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Words, VOLATILE. — Volatility of words is carelessness in actions; words are the wings of actions.— Lavater.

Work.—To do our work well, or to be careless in doing it, are as much different, as working hard is from being idle -- Ischomachus.

World), THE.—This world is a dream within a dream; and as we grow older, each step is an awakening. The youth awakes, as he thinks, from childhood; the full-grown man despises the pursuits of youth as visionary; and the old man looks on manhood as a feverish dream. Death the last sleep? No! it is the last and final awakening !- W. Scott's Life.

WORLD, THE.— Trust not the world, for it never payeth that it promiseth. — Augustine.

WORLD, THE.—“ The world,” is a conventional phrase, which being interpreted, signifies all the rascality in it.Dickens.


—There are many that despise half the world ; but if there be any that despise the whole of it, it is because the other half despises them.—Colton.

WORLD, THE FASHIONABLE. -Cast an eye on the gay and fashionable world, and what see we for the most part, but a set of querulous, emaciated, fluttering, fantastical beings, worn out in the keen pursuit of pleasure—creatures that know, own, condemn, deplore, and yet pursue their own infelicity? The decayed monuments of error ! The thin remains of what is called delight.-Young. WORLD, THE, GRATITUDE AND HAPPINESS OF.—

:-The gratitude of the world, is but the expectation of future favors; its happiness, a hard heart, and good digestion.— Walpole.

World, THE INFLUENCE OF.-A clear stream reflects all

the objects on its shore, but is unsullied by them: so it should be with our hearts; they should show the effect of all earthly objects, but remain unstained by any.

World, THE, NOTHINGNESS OF.— I have run the silly rounds of pleasure, and have done with them all. I have enjoyed all the pleasures of the world, I appraise them at their real worth, which is in truth very low; those who have only seen their outside always overrate them, but I have been behind the scenes, I have seen all the coarse pulleys and dirty ropes which move the gaudy machines, and I have seen and smelt the tallow candles which illuminate the whole decoration, to the astonishment and admiration of the ignorant audience. When I reflect on what I have seen, what I have heard, and what I have done, I can hardly persuade myself that all that frivolous hurry and bustle of pleasure in the world had any reality ; but I look upon all that is passed as one of those romantic dreams which opium commonly 'occasions, and I do by no means desire to repeat the nauseous dose. Chesterfield.

WORLD, THE, THINGS OF.—All worldly things are so much without us, and so subject to variety and uncertainty, that they do not wake when they come, nor mend us while they stay, nor undo us when they are taken away.

Worlds, THE THREE.—Hell is God's justice; heaven is his love; earth, his long-suffering.

World, THE, VOTARY OF.—The life of the mere votary of the world, is, of all others, the most uncomfortable ; for that which is his god, doth not always favor him, and that which should be, never.

World, THE, WAY OF.—The way of the world, is, to make laws, but follow customs.—Alontaigne.

WORLD, THE, WEANED FROM.- -When the corn is forsaking the ground, it is ready for the sickle; and when the fruit is ripe, it easily falls from the tree. And so when the Christian's heart is truly weaned from the world he is prepared for heath, so that to die will be easy to him. A soul disengaged from the world is heavenly one; and then are we ready for heaven when our heart is there before us.— Newton.

World, THIS, AND THE NEXT.—He that will often place this world and the next before him, and look steadfastly at both, will find the latter constantly growing greater, and the former less to his view.

WORLDLINESS, SPIRIT OF.-Supposing men were to live forever in this world, I can't reflect how 'tis possible for them to do more towards their establishment here than they do now.La Bruyere.

WorldLINESS, SPIRIT OF.—If a man's conduct shows that he thinks more of treasure on earth than of treasure in heaven ; and if, when he has got the world, or some part of it, he hugs it close, and appears exceedingly reluctant to let even a little of it go for pious and charitable uses, though God promises him a thousand-fold more in heaven for it, he gives not the least evidence of his being weaned from the world, or that he prefers heavenly things to the things of this world. Judging by his practice, there is sad reason to believe that his profession is in vain.Pres. Edwards.

WORSHIP.—I shall here only take notice of that habitual worship and veneration which we ought to pay to this Al. mighty Being. We should often refresh our minds with the thought of him, and annihilate ourselves before him, in the contemplation of our own worthlessness, and of his transcendent excellency and perfection. This would imprint in our minds such a constant and uninterrupted awe and veneration as is in reality a kind of incessant prayer, and a reasonable humil. iation of the soul, before him who made it. --Addison.

WORSHIP, FAMILY.—A house without family worship, bas neither foundation nor covering.--Mason.

WRATH.—He that is slow to anger, is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.—Solomon.

WRATII. The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce an evil habit in the soul, called wrathfulness, or a propensity to be angry; which ofttimes ends in choler, bitterness, and morosity: when the mind becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and like a thin, weak plate of iron, receives impression, and is wounded by the least occurrence.Plutarch.

WRATH.—He that is slow to wrath, is of great understanding; but he that is of hasty spirit, exalteth folly.-Solomon.

WRATH, A FOOL's.-A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.–Solomon.

WRITERS.—That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.

WRITERS, HOW ESTIMATED.—If an author write better than his cotemporaries, they will call him a plagiarist; if as well, a pretender; but if worse, he


stand some chance of commendation as a genius of some promise, from whom much may be expected by a due attention to their good counsel and advice. When a dull author has arrived at this point, the best thing he can do for his fame, is to die be. fore he can follow it; and in this case his brother dullards will club their efforts to confer upon him one year of immor: tality, a boon which few of them coul realize for themselves --Colton.


Errors like straws upon the surface flow;
He who would search for pearls, must dive below.

For he that once has missed the one right way,
The further he doth go, the further he doth stray.

Spenser. More proselytes and converts use to accrue To false persuasions than the right and true; For error and mistakes are infinite, While truth has but one way which is the right.



For all true love is founded on esteem. Buckingham.


Our lives,
By acts exemplary, not only win
Ourselves good names, but do to others give
Matter for virtuous deeds, by which we live.

Chapman. , A fault doth never with remorse,

Our minds so deeply move, As when another's guiltless life Our error doth reprove.



Worth makes the man; the want of it the fellow.


Virtue and genuine graces, in themselves
Speak what no words can utter.


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