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ABHORRENCE. The self-same thing they will abhor One way, and long another for. a. 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 MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. XII.
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
in France. 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
He will come to her in yellow stockings, and 'tis a colour she abhors; and cross garte red, a fashion she detests. 6. 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, Tutterly 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 llenry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4. Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a
Conjugal affection Prevailing over fear and timorous doubt, Hath led me on, desirous to behold Once more thy face, and know of thy estate, If aught in my ability may serve To lighten what thou suffer’st, and appeaso Thy mind with what amends is in my power---Though late, yet in some part to recom
pense My rash but more unfortunate misdeed.
k. MILTON-Samson Agonistes. Line 739.
Whose skill was almost as great as his honesty ; had it stretched so far, would have made nature immortal, and death should have play for lack of work. I. All's Well That Ends Well. Act I.
Who , man,
Who does the best his circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly ; angels could no more. m. YOUNG- Night Thoughts. Night II.
ho having seen me in my worst estate, Shuna'd my abhorr'd society. King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3.
For, if the worlds In worlds enclosed should on his senses
burst, he would abhorrent turn. THOMPSON- The Seasons. Summer.
ABSENCE. | Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
n. Thomas Haynes BAYLY--- Isle of Beauty.
I spread 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 tendMiscellaneous 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 ;
p. 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? q BOBART. How shall I charm the interval that lowers Between this time and that sweet time of
Fundamentally, there is no such thing as grace?
private action. All actions are public-in d. FRANCES ANNE KEMBLE-Absence.
themselves or their consequences.
r. Boves-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
aivide 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 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. t. 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 have I felt, what dark days 0. John FLETCHER--Upon an Honest 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 peri Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2. suasion fails to convince.
W. FROU DE --Short Studies on Great
Subjects. On Progress. Pt. III. Chapter of accidents.
A fiery chariot, borne on buoyant pinions, ). 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.
Legend. Pt. VI.
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’I. JOHNSON- Boswell's Life of more be two kinds of right action than there Johnson, An. 1775. can be two kinds of straight line.
q. HERBERT SPENCER --Social Statics, 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,
r. 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 !
S. 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. 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 fallin.
U. YOUNG— Night Thoughts. Night VI. f. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 606. Line 830. How my achievements mock me!
ADMIRATION. I will go meet them. g. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2.
No nobler feeling than this, of admiration
| 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 lero 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. Hamiet. 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, 1. 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 provedl 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.
Adversity is scmetimes 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. CARLYLE-Heroes and Ilero Worship.
Bu 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 Caplivily. Act I.
'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt
thou lose. Thon tamer of the human breast,
0. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best!
Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice
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 theo cease thy counsel, ten find something which does not displease Which falls into mine ears as profitless us.
As water in a sieve. d. ROCHEFOUCAULD-Reflections. XV.
q. 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 1 r. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. Drops bloody sweat from his war wearied
limbs. e. llenry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 4.
AFFECTION. Hiz overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ;
Affection is the broadest basis of a good life. For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
S. GEORGE ELIOT-Daniel Deronda.
Bk. V. Ch. 35. And found the blessedness of being little. f. Henry 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. 9. 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.
Ifitenrich 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 They can be meek that have no other cause,
them full of refreshment; A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
That which the fountain sends forth returns We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry.
again to the fountain. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.
LONGFELLOW-- Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 1,
Affection is a corl that must be cool'd ;
Else suffer'd it will set the heart on fire.
v 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 Sie had a good opinion of advice,
Visit her face too roughly. Like all who give and eke receive it gratis, 2. llamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. For which small thanks are still the market
Such affection and unbroken faith price, Even where the article at highest rate is.
As temper life's worst bitterness. k. BYRON-Don Juan, Canto XV. St. 29.
. 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. I. SAM'L JOHNSON-Boswell's Life of y. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought. Johnson.
Affliction is enamour'd of thy parts,
Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray And thou art wedded to calamity.
Just as old age is creeping on apace, Affliction till it do cry out itself,
And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day, Enough, Enough, and die
They kindly leave us, though not quite alone, b. Kiny Leur, Act IV. Sc. 0.
But in good company--the gout or stone.
n. BYRON- Don Juan. Canto III. Thon art soul in bliss ; but I am bound
St. 59. Upon a wheel of fire ; that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead.
My days are in the yellow leaf ; c. King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7.
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief Affliction is not sent in vain Are mine alone! From that good God who chastens who.n he 0. BYRON -On my Thirty-sixth Year.
lores, d. SOUTHEY - Madoc. Pt. III. Line 74. Dark and despairing, my sight I may seal,
But man cannot cover what God woull With silence only as their benediction,
reveal : God's angels come
'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, Where in the shadow of a great affliction, And coming events cast their shadows before. The soul sits dumb !
p. CAMPBELL-Lochiel's Warning. € WHITTIER-- To my friend on the death
Line 53. of his sister.
As I approve of a youth that has something Affliction is the good man's shining scene; of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased Prosperity conceals his brightest ray ;
with an old man that has something of the As night to stars, woe lustre gives to man. youth. f. Young-Night Thoughts. Night IX. 9. CICERO.
Life's shadows are meeting Eternity's day.
1. JAMES G. CLARKE—Leona. AGE (OLD.)
The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years !
produce, I am so weary of toil and of tears,
But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use: 'Toil without recompense, tears all in vain So age a mature mellowness doth set Take them, and give me my childhood ilgain! | On the green promises of youthful heat.
g. ELIZABETH AKERS-- Rock Me to Sleep. s. Sir John DENHAM — Cato Major. Pt. IV. Weak withering age no rigid law forbids Boys must not have th' ambitious care of mea, With frugal nectar, smooth and slow with Nor men the weak anxieties of nge. balm
t. WENTWORTH DILLON (Earl of The sa pless habit daily to bedew,
Roscommon)-Trans. Ilrace. And give the hesitating wheels of life
Of the Art of Poetry. Line 212. Glibblier to play. h. JOHN ARMSTRONG—Art of Preserving
We do not count a man's years, until he Health. Bk. II. Line 486 | has nothing else to connt.
Ul. EMERSON – Society and Solitude. Mien of age object too much, consult too
Old Age. long, adventure too little, repent too soon,
Old age is courteous-No one more : and seldom drive business home to the full
For time after time he knocks at the door, period, but content themselves with a medi
But nobody says, “Walk in, sir, pray!" ocrity of success.
Yet turns he not from the door away, i Bacon-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age.
But lifts the latch, and enters with speed, Old age comes on apace to ravage all the
And then they cry, “A cool one, indeed." clime.
v. GOETHE-- Old Age. j. BEATTIE--The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 25. Alike all nges : dames of ancient days To resist with success, the frigidity of old
Have led their children through the mirthful age, one must combine the body, the mind,
And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, and the heart ; to keep these in parallel
Has frisked beneath the burden of threescore. vigor, one must exercise, study and love. k. BOXSTETTEN -- In Abel Stevens
w. GOLDSMITH -- The Traveller. Line 251. Madame de Stael. Ch. XXVI. O blest retirement! friend to life's decline
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like No chronic tortures racked his aged limb,
these, For luxury and sloth had nourished none for A youth of labour with an age of ease!
2. GOLDSMITH -- The Deserted Village. 1. BEYANT— The Old Man's Funeral.