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Christian; none so rational, so virtuous, so amiable. How little vanity does he feel, though he believes himself united to God! How far is, he from abjectness, when he ranks himself with the worms of the earth.—Pascal.
Church, SLEEPING IN. -It is a shame when the church itself is a cemetery, where the living sleep above ground, as the dead do beneath.-Fuller.
CIRCUMSTANCES.—Men are not altered by their circumstances, but as they give them opportunities of exerting what they are in themselves; and a powerful clown is a tyrant in the most ugly form he can possibly appear.Steele.
CIRCUMSTANCES AND TEMPER. -He is happy whose circum. stances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to
circumstances. - Hume. CIRCUMSTANCES, THEIR EFFECT ON CHARACTER. —
-Circum. stances form the character; but like petrifying matters, they harden while they form.—Landon.
CITIES.—If you suppress the exorbitant love of pleasure and money, idle curiosity, iniquitous pursuits and wanton mirth, what a stillness would there be in the greatest cities ! The necessaries of life do not occasion, at most, a third part of the hurry.—Bruyere.
CITY AND COUNTRY.—In the country, a man's mind is free and easy, discharged and at his own disposal; but in the city, the persons of friends and acquaintance, one's own and other people's business, foolish quarrels, ceremonies, visits, impertinent discourses, and a thousand other fopperies and diversions steal
away the greatest part of our time, and leave no leisure for better and more necessary employment. Great towns are but a larger sort of prison to the soul, like cages to birds, or pounds to beasts. — Charron.
Civility.—If a civil word or two will render a man happy. said a French king, he must be a wretch indeed who will not give them to him. Such a disposition is like lighting another man's candle by one's own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains.
CiviliTY, ITS PRINCIPLES EVERYWHERE THE SAME. - The general principles of urbanity, politeness, or civility, have been the same in all nations; but the mode in which they are dressed is continually varying. The general idea of showing respect is by making yourself less; but the manner, wheth. er by bowing the body, kneeling; prostration, pulling off the upper part of our dress, or taking away the lower, is a matter of custom.—Sir J. Reynolds.
CiviliTY OF THE PROUD.- -The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be; because he shows you, by his manner, that he thinks it mere condescension in him; and that his goodness alone bestows upon you
what you have no pretence to claim.-- Ches. terfielil.
Clogs.—Every man has his chain and his clog, only it is looser and lighter to one man than another; and he is more at ease, who takes it up, than he who drags it.—Rule of Life.
COLUMN, THE, AND THE ARCH.—The column is an emblem of Faith, it springs from earth to heaven: the arch symbolizes Mercy, it descends from heaven to earth.
COMMENDATION. -Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so: it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants, and admiration of fools.—Steele.
COMMERCE.-A well-regulated commerce is not, like law, physim, or divinity, to be overstocked with hands; but, on the
contrary, flourishes by multitudes, and gives employment to all its professors.—Sir W. Raleigh.
COMPANY.—- Take, rather than give, the tone of the com pany you are in. If you have parts, you will show them, more or less, upon every subject; and if you have not, you had better talk sillily upon a subject of other people's than your own choosing. - Chesterfield.
COMPANY, HOW TO IN.—The true art of being agreeable, is to appear well pleased with all the company, and rather to seem well entertained with them, than to bring entertainment to them. A man thus disposed, perhaps; may not have much learning, nor any wit; but if he has common sense, and something friendly in his behavior, it conciliates men's minds more than the brightest parts without this disposition; and when a man of such a turn comes to old
age, he is almost sure to be treated with respect. It is true indeed, that we should not dissemble and flatter in company; but a man may be very agreeable, in strict consistency with truth and sincerity, by a prudent silence, where he cannot concur, and by a pleasing assent where he can. Now and then
you meet with a person so exactly formed to please, that he will gain upon every one that hears or beholds him; this disposition is not merely the gift of nature, but frequently the effect of much knowledge of the world, and a command over the passions. --Spectator.
COMPANY, RESTRAINT IN. -No man can possibly improve in any company, for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint. — Chesterfield.
COMPANY, WIIO UNPLEASANT IN.- Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company; and there are a hundred men sufficiently qualified for both, who, by a very few faults, that they might correct in half an hour, are not so much as tolerable.--Swift.
COMPLAINING.—Every one must see daily instances of people who complain from a mere habit of complaining; and make their friends uneasy, and strangers merry, by murmur. ing at evils that do not exist, and repining at grievances which they do not really feel.-- Graves.
COMPLAISANCE. — Complaisance pleases all; prejudices none; adorns wit; renders humor agreeable; augments friendship; redoubles love; and united with justice and generosity, becomes the secret chain of the society of mankind. M. de Scudery.
COMPLAISANCE.—Complaisance, though in itself it be scarce reckoned in the number of moral virtues, is that which gives a lustre to every talent a man can be possessed of. It was Plato's advice to an unpolished writer, that he should sacrifice to the Graces. In the same manner I would advise every man of learning, who would not appear in the world a mere scholar, or philosopher, to make himself master of the social virtue which I have here mentioned. Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. It smooths distinction, sweetens conversation, and makes every one in the company pleased with himself. It produces good nature and mutual benevolence, encourages the timorous, soothes the turbulent, humanizes the fierce, and distinguishes a society of civilized persons from a confusion of savages.--Addison.
COMPLIMENTS.—Compliments, which we think are deserved, we accept only as debts, with indifference; but those which conscience informs us we do not merit, we receive with the same gratitude that we do favors given away.— Goldsmith.
COMPLIMENTS OF CONGRATULATION.—Compliments of con. gratulation are always kindly taken, and cost one nothing but pen, ink, and paper. I consider them as draughts upon good breeding, where the exchange is always greatly in favor of the drawer.— Chesterfield.
CONCEALMENT.--He who can conceal his joys, is greater than he who can hide his griefs.—Lavater.
Conceit.-Nature loves truth so well, that it hardly ever admits of flourishing Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve.--Pope.
CONCEIT AND CONFIDENCE.-Conceit and confidence are both of them cheats; the first always imposes on itself, the second frequently deceives others too.—Zimmerman.
CONCISENESS.--Nothing is more certain, than that much of the force, as well as grace of arguments or instructions, depends on their conciseness.—Pope.
CONCLUSION, A WISE ONE.—The conclusion at which I have arrived is, that without temperance, there is no health ; without virtue, no order; without religion no happiness; and that the sum of our being is to live wisely, soberly, and righteously.—McDonough.
CONDUCT.–Fools measure actions after they are done by the event; wise men beforehand, by the rules of reason and right. The former look to the end, to judge of the act. Let me look to the act, and leave the end with God.- Bishop Hale.
CONFIDENCE.--All trust is dangerous, if it is not entire ; we ought on most occasions to speak all, or conceal all. We have already too much disclosed our secrets to a man, from whom we think any one single circumstance is to be consealed.-Bruyere.
CONQUEST AND HUSBANDRY.-Conquest and good hus