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ORIGINAL AND SELECT.
THE SCHOOL AND THE SCHOLAR.
The school is like the earth, in spring time, it requires merely to be sown; but on that sowing depends the harvest of centuries. The only single word that falls upon the mind of the child may determine its course for lifetime, may determine something far higher, whose consequences are felt through ages, for the progress of the thought is endless, it reckons its posterity to a thousandth generations, to the end of days. Therefore the child is a holy thing, for it bears God's unbroken seal on its forehead. Treat it with all truthfulness and care, for care has its reward, if not to-day, hereafter; if not for you, for coming race. You are labourers in God's kingdom. But God's kingdom has no fairer symbol upon earth than a child with its innocence—than a youth with his open countenance. Of such are the kingdom of Heaven.
A SAILOR'S PETITION. A CAPTAIN of a frigate had a great aversion to a cat. One of his sailors, who was to be flogged, was saved by presenting him with the following lines :
By your honor's command,
An example to all the ship's crew,
And if I am flogged 'tis my due!
Your honor's aversion is mine!
O save me from one that has NINE!
AFFECTION. It is not possible to be regarded with tenderness except by a few. That merit, which gives greatness and renown, diffuses its influence to a wide compass, but acts weakly on every single breast; it is placed at a distance from common spectators, and shines like one of the remote stars, of which the light reaches us, but not the heat.
Who finds all the umbrellas that every body loses ? Every man we meet loses the umbrella he buys, but we have never got acquainted with the man that finds them. Can any one answer the question before the next rain ?
A WAGER being made that no one could rhyme to di-do-dum, distinctively, a gentleman immediately wrotem
When Dido's spouse did not to Dido come,
HOW TO BE HAPPY. The most important lesson of life is to know how to be happy, within ourselves; when home is our comfort, and all in it, even the dog and cat, share our affection. Do not refine away happiness, by thinking that which is good may be better.
ON AN EXCELLENT MUSICIAN PLAYING TO
BOUSSEUT. The majestic eloquence of Bousseut, is like a river, which carries every thing along in its rapid course.
FENELON. It has been said of the Telemachus of the virtuous Fenelon, that it is the most useful present the Muses have made to mankind; for could the happiness of man be produced by a poem, it would be by that.
Madam Greoftin disagreeing once with a literary gentleman, the dispute became very warm, and many high words were exchanged with great acrimony. “How now," said a mutual friend of theirs, slipping between them, “can it be that you are clandestinely married."
JUDGMENT and imagination are rarely united.
In the path of life, we have the brilliant meteor of hope to dazzle us, and behind us truth.
An honest man is the noblest work of God.
An honorable life is the best legacy a father can leave to his children.
The slanderous tongue is a poisoned dagger.
LIFE is divided into three terms; that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better for the future.
ALEXANDER often said—“ I am not more indebted to Philip, iny father, than to Aristotle, my preceptor.
If I owe the one my life, I am indebted to the other for virtue.”
FENELON. He was a wise legislator, who having given to his countrymen laws calculated to make them good and happy, made them swear not to violate any of those laws during his absence; after which he went away, exiled himself from his country, and died poor in a foreign land.
During the Bath season, in 1822, the word “Set,” being a cant term, a lady, in high life, wrote the following lines on
« THE BATH SETS."
THE HAPPY MAN. The happy man is not he whose happiness is his only care, but he, who, with perfect resignation, leaves the care of his happiness to Him who made him, while he pursues with ardour the road of
THE STUDY OF NATURE, The observation of the calm, energetic regularity of nature, the immense scale of her operations, and the certainty with which her ends are attained, tend irresistibly to tranquillize the mind, and render it less accessible to repining, selfish, and turbulent emotions.
DO GOOD FOR THE SAKE OF GOOD. The horse, when he has run his course; the bee, when it has made its honey; and the good man, when he has done good to others, do not make a noisy boast about it, but go on to repeat the action as the vine, in its season, new clusters again.
A POSTHUMOUS WORK. Some one (whom we will not disgrace by printing his name) says, that the lobster is a posthumous work of creation, for it is only red after its death.
VIRTUE. There is a mean in all things. Even virtue itself hath its stated limits, which not being strictly observed, ceases to be virtue.
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• Faith,” said an Irishman, who could not get into his cabin, at Ballingary, his wife having turned the key upon him ; "faith, but I'm regularly locked in." In,” said his companion; "in where ?” 'Why, in the street !”
A GREAT “scientificker" explained the phenomina of expansion, by heat; and contraction, by cold; with the irrefragable illustration, that in summer, when it was hot, the days stretched out very long; but in winter, when it was cold, they contracted until they become very cold indeed!
A wife having run away from her husband, taking with her all that was portable among his effects, he followed in time to stop and secure the latter; when a wag remarked, that the position of the husband was decidedly preferable to that of the paramour, since the former had got the luggage, while the other had only secured the baggage.
EQUALITY OF MAN'S DESTINY. The different ranks and orders of mankind may be compared to so many streams and rivers of running water. All proceed from an original small and obscure source; some spread wider, travel over more countries, and make more noise in their passage than others; but all tend alike to an ocean, where distinction ceases, and where the largest and most celebrated rivers are equally lost and absorbed with the smallest and most unknown streams.