« AnteriorContinuar »
Qualities Required For Business.
Much depends upon the temperament of a man of business. It should be hopeful, that it may bear him up against the faintheartedness, the folly, the falsehood, and the numberless discouragements which even a prosperous man will have to endure. It should also be calm; for else he may be driven wild by any great pressure of business, and lose his time and his head in rushing from one unfinished thing to begin something else. Helps.
Advice To An Author.
If you be an author, never disturb yourself about little squibs, &c., against you. If you do, you will never be at rest. If you want to annoy the squibber, pretend never to have heard of them.
Prose And Poetry.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, Prose = words in their best order; Poetry = the best words in the best order.
Death. If some men died, and others did not, Death would indeed be a most mortifying evil.
Men Worthy Of Honour. These things are comely and pleasant, and worthy of honour from the beholder:—A young saint; an old martyr; a religious soldier; a conscientious statesman; a great man courteous; a learned man humble; a child that understands the eye of its parents; a cheerful companion without vanity; a friend not changed with honours; a sick man happy; a soul departing with comfort and assurance.
Laughter Conducive To Longevity.
Democritus, who was always laughing, lived one hundred and nine years; Heraclitus, who never ceased crying, only sixty. Laughing, then, is best; and to laugh at one another is perfectly justifiable, since we are told that the gods themselves,, though they made us as they pleased, cannot help laughing at us.
Steevens. Functions Of The Novelist.
The great novelist should be a poet, philosopher, and man of the world, fused into one. Understanding man as well as men, the elements of human nature as well as the laws of their combinations; he should possess the most extensive practical knowledge of society, the most universal sympathies with his kind, and a nature at once shrewd and impassioned, observant and creative, with large faculties harmoniously balanced. His enthusiasm should never hurry him into bigotry of any kind, not even into bigoted hatred of bigotry; for never appearing personally in his work as the champion of any of his characters, representing all faithfully, and studious to give even Satan his due, he must simply exhibit things in their right relations, and trust that morality of effect will result from truth of representation. Whipple.
Counsel To Authors. Never write on a subject without having first read yourself full on it; and never read on a subject till you have thought yourself hungry on it. Richter. Self-help Best.
Then said his lordship, "Well, God mend all!" "Nay, by God, Donald, we must help Him to mend it!" said the other. Rush-worth.
A Preacher's Defects.
The defects of a preacher are soon spied. Let a preacher be endued with ten virtues, and have but one fault, that one fault will eclipse and darken all his virtues and gifts, so evil is the world in these times. Dr Justus Jonas hath all the good qualities that a man may have ; yet by reason that he only often hummeth and spitteth, therefore the people cannot bear with that good and honest man. Luther.
The Moral Fever.
We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. In general, elopements, divorces, and family quarrels, pass with little notice. We read the scandal talk about it for a day, and forget it. But once in six or seven years our virtue becomes outrageous. We cannot suffer the laws wof religion and decency to be violated. We must make a stand against vice. We must teach libertines that the English people appreciate the importance of domestic ties. Accordingly some unfortunate man, in no respect more depraved than hundreds whose offences have been treated with lenity, is singled out as an expiatory sacrifice. If he has children, they are to be taken from him; if he has a profession, he is to be driven from it. He is cut by the higher orders, and hissed by the lower. He is, in truth, a sort of whipping-boy, by whose vicarious agonies all the other transgressors of the same class are, it is supposed, sufficiently chastised. We reflect very complacently on our own severity, and compare with great pride the high standard of morals established in England with the Parisian laxity. At length our anger is satiated; our victim is ruined and heartbroken; and our virtue goes quietly to sleep for, seven years more. Macaulay.