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hold it at their tongues' end, only to distribute it among their pupils.—Montaigne.
PEDANTRY AND BIGOTRY.- Pedantry and bigotry are mill. stones, able to sink the best book which carries the least part of their dead weight. The temper of the pedagogue suits not with the age; and the world, however it may be taught, will not be tutored. --Shaftesbury.
PERFECTION. — The Stoic philosophy insults human nature, and discourages all our attempts, by enjoining and promising a perfection in this life, of which we feel ourselves incapable. The Christian religion shows compassion to our weakness, by prescribing to us only the practical task of aiming continually at further improvements, and animates our endeavors, by the promise of divine aid, equal to our trial.
Epictetus. PERSECUTION.—Persecution often does in this life, what the last day will do completely--separate the wheat from the tares. - Milner.
PERSEVERANCE.—Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. IIe that shall walk with vigor three hours a day, will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe. -Rasselas.
PERSEVERANCE.-With time and patience, the mulberryleaf becomes silk - Chinese proverb.
PERSEVERANCE. — All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance : it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. 'If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of the pick-axe, or of one impression of the spade with the general design and last result, he would be over
whelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings.--Johnson.
PuiLOSOPHY.—A little philosophy inclineth men's minds to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds to religion.—Lord Bacon.
Philosophy.--Philosophy can add to our happiness in no other manner but by diminishing our misery; it should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of. The great source of calamity lies in regret or anticipation : he therefore is most wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. This is impossible to a man of pleasure; it is difficult to the man of business; and is in some degree attainable by the philosopher. Happy were we all born philosophers; all born with a talent of thus dissipating our own cares by spreading them upon all mankind. — Gollsmith.
Philosophy.—To be a husbandman, is but a retreat from the city ; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather, a retreat from the world, as it is man's, into the world, as it is God's.- Cowley.
Philosophy.—Philosophy nath given us several plausible rules for attaining peace and tranquillity of mind, but they fall very much short of bringing men to it.— Tillotson.
L'HILOSOPHY, THE SKEPTICAL.—The modern skeptical philosophy consists in believing everything but the truth, and exactly in proportion to the want of evidence, or, to use the words of the poet, in making windows that shut out the light, and passages that lead to nothing.–Nisbet.
PHYSIC.—Physic, for the most part, is nothing else but the ubstitute of exercise or temperance. --Addison.
PIETY AND KNOWLEDGE. —A mind full of piety and knowl. edge is always rich; it is a bank that never fails; it yields a perpetual dividend of happiness.
PIETY, HOW MANIFEST.—Growth in piety will be manifest in more usefulness and less noise; more tenderness of conscience and less scrupulosity; in more steadfastness, peace, humility; more resignation under God's chastisements, and more patience under man's injuries. When the corn is full in the ear, it bends down because it is full.
PIETY IN THE AGED.—. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. -Solomon.
PIONEERS IN LEARNING. —]Ic that shortens the road to knowledge, lengthens life, and we are all of us more indebted than we believe we are, to that class of writers whom Johnson termed " pioneers of literature, doomed to clear away
the dirt and rubbish for those heroes who press on to honor and victory without deigning to bestow a single smile on the humble drudge that facilitates their progress.— Colton.
PITY AND ADMIRATION, DESIRE FOR.—The desire of being pitied or admired, is commonly the reason of our confiding things to others.
PLACE.—He who thinks his place below him, will certainly be below his place. —Saville's State Maxims.
PLACE.—Whatever our place, allotted to us by providence, that for us is the post of honor and duty. God estimates us not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it.-Edwards.
PLACES AND PERSONS. - It is not the place that makes the person, but the person that maketh the place honorable.-Cicero.
PLEASING EVERY ONE.—People who make a point of pleasing everybody, seldom have a heart for any one. The love of self is the secret of their desire to please; and their temper is, generally "ickle and insincere.
PLEASING, THE ART OF.—The happy gift of being agreea- . ble serms to consist not in one, but in an assemblage of talents tending to communicate delight; and how many are there, who, by easy manners, sweetness of temper, and a rariety of other undefinable qualities, possess the power of pleasing without any visible effort, without the aids of wit, wisdom, or learning, nay, as it should seem, in their defiance; and this without appearing even to know that they possess it. - Cumberland.
PLEASURE.—The roses of pleasure seldom last long enough to adorn the brow of him who plucks them, and they are the only roses which do not retain their sweetness after they have lost their beauty.-Blair.
PLEASURE.—Pleasure, when it is a man's chief purpose, disappoints itself; and the constant application to it palls the faculty of enjoying it, though it leaves the sense of our inability for that we wish, with a disrelish of everything else Thus the intermediate seasons of the man of pleasure are more heavy than one would impose upon the vilest criminal. -Steele.
PLEASURE. — When the idea of any pleasure strikes your imagination, make a just computation between the duration of the pleasure, and that of the repentance that is likely to follow it.- Epictetus.
PLEASURE.— There is little pleasure in the world that is true and sincere beside the pleasure of doing our duty and doing good. I am sure no other is comparable to this.Tillotson.
PLEASURE AND BUSINESS. A man that knows how to nix pleasures with busiress, is never entirely possessed by them: he either quits or rusumes them at his will; and in the use he makes of them, he rather finds a relaxation of mind, than a dangerous charm that might corrupt him.--St. Evremona
PLEASURE AND PAIN.—Pleasure and pain, beauty and deformity, good and ill, seemed to me everywhere interwoven; and one with another made, I thought, a pretty mixture, agreeable enough in the main. 'Twas the same, I fancied, as in some of those rich stuffs, where the flowers and ground were oddly put together with suc' irregular work and contrary colors as looked ill in the pattern, but mighty natural and well in the piece. --Shaftesbury.
PLEASURE, A TEST OF.— Would you judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasure, take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.—Mrs. Wesley.
PLEASURE, PRESENT. -Men spend their lives in anticipations,-in determining to be vastly happy when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other-it is our own. Past opportunities are gone; future are not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine ; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.- Colton.
PLEASURE, THE HIGHEST.—The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and have it found out by accident.-- Lamb.
PLEASURE, THE MAN :--The man of pleasure should more properly be termed the man of pain; like Diogenes, he