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CONFIDENCE.

CONSCIENCE

CONFIDENCE-Withholding of.

CONQUEROR-The. Trust him with little, who, without proofs, They that see thee shall narrowly look upon trusts you with everything, or, when he has thee, and consider thee, saying: Is this the proved you, with nothing.

Lavater. map that made the earth to tremble ; that did

shake kingdoms; that made the world as a CONFIDER-Injuring and

wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof ?

Isaiah. Let not the quietness of any man's temper, CONQUEST-the Reward of Merit. much less the confidence he has in thy bonesty and goodness, tempt thee to contrive

Conquest is not given by chance, any mischief against him; for the more

But, bound by fatal and resistless merit,
Waits on his arms!

Rowe. securely he relies on thy virtue, and the less mistrust he has of any harm from thee, the

CONQUEST-Right of. greater wickedness will it be to entertain even

I claim by right the thought of doing him an injury.

Bishop Patrick. Of conquest; for when kings make war, CONFOUNDERS-Woe unto.

No law betwixt two sov'reigns can decide,

But that of arms, where fortune is the judge, Woe unto them that call evil good, and Soldiers the lawyers, and the bar the field. good evil; that put darkness for light, and

Dryden. light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, CONSCIENCE. and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah.

What exile from himself can flee? Byron. CONFUSION-Evils of.

CONSCIENCE-Approval of. The slack sail shifts from side to side;

That conscience approves of and attests, The boat, untrimm'd, admits the tide; such a course of action, is itself, alone, an Bome down adrift, at random toss'd,

obligation.

Butler. The car breaks short, the rudder's lost. Gay.

CONSCIENCE-A Bad. CONFUSION-General.

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.

Calvin. Never was known a night of such distraction! Noise so confused and dreadful; justling CONSCIENCE-Checks of. Crowds

Colonel Gardiner was habitually so immersed That run, and know not whither; torches in intrigues, that if not the whole business, gliding

at least, the whole happiness of his life conlike meteors, by each other in the streets.

sisted in them; and he had too much leisure

Dryden. for one who was so prone to abuse it. His fine CONGRATULATION-Compliments of. constitution, than which, perhaps, there was Compliments of congratulation are always tunities of indulging himself in these excesses;

hardly ever a better, gave him great opporkindly taken, and cost one nothing but pen, and his good spirits enabled him to pursue ink, and paper. I consider them as draughts his pleasures of every kind, in so alert and upon good breeding, where the exchange is

sprightly a manner, that multitudes envied always greatly in favour of the drawer.

him, and called him, by a dreadful kind of Chesterfield.

compliment, “The happy rake." Yet still the CONJECTURES-Uncertainty of. checks of conscience, and some remaining · Although some conjectures may have a principles of so good an education, would Considerable degree of probability, yet it is break in upon his most licentious hours; and evidently in the nature of conjecture to be I particularly remember he told me, that when uncertain. In every case the assent ought to some of his dissolute companions were once be proportioned to the evidence; for to be congratulating him on his distinguished feliLeve firmly what has but a small degree of city, a dog happening at that time to come probability is a manifest abuse of our under into the room, he could not forbear groaning Flanding. Now, though we may, in many inwardly, and saying to himself, Oh that I tages, forta very probable conjectures con- were that dog! Such was then his happiness, cerning the works of men, every conjecture we and such, perhaps, is that of hundreds more, can form with regard to the works of God has who bear themselves highest in the contempt 23 little probability as the conjectures of a of religion, and glory in that infamous servi. child with regard to the works of a man. tude which they affect to call liberty. Chalmers.

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CONSCIENCE.

CONSCIENCE.

CONSCIENCE-Convictions of.

CONSCIENCE-A Good. Conscience, that in the days of fortune's favour The testimony of a good conscience will Securely slept, pow rouses into strong

make the comforts of heaven descend upon And dread conviction of her crime. I broke man's weary head like a refreshing dew or The sacred oath, sworn to a dying father, shower upon a parched land. It will give him To free my country from her chains. My soul lively earnests and secret anticipations of apShakes as I roll this thought. O Providence, proaching joy; it will bid bis soul go out of Awfully just, though Guilt may shut her eye, the body undauntedly, and lift up his head Thine ever wakes to mark, to trace, to punish! with confidence before saints and angels. The

Mallet. comfort which it conveys is greater than the CONSCIENCE-Defiance of.

capacities of mortality can appreciate, mighty Where are thy terrors, conscience? where thy and unspeakable, and not to be understood justice ?

till it is felt.

South. That this bad man dare boldly own his crimes, CONSCIENCE-A Guilty. Insult thy sacred power, and glory in it ?

Francis.

