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POLITENESS is like an air-cushion—there may
be nothing in it, but it wonderfully eases the joltings along the rough road of life,
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
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.
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.
N EVER think that God's delays are God's
denials. Hold on! Hold fast! Hold out ! Patience is genius.
HE rough angles of temper are rubbed down in
LIFE is longer, greater, purer, nobler, beyond
comparison, for all the sweet ties and loying words of home.
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.
THE evil which covers the face of futurity is
IN contemplation of created things, by steps we
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.
THE light of friendship is like the light of phos.