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sympathize, while memory is still recalling what they once were to each other."


Distrust is the most remarkable characteristic of the English of the present day. None but the acknowledged wealthy are exempted from the suspicions of our society. The good, the wise, the talented, are subject to the scrutinizing glances of this policy of suspicion ; and those by whom it is carried out, seldom fail to discover cause for distrust and avoidance in all that they will not or cannot comprehend. But on the poor their suspicions fall—if not with all their maliceat least with all their uncharitableness. Hence they are shunned and regarded as dangerous, or doubtful neighbours, by the sons and daughters of prosperity.”


Society seldom forgives those who have discovered the emptiness of its pleasures, and who can live independent of it and them."

Great men direct the events of their times-wise men take advantage of them-weak men are borne down by them.”

“ In the society of persons of mediocrity of intellect, a clever man will appear to have less esprit than those around him who possess least because he is displaced in their company.

Those who are formed to win general admiration, are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness.

“ Half the ill-natured things that are said in society, are spoken not so much from malice, as from a desire to display the quickness of our perception, the smartness of our wit, and the sharpness of our observation.”

“A man with common sense may pass smoothly through life without great talents, but all the talents in the world will not enable a man without common sense to do so."

expends so much eulogy on himself, that he has nothing but censure and contempt to bestow on others.”

“The poor, in their isolation in the midst of civilization, are like lepers in the outskirts of cities, who have been repulsed from society with disgust.

“ There is a difference between the emotions of a lover and those of a husband : the lover sighs, and the husband grvans.”

“ There are some persons who hesitate not to inflict pain and suffering, though they shrink from witnessing its effects. In the first case it is another who suffers—in the second, the suffering being presented to the sight, is thus brought home to the feelings of those who inflict it.”

SYMPATHIES AND ANTIPATHIES. “ On sympathies and antipathies how much might be written, without defining either any better than by the pithy lincs :

· The reason why I cannot tell,

I do not like thee, Dr. Fell.' And yet all feel, in a greater or less degree, what none can adequately describe or define. A dog knows by instinct that certain herbs in a field will relieve him in sickness, and he devours them. We know that certain physiognomies repel or attract us, and we avoid or seek them: and this is all we know of the matter."

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE, ETC. “ The great majority of men are actors, who prefer an assumed part to that which nature had assigned them. They seek to be something, or to appear something which they are not, and even stoop to the affectation of defects, rather than display real estimable qualities which belong to them.”

“A German writer observes :— The noblest characters only shew themselves in their real light. All others act comedy with their fellow-men even unto the grave.

“Men's faults will always be better known than their virtues: because their defects will find more persons capable of forming a judgment of them than their noble qualities—persons fit to comprehend and to appreciate them.”


“There are some persons in the world who never permit us to love them except when they are absent; as when present they chill our affection, by shewing a want of appreciation of it.”

“ Coldness of manner does not always proceed from coldness of heart, but it frequently produces that effect in others.”


"Conscience is seldom heard in youth, for the tumultuous throbbing of the heart, and the strong suggestions of the passions, prevent its still small voice from being audible; but in the decline of life, when the heart beats languidly, and the passions slumber, it makes itself heard, and on its whispers depend our happiness or misery.


“Even as a fountain, in whose clear waters are seen the reflection of the bright stars of heaven, so in ——'s face was reflected the divine spirit that animated it and shone through its pure

lineaments.” “A young woman ought, like an angel, to pardon the faults she cannot comprehend, and an elderly woman like a saint, because she has endured trials.”

“One of the old painters always painted the object of his love as a Goddess."


People are seldom tired of the world till the world is tired of them.”

“If over-caution preserves us from many dangers, of how much happiness may it not deprive us, by closing our hearts against the sympathy which sweetens life. The heart,' says Pascal, ' has its arguments as well as the understanding.'


Strong passions belong only to strong minds, and terrible is the struggle that Reason has to make to subdue them. The victory is never a bloodless one, and many are the scars that attest the severity of the conflict before her opponents are driven from the field."*

“In the Memoirs of Mackintosh, page 115, we find a passage from the MS. Lectures on the Law of Nature and Nations : 'It was his course to make wonders plain, not plain things wonderful.” »

" It is not sufficient for legislators to close the avenues to crime, unless they open those which lead to virtue.”


“ Jeremy Taylor finds a moral in the fable that Æschylus sat beneath the walls of his abode with his bald head uncovered, when an eagle hovering over the house, unfortunately mistook the shining cranium for a large round stone, and let fall a tortoise he had just seized, to break the shell, but cracked the skull of the poor poet instead of the shell of the tor



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* Once for all, I may observe, in many of the writings of Lady Blessington there are but too many evidences of the undue importance attached to Reason, as a power all-sufficient for the repression of vice, the support of virtue, and consolation of affliction ; and proofs of an absence of all reliance on religion for the objects in question.

not understood ; when probably the dislike we have excited, proceeds altogether from our being perfectly understood.”


“We make temples of our hearts, in which we worship an idol, until we discover the object of our love was a false god; and then when it falls, it is not the idol only that is destroyed -the shrine is ruined."


"Love often re-illumes his extinguished flame at the torch of jealousy.”


“A false position is sustained at a price

price enormously expensive. Sicard truly said : ‘Une fausse position coute enormement, car le societè fait payer fort cher aux gens, le tort, qu'ils ont, de ne pas etre d'accord avec eux.'


“We never respect persons who condescend to amuse us. There is a vast difference between those we call amusing men, and others we denominate entertaining. We laugh with the former, we reflect with the others.”


We find in all countries multitudes of people physically brave, but few persons in any land morally courageous.”


"We acquire mental strength by being left to our own resources; but when we depend on others, like a cripple who accustoms himself to a crutch, we lose our own strength, and are rendered dependent on an artificial prop."

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