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EMULATION. - Worldly ambition is founded on pride or envy, but emulation (or laudable ambition) is actually founded in humility, for it evidently implies that we have a low opinion of our present attainments, and think it necessary to be advanced: and especially in religious concerns it is so far from being pride for a man to wish himself spiritually better, that it is highly commendable, and what we are strongly exhorted to in the Bible.Bishop Hall.

ENEMIES.--We should never make enemies, if for no other reason, because it is so hard to behave toward them as we ought.-- Palmer.

ENEMIES A BENEFIT.-Some men are more beholden to their bitterest enemies, than to friends who appear to be sweetness itself. The former frequently tell the truth, but the latter



ENEMIES, LOVE TO.—To love an enemy is the distinguished characteristic of a religion which is not of man but of God. It could be delivered as a precept, only by him who lived and died to establish it by his example.

ENEMIES NOT TO BE DESPISED.—However rich or powerful a man may be, it is the height of folly to make personal enemies; for one unguarded moment (and who could sup

; port the horrors of a never ceasing vigilance ?) may yield you to the revenge of the most despicable of mankind.—. Lyttleton

ENEMIES, OPINION OF.—Get your enemies to read your works in order to mend them, for your friend is so much your. second self, that he will judge too like you.-Pope. ENEMIES TO OUR PEACE.—Five great enemies to peace

inhabit with us : viz. avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.--Petrarch.

ENEMIES WITHIN.--Our worst enemies are those we carry about with us in our own hearts. Adam fell in Paradise and Lucifer in heaven, while Lot continued righteous in Sodom.

ENJOYMENT.--No enjoyment, however inconsiderable, is confined to the present moment. A man is the happier for life from having made once an agreeable tour, or lived for any length of time with pleasant people, or enjoyed any considerable interval of innocent pleasure.--Sidney Smith.

ENJOYMENT, MENTAL. Whatever can lead an intelligent being to the exercise or habit of mental enjoyment, contributes more to his happiness than the highest sensual or mere bodily pleasures. The one feeds the soul, while the other, for the most part, only exhausts the frame, and too often injures the immortal part.

ENJOYMENTS.--I have told you of the Spaniard who always put on his spectacles when about to eat cherries, that they might look bigger and more tempting. In like manner I make the most of my enjoyments; and though I do not cast my cares vay, I pack them in as little compass as I can, and carry them as conveniently as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others. --Southey.

ENJOYMENTS.-In the common enjoyments of life, we cannot very liberally indulge the present hour, but by anticipating part of the pleasure which might have relieved the tediousness of another day; and any uncommon exertion of strength, or perseverance in labor, is succeeded by a long interval of languor and weariness. Whatever advantage we snatch beyond the certain portion allotted us by nature, is like money spent before it is due, which at the time of regular payment, will be missed and regretted.

ENJOYMENTS OF THIS LIFE. --The enjoyments of this pres.

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ent short life, which are indeed but puerile amusements, must disappear when placed in competition with the greatness and durability of the glory which is to come.--Haller.

ENTHUSIASM.—Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understandings are warped with enthusiasm : for they judge all actions and their causes by their own perverse principles, and a crooked line can never be the measure of a straight one.-Dryden.

ENVY.-Envy is a weed that grows in all soils and climates, and is no less luxuriant in the country than in the court; is not confined to any rank of men or extent of fortune, but rages in the breasts of all degrees. Alexander was not prouder than Diogenes; and it may be if we would endeavor to surprise it in its most gaudy dress and attire, and in the exercise of its full empire and tyranny, we should find it in schoolmasters and scholars, or in some country lady, or the knight her husband; all which ranks of people more despise their neighbors, than all the degrees of honor in which courts abound : and it rages as much in a sordid affected dress, as in all the silks and embroideries which the excess of the age and the folly of youth delight to be adorned with.

Since then it keeps all sorts of company, and wriggles itself into the liking of the most contrary natures and dispositions, and yet carries so much poison and venom with it, that it alienates the affections from heaven, and raises rebellion against God himself, it is worth our utmost care to watch it in all its disguises and approaches, that we may discover it in its first entrance, and dislodge it before it procures a shelter or retiring place to lodge and conceal itself. -Clarendon.

Envy.-A man that hath no virtue in himself ever envieth virtue in others; for men's minds will either feed upon

their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one, will prey upon the other.-Lord Bacon.

Envy.--Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another's prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.—Colton.

Envy.-Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise ; for the distance is altered; and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go back.—Lord Bacon. Envy.—If envy,


did not burn itself in its own fire, and consume and destroy those persons


before it can destroy those it wishes worst to, it would set the whole world on fire, and leave the most excellent persons

the most miseråble.—Lord Clarendon.

ENVY.-Envy sets the stronger seal on desert; if he have no enemies, I should esteem his fortune most wretched. — Ben Jonson.

Envy.—Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level with themselves. -Franklin.

Envy.—If our credit be so well built, so firm, that it is not easy to be shaken by calumny or insinuation, envy then commends us, and extols us beyond reason, to those upon whom we depend, till they grow jealous, and so blow us up when they cannot throw us down.— Clarendon.

Envy.—If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things that they possess, there would not be much envy in the world. — Young.

ENVY AND CAVIL.—Envy and cavil are the natural fruits of laziness and ignorance; which was probably the reason, that in the heathen mythology, Momus is said to be the son of Nox, and Somnus of Darkness and Sleep.- Addison.

ENVY AND DESIRE.-All envy is proportionate to desire; we are uneasy at the attainments of another, according as we think our own happiness would be advanced by the addition of that which he withholds from us; and therefore whatever depresses immoderate wishes, will, at the same time, set the heart free from the corrosion of envy, and exempt us from that vice which is, above most others, tormenting to ourselves, hateful to the world, and productive of mean artifices and sordid projects.—Johnson.

EPITAPHS.—Some persons make their own epitaphs, and bespeak the reader's good-will. It were, indeed, to be wished, that every man would early learn in this manner to make his own, and that he would draw it up in terms as flattering as possible, and that he would make it the employment of his whole life to deserve it.- Goldsmith.

EQUALITY.—So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.Johnson.

EQUALITY OF CONDITION.- Whatever difference there may appear to be in men's fortunes, there is still a certain compensation of good and ill in all, that makes them equal.— Charron.

EQUITY.-Equity in law is the same that the spirit is in religion, what every one pleases to make it: sometimes they go according to conscience, sometimes according to law, sometimes according to the rule of court.--Selden.

ERROR.-It is almost as difficult to make a man unlearn his errors as his knowledge. Mal-information is more hopeless than non-information; for error is always more busy than ignorance. Ignorance is a blank sheet, on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one, from which we must

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