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monly have more to spare than men of great fortunes.-Johnson.
PRUDENCE.--If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates silence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts.Burke.
PRUDENCE IN PLEASURE.—Let prudence always attend your pleasures ; it is the way to enjoy the sweets of them, and not be afraid of the consequences.
PUNCTUALITY.—Method is the very hinge of business; and there is no method without punctuality. --Cecil.
PUNCTUALITY.—I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Emmons. PUNCTUALITY.-Appointments, once made, become debts. If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality; I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my
PUNCTUALITY.—Every child should be taught to pay all his debts, and to fulfil all his contracts, exactly in manner, completely in value, punctually at the time. Everything he has borrowed, he should be obliged to return uninjured at the time specified, and everything belonging to others which he has lost, he should be required to replace.—Dwight.
Pursuit AND ATTAINMENT.—There are many things that are thorns to our hopes until we have attained them, and en: venomed arrows to our hearts when we have.--Cilton.
QUACKERY.—He, who attempts to make others believe in means which he himself despises, is a puffer; he, who makes use of more means than he knows to be necessary, is a quack; and he, who ascribes to those means a greater efficacy than his own experience warrants, is an impostor.–Lavater.
QUALITIES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT.—It is not enough to have great qualities, we must also have the management of them.-Rochefoucault.
QUALITIES, GOOD.—Our good qualities often expose us to hatred and persecution, more than our bad actions. “Persecuted for righteousness' sake," describes the condition of at least some in this world.
QUALITIES, GOOD.-Good nature and evenness of temper, will give you an easy companion for life; virtue and good sense an agreeable friend ; love and constancy a good wife or nusband. - Spectator.
QUALITIES, GOOD.-It is with some good qualities, as it is with the senses; they are incomprehensible and inconceivable to such as have them not.--Rochefoucault.
QUARRELS. —Quarrels would never last long, if the fault was only on one side.-Rochefoucault.
QUARRELS.-He that blows the coals in quarrels he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. — Franklin.
QUICKNESS.—Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business, because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination. This I once said to my Lord Bolingbroke, and de sired he would observe, that the clerk in his office used a sort of ivory knife with a blunt edge to divide a sheet of paper, which never failed to cut it even, only requiring a steady hand; whereas if they should make use of a sharp penknife, the sharpness would make it go often out of the
and disfigure the paper. -Swift.
QUOTATION.-Quotation, Sir, is a good thing; there is a community of mind in it: classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.—Johnson.
QUOTATION AND REFUTATION.—Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author. Perhaps the next highest is, when a writer of any kind is so considerable that you go to the labor and pains of endeavoring to refute him before the public, the very doing of which is an incidental admission of his talent and power.
QUOTATIONS.—The man whose book is filled with quotations, has been said to creep along the shore of authors, as if he were afraid to trust himself to the free compass of reasoning. I would rather defend such authors by a different allusion, and ask whether honey is the worse for being gathered from
RAILLERY.-Raillery is sometimes more insupportable than wrong; because we have a right to resent injuries, but it is ridiculous to be angry at a jest.—Rochefoucault.
RAILLERY.--As nothing is more provoking to some tempers than raillery, a prudent person will not always be satirically witty where he can, but only where he may without öffence. For he will consider that the finest stroke of rail. lery is but a witticism; and that there is hardly any person
co mean, whose good-wiil is not preferable to the pleasure of a horse-laugh.—Burgh.
RAILLERY AND WIT.—Raillery and wit were never made to answer our inquiries after truth, and to determine a question of rational controversy, though they may be sometimes serviceable to expose to contempt those inconsistent follies which have been first abundantly refuted by argument; they serve indeed only to cover nonsense with shame, when reason has first proved it to be mere nonsense.- -Watts.
RANK.— There are no persons more solicitous about the preservation of rank, than those who have no rank at all. Observe the humors of a country christening, and you will find no court in christendom so ceremonious as the quality of Brentford.—Shenstone.
RASHNESS.--Cotton Mather used to say there was a gentleman mentioned in the nineteenth chapter of Acts, to whom he was more deeply indebted than almost any
person. And that was the town-clerk of Ephesus, whose counsel was to do nothing rashly. Upon any proposal of consequence, it was usual with him to say, 'Let us first consult with the town-clerk of Ephesus.' What mischief, trouble and sorrow would be avoided in the world were the people more in the habit of consulting this gentleman.
READERS.—There are four kinds of readers. The first is like the hour-glass; and their reading being as the sand, it runs in and runs out, and leaves not a vestige behind. A second is like the sponge, which imbibes everything, and returns it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtier. A third is like a jelly-bag, allowing all that is pure to pass away, and retaining only the refuse and dregs. And the fourth is like the slaves in the diamond mines of Golconda, who, casting aside all that is worthless, retain only pure gems. - Coleridge.
READING.—If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all—Fénelon.
READING.—The foundation of knowledge must be laid by reading General principles must be had from bocks, which, however, must be brought to the test of real life. In conversation you never get a system. What is said upon a subject is to be gathered from a hundred people. The parts of a truth, which a man gets thus, are at such a distance from each other, that he never attains to a full view.Johnson.
READING.—Some read books only with a view to find fault, while others read only to be taught: the former are like venomous spiders, extracting a poisonous quality, where the latter, like the bees, sip out a sweet and profitable juice. - L'Estrange.
READING.—It is manifest that all government of action is to be gotten by knowledge, and knowledge, best, by gathering man, knowledges, which is reading. —Sir P. Sidney.
READING.—For general improvement, a man should read whatever his immediate inclination prompts him to; though to be sure, if a man has a science to learn, he must regularly and resolutely advance. What we read with inclination makes a stronger impression. If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention, so there is but half to be employed on what we read. I read Fielding's Amelia through, without stopping.
If a man begins to read in the middle of a book, and feels an inclination to go on, let him not quit it to go to the beginning. He may perhaps not feel again the inclination.—Johnson.
READING.—A man of ability, for the chief of his reading, should select such works as he feels are beyond his own power