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ACCUSATION-Affording Proof of. ACTION-Eloquence of.
The most trilling actions that affect a man's I'm fond of no man's person but his virtue.
credit are to be regarded. The sound of your Shakspeare.
hammer at five in the morning, or nine at ACHIEVEMENT.
night, heard by a creditor, makes him easy Achievement is command ; ungain'd, beseech ! six months longer ; but if he sees you at a
Didl. billiard-table, or hears your voice at a tavern, ACQUAINTANCE-Annoyances of. when you should be at work, he sends for his If we engage into a large acquaintance and
money the next day ; demands it before he
Franklin, various familiarities, we set open our gates to
can receive it in a lump. the in aders of most of our time ; we expose ACTION-Intent of. our life to a quotidian ague of frigid impertinences, which would make a wise man tremble
Of every noble action, the intent to think of. Now, as for being known muodi
Is to give worth reward--vice punishment. by sight, and pointed at, I cannot comprehend
Beaumont and Fletcher. the honour that lies in that. Whatsoever it
ACTION-Lawfulness of. I te, every mountebank has it more than the best doctor.
Wouldst thou know the lawfulness of the
action which thou desirest to undertake, let ACQUAINTANCE-Caution in forming. thy devotion recommend it to Divine blessing : It is good discretion not to make too much
if it be lawful thou shalt perceive thy heart of any man at the first ; because one cannot
encouraged by thy prayer ; if unlawful, thou bold out that proportion.
shalt find thy prayer discouraged by thy heart.
That action is not warrantable which either ACQUAINTANCE-Difference of. blushes to beg a blessing, or, having succeeded, Twixt us thus the difference trims
dares not present a thanksgiving. Quarles. Csing head instead of limbs,
ACTION-Man designed for.
The end of man is an action, and not a I have seen what you have read
thought, though it were the noblest. Carlyle. Which way does the balance lean ? Butler.
ACTION-Motives to. ACQUIREMENT-Retention of.
I will suppose that you have no friends to That which we acquire with most difficulty, share or rejoice in your success in life,-that we retain the longest ; as those who have you cannot look back to those to whom you earned a fortune are usually more careful of it owe gratitude, or forward to those to whom than those who have inherited one. Colton. you ought to afford protection ; but it is no
less incumbent on you to move steadily in the ACTION-Causes of.
path of duty : for your active exertions are Actions rare and sudden do commonly
due not only to society, but in humble grat Proceed from fierce necessity ; or else
tude to the Being who made you a member of From some oblique design wbich is ashamed it, with powers to serve yourself and others. To show itself in the public road. Davenant.
Sir Walter Scott. ACTION-Consequences of.
ACTION-Necessity for. There is no action of man in this life which
Id ers cannot even find time to be idle, is not the beginning of so long a chain of con
or the industrious to be at leisure. We must
Zimmerman. sequences, as that no human providence is high be always doing or suffering. enough to give us a prospect to the end. Thomas of Malmesbury.
ACTION-the perfection of Man's Nature.
Action is the highest perfection and drawing ACTION-Decision in.
forth of the utmost power, vigour, and activity Deliberate with caution, bu act with de- ' of man's nature. God pleased to vouchsafo cision ; and yield with graciousness, or oppose the best that He can give, only to the best with firmness.
Colton, that we can do. The properest and most
raised conception that we have of God is, that ACTION-Speech the Reflex of. He is a pure act, a perpetual, incessant motion. Action hangs, as it were, “ dissolved" in And next to Him, in the rank of beings, are
speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the the angels, as approaching nearest to Him shadow ; and precipitates itself therefrom. in this perfection ; being all flame and agility, The kind of speech in a man betokens the ministering spirits, always busy and upon the kind of action you will get from him. Carlyle. wing, for the execution of His great commands about the government of the world. ACTION-Strength of. And indeed doing is nothing else but the Strong reasons make strong actions. noblest improvement of being. South
ACTIONS-Conduct in. ACTION-Perseverance in.
Young men in the conduct and manage Be just in all thy actions; and if join'd
ment of actions embrace more than they can With those that are not, never change thy mind : hold, stir more than they can quiet, fly to the If aught obstruct thy course, yet stand not still, end without consideration of the means and But wind about till thou hast topp'd the hill. degrees, pursue some few principles which To the same end men several paths may tread, they have chanced upon absurdly, care not to As many doors into one temple lead;
be innovate, which draws unknown inconAnd the same hand into a fist may close, veniences; use extreme remedies at first, and Which instantly a palm expanded shows.
that which doubleth all
will not Denham. acknowledge or retract them.
