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CYCLOPÆDIA OF PRACTICAL QUOTATIONS.
ABILITY Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability. h. BURKE- Reflections on the Revolution
As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities. i. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great
Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest.
GAIL HAMILTON- Country Living and
ABHORRENCE. The self-same thing they will abhor One way, and long another for. Q. BUTLER— Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I.
Line 220. Justly thou abhorr'st That son, who on the quiet state of men Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue Rational liberty ; yet know withal, Since thy original lapse, true liberty Is lost. b. Milton - Paradise Lost. Bk. XII.
Line 79. He will come to her in yellow stockings, and 'tis a colour she abhors ; and cross gartered, a fashion she detests. c. Tucelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 5.
Shall they hoist me up, And show me to the shouting varletry Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in
Egypt Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus'
mud Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies Blow me into abhorring! d. Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2
Therefore I say again, I utterly abhor, yea from my soul, Refuse you for my judge ; whom yet once
more, I hold my most malicious foe, and think not At all a friend to truth.
e. Henry VIII, Act II. Sc. 4. Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a
man, Who having seen me in my worst estate, Shunn'd my abhorr'd society. f. King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3.
For, if the worlds In worlds enclosed should on his senses
burst, He would abhorrent turn. G. THOMPSON—The Seasons. Summer.
I sprend my books, my pencil try,
Moving accidents by flood and field. The lingering noon to cheer,
m. Olhello. Act 1. Sc. 3. But miss thy kind approving eye, Thy meek, attentive ear.
The accident of an accident
n. LORD THURLOW--Speech in reply to But when of morn or eve the star
Lord Grafton. Beholds me on my knee, I feel, though thou art distant far,
ACTION. Thy prayers ascend for me. a.. Bishop HEBER - Journal.
Let's meet and either do or die.
0. BEAUMONT and FLETCHER-- The In the hope to meet
Island Princess. Act II. Sc. 2. Shortly again, and make our absence sweet. b. Ben Jonson-- Underwoods.
Laws and institutions are constantly tend. Miscellaneous Poems, LVIII. ing to gravitate. Like clocks, they must be
occasionally cleaned, and wound up, and set Ever absent, ever near ;
to true time. Still I see thee, still I hear ;
HENRY WARD BEECHER--Life Thoughts. Yet I cannot reach thee, dear ! c. FRANCIS KAZINCZI --Separation.
Think that day lost whose (low) descending
Sun What shall I do with all the days and hours
Views from thy hand no noble action done. That must be counted ere I see thy face?
Fundamentally, there is no such thing as
private action. All actions are public-in d. FRANCES ANNE KEMBLE-Absence.
themselves or their consequences.
r. BovEE--Summaries of Thought. Since yesterday I have been in Alcalá.
Actions. Ere long the time will come, sweet Preciosa, Let us do or die. When that dull distance shall no more divide
s. Thos. CAMPBELL- Gertrude of us;
Wyoming. Pt. III. St. 37. And I no more shall scale thy wall by night To steal a kiss from thee, as I do now.
BURNS - Bruce's Address to his Army e. LONGFELLOW -- The Spanish Student.
at Bannockburn. St."6 Act I. Sc. 3.
Our grand business is, not to see what lies Conspicuous by his absence.
dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearf. LORD John RUSSELL- Quoted from
ly at hand. Tacitus. Annals, III., 76. it. CARLYLE-Essays. Signs of the Times. All days are nights to see till I see thee,
Every noble activity makes room for itself. And nights bright days when dreams do show | A great mind is a good sailor, as a great thee me.
heart is. 9. Sonnet XLIII.
U. EMERSON - Voyage to England. How like a winter hath my absence been | Our acts, our angels are, or good or ill,
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! Our fatal shadows that walk by us still. What freezings bave I felt, what dark days V. John FLETCHER--Upon an Ionest seen!
Man's Fortune. Line 37. What old December's bareness everywhere. h. Sonnet XCVII.
The doing right alone teaches the value or
the meaning of right; the doing it willingly, I dote on his very absence, and I wish if the will is happily constituted ; the doing them a fair departure.
it unwillingly, or under compulsion, if perMerchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2. suasion fails to convince.
W. FROUDE - Short Studies on Great
Subjects. On Progress. Pt. III. ACCIDENT. Chapter of accidents.
A fiery chariot, borne on buoyant pinions, j. EARL OF CHESTERFIELD --Letter,
Sweeps near me now! I soon shall ready be February 16, 1753.
To pierce the ether's high unknown
dominions, Nothing with God can be accidental.
To reach new spheres of pure activity. k. LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden
X. GOETHE - Faust.
That action is best which procures the I have shot mine arrow o'er the house
greatest happiness for the greatest numbers. And hurt my brother.
y. HUTCHINSON -- Inquiry; Concerning Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2.
