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The most beautiful object in the world, it will be allowed, is a beautiful woman. But who that can analyze his feelings is not sensible that she owes her fascination less to grace of outline and delicacy of color than to a thousand associations which, often un perceived by ourselves, connect these qualities with the source of our existence, with the nourishment of our infancy, with the passions of our youth, with the hopes of our age, - with elegance, with vivacity, with tenderness, with the strongest natural instincts, with the dearest of social ties? 5894 Macaulay : Criticisms on the Principal Italian

Writers. Dante. (Knig/os Quarterly Mag

azine, January, 1824.) One tongue is sufficient for a woman. 5895

Attributed to Milton : his answer when asked

if he would instruct his daughters in for

eign languages. A woman has the same human nature that a man has, the same human rights - to life, liberty, and the pursuut of happiness — the same human duties; and they are as inalienable in a woman as in a man. 5896 Theodore Parker : Miscellaneous Discourses. A

Sermon of the Public Function of Woman. Nature sent women into the world with this bridal dower of love, not, as men often think, that they may altogether and entirely love them from the crown of their head to the sole of their feet, but for this reason – that they might be, whatever their vocation is, mothers, and love children, to whom sacrifices must ever be offered and from whom none can be obtained. 5897 Richter : Levana. Fourth Fragment. Ch. 3, Sec. 79.

(A. H., Trans. Bohn edition.) The purer the golden vessel, the more readily is it bent; the higher worth of women is sooner lost than that of men. 5898 Richter: Levuna. Fourth Fragment. Ch. 4, Sec. 89.

(A. H., Trans. Bohn edition.) Women are like thermometers, which on a sudden application of heat sink at first a few degrees, as a preliminary to 5899 Richter: Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces.

Bk. ii. Ch. 8. A child of our grandmother Eve, a female; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman.

5900 Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost. Act i. Sc. 1.

Do you not know I am a woman ? when I think I must speak.

5901 Shakespeare: As You Like It. Act iii. Sc. 2.

One that was a woman, sir; but, rest her soul, she's dead. 5902

Shakespeare: Hamlet. Act v. Sc. 1. One woman is fair; yet I am well: another is wise; yet I am well: another virtuous; yet I am well. But till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace. 5903

Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing.

Act ii. Sc. 3. She speaks poignards, and every word stabs: if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect the north star. 5904

Shakespeare : Much Ado about Nothing.

Act ii. Sc. 1. There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.

Shakespeare : King Lear. Act iii. Sc. 2. A woman's best qualities do not reside in her intellect, but in her affections. She gives refreshment by her sympathies, rather than by her knowledge. 5906

Samuel Smiles : Character. Ch. 11. A woman in love is a very poor judge of character. 5907 Timothy Titcomb (J. G. Holland): Lessons in Life.

Repose. If God made woman beautiful, he made her so to be looked at - to give pleasure to the eyes which rest upon her -- and she has no business to dress herself as if she were a hitchingpost, or to transform that which should give delight to those among whom she moves, into a ludicrous caricature of a woman's form. 5908 Timothy Titcomb (J. G. Holland): Lessons in Life.

Mistakes in Penance. Woman is the highest, holiest, most precious gift to man. Her mission and throne is the family, and if anything is withheld that would make her more efficient, useful, or happy in that sphere, she is wronged, and has not her rights. 5909

John Todd : Woman's Rights. 1867. If women were humbler, men would be honester. 5910

Vanbrugh: Æsop. Act iv. Sc. 2. Would you hurt a woman worst, aim at her affections. 5911

Lew Wallace : Ben-Hur. Bk. vi. Ch. 2. WONDER.

No wonder is greater than any other wonder, and if once explained ceases to be a wonder.

5912 Leigh Hunt : Table Talk. Wonder Never Ceases.
Wonder is prophetic.
5913 Charles H. Parkhurst: Sermons. I. The Pattern

in the Mount.

WORD-PAINTING

" Word-painting,” that brilliant but meretricious mannerism of so much recent verse. 5914 Stoddard: Matthew Arnold as a Poet. (North

American Review. Vol. clxiv. June, 1888.) WORDS — see Language, Lawyers, Poetry, Puns, Re

venge.

Words are the transcript of those ideas which are in the mind of man, and that writing or printing is the transcript of words. 5915

Addison : The Spectator. No. 166. All words are pegs to hang ideas on. 5916 Henry Ward Beecher : Proverbs from Plymouth

Pulpit. The Human Mind. Richter says of Luther's words, “ His words are hali battles.” 5917 Carlyle : Heroes and Hero Worship. The Hero

as Priest. Words are freeborn, and not the vassals of the gruff tyrants of prose to do their bidding only. They have the same right to dance and sing as the dewdrops have to sparkle and the stars to shine.

