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Sboots full perfection through the swelling Examine thine own frailty ; 'tis more easy year:

To tie knots than unloose them; 'tis a secret And oft thy voice in dreadful thunder speaks; That, like a ling'ring poison, may chance be And oft at dawn, deep noon, or falling eve, Spread in thy veins, and kill thee seven years By brooks and groves in hollow whispering hence.

Webster. gales. Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined, Search not to find what lies too deeply hid, And spreads a common feast for all that lives. Nor to know things where knowledge is forbid. Thomson.

Denham. SECRECY-aids Success.

SECRETS-Divinely Guarded. Secrecy in suits goes a great way towards Generally he perceived in men of devout

Bacon. simplicity this opinion; that the secrets of SECRECY-an Aid to Vice.

nature were the secrets of God,- part of that

glory into which man is not to press too boldly. Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or

Bacon. roguery is not far off.


SECRETS-Instinct of. SECRET-Divulging a.

We must regard every matter as an intrusted And now I will unclasp a secret book,

secret, which we believe the person concerned And to your quick-conceiving discontent, would wish to be considered as such. Nay, I'll read you matter deep and dangerous. further still, we must consider all circum

Shakspeare. stances as secrets intrusted, wbich would bring

scandal upon another if told, and which it is What thou seest, speak of with caution. Solon. not our certain duty to discuss, and that in

our own persons, and to his face. The divine SECRET-Keeping a.

rule of doing as we would be done by, is never 'Tis in my memory lock'd,

better put to the test than in matters of good And you yourself shall keep the key of it.

and evil speaking. We may sophisticate with Shakspeare.

ourselves upon the manner in which we should

wish to be treated, under many circumstances; Be thou assured, if words be made of breath,

but everybody recoils instinctively from the And breath of life, I have no life to breathe

thought of being spoken ill of in his absence. What thou hast said to me. lbid.

Leigh Hunt. SECRETS-Intrusting of.

Trust not him with your secrets who, when You should be careful not to intrust another left alone in your room, turns over your papers. unnecessarily with a secret which it may be a

Lavater. hard matter for him to keep, and which may SECRETS-Keeping of. expose him to somebody's displeasure when it

Constantly I see the axiom quoted, as if it is hereafter discovered that he was the object

were a very excellent lesson in morals, “Never of your confidence. Your desire for aid or for sympathy is not to be indulged by dragging expect another to keep a secret which you

cannot keep yourself." The maxim is the other people into your misfortunes. There is

concentrated essence of selfishness and falseas much responsibility in imparting your own

hood. To receive secrets, to hold them sacredly secrets, as in keeping those of your neighbour. and use them wisely in intercourse with the


depositors, is the highest office of friendship. What thou intendest to do, speak not of than your own is one of the surest signs of a

The power to keep another's secret better before thou doest it.


noble nature. The very impulse to confide, SECRET-Plague of a.

the eagerness of the “o'er-fraught heart” to

relieve itself, is a suggestion that another will I vow and protest there's more plague than keep the secret for it, and love the more, and pleasure with a secret.


not the less. All friendship that is worth the SECRETS-Concealment of.

name, is a giving and receiving of confidences.

My friend is one to whom I can show myself Be well advised, and think what danger 'tis as I am, without reserve, sure of his sympathy To receive a prince's secrets: they that do, and counsel. If he tells me a secret of his, I Had need have their breasts hoop'd with will strive to deal with it as he would have me adamant

do, if he could enter my mind and regulate To contain them: I pray thee yet be satisfied, my thoughts. If by insight or observation I SECRETS.


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come to know what I have reason to believe SELF-Regulation of. he would not have me know, or if, in a moment

Thou must be emptied of self before thou of excitement, be himself tells me what when

canst be filled with tbe Spirit. Thornton. soberer he would wish blotted from my memory, then I will hold such a secret inore guardedly than even one which he has formally

SELF-Study of. intrusted to my keeping.


Above all subjects study thine own self.

For no knowledge that terminates in curiosity When two friends part, they should lock up or speculation is comparable to that which is one another's secrets, and interchange their of use; and of all useful knowledge, that is keys.

Feltham. most so, which consists in the due care, and

just notions of ourselves. This study is a debt Neither hear por tell secrets.

