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A Man's Marriage.
Of all actions of a man's life, his marriage does least concern other people, yet of all actions of our life 'tis most meddled with by other people.
All exertion is in itself delightful, and active amusement seldom tires us. Helvetius owns that he could hardly listen to a concert for two hours, though he could play on an instrument all day long. In all pursuits, efforts, it must not be forgotten, are as indispensable as desires. The globe is not to be circumnavigated by one wind. We should never be idle. "It is better to wear out than to rust out," says Bishop Cumberland. "There will be time enough for repose in the grave," said Arnauld to Nicole. In truth, the proper rest for man is change of occupation. Sharpe.
A fastidious taste is like a squeamish appetite: the one has its origin in some disease of the mind, as the other has in some ailment of the stomach. - Southey. Integrity Of Mind.
A mind that is conscious of its integrity, scorns to say more than it means to perform. Burns.
There are two distinct sorts of what we call bashfulness: this, the awkwardness of a booby, which a few steps into the world will convert into the pertness of a coxcomb; that, a consciousness which the most delicate feelings produce, and the most extensive knowledge cannot always remove'. Mackenzie.
Good intentions are at least the seed of good actions; and every man ought to sow them, and leave it to the soil and the seasons whether they come up or no, and whether he or any other gathers the fruit.. Temple.
The Worst Punishment.
An ingenious artist of our own time has been heard to declare, that if ever the devil got him into his clutches, he would set him to copy his own pictures. Hazlitt. Argument In Law.
A lawyer, who has no more argument than would lie in a nut-shell, wire-draws it and hammers it, and hammers it and wire-draws it, and then wire-draws and hammers it again, like a lecturer who is exhibiting the infinite ductility of gold. Southey.
Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress."
That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it. . . . In the wildest parts of Scotland the "Pilgrim's Progress" is the delight of the peasantry. In every nursery, the "Pilgrim's Progress" is a greater favourite than "Jack the Giant Killer." Every reader knows the straight and narrow path as well as he knows a road in which he has gone backward and forward a hundred times. This is the highest miracle of genius, that things which are not should be as though they were—that the imaginations of one mind should become the personal recollections of fr another. And this miracle the tinker has
Discretion In Conversation.
It is a great misfortune not to have mind enough to talk well, nor judgment enough to be silent.
He that at twenty is not, at thirty knows not, and at forty has not, will never be, nor ever know, nor ever have. Italian Proverb.
The Secret History Of Books.
If the secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader! Thackeray.
The World A Mirror.
We may be pretty certain that persons whom all the world treats ill deserve entirely the treatment they get. The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upen you; laugh at it and with it and it is a jolly, kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice. - Thackeray.
An air played on the bagpipes, with that detestable, monstrous drone of theirs for the bass, is like a tune tied to a post Leigh Hunt.
Words must be fitted to a man's mouth. 'Twas well said of the fellow that was to make a speech for my Lord Mayor—he desired to take measure of his lordship's mouth. Selden.
Conduct Of Ladies Towards One Another. With what smiles and curtseys they stab each other! with what compliments they hate each other! with what determination of long-suffering they won't be offended! with what innocent dexterity they can drop the poison into the cup of conversation, hand round the goblet, smiling, to the whole family to drink, and make the dear, domestic circle miserable! Thackeray.
To expect what never comes, to lie in bed and not sleep, to serve well and not be advanced, are three things to die of. Italian Proverb.