Moral Good and Evil. Sec. 3.
Attack is the reaction; I never think I have Rightness expresses of actions, what hit hard unless it rebounds.
straightness does of lines ; and there can no 4. SAM'L JOHNSON — Boswell's Life of more be two kinds of right action than there Johnson, An. 1775. can be two kinds of straight line.
9. HERBERT SPENCER --Social Slatics, I have always thought the actions of men
Ch. XXXII. Par. 4, the best interpreters of their thoughts. b. LOCKE- Human Understanding. Bk. I.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die. Let us then be up and doing,
TENNYSON—The Charge of the Light With a heart for any fate;
Brigade. Št. 2. Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labour and to wait.
A slender acquaintance with the world c. LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life.
must convince every man, that actions, not
words, are the true criterion of the attach- Trust no future howe'er pleasant!
ment of friends; and that the most liberal Let the dead past bury their dead !
professions of good-will are very far from Act,-act in the living present !
being the surest marks of it. Heart within and God o'erhead !
GEORGE WASHINGTON—Social Maxims. d. LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life.
Friendship. So much one man can do,
Action is transitory, a step, a blow, That does both act and know.
The motion of a muscle--this way or that. e MARVELL- Upon Cromwell's return
t. WORDSWORTH -- The Borderers. Act III. from Ireland.
All may do what has by man been done. Awake, arise, or be for ever fall’n.
U. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VI. f. MILTON--- Paradise Lost. Bk. I. Line 830.
Line 606. How my achievements mock me!
ADMIRATION. I will go meet them.
No nobler feeling than this, of admiration g. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2.
for one higher than himself dwells in the If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere
breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all well
hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. It were done quickly.
v. CARLYLE--Heroes and Hero Worship. h. Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7.
Lecture I. In such business
| Green be the turf above thee, Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the
Friend of my better days! ignorant
None knew thee but to love thee, More learned than the ears.
Nor named thee but to praise. i Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2.
w. Fitz-GREENE HALLECK- On the death
of Joseph R. Drake. So smile the Heavens upon this holy act That after-hours with sorrow chide us not! Few men are admired by their servants. j. Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Sc. 6.
X. MONTAIGNE--Essays. Bk. III. Ch. 2. Suit the action to the word, the word to the We always like those who admire us, we action.
do not always like those whom we admire. k. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.
y. ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 294. The blood more stirs
What you do To rouse a lion, than to start a hare.
Still betters what is done. When you speak, to Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I, Sc. 3.
sweet, Things done well,
I'd have you do it ever. And with a care, exempt themselves from fear;
2. Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3. Things done without example, in their issue Are to be fear'd.
ADVERSITY. M. Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2.
And these vicissitudes come best in youth ; We may not think the justness of each act
For when they happen at a riper age, Such and no other then event doth form it.
People are apt to blame the fates forsooth, n. Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 2.
And wonder Providence is not more sage.
Adversity is the first path to truth :
He who hath proved war, storm or womaa's Our necessary actions, in the fear
rage, To cope malicious censurers.
Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, 0. Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2.
Has won the experience which is deem'd so
weighty. Heaven never helps the men who will not act. aa. BYRON--Don Juan. Canto XII. p. Sophocles. Fragment 288.
St. 50. ADVERSITY
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; Be loving and you will never want for but for one man who can stand prosperity, love; be humble, and you will never want for there are a hundred that will stand adver- guiding: sity.
m. D. M. MULOCK - Olive. Ch. XXIV. a. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.
B3 niggards of advice on no pretense;
For the worst avarice is that of sense. Aromatic plants bestow
N. POPE- Essay on Criticism. Line 578. No spicy fragrance while they grow ; But crush'd or trodden to the ground,
Direct not him, whose way himself will Diffuse their balmy sweets around.
choose ; 0. GOLDSMITH — The Captivily. Act I.
'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt
thou lose. Thou tamer of the human breast,
0. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour
Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice The bad affright, afflict the best!
Hath often still’d my brawling discontent. c. GRAY-Ode to Adversity. St. 1.
p. Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. In the adversity of our best friends we of | I pray thee cease thy counsel, ten find something which does not displease
Which falls into mine ears as profitless
As water in a sieve. d. ROCHEFOUCAULD-Reflections. XV.
9. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Bold adversity
Sc. 1. Cries out for noble York and Somerset,
When a wise man gives thee better coun, To beat assailing death from his weak legions. sel, give me mine again. And whiles the honourable captain there
r. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. Drops bloody sweat from his war wearied
Affection is the broadest basis of a good life. For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
S. GEORGE ELIOT- Daniel Deronda. And found the blessedness of being little.
Bk. V. Ch. 35. f. llenry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2.
