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upon him in this to be no better than a raven, that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.—Seneca.

LEISURE.—He hath no leisure, who useth it not.- Old maxin.

LEISURE AND LAZINESS- -Leisure is time for doing some. thing useful: this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never; so that, as poor Richard says, A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.Franklin.

LEISURE AND SOLITUDE.—Leisure and solitude are the best effect of riches, because the mother of thought. Both are avoided by most rich men, who seek company and business, which are signs of being weary of themselves.—Sir W. Temple.

LEISURE HOURS.—There is room enough in human life to crowd almost every art and science in it. If we pass day without a line”—visit no place without the company

of a book-we may with ease fill libraries, or empty them of their contents. The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.--Hazlitt.

LEVELLERS.—Those who attempt to level, never equalize. In all societies, consisting of various descriptions of citizens, some description must be uppermost. The levellers, therefore, only change and pervert the natural order of things; they load the edifice of society, by setting up in the air what the solidity of the structure requires to be on the ground. -Burke.

LEVELLERS.—Some persons are always ready to level. those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influenoe of true humility, will avoid both these extremes. On the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their diligenee and worth

of character entitle them to; and on the other hand, lie will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that are their due.- Pres. Edwards.

LEVEL, THE COMMON.—Kings and their subjects, masters and slaves, find a common level in two places at the foot of the cross, and in the grave.-Colton.

LIBERALITY.—Liberality consists not so much in giving a great deal, as in giving seasonably.--Bruyere.

LIBERALITY, UNWISE.—Some are unwisely liberal, and more delight to give presents than to pay debts.—Sir P. Sidney

LIBERTY.—Reason and virtue alone can bestow liberty.— Shaftesbury.

LIBERTY.—When I see the spirit of liberty in action, I see a strong principle at work; and this, for a while, is all I can possibly know of it. The wild gas, the fixed air, is plainly broke loose: but we ought to suspend our judgment until the first effervescence is a little subsided, till the liquor is cleared, and until we see something deeper than the agitation of a troubled and frothy surface. I must be tolerably sure, before I venture publicly to congratulate men upon a blessing, that they have really received one.-Burke.

LIBERTY.--The only liberty that is valuable, is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue; but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.—Burke.

LIBERTY, CIVIL.-Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put chains upon their own appetitos; in proportion as their love of justice is above

their rapacity ; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon the will and appetite is placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be of it without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate habits cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.—Burke.

LIBERTY, OF A PEOPLE, AND OF INDIVIDUALS.—The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it be of government: the liberty of a private man, in being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God, and of his country.- Cowley.

LIBERTY OF INDIVIDUALS.--The effect of liberty to individuals is, that they may do what they please : we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations which may be soon turned into complaints.Burke.

LIBERTY OF THE PRESS.—The liberty of the press is a blessing, when we are inclined to write against others; and a calamity, when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants; as the power of the crown is always thought too great by those who suffer through its influence, and too little by those in whose favor it is exerted.—Johnson.

LIBERTY, THE DANGER TO.—The true danger is, when lib. erty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.—Burke.

LIBERTY, TO COMMUNITIES.—Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health, no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. - Bolingbroke.

LIBRARIES.—Libraries are the shrines where all the relics of saints, full of true virtue, and without delusion and imposture, are preserved and reposed. — Bacon.

LIFE.—Life, all life is expenditure: we have it, but as continually losing it; we have the use of it, but as continually wasting it. Suppose a man confined in some fortress, under the doom to stay there until his death; and suppose there is for his use a dark reservoir of water, to which it is certain none can ever be added. He knows, suppose, that the quantity is not very great; he cannot penetrate to ascertain how much, but it may be very little. He has drawn from it, by means of a fountain, a good while already, and draws from it every day. But how would he feel each time of drawing, and each time of thinking of it? Not as if le had a perennial spring to go to; not, “I have a reservoir, I may be at ease." No; but, “ I had water yesterday—I have water to-day; but my having had it, and my having it today, is the very cause I shall not have it on some day that is approaching. And at the same time I am compelled to this fatal expenditure !" So of our mortal, transient life! And yet men are very indisposed to admit the plain truth, that life is a thing which they are in no other way possessing than as necessarily consuming; and that even in this imperfect sense of possession, it becomes every day less a possession !John Foster.

LIFE.--Life is short yet tedious, spent in wishes, schemes, and desires; we refer to the time to come enjoyment and repose, often to an age, when our best blessings, youth and health, have totally left us. That time comes and surprises us, still bustling in the hurry of impatient desires: this is our case when a fever seizes us, and puts an end to our being: if we recover, it is to no better purpose than to desire longer.-Bruyere.

LIFE.-We bring into the world with us a poor, needy, uncertain life, short at the longest, and unquiet at the best; all the imaginations of the witty and the wise have been perpetually busied to find out the ways how to revive it with pleasures, or relieve it with diversions; how to compose it with ease, and settle it with safety. To some of these ends have been employed the institutions of lawgivers, the reasonings of philosophers, the inventions of poets, the pains of laboring, and the extravagances of voluptuous men. All the world is perpetually at work about nothing else, but only that our poor mortal lives should pass the easier and happier for that little time we possess them, or else end the better when we lose them.-Sir W. Temple.

LIFE.---The man who lives in vain, lives worse than in vain. He who lives to no purpose, lives to a bad purpose.“ Nevins.

LIFE.We are for lengthening our span of life in general, but would fain contract the parts of which it is composed. The usurer would be very well satisfied to have all the time annihilated that lies between the present moment and next quarter-day. The politician would be contented to lose three years in his life, could he place things in the posture which he fancies they will stand in after such a revolution of time. The lover would be glad to strike out of his existence all the moments that are to pass away before the happy meeting. Thus, as fast as our time runs, we should be very glad in most parts of our lives, that it ran much faster than it does. Several hours of the day hang upon our hands, nay, we wish away whole years, and travel through time as through a country filled with many wild and empty wastes, which we would fain hurry over, that we may arrive at those several little settlements or imaginary points of rest which are dispersed up and down in it. --Addison.

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