The conscience of the man who is given over to his passions is like the voice of the shipwrecked mariner overwhelmed by the tempest. 862

Joseph Roux : Meditations of a Parish Priest.
Mind, Talent, Character, 1. (Hapgood,

Translator.) I believe that mere pleasure and pain have less associative power than duty performed or omitted, and that the great use of the associative faculty is not to add beauty to material things, but to add force to the conscience. . 863

Ruskin ; Modern Painters. Pt. iii.

Sec. i. Ch. 4. 810. The worm of conscience alone wakes and watches with the owl; none shuu the light but criminals and evil spirits. 864

Schiller : Love and Intrigue. V. 1. If there be not a conscience to be used in every trade, we shall never prosper. 865

Shakespeare : Pericles. Act iv. Sc. 3. My conscience, hanging about the neck of my heart, says very wisely to me, “Budge not." -“Budge,” says the fiend. “Budge not,” says my conscience. 866

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Act ii. Sc. 1.

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