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SIMILITUDES.

POLITENESS is like an air-cushion—there may

be nothing in it, but it wonderfully eases the joltings along the rough road of life,

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M ELANCTHON'S character was privileged

beyond the common walks of virtuous life, quite on the verge of heaven ; and he expired like a wave scarcely curling to the evening zephyr of an unclouded summer sky, and gently rippling to the shore,

A MAN whose labour has acquired riches, and

1 whose charity dispenses them, is like the revolving sun, which draws the water from the ocean at the hour of noon, to disperse it over the earth in the evening dews.

TIKE as the vine which has long twined its
1 graceful foliage about the oak, and been lifted
by it into sunshine, will, when the hardy plant is
rifted by the thunderbolt, cling round it with
caressing tendrils and bind up its shattered boughs,
so it is beautifully ordered by Providence that
woman, who is the mere dependant of man in his
happier hours, should be his solace when smitten
with sudden calamity, winding herself into the
rugged recèsses of his nature, tenderly supporting
the drooping head and binding up the broken heart."

Washington Irving:

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FALSE friends are like our shadow, keeping close

1 to us when we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us instantly, when we walk into the shade.

TIME, like an overflowing stream,

· Bears all its sons away ; They fly forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.

Watts.

TOTHING tends so much to unsettle men's

minds as to discover that they have been kept in darkness, for suspicions (says Bacon) like bats, always fly by twilight.

Archbishop Whately,

N EVER think that God's delays are God's

denials. Hold on! Hold fast! Hold out ! Patience is genius.

Buffon.

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HE rough angles of temper are rubbed down in
the daily, hourly, friction of common life.

Garbelt.

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LIFE is longer, greater, purer, nobler, beyond

comparison, for all the sweet ties and loying words of home.

Garbeit,

BE it ours to fasten our thoughts not on the

passions or parties of the brief to-day, but on the hopes of the long to-morrow.

Dean Stanley.

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THE evil which covers the face of futurity is
woven by the hand of mercy.

Bulwer Lytton.

IN contemplation of created things, by steps we
may ascend to God.

Milton,

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ANTISTHENES used to wonder at those who

were curious in buying but an earthen dish, to see that it had no cracks nor inconveniences, and yet would be careless in the choice of friends, to take them with the flaws of vice. Surely a man's com. panion is a sacred genius to sway him to the good or bad.

Owin Feltham.

THE light of friendship is like the light of phos.
phorus, seen when all around is dark.

Crowell.

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