Bacor. ACTION-Principles of.
Our actions are our own; their consequences If we hope to instruct others, we should
Francis. familiarize our own minds to some fixed and belong to Heaven. determinate principles of action. The world is ACTIONS-Construction of. a vast labyrinth, in which almost every one is running a different way, and almost every one
There is no word or action, but may be manifesting hatred to those who do not run
taken with two hands ; either with the right the same way. A few indeed stand motion- hand of charitable construction, or the sinister less, and, not seeking to lead themselves or interpretation of malice and suspicion : and others out of the maze, laugh at the failures
all things do succeed as they are taken. To of their brethren, yet with little reason; for
construe an evil action well, is but a pleasing more grossly than the most bewildered wan
and profitable deceit to myself : but to misderer does he err who never aims to go right. construe a good thing, is a treble wrong ; to It is more honourable to the head, as well as myself, the action, and the author. Bishop Hall. to the heart, to be misled by our eagerness in
ACTIONS-Good and Evil. the pursuit of truth, than to be safe from blundering by contempt of it. The happiness The evil that men do lives after them ; of mankind is the end of virtue, and truth is
The good is oft interrèd with their bones. the knowledge of the means ; which he will
Shakspeare. never seriously attempt to discover who has ACTIONS-Great. not habitually interested himself in the welfare
It behores the high of others.
The searcher after truth must love for their own sake to do things worthily. and be beloved ; for general benevolence is a
Ben Jonson. necessary motive to constancy of pursuit ; and
ACTIONS-Influenced by the Heart. this general benevolence is begotten and rendered permanent by social and domestic affec
All our actions take tions. Let us beware of that proud philosophy Their hues from the complexion of the heart, which affects to inculcate philanthropy while As landscapes their variety from light. it denounces every home-born feeling by which
William Thompson Bacon. it is produced and nurtured. The paternal
ACTIONS-Independent. and filial duties discipline the heart, and prepare it for the love of all mankind. The in- What I must do is all that concerns me, and tensity of private attachments encourages, not not what people think. This rule, equally prevents, universal benevolence. The nearer arduous id actual and in intellectual life, may we approach the sun, the more intense his serve for the whole distinction between gre heat : yet what corner of the system does he ness and meanness. It is the harder, because not cheer and vivify.
Coleridge. you will always find those who think they know ACTIONS.
what is your duty better than you know it. It | ACTIONS-Unselfish. is easy in the world to live after the world's Unselfish and noble acts are the most opinion; it is easy in solitude to look after radiant epochs in the biography of souls. your own ; but the great man is he who, in When wrought in earliest youth, they lie in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect the memory of age like the coral islands, sweetness the independence of solitude.
green and sunny, amidst the melancholy waste Emerson. of ocean.
Thomas. ACTIONSJustice in.
ACTIONS_Value of. It is vain to expect any advantage from our
The manner of saying or of doing anything profession of the truth, if we be not sincerely
goes a great way in the value of the thing just and honest in our actions.
itself. It was well said of him that called a
Archbishop Shorpe. good office that was done harshly, and with an ACTIONS-Motives of.
ill-will, a stony piece of bread ; it is necessary
for him that is hungry to receive it, but it Judge not of actions by their mere effect; almost chokes a man in the going down. Seneca. Dire to the centre, and the cause detect. Great deeds from meanest springs may take | ACTIONS (Good)-Immortality of. their course,
Act well at the moment, and you have perAnd smallest virtues from a mighty source. formed a good action to all eternity. Lavater.
ACTIONS (Good)-Influence of. The motives of the best actions will not
A right act strikes a cord tbat extends bear too strict an inquiry. It is allowed that through the whole universe, touches all moral the cause of most actions, good or bad, may intelligence, visits every world, vibrates along be resolved into the love of ourselves : but the
its whole extent, and conveys its vibrations to self-Love of some men inclines them to please the very bosom of God! Pray learn to underothers; and the self-love of others is wholly stand how all work has in it a spiritual employed in pleasing themselves. This makes element; how the meanest thing on earth has the great distinction between virtue and vice. a divine side; how all temporary forms include
Swift. essences that are to be eternal. Whatever be ACTIONS-Qualities of.
the meanness of a man's occupation, he may
discharge and prosecute it on principles comFor good and evil must in our actions meet;
mon to him with Michael, or Gabriel, or any of Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
the highest spirits of heaven. Binney.
