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Comtempt. — Shakspeare.
Comtempt. — Chesterfield. T is very often more necessary to conceal Contempt than Resent. ment, the former being never forgiven, but the latter sometimes forgot.
Comtempt. — Massinger.
Content. — Spenser.
For some, that hath abundance at his will,
Comtent. — Shakspeare.
Content. — Shakspeare.
Content. — Shakspeare.
(TOntent. — Shakspeare.
Contemt. — Mrs. Sigourney.
Obtains a richer prize
Of treasure in the skies?
(Tomtetttmcmt. — Tucker. HE Point of Aim for our Vigilance to hold in view, is to dwell upon the brightest parts in every prospect, to call off the Thoughts when running upon disagreeable Objects, and strive to be pleased with the present circumstances surrounding us.
(Tomtentment. — Colton.
HERE can be no doubt that the seat of perfect Contentment is in the Head; for every individual is thoroughly satisfied with his own proportion of Brains. Socrates was so well aware of this, that he would not start as a Teacher of Truth, but as an Inquirer after it. As a teacher, he would have had many disputers, but no disciples: he therefore adopted the humbler mode of investigation, and instilled his knowledge into others, under the mask of seeking
information from them.
(Tomtentment. – Greville. WITHOUT Content, we shall find it almost as difficult to please others as ourselves.
(stomtiguit.p. – Greville. EN and Statues that are admired in an elevated Situation, have a very different effect upon us when we approach them : the first appear less than we imagined them, the last bigger.
Comtiquity. — Colton. SPEAKING generally, no man appears great to his Contemporaries, for the same reason that no man is great to his Servants —both know too much of him.
$clf (Tomtrol. — Cato. THINK the first Virtue is to restrain the Tongue: he approaches nearest to the Gods, who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
$clf (Tomtros. – Shakspeare.
(Controbetàp. – Butler.
And after solve 'em in a trice;
Controberg.p. – Colton.
WE are more inclined to hate one another for Points on which
we differ, than to love one another for Points on which we agree. The reason perhaps is this; when we find others that agree with us, we seldom trouble ourselves to confirm that Agreement; but when we chance on those that differ with us, we are zealous both to convince, and to convert them. Our Pride is hurt by the Failure, and disappointed Pride engenders Hatred.
Controbetàp. — Dryden.
33 eligioug Comtrøberg.p. – Dryden.
(£0mbergation. — Addison. NE would think that the larger the Company is in which we are engaged, the greater variety of Thoughts and Subjects would be started into discourse; but instead of this, we find that Conversation is never so much straitened and confined as in numerous assemblies.
(stombergation. — Colton. HEN we are in the Company of sensible men, we ought to be doubly cautious of talking too much, lest we lose two good things, their good opinion, and our own improvement; for what we have to say we know, but what they have to say we know not.
Combergation. – Addison. N private Conversation between intimate Friends, the wisest men very often talk like the weakest; for indeed the talking with a Friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.
Combergation. —La Bruyere.
THERE is speaking well, speaking easily, speaking justly, and
speaking seasonably: It is offending against the last, to speak of entertainments before the indigent; of sound limbs and health before the infirm ; of houses and lands before one who has not so much as a dwelling; in a word, to speak of your prosperity before the miserable; this Conversation is cruel, and the comparison which naturally arises in them betwixt their condition and yours is excruciating.
. Combergation. —La Bruyere. MONGST such as out of Cunning hear all and talk little, be sure to talk less; or if you must talk, say little.
(sombergation. — Burke. THE Perfection of Conversation is not to play a regular sonata, but, like the Æolian harp, to await the Inspiration of the passing breeze. Combergation. – Johnson. E only will please long, who by tempering the acidity of Satire with the sugar of Civility, and allaying the heat of Wit with the frigidity of Humble Chat, can make the true Punch of Conversation; and as that punch can be drunk in the greatest quantity which has the largest proportion of water, so that Companion will be oftenest welcome, whose Talk flows out with unoffensive copiousness, and unenvied insipidity.
(stom betgation. – Steele. T is a Secret known but to few, yet of no small use in the conduct of Life, that when you fall into a man’s Conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.
Combergation. — Sir William Temple. N Conversation, Humour is more than Wit, Easiness more than Knowledge; few desire to learn, or to think they need it; all desire to be pleased, or, if not, to be easy.
Combetgation. — Colton.
SOME men are very entertaining for a first Interview, but after
that they are exhausted, and run out; on a second Meeting we shall find them very flat and monotonous: like hand-organs, we have heard all their tunes.
(£0mbergation. — Lavater. E who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers, and ceases when he has no more to say, is in possession of some of the best requisites of Man. H
(stombergation. – Colton.
OME Praters are so full of their own Gabble, and so fond of their own Discord, that they would not suspend their eternal Monotonies, to hear the Wit of Sheridan, or the Point of Swift; one might as well attempt to stop the saw of a task-working stonecutter, by the melodies of an AEolian harp. Others again there are, who hide that Ignorance in silent Gravity that these expose by silly Talk; but they are so coldly correct, and so methodically dull, that any attempt to raise the slumbering sparks of Genius by means of such instruments, would be to stir up a languishing fire with a poker of ice. There is a third class, forming a great majority, being a heavy compound of the two former, and possessing many of the properties peculiar to each ; thus they have just Ignorance enough to talk amongst Fools, and just Sense enough to be silent amongst Wits. But they have no Vivacity in themselves, nor relish for it in another: to attempt to keep up the ball of Conversation with such partners would be to play a game of Fives against
a bed of feathers.
Combergation. — Addison.
HAT part of life which we ordinarily understand by the word Conversation, is an indulgence to the sociable part of our make ; and should incline us to bring our proportion of good-will or goodhumour among the Friends we meet with, and not to trouble them with relations which must of necessity oblige them to a real or feigned affliction. Cares, distresses, diseases, uneasinesses, and dislikes of our own, are by no means to be obtruded upon our Friends. If we would consider how little of this vicissitude of motion and rest, which we call life, is spent with satisfaction, we should be more tender of our friends, than to bring them little sorrows which do not belong to them. There is no real life but cheerful life; therefore valetudinarians should be sworn, before they enter into Company, not to say a word of themselves until the meeting breaks up.
- Combergation. — From the French. SPEAK little and well if you wish to be considered as possessing merit.
Compergation.— Fuller. EVER contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy; or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of Argument.
(sombergation. — Steele. EAUTY is never so lovely as when adorned with the Smile, and Conversation never sits easier upon us than when we now and then discharge ourselves in a symphony of Laughter, which may not improperly be called the Chorus of Conversation.