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SIN, ENTRANCE OF.—Most sins begin at the eyes ; by them, commonly, Satan creeps into the heart: that man can never be in safety that hath not covenanted with his eyes.
Sin, FREEDOM FROM.—If you would be free from sin, ily temptation : he that does not endeavor to avoid the one cannot expect Providence to protect him from the other. If the first sparks of ill were quenched, there would be no flame; for how can he kill, that dares not be angry; or be an adulterer in act, who does not transgress in thought; or be perjured, that fears an oath; or defraud, that does not allow himself to covet?—Palmer.
Sin, ITS WAGES. -The
wages that sin bargains for with the sinner, are life, pleasure, and profit; but the wages it pays him, are death, torment, and destruction. To understand the falsehood and deceit of sin, we must compare its promises and payments together.-South.
SıN, PROGRESS IN.—No man becomes fully evil at once; but suggestion bringeth on indulgence; indulgence, delight; delight, consent; consent, endeavor; endeavor, practice; practice, custom; custom, excuse; excuse, defence; defence, obstinacy; obstinacy, boasting ; boasting, a seared conscience and a reprobate mind.
Sins.—As sins proceed they ever multiply, and like figures in arithmetic, the last stands for more than all that went be. fore it.-Sir T. Brown.
Sins, our.—When we think of death, a thousand sins, which we have trodden as worms beneath our feet, rise up against us as flaming serpents.
SINCERITY.-Sincerity is to speak as we think; believe as we pretend; act as we profess; perform as we promise ; and really be what we would seem and appear to be.—Rule of Life.
SINCERITY.-Sincerity is an openness of heart; 'tis found in a very few people, and that which we see commonly is not it, but a subtle dissimulation, to gain the confidence of others. - Charron.
SINCERITY.-Sincerity is like travelling in a plain, beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey's end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves.---Tillotson.
SINCERITY.-An inward sincerity will of course influence the outward deportment; but where the one is wanting, there is great reason to suspect the absence of the other.Sterne.
SINGULARITY.-Singularity is laudable, when in contradiction to a multitude, it adheres to the dictates of morality and honor. In these cases we ought to consider that it is not custom but duty, which is the rule of action; and that we should be only so far sociable, as we are reasonable creatures. Truth is never the less so for not being attended to, and it is the nature, not the number of actions, by which we ought to regulate our behavior. Singularity in concerns of this kind is to be looked upon as heroic bravery, in which a man leaves the species only as he soars above it. What greater instance can there be of a weak and pusillanimous temper, than for a man to pass his whole life in opposition to his own sentiments ? or not to be what he thinks he ought to be.—Spectator.
SKEPTICISM.—When once infidelity can persuade men that they shall die like beasts, they will soon be brought to live like beasts also.-South.
SKEPTICS.—The prejudices of skeptics, are surpassed only by their ignorance.—Coleridge.
SKEPTICS.— The skeptical writers are a set whose business it is to prick holes in the fabric of knowledge wherever it is weak and faulty; and when these places are properly repaired. the whole building becomes more firm and solid than it was before. -Reid.
SLANDER.-Slander is a vice that strikes a double blow, wounding both him that commits, and him against whom it is committed.-Saurin.
SLANDER.—Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation his defence.—Johnson.
SLANDER.–Calumny crosses oceans, scales mountains, and traverses deserts, with greater ease than the Scythian Abaris ; and like him, rides upon a poisoned arrow.—Colton.
SLANDER.—Believe nothing against another, but on good authority; nor report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to another to conceal it.-W. Penn.
SLANDER.—Pride, treachery, envy, hypocrisy, malice, cruelty, and self-love, may have been said, in one shape or other, to have occasioned all the frauds and mischiefs that ever happened in the world : but the chances against a coincidence of them all in one person are so many, that one would have supposed the character of a common slanderer as rare and difficult a production in nature, as that of a great genius, which seldom happens above once in an age.-Sterne.
SLANDER.-Those who without knowing us, think or speak evil of us, do us no harm; it is not us they attack, but the phantom of their own imagination.—La Bruyere.
SLANDER.-The worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as we usually find that to be the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at.-Swift.
SLANDER.-In all cases of slander currency, whenever the forger of the lie, is not to be found, the injured par ties should have a right to come on any of the endorsers. — Sheridan.
SLANDER.—If the divines do rightly infer from the sixth commandment, Thou shalt not kill-scandalizing one's neighbor with false and malicious reports, whereby I vex his spirit, and consequently impair his health, is a degree of murder.— Sir W. Raleigh.
SLANDER.—Slander as often comes from vanity, as from malice.
SLANDER AND FLATTERY.- -Of tame beasts, the worst is the flatterer; of wild, the slanderer.— Warwick.
SLANDER OF PARTISANS. If we look into the behavior of ordinary partisans, we shall find them acting after the example of the wild Tartars, who are ambitious of destroying a man of the most extraordinary parts and accomplishments, as thinking that upon his decease the same talents, whatever post they qualified him for, enter of course into his destroyer. -Addison.
SLANDER, TREATMENT OF.—Plato, hearing that some asserted he was a very bad man, said, “I shall take care so to live that nobody will believe them.”— Guardian.
SLANDERERS.—Slanderers are like flies, that pass a man's good parts to light only on his sores.-Rule of Life. SLEEP.—The more
we sleep, the less we live.- Old Maxim.
SLEEP.—“Sleep is so like death,” says Sir Thomas Brown, “ that I dare not trust myself to it without prayer.” And their resemblance is, indeed, striking and apparent. They both, when they seize the body, leave the soul at liberty; and wise is he that remembers of both, that they can be made safe and happy only by virtue.—Sir W. Temple.
SLEEPING IN CHURCH.-'Tis a shame when the churuh itself is a cemeterium, wherein the living sleep above the ground as the dead do beneath.-Fuller.
SLOTH.—Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.—Franklin.
Sloth.—Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the key often used is always bright.- Franklin.
SOCIETY.—Society is the atmosphere of souls; and we necessarily imbibe from it something which is either infectious or healthful.-Hall.
SOCIETY.-Disagreeing in little things and agreeing in great ones, is what forms and keeps up a commerce of society and friendship among reasonable men, and among unreasonable men breaks it.
SOCIETY.—It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take diseases, one from another: therefore, let all take heed as to the society in which they mingle, for in a little while they will be like it. -Rule of Life.
SOCIETY.-Three days of uninterrupted company in a vohicle, will make you better acquainted with another, than one hour's conversation with him every day for three years. -Lavater.
INFLUENCE.— We are all a kind of chameleons, taking our hue—the hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.- -Locke.
SOCIETY, A SECRET OF SUCCESS IN.—It is a secret known but to few, yet of no small use in the conduct of life, that when you
fall into a man's conversation, the first thing you