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bandry both enlarge the king's dominions: the one by the sword, making the acres more in number; the other by the plough, making the same acres more in value. — Fuller.
CONSCIENCE.—Conscience is a great ledger book in which all our offences are written and registered, and which time reveals to the sense and feeling of the offender.—Burton.
CONSCIENCE, A GOOD.--A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us without. — Guardian.
CONSCIENCE, A MISTAKEN AND PERVERTED.— -We never do evil so thoroughly and heartily as when led to it by an honest but perverted, because mistaken conscience.—T. Edwards.
CONSCIENCE AND SIN.–Our conscience is a fire within us, and our sins as the fuel; instead of warming it, will scorch us, unless the fuel be removed, or the heat of it allayed by penitential tears.--Dr. Mason.
CONSCIENCE, AN OFFENDED.— -No man ever offended his own conscience, but first or last it was revenged upon him for it. -South.
CONSCIENCE, A SCRUPULOUS.—He that hath a scrupulous conscience is like a horse that is not well weighed; he starts at every bird that flies out of the hedge.—Selden.
CONSCIENCE, A TENDER.- -A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing: that is, a conscience not only quick to dis. cern what is evil, but instantly to shun it, as the eyelid closes itself against a mote.—T. Adams.
CONSCIENCE, A WITNESS.--Conscience has strictly nothing to do as a judge, but as a witness against me that I am in a sinful practice, and that practice I must forbear. My con
science is God's; and God will judge me for acting against my conscience, which is to act against his law.--Remarks on Burnet's History.
CONSCIENCE, DELIGHT IN.—A palsy may as well shake an oak, or a fever dry up a fountain, as either of them shake, dry up, or impair the delight of conscience. For it lies within, it centres in the heart, it grows into the very
substance of the soul, so that it accompanies a man to his grave; he never outlives it, and that for this cause only, because he cannot outlive himself. --South.
CONSCIENCE, FIRST AND LAST THOUGHTS AS TO.—In matters of conscience first thoughts are best; in matters of pru. dence, the best thoughts are last.
CONSCIENCE TO BE KEPT TENDER. - Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive. If but one sin force its way into that tender part of the soul and dwell easy there, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities. — Watts.
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.--Like one of those wondrous rocking stones reared by the Druids, which the finger of a child might vibrate to its centre, yet the might of an army could not move from its place, our Constitution is so nicely poised and balanced, that it seems to sway with every breath of opinion, yet so firmly rooted in the heart and affections of the people, that the wildest storms of treason and fanaticism break over it in vain.-R. C. Win. throp.
CONTEMPLATION.-- There is a sweet pleasure in contem plation; and when a man hath run through a set of vanities in the declension of his age, he knows not what to do with himself if he cannot think. --Blount.
CONTEMPT.--Contempt is commonly taken by the young for an evidence of understanding ; but no habit of mind can afford this evidence, which is neither difficult to acquire, nor meritorious when acquired; and as it is certainly very easy to be contemptuous, so it is very useless if not pernicious. To discover the imperfections of others is penetration; to hate them for their faults is contempt. We may be clearsighted without being malevolent, and make use of the errors we discover to learn caution, not to gratify satire. That part of contempt which consists of acuteness we may preserve. Its dangerous ingredient is censure.—Sidney Smith.
CONTEMPT.-It is very often more necessary to conceal contempt than resentment, the former being never forgiven, but the latter sometimes forgot.--Chesterfield.
CONTEMPT OF THE WORLD.--They take very unprofitable pains, who endeavor to persuade men that they are obliged wholly to despise this world and all that is in it, even whilst they themselves live here. God hath not taken all that pains in forming, and framing, and furnishing and adorning this world that they who were made by him to live in it should despise it; it will be well enough if they do not love it so immoderately, to prefer it before him who made it.Clarendon.
CONTENT.—Content has a kindly influence on the soul of man, in respect of every being to whom he stands related. It extinguishes all murmuring, repining, and ingratitude towards that Being who has allotted us our part to act in the world. It destroys all inordinate ambition and every tendency to corruption with regard to the community in which we are placed. It gives sweetness to the conversation and serenity to all the thoughts.-Addison.
CONTENTMENT.—“It's a great blessing to possess what one wishes," said some one to an ancient philosopher, who replied, “ It's a greater blessing still, not to desire what one does not possess."
CONTENTMENT.-A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world; and if in the present life his happiness arises from the subduing of his desires, it will arise in the next from the gratification of them. --Addison.
CONTENTMENT.-Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever
procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires, makes a wise and a happy purchase. Balguy.
CONTENTMENT.--If two angels were sent down from heaven, one to conduct an empire, and the other to sweep a street, they would feel no inclination to change employments.-- John Newton.
CONTENTMENT.—The highest point outward things can bring unto, is the contentment of the mind; with which no estate can be poor; without which all estates will re miserable.—Sir P. Sidney.
CONTENTMENT, ITS EFFECTS.—If men knew what felicity dwells in the cottage of a virtuous man, how sound he sleeps, how quiet his rest, how composed his mind, how free from care, how easy his position, how moist his mouth, how joyful his heart, they would never admire the noises, the diseases, the throngs of passions, and the violence of unnatural appetites, that fill the house of the luxurious, and the heart of the ambitious.--Bishop Taylor.
CONTENTMENT, ITS EFFECTS. --Contentment swells a mite into a talent, and makes even the poor richer than the Indies.
CONTENTMENT, ITS EFFECTS. --Contentment produces, in some measure, all those effects which the alchymist usually ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if it docs not bring riches, it does the same thing by banishing the de sire of them. If it cannot remove the disquietudes arising from a man's mind, body, or fortune, it makes him easy un. der them.--Addison.
CONTENTMENT ITS EFFECTS.-- There is some help for all the defects of fortune; for if a man cannot attain to the length of his wishes, he may have his remedy by cutting of them shorter.--Cowley.
FOUNTAIN.--The fountain of content must spring up in the mind; and he, who has so little knowledge of human nature, as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own dispositions, will waste his liie in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he purposes 1.0 remove.—Johnson.
CONTENTMENT MUST BE WITHIN.—Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.-Sterne.
CONTRADICTIONS OF THE BIBLE.—- The Bible, like the world, has its paradoxes and contradictions, which, after all, are but parts of the same truth : just such contradictions as centrifugal and centripetal forces in philosophy--both needful to the completeness of truth, and to roll the planets in their orbits; or like midnight and noon-day, each the opposite of the other, and yet each, in its place a reality and a blessing, and essential to the continuance and progress of summer and winter, seed-time and harvest.--T. Edwards.
CONTRARIETIES OF THE BIBLE.--The origin of all the contrarieties in Scripture is found in a Deity humbled to the death of the cross; a Messiah, by means of death, triumphing over death; the union in Jesus Christ of two natures; his two advents and the two states of human nature. -Pascal.