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THE disposition to give a cup of cold water to a disciple is a far nobler property than the finest intellect. Satan has a fine intellect, but not the image of God.

Uettebolence. — Seneca.
There will ever be a place for Virtue.
$3eneb0lettC£. — Shakspeare.

For his Bounty,
There was no Winter in't; an Autumn 'twas,
That grew the more by reaping.

33etotltormettt. — Shakspeare. THERE was Speech in their Dumbness, Language in their very Gesture; they looked, as they had heard of a World ransomed, or one destroyed: a notable passion of Wonder appeared in them; but the wisest beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say, if the importance were Joy, or Sorrow; but in the extremity of the one it must needs be,

CJ)e IStfile*— Wayland. THAT the truths of the Bible have the power of awakening an intense moral feeling in Man under every variety of character, learned, or ignorant, civilized or savage; that they make bad men good, and send a pulse of healthful feeling through all the domestic, civil, and social relations; that they teach men to love right, to hate wrong, and to seek each other's welfare, as the children of one common Parent; that they control the baleful passions of the human heart, and thus make men proficient in the science of self-government; and, finally, that they teach him to aspire after a conformity to a Being of infinite holiness, and fill him with hopes infinitely more purifying, more exalted, more suited to his nature, than any other which this world has ever known, are facts as incontrovertible as the laws of philosophy, or the demonstrations of mathematics. iStSOtrg* — Dryden. The good old Man, too eager in Dispute, Flew high; and as his Christian Fury rose, Damn'd all for Heretics who durst oppose. IStptrg. — Feltham. QHOW me the Man who would go to Heaven alone if he could, and in that Man I will show you one who will never be admitted into Heaven.

$3tpttB* — Prior.
QOON their crude Notions with each other fought;

The adverse Sect denied what this had taught;
And he at length the ampliest triumph gain'd,
Who contradicted what the last maintained.

iStOS^pf)^ — Terence. iy/TY advice is, to consult the Lives of other Men, as he would a looking-glass, and from thence fetch examples for his own imitation.

Cf}0 ILdbe Of 33trtf0* — Thomson.
''TIS Love creates their Melody, and all

This waste of Music is the Yoice of Love;
That even to Birds, and Beasts, the tender arts
Of pleasing teaches. Hence the glossy kind
Try every winning way inventive Love
Can dictate, and in courtship to their mates
Pour forth their little souls.

IStttfK — Charron. HHHOSE who have nothing else to recommend them to the respect of others, but only their Blood, cry it up at a great rate, and have their mouths perpetually full of it. They swell and vapour, and you are sure to hear of their families and relations every third word. By this mark they commonly distinguish themselves; you may depend upon it there is no good bottom, nothing of true worth of their own when they insist so much, and set their credit upon that of others.

33trtf)* — Lord Greville. T^HEN real Nobleness accompanies that imaginary one of Birth, the imaginary seems to mix with real, and becomes real too.

Cf)e IStttpag, — Young.

Alas! this Day
First gave me Birth, and (which is strange to tell)
The Fates e'er since, as watching its return,
Have caught it as it flew, and mark'd it deep
With something great; extremes of good or ill.

ISltntrne^ —Milton.

Thus with the year
Seasons return, but not to me returns
Day, or the sweet approach of Ev'n or Morn,
Or sight of vernal Bloom, or summer's Hose,
Or Flocks, or Herds, or human Face divine;
But Cloud instead, and ever-during Dark,
Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of Men
Cut off, and for the Book of Knowledge fair
Presented with a universal Blank
Of Nature's Works, to me expung'd and ras'd,
And Wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.

3$Uritmt88. Milton.
f\ DARK, dark, dark, amid the blaze of Noon,

Irrevocably dark, total Eclipse
Without all hope of Day!

0 first created Beam, and thou great "Word,
Let there be Light, and Light was over all;
Why am I thus bereav'd thy prime decree?

iSlOClK — Shakspeare.
HiGH-stomach'd are they both, and full of Ire,
In rage deaf as the Sea, hasty as Fire.

15l\mtnt88. Shakspeare. TIE speaks home; you may relish him more in the Soldier, than in the Scholar.

ISllHJfjtttB* — Spenser.
THE doubtful Mayd, seeing herself descryde,

Was all abasht, and her pure Yvory
Into a clear Carnation suddeine dyde;
As fayre Aurora rysing hastily
Doth by her Blushing tell that she did lye
All night in old Tithonus' frozen bed,
Whereof she seemes ashamed inwardly.

