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Elements Of Modern History. History, at least in its state of ideal perfection, is a compound of poetry and philosophy. It impresses general truths on the mind by a vivid representation of particular characters and incidents. But, in fact, the two hostile elements of which it consists have never been known to form a perfect amalgamation; and, at length, in our own time, they have been completely and professedly separated. Good histories, in the proper sense of the word, we have not. But we have good historical romances, and good historical essays. The imagination and the reason, if we may use a legal metaphor, have made partition of a province of literature of which they were formerly seized per my et per tout; and now they hold their respective portions in severalty, instead of holding the whole in common. Macaulay.
Honesty. He who freely praises what he means to purchase, and he who" enumerates the faults of what he has to sell, may set up a partnership -with honesty. Lavater. The True Workman.
Eveiy man can say B to a battledore, and write in praise of virtue and the seven liberal sciences, thrash corn out of full sheaves, and fetch water out of the Thames. But, out of dry stubble, to make an after-harvest, and a plentiful crop without sowing, and wring juice out of a flint, that is the right trick of a workman. Nash.
How To Treat An Author.
Be very careful how you tell an author he is droll. Ten to one he will hate you; and if he does, be sure he can do you a mischief, and very probably will. Say you cried over his romance or his verses, and he will love you and send you a copy. You can laugh over that as much as you like—in private. Holmes.
The True Pantheism.
A full mind is the true Pantheism, plena Jovis. It is only in some corner of the brain which we leave empty that Vice can obtain a lodging. When she knocks at your door, be able to say, "No room for your ladyship,—pass on."
Such I hold to be the genuine use of gunpowder: that it makes all men alike tall. Nay, if thou be cooler, cleverer than I, if thou have more Mind though all but no Body whatever, then canst thou kill me first, and art the taller. Hereby at last is the Goliath powerless and the David resistless; savage Animalism is nothing, inventive Spiritualism is all. Carlylc.
Wit And Wisdom.
Wit and wisdom differ; wit is upon the sudden turn, wisdom is bringing about ends. Selden.
Truth is a good dog; but beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out. Coleridge.
Power Of Public Opinion.
Public opinion is the powerful lever which in these days moves a people for good or for evil, and to public opinion we must therefore appeal, if we would achieve any lasting and beneficial results. Prince Albert. Where To Hear The Truth.
More home truths are to be learned from listening to a noisy debate in an alehouse than from attending to a formal one in the House of Commons. Hazlitt
A Sensible Duellist.
Sir Thirom Sankey, one of Oliver Cromwell's knights, challenged Sir William Petty to fight with him. Petty was extremely short-sighted, and being the challengee, it belonged to him to nominate place and weapon. He nominated accordingly a dark cellar and'a carpenter's axe. This turned the knight's challenge into ridicule, and it came to nought.
A Musical Light.
One who had fired a pipe of tobacco with a ballad, swore he heard the singing of it in his head thereafter for the space of two days.
The Business Of The Idle.
Whereas the devil's greatest business is to tempt other men; the idle man's business is to tempt the devil. Sanderson. A Critic Characterised.
Of all mortals a critic is the silliest; for, by inuring himself to examine all things, whether they are of consequence or not, he never looks upon anything but with a design of passing sentence upon it; by which means he is never a companion, but always a censor. Steele.
The Acme Of Grief.
He wrote poems and relieved himself very much. When a man's grief or passion is at this point, it may be loud, but it is not very severe. When a gentleman is cudgelling his brain to find any rhyme for sorrow, besides borrow or to-morrow, his woes are nearer at an end than he thinks. Thackeray.
Gold A Touchstone.
Men have a touchstone whereby to try gold, but gold is the touchstone whereby to try men.
Royal favour, April weather, woman's love, rose leaves, dice and card luck, change every minute. German Proverb.