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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 husbandry both enlarge the king's dominions : the one by the sword, making the acres more in number; the other by the plough, making the same acres more in value. — Fuller.

CONSCIENCE.—Conscience is a great ledger book in which all our offences are written and registered, and which time reveals to the sense and feeling of the offender.Burton.

CONSCIENCE, A GOOD.--A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us without.-Guardian.

CONSCIENCE, A MISTAKEN AND PERVERTED. —

-We never do evil so thoroughly and heartily as when led to it by an honest but perverted, because mistaken conscience.-T. Edwards.

CONSCIENCE AND SIN.-Our conscience is a fire within

us, and our sins as the fuel; instead of warming it, will scorch us, unless the fuel be removed, or the heat of it allayed by penitential tears.--Dr. Mason.

CONSCIENCE, AN OFFENDED.—No man ever offended his own conscience, but first or last it was revenged upon him for it. --South.

CONSCIENCE, A SCRUPULOUS.—He that hath a scrupulous conscience is like a horse that is not well weighed; he starts at every

bird that flies out of the hedge. —Selden. CONSCIENCE, A TENDER. -A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing : that is, a conscience not only quick to discern what is evil, but instantly to shun it, as the eyelid closes itself against a mote.-T. Adams.

CONSCIENCE, A WITNESS.—Conscience has strictly nothing to do as a judge, but as a witness against me that I am in a sinful practice, and that practice I must forbear. My con

science is God's; and God will judge me for acting against my conscience, which is to act against his law.-Remarks on Burnet's History.

CONSCIENCE, DELIGHT IN.—A palsy may as well shake an oak, or a fever dry up a fountain, as either of them shake, dry up, or impair the delight of conscience. For it lies within, it centres in the heart, it grows into the very

substance of the soul, so that it accompanies a man to his grave; he never outlives it, and that for this cause only, because he cannot outlive himself. ---South.

CONSCIENCE, FIRST AND LAST THOUGHTS AS TO.- --In matters of conscience first thoughts are best; in matters of prudence, the best thoughts are last.

CONSCIENCE TO BE KEPT TENDER.- - Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive. If but one sin force its way into that tender part of the soul and dwell easy there, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities.— Watts.

CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.--Like one of those wondrous rocking stones reared by the Druids, which the finger of a child might vibrate to its centre, yet the might of an army could not move from its place, our Constitution is 80 nicely poised and balanced, that it seems to sway with every breath of opinion, yet so firmly rooted in the heart and affections of the people, that the wildest storms of treason and fanaticism break over it in vain.-R. C. Winthrop.

CONTEMPLATION.--There is a sweet pleasure in contem plation; and when a man hath run through a set of vanities in the declension of his age, he knows not what to do with himself if he cannot think. - Blount.

CONTEMPT.--Contempt is commonly taken by the young for an evidence of understanding ; but no habit of mind can afford this evidence, which is neither difficult to acquire, nor meritorious when acquired; and as it is certainly very easy to be contemptuous, so it is very useless if not pernicious. To discover the imperfections of others is penetration; to hate them for their faults is contempt. We may be clearsighted without being malevolent, and make use of the errors we discover to learn caution, not to gratify satire. That part of contempt which consists of acuteness we may preserve. Its dangerous ingredient is censure.—Sidney Smith.

CONTEMPT. It is very often more necessary to conceal contempt than resentment, the former being never forgiven, but the latter sometimes forgot.-Chesterfield.

CONTEMPT OF THE WORLD.--They take very unprofitable pains, who endeavor to persuade men that they are obliged wholly to despise this world and all that is in it, even whilst they themselves live here. God hath not taken all that pains in forming, and framing, and furnishing and adorning this world that they who were made by him to live in it should despise it; it will be well enough if they do not love it so immoderately, to prefer it before him who made it.Clarendon.

CONTENT.—Content has a kindly influence on the soul of man, in respect of every being to whom he stands related. It extinguishes all murmuring, repining, and ingratitude towards that Being who has allotted us our part to act in the world. It destroys all inordinate ambition and every tendency to corruption with regard to the community in which we are placed. It gives sweetness to the conversation and serenity to all the thoughts. --Addison.

CONTENTMENT." It's a great blessing to possess what one wishes,” said some one to an ancient philosopher, who replied, " It's a greater blessing still, not to desire what one does not possess."

CONTENTMENT.—A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world; and if in the present life his happiness arises from the subduing of his desires, it will arise in the next from the gratification of them.--Addison.

CONTENTMENT. —Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires, makes a wise and a happy purchase. --Balguy.

CONTENTMENT.--If two angels were sent down from heaven, one to conduct an empire, and the other to sweep a street, they would feel no inclination to change employments.--John Newton.

CONTENTMENT.—The highest point outward things can bring unto, is the contentment of the mind; with which no estate can be poor; without which all estates will be miserable.--Sir P. Sidney.

CONTENTMENT, ITS EFFECTS.—If men knew what felicity dwells in the cottage of a virtuous man, how sound he sleeps, how quiet his rest, how composed his mind, how free from care, how easy his position, how moist his mouth, how joyful his heart, they would never admire the noises, the diseases, the throngs of passions, and the violence of unnatural appetites, that fill the house of the luxurious, and the heart of the ambitious.Bishop Taylor.

CONTENTMENT, ITS EFFECTS.--Contentment swells a mite into a talent, and makes even the poor richer than the Indies.

CONTENTMENT, ITS EFFECTS.--Contentment produces, in some measure, all those effects which the alchymist usually “ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if it does

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