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CYCLOPÆDIA OF PRACTICAL QUOTATIONS.
Men who undertake considerable things, One way, and long another for.
even in a regular way, ought to give us ground BUTLER- Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. to presume ability. Line 220. h. BURKE- Reflections on the Revolution
in France. Justly thou abhorr'st That son, who on the quiet state of men
As we advance in life, we learn the limits Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
of our abilities. Rational liberty ; yet know withal,
i. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Since thy original lapse, true liberty Is lost.
Subjects. Elucation. b. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. XII.
Every person is responsible for all the good
within the scope of his abilities, and for no He will come to her in yellow stockings,
more, and none can tell whose sphere is the and 'tis a colour she abhors ; and cross gar
largest. tered, a fashion she detests.
GAIL HAMILTON— Country Living and Tielfth Night. Act II. Sc. 5.
Country Thinking. Men and Women. Shall they hoist me up,
Conjugal affection And show me to the shouting varletry
Prevailing over fear and timorous doubt, Of censuring Rome? Rather ditch in
Hath led me on, desirous to behold Egypt
Once more thy face, and know of thy estate, Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus'
If aught in my ability may serve mud
To lighten what thou suffer'st, and appeaso Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Thy mind with what amends is in my power-Blow me into abhorring!
Though late, yet in some part to recomd. Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2.
pense Therefore I say again,
My rash but more unfortunate misdeed.
k. I utterly abhor, yea from my soul,
MILTON- Samson Agonistes. Line 739. Refuse you for my judge ; whom yet once more,
Whose skill was almost as great as his I hold my most malicious foe, and think not honesty ; had it stretched so far, would have At all a friend to truth.
made nature immortal, and death should e. Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4.
have play for lack of work.
1. All's Well That Ends Well, Act I. Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a
Sc. 1. man, Who having seen me in my worst estate, Who does the best his circumstance allows, Shunn'd my abhorr'd society.
Does well, acts nobly ; angels could no more. f. King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3.
m. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II. For, if the worlds
Line 91. In worlds enclosed should on his senses burst,
ABSENCE. He would abhorrent turn. 3. THOMPSON—The Seasons. Summer. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Thomas HAYNES BAYLY, Isle of Beauty.
Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines ; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight line. 9. HERBERT SPENCER --Social Slatics,
Ch. XXXII. Par. 4, Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. TENNYSON— The Charge of the Light
Brigade. St. 2. A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE WASHINGTON—Social Maxims.
Friendship. Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle-this way or that.
t. WORDSWORTH-- The Borderers. Act III. All may do what has by man been done. Young Night Thoughts. Night VI.
Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds. SAM'L JOHNSON — Boswell's Life of
Johnson, An. 1775. I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. b. LOCKE- Human Understanding. Bk. I.
Ch. 3. Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labour and to wait.
LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life. - Trust no future howe'er pleasant !
Let the dead past bury their dead ! Act, -act in the living present!
Heart within and God o'erhead !
d. LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life.
from Ireland. Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n. f. MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 830. How my
achievements mock me! I will go meet them.
g. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere
well It were done quickly. h. Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7.
In such business Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the
ignorant More learned than the ears.
i. Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2. So smile the Heavens upon this holy act That after-hours with sorrow chide us not! J. Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 6.
ADMIRATION. No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. V. CARLYLE-Teroes and Hero Worship.
Lecture I. Green be the turf above thee,
Friend of my better days ! None knew thee but to love thee,
Nor named thee but to praise. w. FITZ-GREENE HALLECK-On the death
of Joseph R. Drake. Few men are admired by their servants.
MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. III. Ch. 2. We always like those who admire us, we do not always like those whom we admire. y. ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 294.
What you do Still betters what is done. When you speak,
sweet, I'd have you do it ever.
Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. k. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.
The blood more stirs
Things done well,
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. We may not think the justness of each act Such and no other then event doth form it.
Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 2.
We must not stint Our necessary actions, in the fear To cope malicious censurers.
0. Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. Heaven never helps the men who will not act. P. Sophocles. Fragment 288.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. CARLYLE-Heroes and lIero Worship.
Be loving and you will never want for love; be humble, and you will never want for guiding.