A guilty conscience is like a whirlpool drawCONSCIENCE-Definitions of.

ing in all to itself, which would otherwise

Fuller. God's vicegerent in the soul.

None have accused thee; 'tis thy conscience Yet still there whispers the small voice within, cries, Heard through Gain's silence, and o'er Glory's The witness in the soul that never dies;

Its accusation, like the moaning wind Whatever creed be taught, or land be trod, Of wintry midnight, moves thy startled mind. Man's conscience is the oracle of God! Byron. Oh! may it melt thy harden'd heart, and bring

From out thy frozen suul the life of spring. The pulse of reason. Coleridge.

Mrs. Hale.

Buchan. pass by.

din :

The sense of right.

Dr. Watson. Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;

The thief doth fear each bush an officer. CONSCIENCE-Delights of.

Shakspeare. A palsy may as well shake an oak, or a fever CONSCIENCE-a Guide to Integrity. dry up a fountain, as either of them shake, dry

A man of integrity will never listen to any up, or impair the delight of conscience. For

reason against conscience.

Home. it lies within, it centres in the heart, it grows into the very substance of the soul, so that it CONSCIENCE-the Minister of Justice. accompanies a man to his grave,-he never outlives it; and that for this cause only, be threatens, promises, rewards, and punishes,

Conscience is justice's best minister: it cause he cannot outlive himself. South.

and keeps all under its control: the busy must CONSCIENCE-Fear of.

attend to its remonstrances, the most powerful

submit to its reproof, and the angry endure In the commission of evil, fear no man so its upbraidings. While conscience is our friend, much as thyself: another is but one witness all is peace; but if once offended, farewell the against thee; thou art a thousand; another tranquil mind.

Hon. Mrs. Montague. thou mayest avoid ; thyself thou canst not. Wickedness is its own punishment. Quarles. CONSCIENCE–Liberty of.

Liberty of conscience (when people have conCONSCIENCE-A Good.

sciences) is rightly considered the most indisWhat stronger breastplate than a heart un pensable of liberties; and yet there may bare tainted ?

been many periods when it could not be conThrice is he arm'd that hath his quarrel just ; ceded without great hazard to public security. And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, When the subjects of a state have that degree Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. of education that they will not use their

Shakspeare. liberty of thought to take up with doctrines

incompatible with the existeuce of society, the A good conscience is to the soul what health ruling powers can have no pretence for reis to the body; it preserves a constant ease straining this important attribute of humanity. and serenity within us, and more than counter. It is a very natural mistake to confound liberty vails all the calamities and afflictions which with popular power. Liberty has often been can possibly befali us.

Addison. I the result of the popular acquisition of power,

CONSCIENCE.

CONSCIENCE.

power!

but the two are not identical. Liberty of con

CONSCIENCE-Power of. | science and religious observance, liberty of Conscience ! what art thou, thou tremendous thought, liberty of speech, liberty of doing good to our fellows in our own way, liberty of Who dost inhabit us without our leave; estucation, liberty of choosing our occupation, And art within ourselves, another self, | liberty of using our gifts and talents to advan. A master self, that loves to domineer, I tage, liberty of doing what we please with our

And treat the monarch frankly as the slave, | own, liberty of trading, liberty of guiding How dost thou light a torch to distant deeds!

our own movements—all these we may have Make the past present, and the future frown ! I without any vote in the appointing of the How, ever and anon, awake the soul,

government, and we may fail in securing many As with a peal of thunder, to strange horrors, of them under a popular constitution. So In this long, restless dream, which idiots hug, long as a large proportion of our fellow-citizens Nay, wise men Alatter with the name of life? would abuse, to a ruinous extent, any one of

Young. . these precious privileges, we must be for a time content to forego them. Chambers.

Conscience is too great a power in the nature

of man to be altogether subdued; it may for CONSCIENCE-an Inward Monitor.

a time be repressed and kept dormant; but 11l not meddle with it, it is a dangerous conjunctures there are in human life which thing, it makes a man a coward; a man cannot

awaken it; and when once re-awakened, it steal, but it accuseth him; a man cannot

flashes on the sinner's mind with all the swear, but it checks him ; a man cannot lie horrors of an invisible ruler, and a future

Blair. with his neighbour's wife, but it detects him :

judgment. 'tis a blushing shame-faced spirit, that mutinies In a man's bosom; it fills one full of obstacles :

Let a prince be guarded with soldiers, it made me once restore a purse of gold, that attended by councillors, and shut up in forts; by chance I found; it beggars any man that yet if his thoughts disturb him, he is miserable.