^SlWfyiVLQ. Scott.
With every change his Features play'd,
As Aspens show the Light and Shade.

SSoaSttttg* — Young.
We rise in Glory, as we sink in Pride;
Where Boasting ends, there Dignity begins.

53oaStmg* — Shakspeare.
Conceit, more rich in Matter than in Words,
Brags of his Substance, not of Ornament:
They are but Beggars that can count their Worth.

^0 aSttng* — Shakspeare.

I'll turn two mincing steps
Into a manly stride: and speak of Frays
Like a fine bragging Youth: and tell quaint Lies,
How honourable Ladies sought my Love,
Which I denying they fell sick and died:

1 could not do with all:—then I will repent,
And wish for all that, that I had not kill'd them:
And twenty of these puny Lies I'll tell,

That Men shall swear, I have discontinued school
Above a twelvemonth.

95oa0ttng* — ShaJcspeare.

Who knows himself a Braggart,
Let him fear this; for it will come to pass,
That every Braggart shall be found an Ass.

9Saofe-J$lafcmg* — Edward H Everett TT is remarkable that many of the best Books of all sorts have been written by persons who, at the time of writing them, had no intention of becoming authors. Indeed, with slight inclination to systemize and exaggerate, one might be almost tempted to maintain the position—however paradoxical it may at the first blush appear—that no good Book can be written in any other way; that the only literature of any value is that which grows indirectly out of the real action of society, intended directly to affect some other purpose; and that when a man sits doggedly in his study and says to himself "I mean to write a good Book" it is certain, from the necessity of the case, that the result will be a bad one.

l&flffoZ. Fuller. T^HOU mayst as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as

wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges Nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and digestion which makes Books serviceable, and gives health and vigour to the mind.

9j300fe^— Fuller. TTO divert at any time a troublesome fancy, run to thy Books:

they presently fix thee to them, and drive the other out of thy thoughts. They always receive thee with the same kindness.

UflClfceu — Tom Brown. "PLAYS and Komances sell as well as Books of Devotion; but with this difference; more people read the former than buy them; and more buy the latter than read them.

SSOCfeu — Anon. T HAVE ever gained the most profit, and the most pleasure also, from the Books which have made me think the most; and, when the difficulties have once been overcome, these are the Books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding, but likewise in my affections.

9S0Cfe — Hare. T>OOKS, as Dryden has aptly termed them, are spectacles to read Nature. Eschylus and Aristotle, Shakspeare and Bacon, are Priests who preach and expound the mysteries of Man and the Universe. They teach us to understand and feel what we see, to decipher and syllable the hieroglyphics of the senses.

Books, like Friends, should be few and well chosen.

ISotlfeS* — Milton. AS good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book. Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Book is the precious Life-blood of a Master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose, to a life beyond life.

tSflOfcg* _ Clarendon. TTE who loves not Books before he 'comes to thirty years of age, will hardly love them enough afterward to understand them.

3S00fo^ — Colton. "A/TANY Books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason;—they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. Those Works, therefore, are the most valuable, that set our thinking faculties in the fullest operation. For as the solar light calls forth all the latent powers and dormant principles of vegetation contained in the kernel, but which, without such a stimulus, would neither have struck root downward, nor borne fruit upward, so it is with the light that is intellectual) it calls forth and awakens into energy those latent principles of thought in the minds of others, which, without this stimulus, reflection would not have matured, nor examination improved, nor action embodied.

Itoo{t0* — Shenstone. T\THEN self-interest inclines a man to print, he should consider that the purchaser expects a penny-worth for his penny, and has reason to asperse his honesty if he finds himself deceived; also, that it is possible to publish a Book of no value, which is too frequently the product of such mercenary people.

/ SSOCto* — Clianning.

'CjrOD be thanked for Books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are the true levellers. They give to all, who will faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence of the best and greatest of our race. No matter how poor I am. No matter though the prosperous of my own time will not enter my obscure dwelling. If the sacred writers will enter and take up their abode under my roof, if Milton will cross my threshold to sing to me of Paradise, and Shakspeare to open to me the worlds of imagination and the workings of the human heart, and Franklin to enrich me with his practical wisdom, I shall not pine for want of intellectual companionship, and I may become a cultivated man though excluded from what is called the best society in the place where I live.

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