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The Advantages Of Cheerfulness.
When Goethe says that in every human condition foes lie in wait for us, "invincible only by cheerfulness and equanimity," he does not mean that we can at all times be really cheerful, or at a moment's notice; but that the endeavour to look at the better side of things will produce the habit; and that this habit is the surest safeguard against the danger of sudden evils. Leigh Hunt.
Hiring An Earthquake.
Some one was saying that it had cost nearly half a million to move the Leviathan only so far as they had got it already. "Why," said the Professor, "they might have hired 'an Earthquake for less money!"
Mighty Wine. An Asiatic chief being asked his opinion of wine, said he thought it a juice extracted from women's tongues and lions' hearts; for, after he had drunk enough of it, he could talk for ever and fight the devil. Barker.
Liberty More Imaginary Than Real.
A contented citizen of Milan, who had never passed beyond its walls during the course of sixty years, being ordered by the governor not to stir beyond its gates, became immediately miserable, and felt so powerful an inclination to do that which he had so long contentedly neglected, that, on his application for a release from this restraint being refused, he became quite melancholy, and at last died of grief. The pains of imprisonment also, like those of servitude, are more in conception than in reality. We are all prisoners. What is life, but the prison of the soul? To some men the wide seas are but narrow ditches, and the world itself too limited for their desires; to roam from east to west, from north to south, is their sole delight; and when they have put a girdle round the globe, are discontented because they cannot travel to the moon. Burton.
He who does not venture gets neither horse nor mule; and he who ventures too much loses both horse and mule. French Proverb. Constituents Of The Novel.
I suppose as long as novels last, and authors aim at interesting their public, there must always be in the story a virtuous and gallant hero; a wicked monster, his opposite; and a pretty girl, who finds a champion. Bravery and virtue conquer beauty; and vice, after seeming to triumph through a certain number of pages, is sure to be discomfited in the last volume, when justice overtakes him, and honest folks come by their own. Thackeray.
Advertisements. Advertisements are sometimes very amusing. They give insights into the manners of the times no less interesting than authentic. Suppose the ancients had possessed a press, and that a volume of a Roman Post or Chronicle had been dug up at Herculaneum, with what curiosity should we not contemplate the millinery of the Roman ladies, or, "Wanted, a Gladiator to fight the last new lion ;" or, "Next Ides of November will be published the new poem of ' Quintus Horatius Flaccus."1
The Fate Of Plagiarists.
There is a very pretty Eastern tale, of which the fate of plagiarists often reminds us. The slave of a magician saw his master wave his wand, and heard him give orders to the spirits who arose at the summons. The slave stole the wand, and waved it himself in the air; but he had not observed that his master used the left hand for that purpose. The spirits thus irregularly summoned, tore the thief to pieces instead of obeying his orders. Macaulay.
The Power Of Music.
Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilised into time and tune. Such the extensiveness thereof, that it stoopeth so low as brute beasts, yet mounteth as high as angels. For horses will do more for a whistle than for a whip, and by hearing their bells, jingle away their weariness. Thomas Fuller.
He who takes hold of an eel by the tail, and a
woman at her word, may say he holds nothing.
Italian Proverb. A Natural Inference.
They who lengthen their nights shorten their days. Sbuthey.
Counsel To A Young Man.
Might I give counsel to any young hearer I would say to him, try to frequent the company of your betters; in books and life that is the most wholesome society; learn to admire rightly—the great pleasure of life is that. Note what the great men admired; they admired great things: narrow spirits admire basely, and worship meanly. Thackeray.
Punch-making In An Educational Aspect. Among punch-drinkers, the necessity of a right manufacture of a most intricate kind calls forth habits of industry and forethought, induces a taste for chemical experiment, improves us in geometry and many other sciences, to say nothing of the geographical reflections drawn forth by the pressure of the lemon, or the colonial questions which press upon every meditative mind on the appearance of white sugar.