Page images
PDF
EPUB

CENSURE OF OTHERS. —All censure of others, is oblique praise of self.

It is uttered in order to show how much the speaker can bear.

It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the reproach of falsehood.

CENSURE, THE EMINENT EXPOSED TO. It is a folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defence against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph-Addison

CEREMONY.–Ceremony resembles that base coin which circulates through a country by the royal mandate; it serves every purpose of real money at home; but it is entirely useless if carried abroad: a person who should attempt to circulate his native trash in another country would be thought either ridiculous or culpable. He is truly well bred who knows when to value and when to despise those national peculiarities which are regarded by some with so much ob

A traveller of taste, at once perceives that the wise are polite all the world over; but that fools are only polite at home.Goldsmith.

CEREMONY AND GOOD BREEDING. -As ceremony is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance, so good breeding is an expedient to make fools and wise men equals.-Steele.

servance.

CEREMONY IN GOVERNMENT.—Politics resemble religion ; attempting to divest either of ceremony is the most certain method of bringing either into contempt.

The weak must have their inducements to admiration as well as the wise ; and it is the business of a sensible government to impress all ranks with a sense of subordination, whether this be effected

[ocr errors]

by a diamond buckle, or a virtuous edict, a sumptuary law, a glass necklace.--Goldsmith.

CEREMONIES. — All ceremonies are in themselves very silly things; but yet a man of the world should know them. They are the outworks of manners and decency, which would be too often broken in upon, if it were not for that defence, which keeps the enemy at a proper distance. It is for that reason that I always treat fools and coxcombs with great ceremony; true good-breeding not being a sufficient barrier against them.-Chesterfield.

CEREMONIES, VARIOUS.—Ceremonies are different in every country; but true politeness is everywhere the same. Ceremonies which take up so much of our attention, are only artificial helps, which ignorance assumes in order to imitate politeness, which is the result of good sense and good nature. A person possessed of those qualities, though he had never seen a court, is truly agreeable; and if without them, would continue a clown, though he had been all his life a gentleman usher.— Goldsmith.

CHANCERY.-Equity is a roguish thing; for law we have a measure, and know what to trust to: equity is according to the conscience of him that is chancellor, and as that is larger or narrower, so is equity. "Tis all one as if they should make his foot the standard for the measure, we call a chancellor's foot-what an uncertain measure this would be! One chancellor has a long foot, another a short foot, a third an indifferent foot; 'tis the same thing in the chancellor's conscience.—Selden.

CHANGES. -—If a great change is to be made in human affairs, the minds of men will be fitted to it; the general opinions and feelings will draw that way. Every fear and hope will forward it; and then they who persist in opposing this mighty current in human affairs, will appear rather to resist the decrees of Providence itself, than the mere designs of men. They will not be resolute and firm, but perverse and obstinate.—Burke.

CHARACTER.—A good name is rather to be chosen thar great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.Solomon.

CHARACTER, A GOOD.--The character is like white paper; if once blotted, it can hardly ever be made to appear as white as before. One wrong step often stains the character for life. It is much easier to form a good character at first, than it is to do it after we have acquired a bad one; to preserve the character

pure, than to purify it after it has become defiled. CHARACTER, ELEMENTS OF A GOOD.—In a truly good character we look, first of all, for integrity, or an unbending regard to rectitude; then for independence, or the habitual determination to be governed by an enlightened conviction of truth and duty; then for benevolence, or the spirit of kindness and good will to men; and last, but not least, for piety towards God, or an affectionate reverent regard for the will and glory of the great Jehovah.—Hawes.

CHARACTER, HOW GAINED.—A good character is, in all cases, the fruit of personal exertion. It is not inherited from parents ; it is not created by external advantages; it is no necessary appendage of birth, wealth, talents, or station; but it is the result of one's own endeavors—the fruit and reward of good principles manifested in a course of virtuous and honorable action.—Hawes.

CHARACTER, ITS DELICACY.—A fair reputation is a plant, delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night like the gourd of the prophet, but like that gourd it may perish in a night.-- Taylor.

CHARACTER, ITS MANIFESTATION.--Actions, looks, words,

steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell characters some are mere letters, some contain entire words, lines, whole pages, which at once decipher the life of a man. One such genuine uninterrupted page may be your key to all the rest; but first be certain that he wrote it all alone, and without thinking of publisher or reader.-Lavater.

CHARACTER, ITS VALUE.—Character is like stock in trade; the more of it a man possesses, the greater his facilities for making additions to it. Character is power-is influence; it makes friends ; creates funds; draws patronage and support; and opens a sure and easy way to wealth, honor, and happiness.--Hawes.

them, are,

CHARACTER, ITS VINDICATION.—As they who, for every slight infirmity, take physic to repair their health, do rather impair it; so they who, for every trifle, are eager to vindicate their character, do rather weaken it.

CHARACTER, UNNATURAL OR ASSUMED.—Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to

for the greater part, ignorant both of the character they leave, and of the character they assume.Burke.

Charity. It is an old saying, that charity begins at home; but this is no reason it should not go abroad: a man should live with the world as a citizen of the world; he may have a preference for the particular quarter or square, or even alley in which he lives, but he should have a generous feeling for the welfare of the whole.— Cumberland.

CHARITY, DEFINITION OF. -- Mahomet's definition of charity says Irving, in his life of the prophet, embraced the wido circle of all possible kindness. Every good act, he would

is charity. Your smiling in your brother's face, is charity; an exhortation of your fellow-man to virtuous deeds, ig equal to alms-giving; your putting a wanderer in the right road, is charity; your assisting the blind, is charity; your removing stones, and thorns, and other obstructions from the road, is charity; your giving water to the thirsty, is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter, is the good he does in this world to his fellow-man. When he dies, people will say, 6 What property has he left behind him ?" But the angels will ask, “What good deeds has he sent before him."

say,

CHARITY, REAL, TO THE POOR.–Give work rather than alms to the poor.

The former drives out indolence, the latter industry.

CHARTERS, WHEN KEPT.-Charters are kept when their purposes are maintained: they are violated when the privilege is supported against its end and its object. --Burke.

CHEERFULNESS.—To be happy, the passion must be cheerful and gay, not gloomy and melancholy. A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty.Hume.

CHEERFULNESS AND MIRTH.—Cheerfulness is always to be kept up if a man is out of pain; but mirth, to a prudent man, should always be accidental. It should naturally arise out of the occasion, and the occasion seldom be laid for it; for those tempers who want mirth to be pleased, are like the constitutions that flag without the use of brandy.--Steele.

CHEERFULNESS AND MIRTH.--Mirth like the flash of lightning that breaks through the gloom of the clouds and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a daylight in the soul, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

CHEERFULNESS, CHRISTIAN. —Gratitude is the homage the heart renders to God for his goodness: Christian cheerfulness is the external mauifestation of that homage.

CHEERFULNESS, ITS EFFECTS.--A cheerful temper, joined

« PreviousContinue »