D. M. MULOCK - Olive. Ch. XXIV.
PopE- Essay on Criticism. Line 578. Direct not him, whose way himself will
choose ; 'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt
thou lose. o. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often still’d my brawling discontent.
p. Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. I pray theo cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as profitless As water in a sieve. 9. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V.
Sc. 1. When a wise man gives thee better coun, sel, give me mine again.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
Aromatic plants bestow
b. GOLDSMITH — The Captivity. Act I.
GRAY-Ode to Adversity. St. 1. In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. d. ROCHEFOUCAULD- Reflections. XV.
Bold adversity Cries out for noble York and Somerset, To beat assailing death from his weak legions. And whiles the honourable captain there Drops bloody sweat from his war wearied
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 4. Hiz overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.
f. llenry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. Sweet are the uses of adversity ; Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. 9.
As You Like It. Act. II. Sc. 1.
Then know, that I have little wealth to lose; A man I am cross'd with adversity. h. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act IV.
They can be meek that have no other cause,
i. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.
The worst men often give the best advice: Our deeds are sometimes better than our
thoughts. j. BAILEY- Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. She had a good opinion of advice,
Like all who give and eke receive it gratis, For which small thanks are still the market
price, Even where the article at highest rate is.
k. BYRON -- Don Juan. Canto XV. St. 29.
Let him go abroad to a distant country ; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil where he is known. 1. Say'L JOHNSON-Boswell's Life of
So loving to my mother, That he might not beteem the winds of
heaven Visit her face too roughly.
20. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. Such affection and unbroken faith As temper life's worst bitterness.
SHELLEY—The Cenci. Act. III. So. 1.
AFFLICTION. Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought.
Henceforth I'll bear Affliction till it do cry ont itself, Enough, Enough, and die.
6. kiny Leur. Act IV. Sc. 6.
Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound
Affliction is not sent in vain From that good God who chastens who he
Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon. BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto II.
St. 88. Just as old age is creeping on apace, And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day, They kindly leave us, though not quite alone, But in good company-the gout or stone. BYRON - Don Juan. Canto III.
St. 59. My days are in the yellow leaf; The flowers and fruits of love are gone; The worm, the canker, and the grief Are mine alone !
BYRON -On my Thirty-sixth Year. Dark and despairing, my sight I may seal, But man cannot cover what God woull
reveal : 'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, And coming events cast their shadows before. p. CAMPBELL-Lochiel's Warning.
Line 53. As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. 9.
CICERO. Life's shadows are meeting Eternity's day.
JAMES G. CLARKE-Leona. The spring. like youth, fresh blossoms doth
produce, But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use: So age a mature mellowness doth set On the green promises of youthful heat.
Sir John DENHAM - Cato Major. Pt. IV. Boys must not have th'ambitious care of mea, Nor men the weak anxieties of age. t. WENTWORTH DILLON (Earl of
Roscommon)- Trans. IIsrace.
Of the Art of Poetry. Line 212. We do not count a man's years, until he has nothing else to count. EMERSON - Society and Solitude.
Old Age. Old age is courteous--no one more : For time after time he knocks at the door, But nobody says, “ Walk in, sir, pray!" Yet turns he not from the door away, But lifts the latch, and enters with speed, And then they cry, “A cool one, indeed.'
GOETHE-- Old Age. Alike all ages : dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful
maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisked beneath the burden of threescore.
GOLDSMITH - The Traveller. Line 251. O blest retirement! friend to life's decline How blest is he who crowns, in shades like
these, A youth of labour with an nge of ease ! 2. GOLDSMITH — The Deserted Village.
AGE (OLD.) Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years ! I am so weary of toil and of tears, Toil without recompense, tears all in vain Take them, and give me my childhood again!
9. ELIZABETH AKERS—Rock Je to Sleep. Weak withering age no rigid law forbids With frugal nectar, smooth and slow with
balm The sapless habit daily to bedew, And give the hesitating wheels of life Glibblier to play. h. John ARMSTRONG- Art of Preserving
Health. Bk. II. Line 486 Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
i. Bacon -Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age. Old age comes on apace to ravage all the
clime. j. BEATTIE- The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 25.
To resist with success, the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart ; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study and love. k. BONSTETTEN --- In Abel Stevens'
Madame de Stael. Ch. XXVI.