ACTIONS (Little)-Power of. Go! let your deeds His praises prove;
It is little : To all make manifest His love ;
But in these sharp extremities of fortune, Like brethren live and journey on,
The blessings which the weak and poor can Preaching the truth of Him that's gone !
scatter Make known His promise to the earth, Have their own season. 'Tis a little thing Bliss unto all of mortal birth ;
To give a cup of water ; yet its draught To you the Master shall be thigh,
Of cool refreshment, drain'd by fever'd lips, For you He has been raised on high. Goethe. May give a shock of pleasure to the frame
More exquisite than when nectarean juice ACTIONS--Responsibility of.
Renews the life of joy in happiest hours. The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by It is a little thing to speak a phrase him actions are weigbed.
Samuel. Of common coinfort wbich by daily use
Has almost lost its sense : yet on the ear AOTIONS-Standards of.
Of him who thought to die unmourn'd, 'twill fall It behoves us always to bear in mind, that Like choicest music ; fill the glazing eye while actions are always to be judged by the With gentle tears ; relax the knotted hand, immutable standard of right and wrong, the To know the bonds of fellowship again; judgments which we pass upon men must be And shed on the departing soul a sense, qualified by considerations of age, country, More precious than the benison of friends station, and other accidental circumstances; About the honour's death-bed of the rich, and it will then be found that he who is most To hiin who else were lonely, that another charitable in his judgment is generally the of the great family is near and feels. least unjust. Soulhey.
ADMIRATION-Indulgence in. The guilt of eulogizing or apologizing for It is a good thing to beliere ; it is a good wicked actions is second only to that of com- thing to admire. By continually looking mitting them.
Southey. upwards, our ininds will themselves grow up
wards; and as a man, by indulging in habits ACTIVITY-Importance of.
of scorn and contempt for others, is sure io Let's take the instant by the forward top; descend to the level of what he despises, so For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
the opposite habits of admiration and enthuThe inaudible and noiseless foot of Time
siastic reverence for excellence impart to ourSteals, ere we can effect them.
Shakspeart. i selves a portion of the qualities we admire. ACTIVITY-Liability of.
Here, as in everything else, humility is the surest path to exaltation.
Dr. Arnold. Activity is liable to commit some injuries ; but indolence is sure to do no good. Zimmerman. ADMIRATION-Novelty necessary for. ACTIVITY-Moderation in.
Admiratinn must be continued by that
novelty which first produced it ; and bow ! Run if you like, but try to keep your breath ;
much soever is given, there must always be Work like a man, but don't be worked to death.
reason to imagine that more remains, Johnson. Holmex.
There is a ple::sure in admiration ; ani And like a monarch, ruled their little court ;
this is that which properly causeth admira
tion, when we discover a great deal in an The pliant bow he formed : the fiying ball, The bat, the wicket, were his labour all. Crabbe. object which we understand to be excellent ;
and yet we see (we know not how much) more ACTORS-Perfection required in. beyond that, which our understandings canThough a pleader or preacher is hoarse or
not fully reach and comprehend. Tillotson. awkward, the weight of their matter com- ADMONITION-should be Gentle. mands respect and attention ; but in theatri
We must consult the gentlest manner and cal speaking, if the performer is not exactly softest seasons of address ; our advice must proper and graceful, he is utterly ridiculous.
not fall like a violent storm, bearing down and In cases where there is little expected but the making those to droop whom it is meant to pleasure of the ears and eyes, the least cherish and refresh. It must descend, as the diminution of that pleasure is the highest dew upon the tender herb, or like melting offence. In acting, barely to perform the part flakes of snow; the softer it falls, the longer is not commendable ; but to be the least out
it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into is contemptible.
the mind. If there are few who bave the ACUTENESS--Characteristics of. humility to receive advice as they ought, it is The keen spirit
often because there are few who have the disScizes
cretion to convey it in a proper vehicle, and the prompt occasion-makes the thought
to qualify the harshness and bitterness of Start into instant action, and at once
reproof, against which corrupt nature is apt to
revolt, by an artful mixture of sweetening and Plans and performs, resolves and executes.