Plutarch. kseps it; it is turned out of all towns and cities for a dangerous thing; and every man, that means to live well, endeavours to trust to

Even in the fiercest uproar of our stormy binnself, and live without it. Shakspeare.

passions, conscience, though in her softest

whispers, gives to the supremacy of rectitude CONSCIENCE-Power of.

the voice of an undying testimony. Chalmers. The unanswerable reasonings of Butler CONSCIENCE-Purity of. derer reached the ear of the gray-haired pious We should have all our communications peasant; but he needs not their powerful aid with men, as in the presence of God; and to establish his sure and certain hope of a with God, as in the presence of men,

Colton, ! blessed immortality. It is no induction of logie that has transfixed the heart of the CONSCIENCE-A Quiet. retim of deep remorse, when he withers be- In all ages and all countries, man, through Beath an influence unseen by human eye, and the disposition he inherits from our first

shrinks from the anticipation of a reckoning parents, is more desirous of a quiet and ! to come. In both the evidence is within, a approving, than of a vigilant and tender con| part of the original constitution of every science; desirous of security instead of safety; ratiooal mind, planted there by Him who studious to escape the thought of spiritual framed the wondrous fabric. This is the power danger more than the danger itself; and to of conscience; with an authority, which no induce, at any price, some one to assure him man can put away from him, it pleads at once confidently that he is safe, to prophesy unto for his own future existence, and for the moral him smooth things, “and to speak peace, even | attributes of an omnipotent and ever-present when there is no peace.”

Whately. Deity. In a healthy state of the moral feelingy, the man recognises its claim to supreme

I feel within me dominion. Amid the degradation of guilt, it A peace above all earthly dignities, still raises its voice and asserts its right to A still and quiet conscience. Shakspeare. govern the whole man; and, though its warn. ings are disregarded, and its claims disallowed, CONSCIENCE-Regulation of the. it proves within his inmost soul an accuser A man's first care should be to avoid tho that cannot be stilled, and an avenging spirit reproaches of his own heart; his next, to that never is quenched. Dr. Abercrombie. 'escape the censures of the world. If the last

CONSCIENCE.

CONSISTENCY.

interferes with the former, it ought to be Bathes in its deep tranquillity one image, entirely neglected; but otherwise there can- One only image, which no outward storm not be a greater satisfaction to an honest Can ever ruffle.

Talfourd. mind, than to see those approbations which it gives itself, seconded by the applauses of the CONSCIENCE-attendant on Virtue. public. A man is more sure of his conduct, The virtuous mind, that ever walks attended when the verdict which he passes upon his own behaviour is thus warranted and confirmed by By a strong siding champion, Conscience.

Milton. the opinion of all that know him. Addison. CONSCIENCE-the Voice of. CONSCIENCE-Remorse of.

Conscience, that vicegerent of God in the Remorse of conscience is like an old wound; loudest revelry cannot drown.

human heart, whose “still small voice" the

Harrison. a man is in no condition to fight under such circumstances. The pain abates his vigour and takes up too much of his attention.

In the wildest anarchy of man's insurgent

Jeremy Collier. appetites and sins, there is still a reclaiming CONSCIENCE-Selling of the.

voice; a voice which, even when in practice A man who sells his conscience for his disregarded, it is impossible not to own ; and interest, will sell it for his pleasure. A man

to which, at the very moment that we refuse who will betray his country, will betray his

our obedience, we find that we cannot refuse friend.

Miss Edgeworth.

the homage of wbat ourselves do feel and

acknowledge to be the best, the highest prinCONSCIENCE-Sovereignty of the.

ciples of our nature.

Chalmers. The conscience, that sole monarchy in man,

CONSCIENCE-Watchfulness of.
Owing allegiance to no earthly prince ;
Made by the edict of creation free;

A watchful foe! the formidable spy,
Made sacred, made above all human laws,

List’ning, o'erhears the whispers of our camp; Holding of Heaven alone; of most divine Our dawning purposes of heart explores, And indefeasible authority;

And steal our embryos of iniquity. An individual sovereignty, that none

As all rapacious usurers conceal Created might, unpunished, bind or touch,

Their doomsday-book from all consuming heirs, Unbound, save by the eternal laws of God,

Thus with indulgence most severe she treats And upamenable to all below. Pollok. The spendthrifts of inestimable time ;

Unnoted, notes each moment misapplied CONSCIENCE-Stings of.

In leaves more durable than leaves of brass ;

Writes our whole history, which death shall Foul whisp'rings are abroad ; unnatural deeds

read Do breed unnatural troubles : infected minds To their deaf pillows will discharge their | And judgment publish, publish to more worlds

In every pale delinquent's hapless ear, secrets. Shakspeare. Than this, and endless age in groans resound.

