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amuse innocently; and they know very little of society, who think we can bear to be always employed either in duties or meditations without any relaxation.
ANATOMY.—Whoever considers the study of anatomy, I believe, will never be an atheist; the frame of man's body, and coherence of his parts, being so strange and paradoxal, that I hold it to be the greatest miracle of nature; though when all is done I do not find she hath made it so much as proof against one disease, lest she should be thought to have made it no less than a prison to the soul. Life of Lord Herbert of Cherbury.
ANGER.—He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.-Secker.
ANGER.-Anger is an affected madness compounded of pride and folly, and an intention to do commonly more mischief than it can bring to pass : and without doubt, of all passions which naturally disturb the mind of man, it is most in our power to extinguish, at least to suppress and correct, our anger.-Clarendon.
ANGER INJURES ITSELF.—Anger is like rain ; it breaks itself upon
that on which it falls.
ANGER, ITS FOLLY.—To be angry, is to revenge the fault of others upon ourselves. —Pope.
ANGER, ITS IMPOTENÇE.-Anger is the most impotent passion that accompanies the mind of man; it effects-nothing it goes about; and hurts the man who is possessed by it more than any other against whom it is directed.-Clar. endon.
ANGER, ITS PREVENTION.—To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is better.-Edwards.
ANTIQUARIANISM.—I do by no means advise you to throw away your time, in ransacking, like a dull antiquarian, the minute and unimportant parts of remote and fabulous times. Let blockheads read, what blockheads wrote. — Chesterfield's Letters.
APHORISMS.—The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words. -Johnson.
APPEARANCES.—The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all humane virtues increase and strengthen themselves, by the practice and experience of them.-Socrates. ARGUMENT.
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation; as it is generally, in books, the worst sort of reading.–Swift.
ARMIES.-Armies, though always the supporters and tools of absolute power, for the time being, are always the destroy
, ers of it too, by frequently changing the hands in which they think proper to lodge it.-Chesterfield.
ASSERTIONS.—Weigh not so much what men assert, as what they prove; remembering that truth is simple and naked, and needs not invention to apparel her comeliness.Sir P. Sidney.
ASSOCIATES.—People will, in a great degree, and not without reason, form their opinion of you, upon that which they bave of your friends; and there is a Spanish proverb which says, very justly, “Tell me with whom you live, and I will tell you who you
are." Associates. You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are characters decidedly bad.—Lavater.
AssociATES, THEIR INFLUENCE.—He that walketh with wise men shall be wise ; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.-Solomon.
AssocIATION OF THE GOOD.—When bad men combine, the good must associate ; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.—Burke.
ATHEISM, ITS FOLLY.— -What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster ? To see rare effects, and no cause; a motion, without a mover; a circle, without a centre; a time without an eternity; a second, without a first: these are things so against philosophy and natural reason, that he must be a beast in his understanding who can believe in them. thing formed, says that nothing formed it; and that which is made, is, while that which made it is not! This folly is infinite.—Jeremy Taylor.
ATHEIST AND HYPOCRITE.-An atheist is but a mad ridiculous derider of piety; but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to a good action : like an impudent debtor, who goes every day to talk familiarly to his creditor, without ever paying what he owes.—Pope.
ATHEIST, HIS CHARACTER.- -A traveller amid the scenery of the Alps, surrounded by the sublimest demonstrations of God's power, had the hardihood to write against his name,
in an album kept for visitors, “ An atheist.” Another who fol. lowed, shocked and indignant at the inscription, wrote beneath it," If an atheist, a fool; if not, a liar !"
ATHEIST, THE.--Atheists put on a false courage and alac
rity in the midst of their darkness and apprehensions, like children, who, when they fear to go in the dark, will sing for fear.-Pope.
AUTHORITY.—Nothing more impairs authority than a too frequent or indiscreet use of it. If thunder itself was to be continual, it would excite no more terror than the noise of a mill.
AUTHORSHIP.—There are three difficulties in authorship: -to write anything worth publishing—to find honest men to publish it—and to get sensible men to read it. Literature has now become a game; in which the booksellers are the kings; the critics, the knaves; the public, the pack; and the poor author, the mere table, or thing played upon. - Colton.
AUTHORS, THEIR CONVERSATION AND WRITINGS. -A transition from an author's book to his conversation, is too often like an entrance into a large city, after a distant prospect. Remotely we see nothing but spires of temples and turrets of palaces, and imagine it the residence of splendor, grandeur, and magnificence; but when we have passed the gates, we find it perplexed with narrow passages, disgraced with despicable cottages, embarrassed with obstructions, and clouded with smoke.—Johnson.
AVARICE.—The avaricious man is like the barren, sandy ground of the desert, which sucks in all the rain and dews with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.- Zeno.
AVARICE.—It may be remarked, for the comfort of honest poverty, that avarice reigns most in those who have but few gocal qualities to recommend them. This is a weed that will
a grow only in a barren soil.—Hughes.
AVARICE, ITS EFFECT.—How vilely has he lost himself who
has become a slave to his servant, and exalts him to the dig nity of his Maker! Gold is the friend, the wife, the god of the money-monger of the world.—Penn.
AVARICE NOT SAGACITY.—Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas, a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.-Shenstone.
AVARICE THE PARENT OF VICES.—Avarice begets more vices than Priam did children ; and like Priam survives them all. It starves its keeper to surfeit those who wish him dead; and makes him submit to more mortifications to lose heaven, than the martyr undergoes to gain it.- Colton.
BABBLING.–Fire and sword are but slow engines of destruction in comparison with the babbler.-Steele.
BASENESS.—Every base occupation makes one sharp in its practice, and dull in every other.—Sir P. Sidney.
BASHFULNESS.—There are two distinct sorts of what we call bashfulness; this, the awkwardness of a booby, which a few steps into the world will convert into the pertness of a coxcomb; that, a consciousness, which the most delicate feelings produce, and the most extensive knowledge cannot always remove.—Mackenzie.
BEAUTY.—Socrates called beauty a short-lived tyranny; Plato, a privilege of nature ; Theophrastus, a silent cheat; Theocritus, a delightful prejudice; Carneades, a solitary kingdom ; Domitian said, that nothing was more grateful ; Aristotle affirmed, that beauty was better than all the letters of recommendation in the world; Homer, that 'twas a glo.