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Railway travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel. Ruskin.
Genius And Learning.
If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators. Hazlitt.
How To Grow Rich. There is a Spanish proverb, that a lapidary who would grow rich must buy of those who go to be executed, as not caring how cheap they sell; and sell to those who go to be married, as not caring how dear they buy. Thomas Fuller.
People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, tut their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism.
Holmes. An All-sufficient Reason.
"Pall Mall Gazette—why Pall Mall Gazette?" asked Wagg.
"Because the editor was bom at Dublin, the sub-editor at Cork, because the proprietor lives in Paternoster Row, and the paper is published in Catherine Street, Strand."
Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback: set it up on one side, and it tumbles over on the other. Luther.
"That was excellently observed," say I, "when I read a passage in an author where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I pronounce him to be mistaken." Swift.
Promises was the ready money that was first coined and made current by the law of nature, to support that society and commerce that was necessary for the comfort and security of mankind. Clarendon. Old Friends.
Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old Shoes; they were easiest for his Feet. Selden.
Conscience. Conscience is a great ledger book, in which all our offences are written and registered, and which time reveals to the sense and feeling of the offender. Burton,
What a fine looking thing is war! Yet, dress it as we may, dress and feather it, daub it with gold, huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it—what is it, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform! Douglas Jerrold.
Very Heavy Reading.
There was, it is said, a criminal in Italy, who was suffered to make his choice between Guicciardini and the galleys. He chose the history. But the war of Pisa was too much for him. He changed his mind, and went to the oars.
Drama And History. The drama is as history brought before the eyes. It presents the images of things as if they were present, while history treats of them as things past. Bacon.
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. Burke.
They said to the camel-bird (ostrich,) "Carry;" it answered, "I cannot, for I am a bird." They said, "Fly;" it answered, "Icannot, for I am a camel." Arabic Proverb.
Discontent The Lot Of Man.
"Philus," saith a Latin writer, "was not so rich as Laelius; Laelius was not so rich as Scipio; Scipio was not so rich as Crassus; and Crassus was not so rich as he wished to be!" If John Bull were once contented, Manchester might shut up its mills. It is the "little more" that makes a mere trifle of the national debt. Long life to it! Bulwer. Speech.
Speech is as a pump, by which we raise and pour out the water from the great lake of Thought, — whither it flow back again. Sterling.
A Young Unicorn.
A painter being challenged for having painted a unicorn without a horn, replied, "It was not yet a year old, and that with time the horn would come." Dntmmond.
Preventatives Of Melancholy.
I once gave a lady two-and-twenty recipes against melancholy. One was a bright fire; another to remember all the pleasant things said to her; another to keep a box' of sugarplums on the chimneypiece, and a 'kettle simmering on the hob. I thought this mere trifling at the moment, but have in after life' discovered how true it is that these little pleasures often drive melancholy away better than! higher and more exalted objects; and that no means ought to be thought too trifling which ca n oppose it either in ourselves or in others.