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the interval is filled with multitudes of ordinary geniuses, but all very useful, and the ornaments and supports of the commonwealth : these produce the agreeable and the profitable; these are conversant in commerce, finances, war, navigation, arts, trades, society, and conversation.—Bruyere.

GENIUS, UNCULTIVATED.—The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces to its slothful owner, the most abundant crop of poisons.-Hume.

GENTLEMAN, THE.- Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and education must finish him.Locke.

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GENTLEMAN, THE TRUE.- -Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanor; honorable himself, and in his judgment of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man—such a man is a true gentleman.

Gifts.—To reveal its complacence by gifts, is one of the native dialects of love.—Sigourney.



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GLORY, TRUE.-- True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it. -Pliny.


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GLUTTONY.--Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities, and the fountain of all our diseases. As a lamp is choked by a superabundance of oil, a fire extinguished by excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by intem. perate diet.--Burton.

God. God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

GOD, HIS DISPENSATIONS.— In all his dispensations God is at work for our good. In prosperity he tries our gratitude; in mediocrity, our contentment; in misfortune, our submission; in darkness, our faith ; under temptation, our steadfastness; and at all times our obedience and trust in him.

GOD, HIS PLACE.— We should give God the same place in our hearts that he holds in the universe.

Gon, HIS SUFFICIENCY. -If in the day of sorrow we own God's presence in the cloud, we shall find him also in the pillar of fire, brightening and cheering our way as the night

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GOD IN ALL THINGS. — -If we liave God in all things while they are ours, we shall have all things in God when they are

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God souGHT AND FOUND.—God is great, and therefore he will be sought: he is good, and therefore he will be found.

GOOD AND DISAGREEABLE. -To be good and disagreeable, is high treason against the royalty of virtue.-II. More.

Good AND EVIL.—The Pythagoreans make good to be certain and finite, and evil, infinite and uncertain ; there are a thousand ways to miss the white, there is only one to hit it -Montaigne.

GOOD-BREEDING.–Good-breeding is the art of showing men, by external signs, the internal regard we have for them. It arises from good sense, improved by conversing with good company.— Cato.

GOOD-BREEDING.—Good-breeding is benevolence in trifles, or the preference of others to ourselves in the daily occurrences of life.—Lord Chatham.

GOOD-BREEDING. -Good qualities are the substantial riches of the mind; but it is good-breeding that sets them off to advantage.Locke.

GOOD-BREEDING.—One principal point of good-breeding is to suit our behavior to the three several degrees of men--our superiors, our equals, and those below us.-Swift.

GOOD-BREEDING.—Good-breeding is the result of much good sense, some good-nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others, and with a view to obtain the same indulgence from them.-- Chesterfield.

GOOD-BREEDING.—A man endowed with great perfections, without good-breeding, is like one who has his pockets full of gold, but always wants change for his ordinary occasions. - Steele.

GOOD-BREEDING.-Good-breeding is as necessary a quality in conversation, to accomplish all the rest, as grace in motion and dancing. --Sir W. Temple.

GOOD-BREEDING.-The scholar, without good-breeding, is a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic; the soldier, a brute; and every man disagreeable. - Chesterfield.

GOOD AND ILL-BREEDING.—A man's own good-breeding is the best security against other people's ill-manners. It carries along with it a dignity that is respected by the most

petulant. Ill-breeding invites and authorizes the familiarity of the most timid. No man ever said a pert thing to the Duke of Marlborough. No man ever said a civil one (though many a flattering one) to Sir Robert Walpole.— Chesterfield.

GOOD-BREEDING, ITS EFFECT.—Among well-bred people, a mutual deference is affected ; contempt of others disguised; authority concealed ; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained, without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.-Hume.

GooD COUNSEL.—Good counsels observed are chains to grace, which neglected, prove halters to strange undutiful children.— Fuller.

Good, DOING, TO OTHERS. -He that does good to another man, does also good to himself; not only in the consequence, but in the very act of doing it; for the conscience of well. doing is an ample reward. — Seneca.

GOOD FEELING.--The current of tenderness widens as it proceeds; and two men imperceptibly find their hearts filled with good nature for each other, when they were at first only in pursuit of mirth or relaxation.-- Goldsmith.

Good humor.—Some people are commended for a giddy kind of good humor, which is as much a virtue as drunkenness.Pope.

Good IN OTHERS.—Human nature is not so much depraved as to hinder us from respecting goodness in others, though we ourselves want it. This is the reason why we are so much charmed with the pretty prattle of children, and even the expressions of pleasure or uneasiness in some part of the brute creation. They are without artifice or malice; and emiliarity

we love truth too well to resist the charms of sincerity.-Steele.

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GOOD JUDGMENT.—The most necessary talent in a man of conversation, which is what we ordinarily intend by a fine gentleman, is a good judgment. He that has this in perfection is master of his companion, without letting him see it; and has the same advantage over men of any

other qualifications whatsoever, as one that can see would have over a blind man of ten times his strength.-Steele.

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GOOD NATURE.—Angry and choleric men are as ungrate. ful and unsociable as thunder and lightning, being in them. selves all storm and tempests; but quiet and easy natures are like fair weather, welcome to all, and acceptable to all men ; they gather together what the other disperses, and reconcile all whom the other incenses: as they have the good will and the good wishes of all other men, so they have the full possession of themselves, have all their own thoughts at peace, and enjoy quiet and ease in their own fortunes, how strait soever; whereas the other neither love, nor are beloved, and make war the more fainly upon others, because they have no peace within themselves; and though they are very ill company to everybody else, they are worst of all to them selves, which is a punishment that nature hath provided for them who delight in being vexatious and uneasy to others.


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Good NATURE.—A shrewd observer once said, that in walking the streets of a slippery morning, one might see where the good-natured people lived, by the ashes thrown on the ice before the doors.-Franklin.



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

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