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POLITICS.--Political rcascn is a computing principle; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, morally, and not metaphysically or mathematically, true moral denominatiors. - Burke.
Poor, PITY FOR THE. He that hath pity on the poor, lenaeth to the Lord; and that which he hath given, he will pay him again.--.Solomon.
i'oor, THE.—Au ancient writer has styled the poor “ the receivers of Christ's rents.” “The poor," said Bishop Wilson,“ receive at our han:ld the rights and dues belonging unto God." And the mother of the Chevalier Payard, in her advice to him, says,
“ Be bountiful of the goods that God shall give you, to the poor and needy, for to give for his honor's sake, never made any man poor; and the alms that you shall dispense, will greatly profit both your body and soul."Sigourney
Poor, THE.—Whoso mocketh the poor, reproacheth his Maker; and he that is glad at their calamities, shall not be unpunished. --Solomon.
FOPERY.--It is a mockery to talk of national independence and constitutional government in a country where the ordinary duties of police are not performed, where law has no authority, and RELIGION NO POWER BUT TO ABSOLVE FROM CRIME. - London Times.
POSITIVENESS.—The most positive men are the most credulous; since they most believe themselves, and advise most with their fellow-flatterer and worst enemy, their own false love. — Pope.
POSSESSIONS.—No possessions are good, but by the goud use we make of them; without which, wealth, power, friends, and servants, do but help to make our lives more unhappy.Cir W. Temple
POVERTY.—Poverty is not always of the nature of an af fliction or judgment, but is rather merely a state of life, appointed by God for the proper trial and exercise of the virtues of contentment, patience, and resignation; and for one man to murmur against God, because he possesses not those riches he has given to another, is “the wrath that killeth the foolish man, and the envy that slayeth the silly one."-Burgh.
Poverty.—When it is not despicable to be poor, we want fewer things to live in povezty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently with riches.--St. Evremond.
POVERTY.—'Tis an ill thing to be ashamed of one's poverty, but much worse not to make use of lawful endeavors to avoid it.—Thucydides.
POVERTY AND LOVE.—He travels safe and not unpleasantly, who is guarded by poverty and guided by love.—Sir P. Sidney.
POVERTY AND RICHES.—In proportion as nations get more corrupt, more disgrace will attach to poverty, and more respect to wealth. There are two questions that would com. pletely reverse this order of things : what keepę some persons poor ? and what has made some others rich? The true answer to these queries would often make the poor man more proud of his poverty than the rich man is of his wealth, and the rich man more justly ashamed of his wealth, than the poo: man unjustly now is of his poverty. — Colton.
POVERTY AND RICHES. -He is treated like a fiddler, whose music, though liked, is not much praised, because he lives by it; while a gentleman performer, though the most wretched scraper alive, throws the audience into raptures.--Goldsmith.
POVERTY IN CITIES.--Poverty has, in large cities, very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance.
It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves, by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for to-murrow.—Johnson.
Poverty OF MIND.-It is always a sign of poverty of mind, where men are ever aiming to appear great; for they who are really great, never seem to know it.— Cecil.
POWER.--Men deride the self-conceit of power, but cringe to its injustice.
POWER AND LIBERTY.—Power and liberty are like heat and moisture; where they are well mixt, everything prospers; where they are single, they are destructive. --Saville. POWER AND VIRTUE.—The greater a man is in power
above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern, who is not better than the governed. — Cyrus.
PRACTICE.—Of all parts of wisdom, the practice is the test. Socrates was esteemed the wisest man of his time because he turned his acquired knowledge into morality, and aimed at goodness more than greatness.—Tillotson.
PRAISE.—Praise never gives us much pleasure unless it concur with our own opinion, and extol us for those qualities in which we chiefly excel.-Hume.
PRAISE. — Praise was originally a pension paid by the world; but the moderns, finding the trouble and charge too great in collecting it, have lately bought out the fee-simple; since which time the right of presentation is wholly in ourselves -Swift. PRAISE.—I know no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.-Steele.
PRAISE AFTER DEATH.—Every one that has been long dead has a due proportion of praise allotted him, in which, whilst he lived, his friends were too profuse, and his enemies too sparing.--Addison.
PRAISE AND FLATTERY.—Just praise is only a debt; flattery is a present.
PRAISE OF THE DIFFIDENT.—A little praise is good for a shy temper; it teaches it to rely on the kindness of others. -Landon.
PRAYER.–Prayer is as much the instinct of my nature as a Christian, as it is a duty enjoined by the command of God. It is my language of worship, as a man; of dependence, as a creature; of submission, as a subject; of confession, as a sinner; of thankfulness, as the recipient of mercies; of supplication, as a needy being.-T. Edwar)s.
PRAYER.- In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasure of God's mercies and blessings; in the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under his protection and safeguard.
PRAYER.–As my greatest business is for God, to serve him, so my daily business is with God, to ask him for strength to do it.
PRAYER.--Prayer, as the first, second, and third element of the Christian life, should open, prolong, and conclude each day. The first act of the soul in early morning should be a draught at the heavenly fountain. It will sweeten the taste for the day. A few moments with God at that calm and tranquil season, are of more value than much fine gold. But if you tarry long so sweetly at the throne, you will come out of :he closet as the high priest of Israel came from the awful ministry at the altar of incense, suffused all over with the heavenly fragrance of that communion.
PRAYER AND ACTION.—We should pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God: wo should act with as much energy as those who expect every. thing from themselves.- Colton.
and God's mercy,
PRAYER AND BLESSING.
prayer like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends, the other descends.—Hopkins.
PRAYER IN THE FAMILY.
1.-All the duties of religion, are eminently solemn and venerable in the eyes of children. But none will so strongly prove the sincerity of the parent; none so powerfully awaken the reverence of the child; none so happily recommend the instruction be receives, as family devotions, particularly those in which petitions for the children occupy a distinguished place.-Dwight.
PRAYING TO SAINTS.- The only instance of praying to saints, mentioned in the Bible, is that of the rich man in torment calling upon Abraham ; and let it be remembered, that it was practised only by a lost soul, and without success. - Cecil.
PREACHING, ITS OBJECT.-The object of preaching, is, constantly to remind mankind of what mankind are constantly forgetting; not to supply the defects of human intelligence, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions; to recall mankind from the by-paths where they turn, into that broad path of salvation which all know, but few tread.—Sidney Smith.
PRECEPT AND EXAMPLE.—Whatever parent gives his chil. dren good instruction, and sets them at the same time a bad