Fuller. which every one owes himself. Let us pot then

be so lavish, so unjust, as not to pay this debt, Conceal thy domestic ills.


by spending some part at least, if we cannot

all, or most of our time and care, upon that SECTS-Difference of.

which has the most indefeasible claim to it. All sects are different, because they come

Govern your passions, manage your actions from men; morality is everywhere the same,

with prudence, and where false steps bave because it comes from God.


been made, correct them for the future. Let

nothing be allowed to grow headstrong and SECURITY-Fancied.

disorderly; but bring all under discipline. States that never knew

Set all your faults before your eyes, and pass A change but in their growth, which a long peace

sentence upon yourself, with the same severity Hath brought unto perfection, are like steel,

as you would do upon another, for whom no Which, being neglected, will consume itself

partiality hath biassed your judgment.

Bernard. With its own rust; so doth security Eat through the hearts of states, while they're SELF-Thinking Only of. sleeping

Of all that have tried the selfish experiAnd lull'd in her false quiet.


ment, let one come forth and say he has The thunderbolt is never seen till felt,

succeeded. He that has made gold his idol

has it satisfied him! He that has toiled in the And then it wounds beyond the reach of cure.

fields of ambition-has he been repaid ! He Be not secure; none sooner are undone Than those whom confidence betrays to rest.

that has ransacked every theatre of sensual

Can any answer enjoyment–is he content? Sejanus.

in the affirmative! Not one. And when his SEEDS-Embryo Life of.

conscience shall ask him, and ask it will, Thus in the kernel's intricate disguise

Where are the hungry, whom you gave meat! In miniature a little orchard lies ;

The thirsty, whom you gave drink! The The fibrous labyrinths, by just degrees,

stranger, whom you sheltered ! 'The naked, Stretch their swoln cells, replete with future whom you clothed? The prisoned, whom you ! trees;

visited ? The sick, whom you ministered By time evolved, the spreading branches rise,

unto ?” how will he feel, when he must! Yield their rich fruit, and shoot into the skies.

answer, “I have done none of these thingsBroome. I thought only for myself !"

Johnson SELF-Dissatisfied with. Be always displeased with what thou art, if

SELF-ACCUSATION. thou desirest to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there

And be it indeed that I have erred, mine

Job. thou abidest. But if thou sayest I have enough, error remaineth with myself. thou perishest. Always add, always walk, always proceed. Neither stand still, nor go back, nor SELF-COMMAND-its own Reward. deviate.


We should not sadden the harmless mirth SELF-an Enemy.

of others by suffering our own melancholy to Do you want to know the man against be seen; and this species of exertion is, like whom you have most reason to guard your virtue, its own reward; for the good spirits self? Your looking-glass will give you a very which are at first stimulated become at length fair likeness of his face. H hately. real.

Thomas Scott.



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SELF-DENIAL-Bravery of. Wouldest thou not be thought a fool in There never did and never will exist anyanother's conceit, be not wise in thy own : he thing permanently poble and excellent in a that trusts to his own wisdom, proclaims his character which was a stranger to the exercise own folly : he is truly wise, and shall appear of resolute self-denial. Sir Walter Scott. 80, that hath folly enough to be thought not worldly wise, or wisdom enough to see his own

Teach self-denial, and make its practice folly.


pleasurable, and you create for the world a SELF-CONDEMNATION.

destiny more sublime than ever issued from

the brain of the wildest dreamer. Ibid. Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I. Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

The more a man denies himself, the more he Job. shall obtain from God.

Horace. SELF-CONFIDENCE-Advantage of.

SELF-EXAMINATION-Design of. For they can conquer who believe they can.


Give no quarter unto those vices which are SELF-CONTROL.

of thine inward family, and having a root in I kept myself from mine iniquity.

David. thy temper plead a right and propriety in

thee. Examine well thy complexional incli

nations. Raise early batteries against those He who reigns within himself, and rules strongholds, built upon the rock of nature, passions, desires, and fears, is more than a and make this a great part of the militia of king.

