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of a vessel full of wormwood.” Even this vehicle, huwever, is sometimes insufficient to conceal the draught of bitterness. -Percival.
ADVICE, HOW WE ASK IT.— -We ask advice, but we mean approbation.— Colton.
ADVICE OF FRIENDS. -The advice of our friends must be attended to with a judicious reserve; we must not give ourselves up to it, and blindly follow their determination, right or wrong. --Charron.
AFFECTATION.—Affectation in any part of our carriage, is lighting up a candle to our defects, and never fails to make us taken notice of, either as wanting sense, or sincerity.-Locke.
AFFECTATION, ITS FOLLY.—Men are never so ridiculous for the qualities they have, as for those they affect to have. - Charron.
AFFECTATION, ITS NATURE AND TENDENCY.—Affectation is certain deformity; by forming themselves on fantastic models, the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious.—Blair.
AFFECTATION OF KNOWLEDGE.-All false practices and affectations of knowledge are more odious to God, and deserve to be so to men, than any want or defect of knowledge can be.-Sprat.
AFFECTIONS.—The affections, like the conscience, are rather to be led than driven; and it is to be feared that they who marry where they do not love, will love where they do not marry.-Fuller,
AFFLICTION.—Affliction is a school of virtue: it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.– Atterbury:
AFFLICTION, HOW TO BE RECEIVED. -We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression ; the heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any.—Confucius.
AFFLICTION, ITS EFFECT.-As threshing seperates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue. --Burton.
AFFLICTION, ITS INFLUENCE ON THE GOOD.—The truly great and good, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm-tree, to strive most upwards, when it is most burthened.—Sir P. Sidney.
AFFLICTION, OUR THOUGHTS IN.—We should always record our thoughts in affliction: set up way-marks, that we may recur to them in health ; for then we are in other circumstances, and can never recover our sick-bed views.
AFFLICTION, TO BE HEEDED.—If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches.Burgh.
AGE, OLD.—Old age is a lease nature only signs by par. ticular favor, and it may be, to one only in the space of two or three ages; and then with a pass to boot, to carry him through all the traverses and difficulties she has strewed in the way of his long career.-Montaigne. .
AGE, OLD, AND YOUTH.—When we are young, we are slave ishly employed in procuring something whereby we may live comfortably when we grow old; and when we are old, we perceive it is too late to live as we proposed. --Pope.
AGE, OLD, CENSORIOUS.— Age, though it too often consists only in length of days; in the aged having lived longer, and not in their having had a more valuable experience of life than those who are much younger, is naturally censorious ;
and the old expect a reverence and submission to their white hairs, which they cannot challenge to any rudiments or example which they have given to virtue ; and superciliously censure all who are younger than themselves, and the vices of the present time as new and unheard of, when in truth they are the very same they practised as long as they were able; they talk much of their observation and experience, in order to be obeyed in things they understand not, and out of vanity and morosity contract a pride that never departs from them whilst they are alive, and they die in an opinion that they have left none wiser behind them, though they have left none behind them who ever had any esteem of their wisdom and judgment.—Clarendon.
AGE, OLD, ILL-NATURED.—There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of doing them to others.-Sir W. Temple.
AGE, OLD, SHOULD BE VIRTUOUS.—Old age has deformities enough of its own : do not add to it the deformity of vice.
AGRICULTURE AND WEALTH.—There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth : the first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors this is robbery; the second by commerce, which is generally cheating ; the third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.-Franklin.
AGRICULTURE, ITS INFLUENCE.— Trade increases the wealth and glory of a couņtry; but its real strength and stamina are to be looked for among the cultivators of the land. In their simplicity of life is found the simpleness of virtue-the integrity and courage of freedom. These true genuine souls of the earth are invincible ; and they surround and hem in the mercantile bodies ; even if these bodies, which supposition I totally disclaim, could be supposed disaffected to the cause of liberty.~
Lord Chatham. AGRICULTURE, THE EARLIEST PURSUIT.—The first three men in the world, were a gardener, a ploughman, and a grazier ; and if any man object that the second of these was a murderer, I desire he would consider, that as soon as he was so, he quitted our profession, and turned builder.— Cowley.
AIM HIGH.—Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable ; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it, than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattain. able.- Chesterfield.
ALLEGORIES.—Allegories, when well chosen, are like so many tracks of light in a discourse, that make everything about them clear and beautiful.-Addison.
AMBITION, FELT BY ALL.—There are few men who are not ambitious of distinguishing themselves in the nation or country where they live, and of growing considerable among those with whom they converse. There is a kind of grandeur and respect which the meanest and most insignificant part of mankind endeavor to procure in the little circle of their friends and acquaintance. The poorest mechanic, nay, the man who lives upon common alms, gets him his set of admirers, and delights in that superiority which he enjoys over those who are in some respects beneath him. This ambition, which is natural to the soul of man, might, methinks, receive a very happy turn; and, if it were rightly directed, contribute as much to a person's advantage, as it generally does to his uneasiness and disquiet.-Addison.
AMBITION, ITS BASENESS.— Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices : so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping. --Swift.
AMBITION, ITS ESTIMATES.—Ambition thinks no face so beautiful as that which looks from under a crown.--Sir P. Sidney.
AMBITION, ITS NATURE.—It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheaters, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths; to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of a good will.-Sallust.
AMBITION, ITS TOILS, &C.-- Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.-Burton.
AMBITION, ITS VANITY.- Who would not be covetous, and with reason, if health could be purchased with gold ? who not ambitious, if it were at the command of power, or restored by honor ? But alas ! a white staff will not help gouty feet to walk better than a common cane; nor a blue ribbon bind up a wound so well as a fillet; the glitter of gold or of diamonds will but hurt sore eyes, instead of curing them; and an aching head will be no more eased by wearing a crown than a common night-cap.—Sir W. Temple.
AMBITION, TRUE AND FALSE.—To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue ; but to be ambitious of titles, of place, of ceremonial respects and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court.-- Sir P. Sidney.
AMUSEMENT. It is doing some service to humanity to