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Which of your philosophical Systems is other than a dream-theorem; a net quotient, confi. dently given out, where divisor and divident are both unknown ? -Carlyle. Sartor Resartus, Bk. I.,
A foot more light, a step more true,
When debtors once have borrowed all we have to lend, they are very apt to grow shy of their creditors' company. -Vanburgh. The Provoked Wife (Lady
Brute), Act III., Sc. I.
Nothing is lost on him who sees
With an eye that feeling gave ;-
And a picture in every wave.
or the Blue Stocking.
When ingratitude barbs the dart of injury, the wound has double danger in it. -Sheridan. The School for Scandal (Jos.
Surface), Act IV., Sc. III.
Pearls of thought, unstrung, that glisten
Rubies red, where hearts have bled,
Diamonds white, with new found light,
While the music of the spheres
J. C. H.
Do not look for wrong and evil
You will find them if you do ;
He will measure back to you.
Look for goodness, look for gladness,
You will meet them all the while ;
A few seem favorites of Fate
In Pleasure's lap caress’d, -
A cheerful temper, joined with innocence, will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. It will lighten sickness, poverty and affliction; convert ignorance into an amiable simplicity, and render deformity itself agreeable.
He who is eager to be a great and noble man in the future, must in the present be great and noble in thought as well as in deed.
yet his honor and his toil :
All natures come to their manhood through some experience of fermentation ! With some it is a ferment of passions ; with some, of the affections; and with richly endowed natures it is the ferment of thought and of the moral nature,
The elfin spirit of sleep Preserves for child-like hearts, a pillow broad and deep.
Kind words are looked upon like jewels in the breast, never to be forgotten, and, perhaps, to cheer by their memory a long, sad life ; while words of cruelty or of carelessness are like swords in the bosom, wounding and leaving scars which will be borne to the grave by their victim.
Sweet are the uses of Adversity,
Custom is overcome by custom.
-Thomas à Kempis.
Like precious things of every kind and name, This heaven-born treasure oft hath mimicked
been, But honest charity is e'er the same,
The fairest, purest gem, the world hath seen.
Nothing that is of real worth can be achieved without courageous working. Man owes his growth chiefly to that active striving of the will, that encounter with difficulty, which we call effort ; and it is astonishing to find how often results apparently impracticable are thus made possible.
There is in each life some time or spot,
Some hour or moment of night or day, That never grows dim and is never forgot,
Like an unfaded leaf in a dead bouquet ; Some rare season, however brief,
That stands forever and aye the same, A sweet, bright picture in bas-relief,
Hanging before us in memory's frame.
Never hold any one by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for, if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.
It is the secret sympathy,
yes, I will say again : The great silent men! Looking around on the noisy inanity of the world, words with little meaning, actions with little truth, one loves to reflect on the great empire of Silence! The noble silent men, scattered here and there, each in his department; silently thinking, silently working; whom no morning newspaper makes mention of. They are the salt of the earth. A country that has none or few of these is in a bad way. Like a forest which had no roots; which had all turned into leaves and boughs ; which would soon wither and be no forest. Woe for us if we had nothing but what we can show or speak.
A light heart lives long.
He is truly great, who is great in charity.
- Thomas i Kempis.