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A New And True Speech.
Sheridan once said of some speech, in his acute, sarcastic way, that "it contained a great deal both of what was new and what was true: but that unfortunately what was new was not true, and what was true was not new." Hazlitt.
The Heart Of Man.
When I am assailed with heavy tribulations, I rush out among my pigs, rather than remain alone by myself. The human heart is like a millstone in a mill; when you put wheat under it, it turns and grinds and bruises the wheat to flour. If you put no wheat, it still grinds on; but then 'tis itself it grinds and wears away.
Nothing is a courtesy unless it be meant us, and that friendly and lovingly. We owe no thanks to rivers, that they carry our boats; or winds, that they be favouring, and fill our sails; or meats, that they be nourishing; for these are what they are necessarily. Horses carry us; trees shade us; but they know it not.
Human Vanity. Nature descends down to infinite smallness. Great men have their parasites; and, if you take a large buzzing blue-bottle fly, and look at it in a microscope, you may see twenty or thirty little ugly insects crawling about it, which, doubtless, think their fly to be the bluest, grandest, merriest, most important animal in the universe; and are convinced the world would be at an end if it ceased to buzz.
Ridicule is the itch of our age and climate; and has overrun both the court and the stage; enters a House of Lords and Commons as boldly as a coffee-house; debates of council as well as private conversation: and I have known, in my lifetime, more than one or two ministers of state that would rather have said a witty thing than have done a wise one, and made the company laugh rather than the kingdom rejoice.
Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week. Longfellow. The Disrepute Of Lodgings.
There is nothing respectable in lodgings and a cab—nothing stationary. Such are the appliances of a here-to-day-gone-to-morrow kind of life. One never looks substantial until one pays rates and taxes, and has a bill with one's butcher. Bulwer.
"Ladies have ladies' whims," said crazy Ann, when she draggled her cloak in the gutter.
A Man Of Maxims.
A man of maxims only is like a Cyclops with one eye, and that eye placed in the back of his head. Coleridge.
The Language Of The Poet.
Language—the machine of the poet—is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical; that of a half-civilised people is poetical. Macaulay. Example Better Than Precept.
Though "the words of the wise be as nails fastened by the masters of the assemblies" yet sure their examples are the hammer to drive them in to take the deeper hold. A father that whipt his son for swearing, and swore himtelf whilst he whipt him, did more harm by his example than good by his correction.
Danger A Good Teacher.
If a man is learning to dance on a rope, if he does not mind what he is about he will break his neck. After that, it will be in vain for him to -argue that he did not make a false step. His situation is not like that of Goldsmith's pedagogue:—
"In argument they own'd his wondrous skill,
Danger is a good teacher, and n:akes apt scholars. TIazlitt.
Definition Of A Present.
Something you do not care to keep given to a person who does not want it. Graham. How To Speak Of The Dead.
In speaking of the dead, so fold up your discourse that theirvirtues maybe outwardly shown, while their vices are wrapped up in silence.
Advantage Of A Good Breakfast.
By eating a hearty breakfast, you escape the temptation of luncheon—a snaie into which he who has a sufficient respect for his dinner will rarely fall. Maginn.
They that govern most make least noise. You see when they row in a barge, they that do drudgery work, slash, and puff, and sweat; but he that governs, sits quietly at the stem, and Scarce is seen to stir. Selden.
Distinctions In Knavery.
He who attempts to make others believe in means which he himself despises is a puffer; he who makes use of more means than he knows to be necessary is a quack; and he who ascribes to those means a greater efficacy than his own experience warrants is an impostor. Lavalo.