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Oh, she will sing the savageness out of a bear.
Shakespeare: Othello. Act iv. Sc. 1. I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglass, that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet. 5149
Sir Philip Sidney : The Defence of Poesy. Faith and joy are the ascensive forces of song. 5150
Stedman: Poets of America. Ch. 9.
James Russell Lowell. A careless song, with a little nonsense in it now and then, does not misbecome a monarch. 5151
Horace Walpole: Letter, 1774. To Sir
Horace Mann. SORROW – see Care, Character, Childhood, Grief, Joy,
Melancholy, Tears, Tranquillity, Words.
Sorrows are gardeners: they plant flowers along waste places, and teach vines to cover barren heaps. 5152 Henry Ward Beecher : Proverbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. As we retain but a faint remembrance of our felicity, it is but fair that the smartest stroke of sorrow should, if bitter, at least be brief. 5153 Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield): Vivian Grey.
Bk. v. Ch. 1. We pick our own sorrows out of the joys of other men, and from their sorrows likewise we derive our joys. 5154 Owen Felltham : Resolves. Pt. i. That Man is neither
Happy nor Miserable but by Comparison. I look for neither help nor consolation, for the grief whicii seeks these is not the highest, and does not come from the depths of the heart. 5155
Wilhelm von Humboldt : Letters to a Female
Friend. Vol. ii. No. 18. (Catharine M. A.
Couper, Translator.) The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind. 5156
Washington Irving : The Sketch-Book.
Rural Funerals. The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal, every other ailliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open, this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude. 5157
Washington Irving : The Sketch-Book.
Rural Funerals. Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it. 5158
Johnson: Works. Mme. D'Arblay's Diary.
VII. 357. (Oxford edition, 1825.)
There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow; but there is something in it so like virtue that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved, nor will by me, at least, be thought worthy of esteem. 5159 Johnson: Letters to and from the Late Samuel
Johnson. From Original MS., by Hester
Birkbeck Hill, Editor.) To grieve for evils is often wrong; but it is much more wrong to grieve without them. All sorrow that lasts longer than its cause is morbid, and should be shaken off as an attack of melancholy, as the forerunner of a greater evil than poverty or pain. 5160 Johnson: Letters to and from the Late Samuel
Johnson. From Original MS., by Hester
Birkbeck Hill, Editor.) Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad. 5161
Longfellow : Hyperion. Bk. iii. Ch. 4. The first pressure of sorrow crushes out froin our hearts the best wine; afterwards the constant weight of it brings forth bitterness, – the taste and stain from the lees of the vat. 5162
Longfellow : Drift-Wood Table Talk. Sorrow, the great idealizer. 5163
Lowell : Among My Books. Spenser. Sorrow causes more absence of mind and confusion than 80-called levity. 5164 Richter: Levuna. Fourth Fragment. Ch. 4. Sec. 97.
(A, H., Translator. Bohn edition. ) Sorrows are like thunder-clouds, - in the distance they look black, over our heads hardly gray. 5165 Richter : Hesperus. Ch. 14. (Brooks, Translator.)
Present unhappiness is selfish; past sorrow is compassionate. 5166 Joseph Roux : Meditations of a Parish Priest.
Pt. v. iv. (Hapgood, Translator.) Whatever lives, lives to die in sorrow. We engage our hearts, and grasp after the things of this world, only to undergo the pang of losing them. 5167 Schiller: The Robbers. Act iv. Sc. 2. (Bohn, Trans.)
Affliction may one day smile again; and till then, sit thee down, sorrow! 5168 Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost. Act i. Sc. 1. To live beneath sorrow one must yield to it. 5169
Madame de Staël : Corinne. Bk. xiv. Ch. 3.
(Isabel Hill, Translator.)
The signs which a great sorrow long borne imprints, as time mellows the surface of pictures. 5170
Lew Wallace : Ben-Hur. Bk. iii. Ch. 3. Silence is the consummate eloquence of sorrow. 5171 William Winter: Speech, May 3, 1889, at Farewell
Dinner to Whiteluw Reid, previous to his Depar.
ture to the Ministry to France. The true sorrow of humanity consists in this, not that the mind of man fails, but that the cause and demands of action and of life so rarely correspond with the dignity and intensity of human desires; and hence that which is slow to languish is too easily turned aside and abused.
5172 Wordsworth: The Convention of Cintra. 1808.
SOUL-see Anger, Art, Beauty, Freedom, Imagination,
Immortality, Man, Nobleness, Responsiveness, Vir-
There is a childhood of the soul.