As for murmurs, mother, we grumble a little Sweet are the uses of adversity ;
now and then to be sure. But there's no Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
love lost between us. Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
t. GOLDSMITH-She Stoops to Conquer. 4. As You Like It. Act. II. Sc. 1.
Talk not of wasted affection, affection never Then know, that I have little wealth to lose;
was wasted ; A man I am cross'd with adversity.
Ifit enrich not the heart of another, its waters, h. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act IV.
returning Sc. 1. Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill
them full of refreshment; They can be meek that have no other cause, A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
That which the fountain sends forth returns
again to the fountain. We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry. i. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.
U. LONGFELLOW-- Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 1.
Affection is a coal that must be cool'd ;
Else suffer'd it will set the heart on fire.
Venus and Adonis. The worst men often give the best advice :
Line 387. Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts.
So loving to my mother, j. BAILEY— Festus. Sc. A Village Feast.
| That he might not beteem the winds of
heaven She had a good opinion of advice,
Visit her face too roughly. Like all who give and eke receive it gratis, W. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. For which small thanks are still the market
Such affection and unbroken faith price,
As temper life's worst bitterness. Even where the article at highest rate is. k. BYRON- Don Juan. Canto XV. St. 29.
1 x. SHELLEY – The Cenci. Act. III. Sc. 1. Let him go abroad to a distant country ;
AFFLICTION. let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil where Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it he is known.
smites. b. Say'L JOHNSON- Boswell's Life of
y. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought. Johnson
Affliction is enamour'd of thy parts,
a. Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 3.
Henceforth I'll bear Affliction till it do cry ont itself, Enough, Enough, and die. 6. King Leur. Act IV. Sc. 6.
Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound Upon a wheel of fire ; that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead.
c. King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7.
Affliction is not sent in vain From that good God who chastens who he
lores. d. SOUTHEY - Madoc. Pt. III. Line 74. With silence only as their benediction,
God's angels come
The soul sits dumb ! e. WHITTIER- To my friend on the death
of his sister. Affliction is the good man's shining scene; Prosperity conceals his brightest ray ;. As night to stars, woe lustre gives to man. s. Young- Night Thoughts. Night IX.
· Line 406.
AGE (OLD.) Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years ! I am so weary of toil and of tears, Toil without recompense, tears all in vain Take them, and give me my childhood again!
g. ELIZABETH AKERS-Rock Me to Sleep Werk withering age no rigid law forbids With frugal nectar, smooth and slow with
balm The sapless habit daily to bedew, And give the hesitating wheels of life Glibblier to play. h. John ARMSTRONG- Art of Preserving
Health. Bk. II. Line 456 Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
i. Bacon-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age. Old age comes on apace to ravage all the
clime. j. BEATTIE—The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 25.
To resist with success, the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study and love. k. BONSTETTEN-- In Abel Stevens'
Madame de Slael. Ch. XXVI. No chronic tortures racked his aged limb, For luxury and sloth had nourished none for
lim. I BRYANT- The Old Man's Funeral.
Age shake3 Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon. m. BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto II.
St. 88. Just as old age is creeping on apace, And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day, They kindly leave us, though not quite alone, But in good company--the gout or stone. BYRON - Don Juan, Canto III.
St. 59. My days are in the yellow leaf ; The flowers and fruits of love are gone; The worm, the canker, and the grief Are mine alone!
0. BYRON -On my Thirty-sixth Year. Dark and despairing, my sight I may seal, But man cannot cover what God woull
reveal : 'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, And coming events cast their shadows before. p. CAMPBELL-Lochiel's Warning.
Line 53. As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth.
9. CICERO, Life's shadows are meeting Eternity's day.
1. James G. CLARKE-Leona. The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth
produce, But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use: So age a mature mellowness doth set On the green promises of youthful heat.
s. Sir John DENHAM - Culo Major. Pt. IV. Boys must not have th'ambitious care of men, Nor men the weak anxieties of age. t. WENTWORTH DILLON (Earl of
Of the Art of Poetry. Line 212. We do not count a man's years, until he has nothing else to count. ll. EMERSON - Society and Solitude.
Old Age. Old age is courteous -- no one more : For time after time he knocks at the door, But nobody says, “Walk in, sir, pray!” Yet turns he not from the door away, But lifts the latch, and enters with speed, And then they cry, “A cool one, indeed.”
v. GOETHE- Old Age. Alike all ages : dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful
maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lorc, Has frisked beneath the burden of threescore.
2. GOLDSMITH - The Traveller. Line 251. O blest retirement! friend to life's decline How blest is he who crowns, in shades like
these, A youth of labour with an age of ease! 2. GOLDSMITH - The Deserted Village.