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find that what they did yesterday they can do again to-day. Some register the changes of the wind, and die fully con vinced that the wind is changeable.—There are men yet more profound, who have heard that two colorless liquors may produce a color by union, and that two cold bodies will grow hot if they are mingled; they mingle them, and produce the effect expected, say it is strange, and mingle them again.-The Idler-Johnson.
IDLERS, THEIR VISITS. — -The idle levy a very heavy tax upon the industrious when, by frivolous visitations, they rob them of their time. Such persons beg their daily happiness from door to door, as beggars their daily bread, and like them sometimes meet with a rebuff. A mere gossip ought not to wonder if we are tired of him, seeing that we are indebted for the honor of his visit solely to the circumstance of his being tired of himself.
IGNORANCE.--He that does not know those things which are of use and necessity for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides.—Tillotson.
IGNORANCE.— There never was any party, faction, sect, or cabal whatsoever, in which the most ignorant were not the most violent; for a bee is not a busier animal than a blockhead.-Pope.
IGNORANCE.--It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.— Bishop Taylor.
IGNORANCE AND PURITY.—Ages of ignorance and simplicity are thought to be ages of purity. But the direct contrary I believe to be the case. Rude periods have that grossness of manners, which is as unfriendly to virtue as lux. ury itself. Men are less ashamed as they are less polished - Warton.
IGNORANCE, ITS CONCEALMENT.—It is as great a point of wisdom to hide ignorance, as to discover knowledge.
IGNORANCE OF LAW.-Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because 'tis an ex. cuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to confute him.- Selden.
IGNORANCE OF THE WORLD.--A man who has taken his ideas of mankind from the study alone, generally comes into the world with a heart melting at every fictitious distress. Thus he is induced, by misplaced liberality, to put himself into the indigent circumstances of the person he relieves.-Goldsmith.
ILL-MANNERS.—Pride, ill-nature, and want of sense, are the three great sources of ill-manners; without some one of these defects, no man will behave himself ill for want of experience, or what, in the language of fools, is called knowing the world.—Swift.
ILL-NATURE.—The world is so full of ill-nature, that I have lampoons sent me by people who cannot spell, and satires composed by those who scarce know how to write. Spectator.
ILL-NATURE.—It is impossible that an ill-natured man can have a public spirit; for how should he love ten thousand men who never loved one ?—Pope.
IMAGINATION.—Many have no happier moments than those that they pass in solitude, abandoned to their own imagination, which sometimes puts sceptres in their hands or mitres on their heads, shifts the scene of pleasure with endless variety, bids all the forms of beauty sparkle before them, and gluts them with every change of visionary luxury.— Johnson.
IMITATION.—Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another. you have only an extemporaneous, half-possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.- Emerson.
IMMORTALITY.-The greater part of those who deny the immortality of the soul, only maintain this opinion because they wish it. But in the height of their sinful pleasures, the truth which stares them in the face begins on earth that punishment, to the fulness of which they are doomed hereafter.–
IMPATIENCE.-In all evils which admit a remedy, impatience should be avoided, because it wastes that time and attention in complaints, which, if properly applied, might remove the cause. - Johnson.
IMPERFECTIONS. -I am too conscious of mine own imperfections, to rake into and dilate upon the failings of other men; and though I carry always some ill-nature about me, yet it is, I hope, no more than is in this world necessary
for a preservative.- Marvell.
IMPERTINENCE.-Receive no satisfaction for premeditated impertinence; forget it, forgive it, but keep him inexorably at a distance who offered it.--Lavater.
IMPROVEMENT.-Judge of thine improvement, not by what thou speakest or writest, but by the firmness of thy mind, and the government of thy passions and affections. — Fuller.
IMPRUDENCE.-- Want of prudence is too frequently the want of virtue; nor is there on earth a more powerful advo cate for vice than poverty.-- Goldsmith.
IMPUDENCE.—A man has no more right to say an uncivil thing, than to act one; no more right to say a rude thing to another, than to knock him down.—Johnson.
INCLINATIONS.—It is very pleasant to follow one's inclinations; but unfortunately, we cannot follow them all: they are like the teeth sown by Cadmus—they spring up, get in each other's way, and fight.-Landon.
INCLINATIONS, GOOD.—A good inclination is but the first rude draught of virtue; but the finishing strokes are from the will; which, if well disposed, will by degrees perfect; if ill disposed, will by the superinduction of ill habits, quickly deface it. — South.
INCONSTANCY.—Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconstancy, especially when it regards religion or party. In either of these cases, though a man perhaps docs but his duty in changing his side, he not only makes himself hated by those he left, but is seldom heartily esteemed by those he comes over to.-Addison.
INDECISION.—In matters of great concern, and which must be done, there is no surer argument of a weak mind,than ir. resolution; to be undetermined where the case is so plain, and the necessity so urgent To be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it; this is as if a man should put off eating, and drinking, and sleeping, from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed.—Tillotson.
INDEPENDENCE, NATIONAL.— The moral progression of a people can scarcely begin, till they are independent.—Martineau.
INDISCRETION. -An indiscreet man is more hurtful than an ill-natured one; for the latter will only attack his ene. mies, and those he wishes ill to; the other injures indifferently both friends and foes.-Addison.
INDOLENCE.--I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is efficiently destroyed, though the appetite of the brute may survive. — Chesterfield.
INDUSTRY.—If you have great talents, industry will im. prove them; if moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor: nothing is ever to be attained without it.—Sir J. Reynolds.
INDUSTRY.—He that hath a trade, hath an estate, and he that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honor; but then the trade must be worked at, and the calling well followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes.-Franklin.
INDUSTRY—If industry is no more than habit, it is at least an excellent one. If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or ambition, or egotism? No; I shall say indolence. Who conquers indolence, will conquer all the rest. All good principles must stagnate without moral activity.-Zimmerman.
INDUSTRY. --At the working-man's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter; nor will the bailiff or the constable enter: for industry pays debts, as despair increaseth them. — Franklin.
INDUSTRY AND HOPE.—Industry needs not wish, and he that lives upon hope will die fasting.- Franklin.
INDUSTRY, ITS EFFECTS.—There is no art or science that is too difficult for industry to attain to; it is the gift of tongues, and makes a man understood and valued in all countries, and by all nations; it is the philosopher's stone, that