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STRENGTH, OUR.-Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.-Swift.
STUDY.-Study has something cloudy and melancholy in it, which spoils that natural cheerfulness, and deprives a man of that readiness of wit, and freedom of fancy, which are required towards a polite conversation. Meditation has still worse effects in civil society; wherefore let me advise you to take care, that you lose not by it with your friends what you think to gain with yourself.St. Evremond's Letters.
UDY.—When a king asked Euclid, the mathematician, whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner ? he was answered, that there was no royal way to geometry. Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money, but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.Johnson.
STUDY OF BOOKS AND MEN.—He that studies only men, will get the body of knowledge without the soul; and he that studies only books, the soul without the body. He that to what he sees, adds observation, and to what he reads, reflection, is in the right road to knowledge, provided that in scrutinizing the hearts of others, he neglects not his own. Colton.
STUDY OF MANKIND.- -To study mankind, is not learning to hate them ; so far from such a malevolent end, it is learning to bear and live easily with them.
STYLE.-Style is only the frame to hold our thoughts. It is like the sash of a window, if heavy, it will obscure the light. The object is to have as little sash as will hold the light, that we may not think of the former, but have the latter.—Emmons.
STYLE.--Style may be defined, “ proper words in proper places.—Swift.”
STYLE.--Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well proportioned, would, if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.--Chesterfield.
STYLE.—Obscurity in writing is commonly an argument of darkness in the mind: the greatest learning is to be seen in the greatest plainness.—Bishop Wilkins.
SUBLIMITY OF THOUGHT.-The sublimest thoughts are conceived by the intellect, when it is excited by pious emotion. -Nevins.
SUCCESS.—Mere success is certainly one of the worst arguments in the world of a good cause, and the most improper to satisfy conscience: and yet we find, by experience, that in the issue it is the most successful of all other arguments, and does in a very odd, but effectual way, satisfy the consciences of a great many men, by showing them their interest. -Tillotson.
SUCCESS IN LIFE.—Moderation is commonly firm, and firmness is commonly successful.-Johnson.
SUCCESS IN WAR.—In war, people judge, for the most part, by the success, whatever is the opinion of the wiser sort. Let a man show all the good conduct that is possible, if the event does not answer, ill-fortune passes for a fault, and is justified by a very few persons.—St. Evremond.
SUFFERING AND FORGIVENESS.—Forgiveness is rarely perfect except in the breasts of those who have suffered.
SUNDAY, ITS OBSERVANCE.—I have by long and sound experience found that the due observance of this (the Lord's)
day, and of the duties of it, has been of great advantage to
God Almighty is the Lord of our time, and lends it to us : and as it is but just that we should consecrate this part of that time to Him, so I have found by a strict and diligent observation, that a due observance of this day hath ever had joined to it A BLESSING upon the rest of my time; and the week that hath so begun, hath been BLESSED and prosperous to
And on the other side, when I have been negligent of this day, the rest of the week has been unhappy and unsuccessful to my own secular employments: so that I could easily make an estimate of my successes, in my own secular employments of the week following, by the manner of my passing this day. And this I do not write lightly or inconsiderately, but upon a long and sound observation and experience.-Sir Matthew Hale.
SUPERFICIALITY.—Superficial writers, like the mole, often fancy themselves deep, when they are exceeding near the surface.—Shenstone.
SUPERFLUITY.-Superfluity creates necessity; and necessity, superfluity. Take care to be an economist in prosperity; there is no fear of your being one in adversity.--Zimmer
SUPERFLUITIES. —Wherever desirable superfluities are imported, industry is excited, and thereby plenty is produced. Were only necessaries permitted to be purchased, men would work no more than was necessary for that purpose.--Franklin.
SUPERIORITY, COMPARATIVE.— The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great, because their associ. ates are little. --Johnson.
SUPERSTITION.—The greatest burden in the world is super. stition, not only of ceremonies in the church, but of imaginary and scarecrow sins at home.-Milton.
SUPERSTITION:— They that are against superstition, oftentimes run into it of the wrong side. If I wear all colors but black, then I am superstitious in not wearing black. —Selden.
SUPERSTITIONS.—By superstitions I mean all those hypocritical arts of appeasing God and procuring his favor without obeying his laws, or reforming our sins: infinite such superstitions have been invented by heathens, by Jews, by Christians themselves, especially by the Church of Rome, which abounds with them.-Sherlock.
SURETYSHIP.—Amongst all other things of the world, take care of thy estate, which thou shalt ever preserve, if thou observe these three things: first, that thou know what thou hast; what everything is worth that thou hast; and to see that thou art not wasted by thy servants and officers. The second is, that thou never spend anything before thou have it; for borrowing is the canker and death of every man's estate. The third is, that thou suffer not thyself to be wounded for other men's faults, and scourged for other men's offences; which is the surety for another; for thereby millions of men have been beggared and destroyed, paying the reckoning of other men's riot, and the charge of other men's folly and prodigality; if thou smart, smart for thine own sins, and above all things, be not an ass to carry the burdens of other men. If
desire thee to be surety, give him a part of what thou hast to spare; if he press thee farther, he is not thy friend at all, for friendship rather chooseth harm to itself, than offereth it. If thou be bound for a stranger, thou art a fool; if for a merchant, thou puttest thy estate to learn to swim; if for a churchman, he hath no inheritance; if for a lawyer, he will find an evasion by a syllable or word to abuse thee; if for a poor man, thou must pay it thyself; if for a rich man, he needs not: therefore from suretyship, as from a manslayer or enchanter, bless thyself; for the best profit and return will be this—that if thou force him for whom thou art bound to pay it himself, he will become thy enemy; if thou use to pay it thyself, thou wilt become a beggar.--Sir W. Raleigh-to his Son.
SURMISE.—Surmise is the gossamer that malice blows on fair reputations; the corroding dew that destroys the choice blossom. Surmise is primarily the squint of suspicion, and suspicion is established before it is confirmed.—Zimmer.
SUSPENSE.-- It is a miserable thing to live in suspense; it is the life of a spider.-Swift.
SUSTICION.-One of the principal ingredients in the happiness of childhood, is freedom from suspicion—why may it not be combined with a more extensive intercourse with mankind ? A disposition to dwell on the bright side of character, is like gold to its possessor; but to imagine more evil than meets the eye, betrays affinity for it. ---Sigourney.
SUSPICION.—Always to think the worst, I have ever found to be the mark of a mean spirit and a base soul.-Bolingbroke.
SYMPATHY.—One of the greatest of all mental pleasures, is, to have our thoughts often divined; ever entered into with sympathy.-L. E. Landon.
SYMPATHY.—There is a kind of sympathy in souls, that fits them for each other; and we may be assured when we see two persons engaged in the warmths of a mutual affection, that there are certain qualities in both their minds which bear a resemblance to one another. A generous and constant passion in an agreeable lover, where there is not too great a disparity in other circumstances, is the greatest blessing that can befall the person beloved, and if overlooked in one, may perhaps never be found in another..Steele.