Milton. thy life. The politic nature of vice must be

opposed by policy, and therefore wiser hoMay I govern my passions with absolute sway, nesties project and plot against sin ; wherein, And grow wiser and better as life wears away. notwithstanding, we are not to rest in generals,

Watts. or the trite stratagems of art. SELF-CULTURE-Time for.

succeed with one temper which may prove

successless with another. There is no comIs it asked, how can the labouring man | find time for self-culture? I answer, that an

munity or commonwealth of virtue, every man earnest purpose finds time, or makes time. It must study his owo economy, and erect these seizes on spare moments, and turns fragments rules unto the figure of himself. to golden account. A man who follows his

Sir Thomas Browne. calling with industry and spirit, and uses his

SELF - EXAMINATION Thorough. earnings economically, will always have some

ness of, portion of the day at command. And it is astonishing how fruitful of improvement a Inspect the neighbourhood of thy life; short season becomes, when eagerly seized every shelf, every nook of thy abode; and, and faithfully used. It has often been ob- nestling in, quarter thyself in the farthest and served, that those who have the most time at most domestic winding of thy snail-house ! their disposal profit by it the least. A single

Richter. hour in the day, steadily given to the study of SELF-EXAMINATION-Wisdom of. some interesting subject, brings unexpected 'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours, accumulations of knowledge.

And ask them what report they bore to W. Ellery Channing. heaven, SELF-DENIAL-Advantages of. And how they might have borne more welcome Self-denial is an excellent guard of virtue,

Young. and it is safer and wiser to abate somewhat of

Let a man examine himself ; for if we would our lawful enjoyments, than to gratify our desires to the utmost extent of what is per- judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

St. Paul. mitted, lest the bent of nature towards pleasure hurry us further.


I will chide no breather in the world but SELF-DENIAL-Bravery of.

myself, against whom I know most faults.

Shakspeare. Brave conquerors ! for so you are, That war against your own affections,

By all means, use sometimes to be alone ; And the huge army of the world's desires. Salute thyself—see what thy soul doth


wear ;




Dare to look in thy chest, for 'tis thine own, SELF-PRESERVATION - & Law of Aud tumble up and down what thou find'st

Nature. there.

Wordsworth. Even insects sting for aught they seek to save:

This common courage, which with brutes we SELFISHNESS-Characteristics of.

share, Though selfishness hath defiled the whole That owes its deadliest efforts to despair, man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of Small merit elaims.

Byron. its interest, and, therefore, by the senses it commonly works; and these are the doors Tell me, where lives that thing so meek and and the windows by which iniquity entereth tame, into the soul.

Baxter. | That doth not all his living faculties

Put forth in preservation of his life? SELFISHNESS-Despicability of. What deed so daring, which necessity

And desperation will not sanctify? Coleridge. I would cut off my own head, if it had nothing better in it but wit; and tear out my own heart, if it had no better disposition than to love only myself, and laugh at all my principle in animals ; a dread of pain and

Self-preservation seems to be an inherent neighbours.


suffering, and a consciousness of death, which SELF-KNOWLEDGE Conduct flow

consciousness must be of the highest order ing from.

in some animals, since they feign death as

the last remaining struggle for self-preservaIf we know ourselves, we shall remember the condescension, benignity, and love, that is tion, when all other hopes have failed An due to inferiors : the aftability, friendship, and implanted knowledge of the termination of

life must exist, or its effects would not be kindness, we ought to show to equals: the feigned, nor the anxiety for safety be so perregard, deference, and honour, we owe to

manent an object. It cannot be example that superiors; and the candour, integrity, and

sets the fox to simulate death so perfectly benevolence, we owe to all.


that he permits himself to be handled, to be

conveyed to a distant spot, and then to be SELF-LOVE-arouses to Action,

flung on a dungbill. The ultimate hopeSelf-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake. escape--prompts the measure, which unaided As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake:

instinct could not have contrived. What wo, The centre moved, a circle straight succeeds, humanly speaking, call knowledge of the world, Another still, and still another spreads; which is the mainspring of half our acts and Friend, parent, neighbour, first it will embrace, plans, is the result of deep observation of chaHis country next, and next the human race ; racter, and of the leading principles which Wide, and more wide, th' o'erflowings of the influence society; and this would apply rery mind

well with fox in relation to fox; but the ana: Take every creature in, of every kind; logy must cease here, and we can only say that Earth swells around, with boundless bounty this artifice of the fox is an extraordinary disblest,

play of high cunning, great self-confidence, And heaven has stamp'd its image on his breast. and strong resolution. There are many

inPope. sects, particularly the genus Elater, the spider ! SELF-LOVE-the Greatest of Flatterers.

and the door-beetle, which feiga death when seized by the band.