The soul is one with its faith.
There is nothing that is so wonderfully created as the human soul. There is something of God in it. We are infinite in the future, though we are finite in the past. 5175 Henry Ward Beecher: Proverbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. The Human Mind. The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it. 5176 Henry Ward Beecher: Proverbs from Plymouth
Pulpit. Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, Necessity and Free Will. 5177 Carlyle : Essays. Goethe's Works. (Foreign
Review. No. ii. 1828.) A soul, - a spark of the never-dying flame that separates man from all the other beings of earth. 5178 James Fenimore Cooper : Afloat and Ashore. Ch. 12.
The one thing in the world of value is the active soul.
A soul which is conversant with virtue is like an ever flowing source, for it is pure and tranquil and potable and sweet and communicative (social) and rich and harmless and free from mischief.
5180 Epictetus : Fragments. II. (Long, Translator.) Our souls must become expanded by the contemplation of Nature's grandeur, before we can fully comprehend the greatness of man. 5181 Heine : Scintillations. Excerpts. Miscellaneous.
The faculties of our souls differ as widely as the features of our faces and the forms of our frames. 5182 J. G. Holland : Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects.
Longfellow : Hyperion. Bk. iv. Ch. 9. A noble soul has no other merit than to be a noble soul. 5184 Schiller : Essays, Esthetical and Philosophical.
Grace and Diynity. A sublime soul can rise to all kinds of greatness, but by an effort; it can tear itself from all bondage, to all that limits and constrains it, but only by strength of will. Consequently the sublime soul is only free by broken efforts. 5185 Schiller : Essays, Æsthetical and Philosophical.
Satirical Poetry. Life was intended to be so adjusted that the body should be the servant of the soul, and always subordinate to the soul. 5186 Timothy Titcomb (J. G. Holland): Lessons in Life.
Rural Life. There are no twin souls in God's universe. 5187
Timothy Titcomb (J. G. Holland): Gold-Foil.
XVI. The Sins of our Neighbors.
The oak roars when a high wind wrestles with it; the beech shrieks; the elm sends forth a long, deep groan; the ash pours out moans of thrilling anguish. 5189
Thomas Starr King : The White Hills. The
Pemigewasset Valley. SPEECH - see Conversation, Religion, Science, Silence,
All speech, even the commonest speech, has something of song in it. 5190 Carlyle : Heroes and Hero Worship. The Hero
Carlyle : Sartor Resartus. Bk. iii. Ch. 3.
Speech that leads not to action, still more that hinders it, is a nuisance on the earth. 5192 Carlyle: Thomas Carlyle, First Forty Years, by
Froude. Vol. i. Ch. 18. Letter, Nov. 4, 1825.
To Jane Welsh. Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. 5193 Emerson : Letters and Social Aims. Social Aims.
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. I 5194
Goldsmith : The Bee. Oct. 20, 1759. Speech is ... the art of ... stifling and suspending thought. 5195
Carlyle : Sartor Resartus. Bk. iii. Ch. 3. Speech is but the incorporation of thought. 5196 Joubert: Pensées. No. 35. (Attwell, Translator.)
Speech was made to open man to man, and not to hide him; to promote commerce, and not betray it. 5197
Lloyd: State Worthies, 1665, Vol. i. p. 503.
(Whitworth, Editor.) Themistocles replied that a man's discourse was like to a rich Persian carpet, the beautiful figures and patterns of which can only be shown by spreading and extending it out; when it is contracted and folded up, they are obscured and lost. 5198
Plutarch: Lives. Themistocles. I would be loath to cast away my speech; for, besides that it is excellently well penn'd, I have taken great pains to con it. 5199
Shakespeare: Twelfth Night. Act i. Sc. 5. Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men, whereby to conīmunicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it. 5200
Robert South : Sermon, April 30, 1676. Speech is as a pump, by which we raise and pour out the water from the great lake of Thought, – whither it flows back again. 5201 John Sterling : Essays and Tales. Thoughts.
Thoughts and Images.
SPORTING - see Amusement, Angling.
He that rides at high speed, and with his pistol, kills a sparrow flying. * 5202 Shakespeare : King Henry IV. Pt. i. Act ii. Sc. 4.
1 This saying, long attributed to Talleyrand, Goldsmith derived from Dr. Young, who appears himself to have taken it from one of South's sermons. See à curious note on the subject in Notes and Queries, vol. i. p. 83.