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be discovered in it. At last it was found that the balance wheel had been near a magnet; and here was all the mischief. If the soundest mind be magnetized by any predilection, it must act irregularly.— Cecil.
MIND, ITS CLEARNESS.—The best way to prove the clearness of our mind, is by showing its faults; as when a stream discovers the dirt at the bottom, it convinces us of the transparency and purity of the water.— Pope.
MIND, ITS ELASTICITY.—There is nothing so elastic as the human mind. Like imprisoned steam the more it is pressed the more it rises to resist the pressure. The more we are obliged to do, the more we are able to accomplish.-T. Edwards.
MIND, ITS IMPROVEMENT.—What'stubbing, plowing, digging, and harrowing, is to land, that thinking, reflecting, examining, is to the mind. Each has its proper culture; and as the land that is suffered to lie waste and wild for a long time, will be overspread with brushwood, brambles, thorns, which have neither use nor beauty, so there will not fail to sprout up in a neglected, uncultivated mind, a great number of prejudices and absurd opinions, which owe their origin partly to the soil itself, the passions, and imperfections of the mind of man, and partly to those seeds. which chance to be scattered in it, by every wind of doctrine which the cunning of statesmen, the singularity of pedants, and the superstition of fools shall raíse.—Berkeley.
MIND, TO BE ENRICHED.—The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.—Sir J. Reynolds.
MIND, TOO VIGOROUS.—A mind too vigorous and active, serves only to consume the body to which it is joined, as the richest jewels are soonest found to wear their settings. Goldsmith
MIND, WELL BALANCED.— Knowledge, wisdom, erudition, arts, and elegance, what are they, but the mere trappings of the mind, if they do not serve to increase the happiness of the possessor ? A mind rightly instituted in the school of philosophy, acquires at once the stability of the oak, and the flexibility of the osier.--Goldsmith.
MINISTRY, THE CHRISTIAN.— The Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions.-J. Newton.
MIRTH AND CHEERFULNESS. I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The former is an act, the latter, a habit of the mind. Mirth is short and transient; cheerfulness, fixed and permanent. Those are often raised into the highest transports of mirth, who are subject to the greatest depressions of melancholy. On the contrary, cheerfulness, though it does not give the mind such an exquisite gladness, yet it prevents us from falling into any depths of sorrow. Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment. Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.--Addison.
MIRTH AND WIT.—Mirth should be the embroidery of conversation, not the web; and wit the ornament of the mind, not the furniture.
MISER.—Singular that the word miser, so often expressive of one who is rich, should, in its origin, signify one that is miserable.
MISER.--A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.Shenstone.
MISERS.—Misers have been described as madmen, who in the midst of abundance banish every pleasure, and make, from imaginary wants, real necessities. But few, very few, correspond to this exaggerated picture; and perhaps, there is not one in whom all these circumstances are found united. Instead of this, we find the sober and the industrious branded by the vain and the idle, with the odious appellation; men who, by frugality and labor, raise themselves above their equals, and contribute their share of industry to the common stock.- Whatever the vain or the ignorant may say, well were it for society had we more of this character amongst
In general, these close men are found at last the true benefactors of society. With an avaricious man we seldom lose in our dealings, but too frequently in our commerce with prodigality.-Goldsmith.
MISERABLE, THE.—Miserable men commiserate not themselves; bowelless unto others, and merciless unto their own bowels. Browne.
MISFORTUNES.—The humor of turning every misfortune into a judgment, proceeds from wrong notions of religion, which, in its own nature, produces good-will toward men, and puts the mildest construction upon every accident that befalls them. In this case, therefore, it is not religion that sours a man's temper, but it is his temper that sours his religion. People of gloomy, uncheerful imaginations, or of envious, malignant tempers, whatever kind of life they are engaged in, will discover their natural tincture of mind in all their thoughts, words, and actions. As the finest wines have often the taste of the soil, so even the most religious thoughts often draw something that is particular from the constitution of the mind in which they arise. When folly or superstition strikes in with this natural depravity of temper, it is not in the power, even of religion itself, to preserve the character of the person who is possessed with it, from appearing highly absurd and ridiculous.--Addison.
MISFORTUNES.-By struggling with misfortunes, we are sure to receive some wounds in the conflict; but a sure method to come off victorious is by running away.—Goldsmith.
MisFORTUNES OF OTHERS.—I never knew a man who could not bear the misfortunes of another perfectly like a Christian. --Swift.
MISTAKES. There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake, though all the world see them to be in downright nonsense. -Swift.
Mobs.—A mob is a monster, with heads enough, but no heart, and little brains.
MODERATION.—Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl.chain of all virtues.-Fuller.
MODERATION OF DESIRES.--Moderate desires constitute a character fitted to acquire all the good which the world can yield. He is prepared, in whatever situation he is, therewith to be content; has learned the science of being happy; and possesses the alchemic stone which will change every metal into gold.--Dwight.
MODERNS, THE, AND ANCIENTS.—The moderns well may exceed the ancients, since they have the help of their knowl. edge. Standing on their shoulders, we of course see further than they.- Cronsaz.
MODESTY.—A modest person seldom fails to gain the good-will of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself. Steele.
MODESTY.—Modesty is to merit, as shades to figures in a picture; giving it strength and beauty.—Bruyere.
MODESTY.—A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of. It heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades in paintings, it raises and rounds every figure, and makes the colors more beau. tiful, though not so glaring as they would be without it.Addison.
MODESTY.—Modesty in a man is never to be allowed as a good quality, but a weakness, if it suppresses his virtue, and hides it from the world, when he has at the same time a mind to exert himself.— Tatler.
MODESTY.—You little know what you have done, when you have first broke the bounds of modesty; you have set open the door of your fancy to the devil, so that he can, almost at his pleasure ever after, represent the same sinful pleasure to you anew: he hath now access to your fancy to stir up lustful thoughts and desires, so that when you should think of your calling, or of your God, or of your soul, your thoughts will be worse than swinish, upon the filth that is not fit to be named. If the devil here get in a foot, he will not easily be got out.— Baxter.
MONEY.--Remember that money is of a prolific, generating nature. Money can beget money, and its offspring can beget more, and so on. Five shillings turned is six: turned again it is seven and threepence; and so on till it becomes a hundred pounds. The more there is of it, the more it produces, every turning, so that the profits rise quicker and quicker. He that kills a breeding sow, destroys all her offspring to the thousandth generation. He that murders a crown, destroys all that it might have produced, even scores of pounds.-Franklin.