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Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines ; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight line. HERBERT SPENCER—Social Statics,
Ch. XXXII. Par. 4, Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. TENNYSON—The Charge of the Light
Brigade. St. 2. A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE WASHINGTON-Social Maxims.
Friendship. Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle--this way or that.
t. WORDSWORTH-The Borderers. Act III. All may do what has by man been done. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VI.
Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds. SAM'L JOHNSON— Boswell's Life of
Johnson, An. 1775. I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. b. LOCKE-Human Understanding. Bk. I.
Ch. 3. Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ; Still achieving, still pursuing; Learn to labour and to wait.
LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life. _Trust no future howe'er pleasant !
Let the dead past bury their dead ! Act,-act in the living present !
Heart within and God o'erhead!
d. LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life.
from Ireland. Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n. f. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 830. How my achievements mock me! I will go meet them. g.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere
well It were done quickly. h. Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7.
In such business Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the
Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. k. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.
The blood more stirs To rouse a lion, than to start a hare. 1. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3.
Things done well, And with a care, exempt themselves from fear; Things done without example, in their issue Are to be fear'd.
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. We may not think the justness of each act Such and no other then event doth form it.
Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 2.
ADMIRATION. No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. V. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.
Lecture 1. Green be the turf above thee,
Friend of my better days ! None knew thee but to love thee, Nor named thee but to praise. FITZ-GREENE HALLECK-On the death
of Joseph R. Drake. Few men are admired by their servants.
MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. III. Ch. 2. We always like those who admire us, we do not always like those whom we admire. y. ROCHEFOUCAULD- Maxim 294.
What you do Still betters what is done. When you speak,
sweet, I'd have you do it ever.
Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3.
ADVERSITY. And these vicissitudes come best in youth ;
For when they happen at a riper age, People are apt to blame the fates forsooth,
And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth : He who hath proved war, storm or woman's
rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won the experience which is deem'd so
Be loving and you will never want for love; be humble, and you will never want for guiding.
m. D. M. MULOCK — Olive. Ch. XXIV. Be niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.
POPE-Essay on Criticism. Line 578. Direct not him, whose way himself will
choose; 'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often still'd my brawling discontent.
p. Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. I pray thee cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as profitless As water in a sieve. 9. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V.
Sc. 1. When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
Aromatic plants bestow
b. GOLDSMITH — The Captivity. Act I.
GRAY-Ode to Adversity. St. 1. In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. d. ROCHEFOUCAULD- Reflections. XV.
Bold adversity Cries out for noble York and Somerset, To beat assailing death from his weak legions. And whiles the honourable captain there Drops bloody sweat from his war wearied
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 4. His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.
f. Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. Sweet are the uses of adversity ; Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. g.
As You Like It, Act. II. Sc. 1.
Henceforth I'll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, Enough, Enough, and die.
b. King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 6.
Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound
Affliction is not sent in vain From that good God who chastens whom he
loves. d. SOUTHEY- Madoc. Pt. III. Line 74. With silence only as their benediction,
God's angels come
The soul sits dumb!
of his sister.
Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon. BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto II.
St. 88. Just as old age is creeping on apace, And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day, They kindly leave us, though not quite alone, But in good company-the gout or stone. BYRON- Don Juan. Canto III.
St. 59. My days are in the yellow leaf ; The flowers and fruits of love are gone; The worm, the canker, and the grief Are mine alone!
BYRON-On my Thirty-sixth Year. Dark and despairing, my sight I may seal, But man cannot cover what God would
reveal : 'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, And coming events cast their shadows before. P. CAMPBELL-Lochiel's Warning.
Line 53. As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. 9.
JAMES G. CLARKE— Leona.
produce, But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use: So age a mature mellowness doth set On the green promises of youthful heat.
Sir John DENHAM - Cato Major. Pt. IV. Boys must not have th'ambitious care of men, Nor men the weak anxieties of age. t. WENTWORTH DILLON (Earl of
Of the Art of Poetry. Line 212. We do not count a man's years, until he has nothing else to count. EMERSON – Society and Solitude.
Old Age. Old age is courteous-no one more : For time after time he knocks at the door, But nobody says, “Walk in, sir, pray !" Yet turns he not from the door away, But lifts the latch, and enters with speed, And then they cry, “A cool one, indeed."
GOETHE- Old Age. Alike all ages : dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful
maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisked beneath the burden of threescore.
GOLDSMITH – The Traveller. Line 251. O blest retirement! friend to life's decline-How blest is he who crowns, in shades like
these, A youth of labour with an age of ease! GOLDSMITH - The Deserted Village.
AGE (OLD.) Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years ! I am so weary of toil and of tears, Toil without recompense, tears all in vainTake them, and give me my childhood again! g.
ELIZABETH AKERS—Rock Me to Sleep. Weak withering age no rigid law forbids With frugal nectar, smooth and slow with
balm The sapless habit daily to bedew, And give the hesitating wheels of life Glibblier to play. h. JOHN ARMSTRONG— On Preserving
Health. Bk. II. Line 486 Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
i. BACON-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age. old age comes on apace to ravage all the
clime. j. BEATTIE--The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 25.
To resist with success, the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study and love. k. BONSTETTEN-- In Abel Stevens'
Madame de Stael. Ch. XXVI. No chronic tortures racked his aged limb, For luxury and sloth had nourished none for
so may'st thou live till like ripe fruit thou
Line 535. So Life's year begins and closes ;
Days, though short'ning, still can shine ; What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine.
MOORE-Spring and Autumn. Thyself no more deceive, thy youth hath fled. PETRARCH — To Laura in Death.
Sonnet LXXXII. Why will you break the Sabbath of my days? Now sick alike of Envy and of Praise. p. Pope- First Book of Horace. Ep. I.
Line 3. Through the sequester'd vale of rural life, The venerable patriarch guileless held The tenor of his way. 9.
PORTEUS-Death. Line 109.
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
Wishes. Line 308.
Age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress And as the evening 'twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by
day. d. LONGFELLOW-Morituri Salutamus.
Line 284. And the bright faces of my young compan
ions Are wrinkled like my own, or are no more. e. LONGFELLOW - Spanish Student.
Act III. Sc. 3. How far the gulf-stream of our youth may
ficw Into the arctic regions of our lives, Where little else than life itself survives. f. LONGFELLOW-Morituri Salutamus.
Line 250. The course of my long life hath reached at
last, In fragile bark o'er a tempestuous sea, The common harbor, where must rendered
be, Account of all the actions of the past.
g. LONGFELLOW -- Old Age. The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more
dreary, And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.
Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. i. LONGFELLOW- Morituri Salutamus.
Line 264. Age is not all decay ; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk. j. GEORGE MacDONALD— The Marquis of
Lossie. Ch. XL.
I sit in my darkness and tears.
The ages roll Forward ; and forward with them, draw my
Into time's infinite sea. And to be glad, or sad, I care no more : But to have done, and to have been, before
I cease to do and be. 2. OWEN MEREDITH — The Wanderer.
Bk. IV. A Confession and Apology. St. 9.