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mies, and those he wishes ill to; the other injures indifferently both friends and foes.-Addison.
INDOLENCE.--I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide ; for the man is efficiently destroyed, though the appetite of the brute may survive. — Chesterfield. INDUSTRY. If you have great talents, industry will im
prove them; if moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor: nothing is ever to be attained without it.—Sir J. Reynolds.
INDUSTRY.—He that hath a trade, hath an estate, and he that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honor; but then the trade must be worked at, and the calling well followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes.-Franklin.
INDUSTRY—If industry is no more than habit, it is at least an excellent one. If
ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or ambition, or egotism? No; I shall say indolence. Who conquers indolence, will conquer all the rest. All good principles must stagnate without moral activity.-Zimmerman.
INDUSTRY.–At the working-man's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter; nor will the bailiff or the constable enter: for industry pays debts, as despair increaseth them.Franklin.
INDUSTRY AND HOPE.—Industry needs not wish, and he that lives upon hope will die fasting.–Franklin.
INDUSTRY, ITS EFFECTS.—There is no art or science that is too difficult for industry to attain to; it is the gift of tongues, and makes a man understood and valued in all coun. tries, and by all nations; it is the philosopher's stone, that turns all metals, and even stones, into gold, and suffers no want to break into its dwellings; it is the north-west passage, that brings the merchant's ships as soon to him as he can desire: in a word, it conquers all enemies, and makes fortune itself
INEFFICIENCY.—Modern education too often covers the fingers with rings, and at the same time cuts the sinews at the wrists.—Sterling.
INFANTS, THE DEATH OF.—The glorified spirit of the infant, is as a star to guide the mother to its own blissful clime.-Sigourney.
INFLUENCE.–Virtue will catch as well as vice by contact; and the public stock of honest manly principle will daily accumulate.—Burke.
INFLUENCE.—We live with other men, and to other men; neither with, nor to ourselves. We may sometimes be at home, left to ourselves; but we have no commerce, or conversation with the world that does not tell on them, as they are all the while influencing us.
INGRATITUDE. He that calls a man ungrateful, sums up all the evil that a man can be guilty of.-Swift.
INGRATITUDE.—As there are no laws extant against ingratitude, so it is utterly impossible to contrive any, that in all circumstances shall reach it. If it were actionable, there would not be courts enough in the whole world to try the causes in. There can be no setting a day for the requiting of benefits, as for the payment of money; nor any estimate upon the benefits themselves; but the whole matter rests in the conscience of both parties : and then there are so many degrees of it, that the same rule will never serve all.Seneca.
INJURIES.—The injuries of life, if rightly improved, will be to us as the strokes of the statuary on his marble, form. ing us to a more beautiful shape, and making us fitter to adorn the heavenly temple.—Mather.
INJURIES.-Christianity commands us to pass by injuries ; policy, to let them pass by us.-Franklin.
INJURIES, HOW TO TREAT SMALL.-Rather wink at small injuries, than be too forward to avenge them. He that to destroy a single bee should throw down the hive, instead of one enemy, would make a thousand.
INJURY.-It is more easy to forgive the weak who have injured us, than the powerful whom we have injured. That conduct will be continued by our fears, which commenced in our resentment.—Colton.
INJURY.-An injury unanswered in time grows weary of itself; and dies away in a voluntary remorse. In bad dispositions capable of no restraint but fear—it has a different effect—the silent digestion of one wrong provokes a second.-Sterne.
INJUSTICE.—Of all injustice, that is the greatest, which goes under the name of law; and of all sorts of tyranny, the forcing of the letter of the law against the equity, is the most insupportable.—Sir R. L'Estrange.
INNOVATION. —A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.—Burke.
INNUENDOS.-How frequently is the honesty and integrity of a man disposed of, by a smile or a shrug ;—how many good and generous actions have been sunk into oblivion, by a distrustful look, or stamped with the imputation of proceeding from bad motives, by a mysterious and seasonable whisper.-Sterne.
INQUISITIVENESS. —Inquisitiveness or curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden fruit, which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man, and sometimes to the danger of his choking.-Fuller.
INQUISITIVENESS.—Inquisitive people are the funnels of conversation; they do not take in anything for their own use, but merely to pass it to another.—Steele.
INQUISITIVENESS.-In ancient days the most celebrated precept was, “ know thyself;" in modern times it has been supplanted by the more fashionable maxim, “ Know thy neighbor, and everything about him.”—Johnson.
INSTRUCTION.—He that refuseth instruction, despiseth his own soul. -Solomon.
INTEGRITY.— In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give thee an humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of man, or the iniquity of the times, may rob thee of other reward.—Paley.
INTEMPERANCE.-Those men who destroy a heathful constitution of body by intemperance, and an irregular life, do as manifestly kill themselves, as those who hang, or poison, or drown themselves.—Sherlock.
INTENTIONS, GOOD.—Hell, or rather the way to it, is paved with good intentions.
INTENTIONS, GOOD.—God takes men's hearty desires and will, instead of the deed, where they have not power to fulfil it; but he never took the bare deed instead of the will. Baxter.
INTERRUPTION IN CONVERSATION.—There cannot be a greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.—Locke.
INTOXICATION.—Wise men mingle innocent mirth with their cares, as a help either to forget or overcome them; but to resort to intoxication for the ease of one's mind is to cure melancholy with madness.-Charron.
INVENTION.—It is indisputably evident that a great part of every man's life must be employed in collecting materials for the exercise of genius. Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory: nothing can be made of nothing: he who has laid up no materials, can produce no combinations.-Sir J. Reynolds.
JARS, DOMESTIC.-Jars concealed, are half reconciled; while 'tis a double task to stop the breach at home, and men's mouths abroad. To this end, a good husband never publicly reproves his wife. An open reproof puts her to do penance before all that are present; after which, many study rather revenge
JEALOUSY.–Of all the passions, jealousy is that which exacts the hardest service, and pays
the bitterest wages. Its service is, to watch the success of our enemy; its wages, to be sure of it. - Colton.
JESTING.--A good jest in time of misfortune, is food and drink. It is strength to the arm, digestion to the stomach, and courage to the heart. A prosperous man can afford to