Hannah More. agreeable ingredients. To probe the wound to ADDRESS-Beauty of.
the bottom with all the boldness and resolu
tion of a good spiritual surgeon, and yet with This is the prettiest low-born lass, that ever
all the delicacy and tenderness of a friend, Ran on the green-sward : nothing she does, or
requires a very dexterous and masterly hand. seems,
An affable deportment and a complacency But smacks of something greater than herself :
of behaviour will disarm the most obstinate ; Too noble for this place. Shukspeare. whereas, if instead of calmly pointing out their ADDRESS-Skilfulness of.
mistake, we break out into unseemly sallies of
passion, we cease to have any influence. Seed, A man who knows the world, will not ouly make the most of everything he does know, ADVENTURE-Spirit of. but of many things he does not know; and Yet who but he undaunted could explore will gain more credit by his adroit mode of ' A world of waves, a sea without a shore, hiding bis ignorance, than the pedant by his Trackless and vast and wild as that reveald, awkward attempt to exhibit his erudition. When round the ark the birds of tempest
Colton, wbeeld ;
When all was still in the destroying hour- one, and that of insolence and pride in the No size of man! no vestige of his power! other.
Greville. Rogers. ADVERSITY-Plea of. ADVERSITY-Aggravation of.
If ever you have look'd on better days : Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from If ever been where bells have knolld to church; our impatience.
Bishop Horne. If ever sat at any good man's feast; ADVERSITY-Benefits of.
If ever from your eyelids wiped a tear,
And know what 'tis to pity and be pitied; It is good for man to suffer the adversity of Let gentleness my strong enforcement be. 1 this earthly life : for it brings bim back to the
Shakspeare. sacred retirement of the heart, whero only he ADVERSITY-Trials of. finds he is an exile from his native home, and
God alone ought not to place his trust in any worldly 'Instructeth how to mourn. He doth not trust enjoyment. It is good for him also to meet
This higher lesson to a voice or hand with contradiction and reproach : and to be
Subordinate. Behold! he cometh forth ! evil thought of, and evil spoken of, even when
O sweet disciple-bow thyself to learn his intentions are upright, and his actions
The alphabet of tears.
Sigourney. blameless : for this keeps him humble, and is a powerful antidote to the poison of vain
ADVERSITY-Uses of. glory ; and then chiefly it is that we have re- Sweet are the uses of adversity, course to the witness within us which is God; Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, when we are outwarılly despised, and held in Wears yet a precious jewel in his head : Do dogree of esteem and favour among men. And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Our dependence upon God ought to be so Finds tongues in trees, books in the running entire and absolute, that we should never brooks, think it necessiry, in any kind of distress, to Sermons in stones, and good in everything. have recourse to human consolations.
Shakspeare. Thomas à Kempis. ADVERSITY-Consolation in.
As adversity leads us to think properly of
our state, it is most beneficial to us. Johnson. Ye good distressed !
ADVICE-Conjugal. Ye pohle few, who here unbending stand Beneath life's pressure, yet bear up awhile, Come near me, wife, I fare the better far, And what your bounded view, wbich only saw For the sweet food of thy divine advice. A little part, deer'd evil, is no more ;
Let no man value at a little price The storms of wintry time will quickly pass,
A virtuous woman's counsel : her wing'd spirit And one unbounded spring encircle all. Is feather'd oftentimes with heavenly words,
Thomson. And, like her beauty, ravishing and pure. ADVERSITY-Friendship in.
Chapman. ADVICE-With bad Example. When a great mind falls, The noble nature of man's gen'rous heart
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Do: h bear him up against the shame ot ruin,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven : With gentle censure, using but his faults Whilst, like a puffd and reckless libertine, As modest means to introduce his praise ;
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, For pity, like a dewy twilight, comes
And recks not his own rede. Shukspeare To close th' oppressive splendour of his day,
Let no man presume to give advice to others,
Seneca. ADVERSITY-Preferable to Guilt.
ADVICE-given by a Friend. How blunt are all the arrows of thy quiver Be thou blest, Bertram! and succeed thy father in comparison with those of guilt ! Blair. In manners, as in shape ! thy blood and virtue
. Contend for empire in thee ; and thy goodness ADVERSITY-Merit of.
Share with thy birth-right! Love all, trust a Ask the man of adversity how other men few, art towards him ; ask those others how he Do wrong to none : be able for thine enemy; arts towards them. Adversity is the true Rather in power, than use ; and keep thy friend touchstone of merit in both ; happy if it does Under thy own life's key ; be check'd for silence, not produce the dishonesty of meanness in But never tax'd for speech. Shukspeare.