5918 Abraham Coles : The Evangel. Introduction.

Words, indeed, are but the signs and counters of knowledge, and their currency should be strictly regulated by the capital which they represent. 5919

Colton : Lacon. Preface. For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We ought to be careful indeed what we say. 5920 Confucius : Analects. Bk. xix. Ch. 25, Sec. 2.

(Leyge, Translator.) There is no calamity which right words will not begin to redress.

5921 Emerson : Society and Solitude. Eloquence,

Gentle words, quiet words, are, after all, the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing. 5922

Washington Gladden : Things Old and New.

VIII. The Tamed Tongue. Articulate words are a harsh clamor and dissonance. When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will again be dumb! For I suppose he was dumb at the Creation, and must go around an entire circle in order to return to that blessed state.

5923 Hawthorne : American Note-Books. April, 1841.
Words are the only things that last forever.
5924 Hazlitt: Table Talk. On Thought and Action.

For words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools. 5925 Thomas Hobbes : The Leriathan. Pt. i. Ch. 4.

There is no point where art so nearly touches nature as when it appears in the form of words. 5926 İ. G. Holland : Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects.

VIII. Art and Life. Words are often things also, and very precious, especially on the gravest occasions. Without " words," and the truth of things that is in them, what were we? 5927

Leigh Hunt : Table Talk. Value of Words. Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy. 5928

Helen Jackson (II. H.): Řamona. Ch. 17. I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and ihat things are the sons of heaven. 5929 Johnson : Preface to his Dictionary. (Folio edition.) Before employing a fine word, find a place for it. 5930 Joubert : Pensées. No. 302. (Attwell, Translator.)

Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence. 5931 Joubert : Pensées. No. 298. (Attwell, Translator.) Words, like glass, darken whatever they do not help us to 5932 Joubert : Pensées. No. 304. (Attuell, Translator.)

As it is the mark of great minds to say many things in a few words, so it is that of little minds to use many words to say nothing.

La Rochefoucauld : Reflections ; or, Sentences

and Moral Marims. No. 142. Words are not made to conceal, but to declare and show something. Where they are, by those who pretend to instruct, otherwise used, they conceal, indeed, something; but that which they conceal is nothing but the ignorance, error, or sophistry of the talker, for there is in truth nothing else under them. 5934 John Locke: The Conduct of the Understanding,

Words. Sec. 29. A word once vulgarized can never be rehabilitated. 5935 Lowell : Among My Books. Shakespeare Once More.

His words, like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command. 5936

Milton: Apology for Smectymnuus. The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts. 5937 Charles H. Parkhurst: Sermons. XII. The

Pharisee's Prayer.

see.

The world is content with words; few think of searching into the nature of things. 5938 Pascal : Provincial Letters. Letter ii. (M'Crie,

Translator.) Noble words are a memorial and a crown of noble actions, which are given to the doers of them by the hearers. 5939 Plato : Menexenus. IV. 567. (Jowett, Translator.)

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. 5940 Plutarch: Morals. Conjugal Precepts. *(Shilleto,

Translator.) A word often effaces or explains an action, but the reverse scarcely ever occurs. It must be a long course of action which will remove the thorn from one word, or restore the trusted use of the tongue. 5941 Richter : Lerana. Sixth Fragment. Ch. 2, Sec. 3.

(A. H., Trans. Bohn edition.) Kind words are benedictions. They are not only instruments of power, but of benevolence and courtesy; blessings both to the speaker and hearer of them. 5942 Frederick Saunders : Stray Leares of Literature.

Smiles and Tears. Words must be fitted to a man's mouth; 'twas well said of the felow that was to make a speech for my Lord Mayor, he desired to take the measure of his Lordship's mouth. 5943

John Selden : Table Talk. Language. A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly shot off. 5944

Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Act ii. Sc. 4. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.

5945 Shakespeare : Love's Labor's Lost. Act v. Sc. 1. Men of few words are the best men. 5946

Shakespeare: King Henry V. Act iii. Sc. 2. Cel. Not a word ? Ros. Not one to throw at a dog. 5947

Shakespeare: As You Like It. Act i. Sc. 3. Pol. What do you read, my lord ? Ham. Words, words, words! 5948

Shakespeare: Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2. Words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with them. 5949

Shakespeare : Twelfth Night. Act iii. Sc. 1. Some syllables are swords. 5950

Henry Vaughan: Rules and Lessons.

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