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CYCLOPÆDIA OF PRACTICAL QUOTATIONS.
ABILITY, The self-same thing they will abhor
Men who undertake considerable things, One way, and long another for.
even in a regular way, ought to give us ground a. BUTLER— Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto i. | to presume ability.
Line 220. h. BURKE- Reflections on the Revolution Justly thou abhorr'st
in France. That son, who on the quiet state of men Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue
As we advance in life, we learn the limits
of our abilities. Rational liberty ; yet know withal,
i. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Since thy original lapse, true liberty Is lost.
Subjects. Education. MILTON -Paradise Lost. Bk. XII.
Every person is responsible for all the good
within the scope of his abilities, and for no He will come to her in yellow stockings, more, and none can tell whose sphere is the and 'tis a colour she abhors ; and cross gar
largest. tered, a fashion she detests.
j. GAIL HAMILTON- Country Living and c. Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 5.
Country Thinking. Men and Women. Shall they hoist me up,
Conjugal affection And show me to the shouting varletry
Prevailing over fear and timorous doubt,
Hath led me on, desirous to behold
Once more thy face, and know of thy estate, Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus' If aught in my ability may serve
To lighten what thou suffer'st, and appease Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Thy mind with what amends is in my powerBlow me into abhorring!
Though late, yet in some part to recomd. Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2
pense Therefore I say again,
My rash but more unfortunate misdeed. I utterly abhor, yea from my soul,
k. MILTON --Samson Agonistes. Line 739. Refuse you for my judge ; whom yet once more,
Whose skill was almost as great as his I hold my most malicious foe, and think not honesty ; had it stretched so far, would have At all a friend to truth.
made nature immortal, and death should e Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4.
have play for lack of work.
I. All's Well That Ends Well. Act I. Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a
So. 1. man, Who having seen me in my worst estate,
Who does the best his circumstance allows, Shunn'd my abhorr'd society.
Does well, acts nobly ; angels could no more. f. King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3.
m. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II. For, if the worlds
Line 91. In worlds enclosed should on his senses burst,
ABSENCE. He would abhorrent turn. 9. THOMPSON—The Seasons. Summer. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Line 313. 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. Othello. Act 1. Sc. 3. But miss thy kind approving eye, Thy meek, attentive ear.
Tle accident of an accident.
1. 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 thr 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.
S. Thos. CAMPBELL- Gertrude of us ; And I no more shall scale thy wall by night
Wyoming. Pt. IIÍ. St. 37. 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. SHAKESPEARE --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 v. JOHN FLETCHER-- Upon an Honest seen!
Man's Fortune. Line 37. What old December's bareness everywhere. h. SHAKESPEARE-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.
20. FROUDE - Short Studies on Great
Subjects. On Progress. Pt. III. ACCIDENTS. 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
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.
HUTCHINSON– Inquiry ; Concerning I. 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 a. 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 thut 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. 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 606. Line 830. 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
hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. It were done quickly.
v. CARLYLE–Îleroes and Hero Worship. h. Macbeth Act I. Sc. 7.
Lecture 1. 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.
2. 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.
2. 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, 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;
1 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, 1. Troilus and Cressila. 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 woman'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 sometimes hard upon a mn; 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. å. CARLILE – Heroes and Hero Worship..
Be 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 ; 6. GOLDSMITH — The Captivity. 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 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.
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 counTo 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 limbs.
AFFECTION. e. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 4. His 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.
1. GOLDSMITH-She Stoops to Conquer. g. 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,
That which the fountain sends forth returns A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity, We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry.
again to the fountain.
U. LONGFELLOW-- Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 1. i. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.
Affection is a coal that must be cool'd ;
Else suffer'd it will set the heart on fire.
SHAKESPEARE - 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, 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.
X. SHELLEY— The Cenci. Act. III. Sc. 1. k. BYRON- Don Juan. Canto XV. St. 29. 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 1 4. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought. Johnson. |