Thompson. Self-love is the greatest of flatterers. La Rochefoucauld. SELF-REGARD incompatible with

Holiness. SELF-LOVE-associated with Flattery.

Oh! the unspeakable littleness of a soul Self-love never yet could look on truth

which, intrusted with Christianity, speaking But with blear'd beams. Sleek Flattery and

in God's name to immortal beings, with infinite she

excitements to the most enlarged, fervent love, Are twin-born sisters, and so mix their eyes, sinks down into narrow self-regard, and is As if you sever one, the other dies.

chiefly solicitous of its own honour, Ben Jonson,

W. Ellery Charring. SELF-LOVE-Narrow-Mindedness of. SELF-RELIANCE-a Noble Quality. Thou, who lov'st nothing but what nothing loves, Man is his own star, and the soul that can And that's thyself!

Dryden. Render an honest and a perfect man,

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Commands all light, all influence, all fate, - of wit for one man of good sense; and he that Nothing to him falls early or too late.

will carry nothing about with him but gold, Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,

will be every day at a loss for readier change. Our fatal shadows, that walk by us still.

Addison. Beaumont and Fletcher. SENSE-Depravity of. SELF-RESPECT_Evil of the Want of. He that lives in the kingdom of sense, shall Who will adhere to him that abandons him

die in the kingdom of sorrow.

Barter. self?

Sir Philip Sidney.

SENSE-Good. SELF-REVERENCE-Importance of. What we call good sense in the conduct of Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control,

life, consists chiefly in that temper of mind These three alone lead life to sovereign power.

which enables its possessor to view at all

times, with perfect coolness and accuracy, all Yet not for power (power by herself

the various circumstances of his situation : so Would come uncall'd for), but live by law, Acting the law we live by without fear:

that each of them may produce its due imAnd because right is right, to follow right

pression on him, without any exaggeration Were wisdom in the scorn of consequence.

arising from his own peculiar habits. But to Tennyson.

a man of an ill-regulated imagination, external

circumstances only serve as hints to excite his SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS-Danger of.

own thoughts, and the conduct he pursues has It is the devil's masterpiece to make us in general far less reference to his real think well of ourselves.

Adam. situation, than to some imaginary one, in

which he conceives himself to be placed : in While a man rests in any degree on his own

consequence of which, while he appears to

himself to be acting with the most perfect merits for acceptance with God, it is of little

wisdom and consistency, he may frequently consequence whether he be a pagan idolater

exhibit to others all the appearances of folly. or a proud ignorant pharisee: both go about

Stewart. to establish their own righteousness; neither submits to the righteousness of God; and I

SENSIBILITY-Application of. know not which of the two is more distant Sensibility appears to me to be neither from the kingdom of God. J. Milner. | good nor evil in itself, but in its application.

Under the influence of Christian principle, it SELF-WILL-Extreme Folly of.

makes saints and martyrs; ill-directed, or unSelf-will is so ardent and active, that it will controlled, it is a snare, and the source of break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit every temptation; besides, as people cannot

Cecil. get it if it is not given them, to descant on it

seems to me as idle as to recommend people SENSATION-A Gratifying.

to have black eyes or fair complexions. The consciousness of doing that which we

Hannah More. are reasonably persuaded we ought to do, is SENSIBILITY-Delicacy of. always a gratifying sensation to the consi: The heart that is soonest awake to the flowers, derate mind : it is a sensation by God's will

Is always the first to be touch'd by the inberent in our pature ; and as it were, the


Moore. voice of God Himself, intimating his approval of our conduct, and by his commendation | SENSIBILITY-Feelings of. encouraging us to proceed. Bishop Mant.

Sensibility would be a good portress if she SENSE-Common.

had but one hand; with her right she opens

the door to pleasure, but with her left to pain. To act with common sense, according to

Collon. the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and SENSIBILITY-Keenness of. the best philosophy, to do one's duties, take

There are moments when petty slights are the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, bless the goodness that has given Men have died of the festering of a gnat-bite.

harder to bear than even a serious injury. us so much happiness with it, whatever it is, and despise affectation. Horace Walpole.

Cecil Danby.

Feeling hearts — touch them but lightly – Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so

pour useful as common sense : there are forty men A thousand melodies unheard before. Rogers.


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