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with innocence, will make beauty attractive, knowledge de lightful, and wit good-natured. It will lighten sickness, pov. erty, and affliction; convert ignorance into an amiable sim. plicity, and render deformity itself agreeable.—Addison.
CHEERFULNESS PROMOTES HEALTH.-I live in a constant endeavor to fence against the infirmities of ill-health, and other evils of life, by mirth : being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles—but much more when he laughs, it adds something to this fragment of life.—Sterne.
CHILDREN.—As the vexations men receive from their children hasten the approach of age and double the force of years, so the comforts they reap from them are balm to all other sorrows, and disappoint the injuries of time. Parents repeat their lives in their offspring; and their esteem for them is so great, that they feel their sufferings and taste their enjoyments as much as if they were their own.--Palnier's Aphorisms.
CHILDREN AND PARENTS.—_“ Let all children remember," says Dr. Dwight, “if ever they are weary of laboring for their parents, that Christ labored for his; if impatient of their commands, that Christ cheerfully obeyed; if reluctant to provide for their parents, that Christ forgot himself and provided for his mother amid the agonies of the crucifixion. The affectionate language of this divine example to every child is, 'Go thou and do likewise. " CHIVALRY.— The
age of chivalry is gone, and one of calcula. tors and economists has succeeded. — Burke.
CHRISTIANITY.-If ever Christianity appears in its power, it is when it erects its trophies upon the tomb; when it takes up its votaries where the world leaves them; and fills the breast with immortal hope in dying moments.—R. Hall.
CHRISTIAN, THE REAL UNE.—No man is so happy as a real 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 any circumstances.—Hume.
CIRCUMSTANCES, THEIR EFFECT ON CHARACTER. -Circumstances 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
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.— Chesterfield.
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 froin 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 approba. tion of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants, and admiration of fools.—Steele.
COMMERCE.—A well-regulated commerce is not, like law, physia, 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 company 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 PLEASE 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, WHO 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 congratulation are always kindly taken, and cost one nothing but pen, ink, and paper. I consider them as draughts upon