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PLEASURE AND BUSINESS. -A man that knows how to mix pleasures with business, 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. Evremonul.
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,
I as in some of those rich stuffs, where the flowers and ground were oddly put together with suo! 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 OF.— The man of pleasure should more properly be termed the man of pain; like Diogenes, he purchases repentance at the highest price, and sells the rich est reversion for the poorest reality.-Colton
PLEASURE, THE MAN OF.—None has more frequent conver sations with disagreeable self than the man of pleasure; his enthusiasms are but few and transient; his appetites, like angry creditors, continually making fruitless demands for what he is unable to pay; and the greater his former pleasures, the more strong his regret, the more impatient his expectations. A life of pleasure is, therefore, the most unpleasing life.-Goldsmith.
PLEASURES, MENTAL.—Mental pleasures never cloy. Unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved of by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.Colton.
PLEASURES, MENTAL. -No state can be more destitute than that of a person, who, when the delights of sense forsake him, has no pleasures of the mind.—Burgh,
PLEASURES, MENTAL.–Until men find a pleasure in the exeroise of the mind, great promises of much knowledge will little persuade them that they know not the fruits of knowledge.—Sir P. Sidney.
PLEASURES OF RELIGION.—The pleasure of the religious man is an easy and portable pleasure, such an one as he carries about in his bosom, without alarming either the eye or the envy of the world.-A man putting all his pleasures into this one, is like a traveller's putting all his goods into one jewel; the value is the same, and the convenience greater -South.
PLEASURES OF YOUTH. — The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure, but the harvest is reaped in ago by pain. -Colton.
PLEASURES, PUBLIC.—The public pleasures of far the greater part of mankind are counterfeit. Very few carry their philosophy to places of diversion, or are very careful to analyze their enjoyments. The general condition of life is so full of misery, that we are glad to catch delight without inquiring whence it comes, or by what power it is bestowed. -Johnson.
PLEASURES, SINFUL.–Centries, or wooden frames, are put under the arches of a bridge, to remain no longer than till the latter are consolidated. Even so pleasures are the devil's scaffolding, to build a habit upon; and that formed and steady, the pleasures are sent for fire-wood, and the hell begins in this life.—Coleridge.
PLENTY AND INDIGENCE.—Plenty and indigence depend upon the opinion every one has of them; and riches, no more than glory or health, have no more beauty or pleasure, than their possessor is pleased to lend them.-Montaigne.
PLIABILITY.—There are a vast number of easy, pliable, good-natured human expletives in the world, who are just what the world chooses to make them. They glitter without pride, and are affable without humility; they sin without enjoyment, and pray without devotion; they are charitable, not to benefit the poor, but to court the rich; profligate without passion, they are debauchees to please others and to pun ish themselves. Thus, a youth without fire, is followed by an old age without experience; and they continue to float down the tide of time as circumstances or chance may dictate, divided between God and the world—serving both, but rewarded by neither.— Colton.
POETRY.—Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.–Burke.
POETRY.—Poetry and consumptions are the most flattering of diseases.—Shenstone.
POETRY AND MUSIC:—Poetry is music in words: and music is poetry in so:in:l: hoth excellent sauce, but thcy have lived and died poor, that inade them their meat.-Fuller.
POETS.—Whatever the poets pretend, it is plain they give immortality to none but themselves : it is Homer and Virgil we revcrence and admire, not Achilles or Æneas. With historians it is quite the contrary; our thoughts are taken up with the actions, persons, and events we read, and we little regard the author.-Swift
POETS, THEIR FATE.—I have met with most poetry on trunks; so that I am apt to consider the trunk-maker as the sexton of authorship.—Byron.
POLITENESS.—There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world, either to get a good name, or supply the want of it.—Bulwer. CLITENESS.—“Politeness," says Witherspoon, “is real
. kindness kindly expressed ;” an admirable definition, and so brief that all may easily remember it. This is the sum and substance of all true politeness. Put it in practice, and all will be charmed with your manners.- -Sigourney..
POLITENESS.— True politeness requires humility, good sense, and benevolence. To think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, destroys its quickening principle. — Sigourney.
POLITENESS.—The polite of every country seem to have but one character. A gentleman of Sweden differs but little, except in trifles, from one of any other country. It is ariong the vulgar we are to find those distinctions which sharacterize a pcople.— Goldsmith.
POLITENESS.—Politeness is like an air-cushion; there may be nothing in it, but it eases our jolts wonderfully.
POLITENESS. — Politeness is but kind feeling toward others, acted out in our intercourse with them. We are always polite to those we respect and esteem.
POLITENESS.—Do not press your young children into book learning; but teach them politeness, including the whole cir. cle of charities which spring from the consciousness of what is due to their fellow-beings.—Spurzheim.
POLITENESS AND CEREMONIES.—Ceremonies differ in every country; but true politeness is ever the same. Ceremonies which take up so much of our attention are only artificial helps which ignorance assumes in order to imitate politeness, which is the result of good sense and good nature. A person possessed of these qualities, though he has never seen a court, is truly agreeable; and if without them, would continue a clown, though he had been all his lifetime a gentleman usher. - Goldsmith.
POLITENESS AND LIBERTY.—All politeness is owing to lib. erty. We polish one another, and rub off our corners and rough sides by a sort of amicable collision. To restrain this is inevitably to bring a rust upon men's understandings. -Shaftesbury.
POLITENESS TO ALL.-Respect to age, and kindnese to children, are among the tests of an amiable disposition. Undeviating civility to those of inferior stations, and courtesy to all, are the emanations of a well-educated mind and finely balanced feelings. There is a certain blending of dignity with sweetness, not often exhibited, but always irresistible. Without creating reserve, or chilling friendship, it repels every improper freedom, and couples respect with love. It combines a correct estimate of the high destinies of our nature, with a tender sympathy for all its infirmities.--Sig ourney.