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knowledge and distrust of mankind too often go together.
Man's fears are often as vain as his wishes, As what flatters him in expectation, frequently wounds him in possession; so that the event to which he looked forward with an anxious and fearful eye, has often, when it arrived, laid its terrors aside: nay has brought in its train unexpected blessings.
Hope to the soul, when distracted by the confusions of the world, is as an anchor to a ship in a dark night, on an unknown coast, and amidst a boisterous ocean, In dangers it gives security; amidst general fluctuation it affords one fixed point of rest. It is the most emincnt of all the advantages, which religion confers. It is the universal comforter; it is the spring of all human activity.
GREATNESS OF MIND, CONTENT
MENT AND HUMILITY.
I have somewhat of the best things; I
will with thankfulness enjoy them, and will want the rest with contentment.
If we view ourselves with all our imperfections and failings in a just light, we shall rather be surprized at our enjoying so many good things, than discontented because there are any which we want.
There is no real worth, but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness.
The merit of great men is not understood but by those who are formed to such them. selves; genius only speaks to genius...
To be in a passion, is to punish one's self for the follies and impertinences of another.
The sparks of calumny will soon be extinct of themselves if we do not blow them, thus fire itself is extinguished when it meets with nothing to burn.
Contentment is a remedy against all our troubles, a relief for all our burdens: it is the cure of care.
Contentment is the spiritual arch or pillar of the soul; it fits a man to bear burdens.
Contentment is the best commentator upon providence, it makes a fair interpretation of all God's dealings.
Contentment is only to be found within ourselves. A man that is content with a little; has enough: he that complains, has too mucha If you can live free from want, care for no more, for the rest is but vanity.
He that can well endure, may, without difficulty, overcome.
Socrates rightly said of contentment, opposing it to the riches of fortune, and opinion, that it is the wealth of nature; for it gives. every thing we wants and really need.
Solon being asked by Cræsus, who in the whole world was happier than he; answered, Tellus, who though he was poor, was a good man, and content with what he had, and died. in a good old age.
Contentment is of that price, that it can. not be had at too great a purchase, since without it, the best condition in life cannot make us happy, and with it, it is impossible. we should be miserable even in the worst
Good nature is the very air of a good mind, the sign of a large and.gi nerous soul, and the peculiar soil in which virtue prospers.
True greatness of mind is to be maintained only by christian principles.
It is not in the power of a good man to refuse making another happy, where he has both ability and opportunity.
He that is sensible of no evil but what he feels, has a hard heart, and he that can spare no kindness from himself, has a narrow soul,
No character is more glorious, none more attractive of universal-admiration and respect, than that of helping those who are in no con. dition of helping themselves.
It is better to be of the number of those who need relief, than of those who want hearts to give.