Young. Severe decrees may keep our tongues in awe, But to our thoughts what edict can give law ? CONSCIENCE-& Punishment to the

Wicked. Even you yourself to your own breast shall tell

Many a lash in the dark doth conscience Your crimes, and your own conscience be your give the wicked.

Bostoa. hell.

Dryden.

CONSIDERATION-Advantages of. CONSCIENCE-Struggles of.

Better it is, toward the right conduct of The colour of the king doth come and go life, to consider what will be the end of a Between his purpose and his conscience, thing, than what is the beginning of it; for Like heralds 'twixt two dreadful battles set: what promises fair at first may prove ill, His passion is so ripe, it needs must break. and what seems at first a disadvantage, may Shakspeare. prove very advantageous.

Wells, CONSCIENCE-an Inward Sunshine.

I know

CONSISTENCY. Too well the miseries that hom me round; Either take Christ in your lives, or cast him And yet the inward sunshine of my soul, out of your lips; either be that thou seemest, Unclouded by their melancholy shadows, or else be what thou art.

Dyer. CONSISTENCY.

CONSTITUTION.

CONSISTENCY-Characteristics of. CONSTANCY-without Change.

He who prays as he ought, will endeavour True constancy no time, no power can move : to live as he prays. He who can live in sin, He that hath known to change, ne'er knew to and abide in the ordinary duties of prayer, love.

Gay. Derer prays as he ought. A truly gracious praying frame is utterly inconsistent with the I am constant as the northern star, love of, or reserve for, any sin. Oroen. Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality,

There is no fellow in the firmament. CONSISTENCY-Moral Strength. The skies are painted with unnumber'd sparks, Without consistency there is no moral strength. They are all fire, and every one doth shine ;

But there's but one in all doth hold his place : Ibid.

So, in the world, 'tis furnish'd well with men, CONSPIRACY-Anxious Fears of.

And men are fesh and blood, and appreBetween the acting of a dreadful thing

hensive ; And the first motion all the interim is

Yet, in the number, I do know but one
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream: That unassailable holds on his rank,
The genius and the mortal instruments

Unsbaked of motion.

Shakspeare. Are then in council; and the state of man,

CONSTANCY-Characteristics of.
Lise to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection. Shakspeare.

I must confess, there is something in the

changeableness and inconstancy of human CONSPIRACY-Evil Spirit of.

nature that very often both dejects and

terrifies me. Whatever I am at present, I O Conspiracy!

tremble to think wbat I may be. While I Sham'st thou to show thy dangerous brow by find this principle in me, how can I assure night,

myself that I shall be always true to my God, When evils are most free! Oh then, by day, my friend, or myself. In short, without conWhere wilt thou find a cavern dark enough stancy there is neither love, friendship, nor To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, virtue in the world.

Addison. Cunspiracy;

CONSTANCY-Unalterable.
Hide it in smiles and affability :
For if thou put thy native semblance on,

I know thee constant.
Not Erebus itself were dim enough

Sooner I'll think the sun would cease to cheer To hide thee from prevention.

Ibid. The teeming earth, and then forget to bear;

Sooner that rivers would run back, or Thames, CONSPIRATOR-Character of the.

With ribs of ice in June would bind his

streams; For close designs and crooked counsels fit,

Or nature, by whose strength the world Bagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit,

endures, Restless, unfix'd in principle and place,

Would change her course before you alter In power unpleased, impatient in disgrace.

yours.

Johnson. Dryden. CONSTABLE-Importance of the.

CONSTITUTION-Meaning of.

There is nothing so much talked of, and so À constable is a viceroy in the street, and little understood in this country, as the conno man stands more upon't that he is the stitution. It is a word in the mouth of every king's officer. His jurisdiction extends to the man; and yet when we come to discourse of bert stocks, where he has commission for the the matter, there is no subject on which our hsels only, and sets the rest of the body at ideas are more confused and perplexed. Some, liberty. He is a scarecrow to that alehouse when they speak of the constitution, confine where he drinks not his morning draught, and their notions to the law; others to the legisapprehends a drunkard for not standing, in lature; others again, to the governing and the king's name. Beggars fear him more executive part; and many there are who than the justice, and as much as the whip- jumble all these together in one idea. One stock, whom be delivers over to his subor. error, however, is common to them all; for all dinate magistrates, the bridewell-man and the seem to have the conception of something berile. He is a great stickler in the tumults uniform and permanent, as if the constitution of double jngs, and ventures his head by his of England partook rather of the nature of place, which is broke many times to keep the soil than of the climate, and was as fixed whole the peace. He is never so much in his and constant as the former, not as changing majesty as in his night watch. Bishop Earle. I and variable as the latter.

Fielding.

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