« PreviousContinue »
taking up with some vague or apparent resemblances.-W. B. Clulow.
511. Error is sometimes so nearly allied to truth, that it blends with it as imperceptibly as the colours of the rainbow fade into each other-W.B. Clulow.
512. Truth itself has not sufficient charms to captivate the vulgar, but must be vested in mystery, or invested with adventitious ornaments or attractions, to strike the popular taste. An unsophisticated mind loves truth for its very simplicity.-W.B. Clulow.
513. Physicians tell us that there is a great deal of difference between taking a medicine, and the medicine getting into the constitution. A difference not unlike which, obtains with respect to those great moral propositions, which ought to form the directing principles of human conduct. It is one thing to assent to a proposition of this sort; another, and a very different thing, to have properly imbibed its influence.-Paley.
514. There are things which, if we do not see, we ought to feel: and such feeling, when sanctioned by reason, the proverb rightly describes as being "the truth." If we have not that feeling, we can have no perception of them: truth itself will be lost upon us.-W. Danby.
515. Many talk of the truth, which never sounded the depth from whence it springeth ; and therefore when they are led thereunto they are soon weary, as men drawn from those beaten paths wherewith they have been inured.-Hooker.
516. Truth enters into the heart of man when it is empty, and clean, and still; but when the mind
is shaken with passion as with a storm, you can never hear the voice of the charmer though he charm never so wisely.—Bp. Jeremy Taylor.
517. It is only by comparison that we can judge of any thing: absolute knowledge is not given us to possess; the knowledge of truth, especially of the highest truths, must be progressive: let us then not quarrel with the slowness of our progress, or with the imperfection of our convictions; but doing what we can to improve them, let us wait with patience for their final accomplishment.-W. Danby.
518. Truth conquers by itself; opinion, by foreign aids.-Epictetus.
519. If you seek truth, you will not seek to conquer by all possible means: and, when you have found truth, you will have a security against being conquered.- Epictetus.
520. Truth is simple and uniform : the suggestions which it offers to the mind must in some respects, and those the most material, be so too.-W. Danby.
521. The grand and indeed only character of truth, is its capability of enduring the test of universal experience, and coming unchanged out of every possible form of fair discussion.-Šir W.J. Herschel.
and each truth helps on the discovery of another.-Dr Whichcote.
523. If the mind of man is continually in search of truth, every suggestion of his reason and feelings united, must have a tendency towards the perception of it.-W. Danby.
524. The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.—Guesses at Truth.
Those truths which are most useful and excellent, are also most obvious and intelligible: I set little value on those curiosities and subtleties, which are too fine for common apprehensions.Dr T. Fuller.
526. I give thoughts words, and words truth, and truth boldness. He whose honest freedom makes it his virtue to speak what he thinks, makes it his necessity to speak what is good.-Dr T. Fuller.
527. A person is not to estimate his influence by the degree of external deference which he obtains. A better proof of influence is undesigned imitation, or the adoption of a line of conduct in unison with his maxims or practice.-W.B. Clulow.
528. He, in whom talents, genius, and principle are united, will have a firm mind, in whatever embarrassment he may be placed; will look steadily at the most undefined shapes of difficulty and danger, of possible mistake or mischance; nor will they appear to him more formidable than they really are. For his attention is not distracted-he has but one business, and that is with the object before him. Neither in general conduct nor in particular emergencies are his plans subservient to considerations of reward, estate, or title; these are not to have precedence in his thoughts, to govern his actions, but to follow in the train of duty-William Wordsworth,
529. A man of principle looks at two sides of a thing, to see which is wrong and which is right: a man of
the world turns it on every side, to see which he can make the most of.-W. Danby.
530. Harmony may be resolved into simplicity, from which all emanates : unless, indeed, we are to call it the highest possible degree of concentration. Do not men's characters become more estimable, as they are more simple? For what is simplicity but truth-W. Danby.
The truly great consider first, how they may gain the approbation of God; and secondly, that of their own conscience; having done this, they would then willingly conciliate the good opinion of their fellow-men. But the truly little reverse the thing; the primary object with them is to secure the applause of their fellow-men, and having effected this, the approbation of God, and their own conscience, may follow on as they can.—Lacon.
532. Wherever I find a man despising the false estimates of the vulgar, and daring to aspire, in sentiment, in language, and in conduct, to what the highest wisdom through all ages has sanctioned as most excellent, to him I unite myself by a sort of necessary attachment; and, if I am so favoured by nature or destiny, that, by no exertion or labour of my own, I can attain this summit of worth and honour, yet no power of heaven or earth shall hinder me from looking with affection and reverence upon those who have thoroughly attained this glory, or appear engaged in the successful pursuit of it. John Milton.
533. From my youth upward to the present moment, I never deserted a private friend, nor violated a public principle. I have been the slave of no patron, and the drudge of no party. I formed my political
opinions without the smallest regard, and have acted upon
them with an utter disregard to personal emolument and professional honors—for many and the best years of my existence I endured very irksome toil, and “suffered” very galling “need,”measuring my resources by my wants, I now so "abound” as to unite a competent income with an independent spirit,--and, above all, looking back to this life, and onward to another, I possess that inward peace of mind, which the world can neither give nor take away.”—Dr Parr.
534. There are many who cultivate appearances, while they neglect the heart. There are others who cultivate the heart, but somewhat neglect appearances. Both are in the wrong, though the former are incalculably more so. I will endeavour to regard what is internal, so as to secure the approbation of God: I will so far pay attention to what is exterior, as not justly to incur the disapprobation of man.W. B. Clulow.
535. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man, and writing an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read, little, he had need of much cunning, to seem to know what he doth not.-Bacon.
536. Thou mayst make thyself more learned by reading; but wiser only by acting. Spend not all thy vigour in discipline, in the dressing room of the soul; but step out into the world, and live as well as think.-Dr T. Fuller.
537. All error, as well as vice, is the offspring of imperfect views. It does not hence follow, as some may insinuate, that there would be as much virtue