O popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet seducing charms? The wisest and the best feel urgent need of all their caution in thy gentlest gales; but swell’d into a gust—who then, alas! with all his canvas set, and inexpert, and therefore heedless, can withstand thy power?
Topics: Applause, Praise, Popularity
A shallow brain, behind a serious mask; an oracle within an empty cask—the solemn fop!
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain:
God is His own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
We sacrifice to dress till household joys and comforts cease. Dress drains our cellar dry, and keeps our larder clean; puts out our fires, and introduces hunger, frost, and woe, where peace and hospitality might reign.
Pleasure admitted in undue degree, enslaves the will, nor leaves the judgment free.
With a soul that ever felt the sting of sorrow, sorrow is a sacred thing.
It chills my blood to hear the blest Supreme rudely appealed to on each trifling theme.—Maintain your rank, vulgarity despise.—To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise.
Topics: Swearing, Vulgarity, Profanity
This fond attachment to the well-known place whence first we started into life’s long race, maintains its hold with such unfailing sway, we feel it e’en in age, and at our latest day.
If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one … .
A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.
Doing nothing with a deal of skill.
A fretful temper will divide the closest knot that may be tied, by ceaseless sharp corrosion; a temper passionate and fierce may suddenly your joys disperse at one immense explosion.
Topics: Temper, Anger
Meditation may think down hours to moments. The heart may give most useful lessons to the head, and learning wiser grow without his books.
Beware of desperate steps.—The darkest day, live till tomorrow, will have passed away.
The rich are too indolent, the poor too weak, to bear the insupportable fatigue of thinking.
Labor was the primal curse, but it was softened into mercy, and made the pledge of cheerful days, and nights without a groan.
No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest, till half mankind were, like himself, possest.
Man, in society, is like a flower blown in its native bud. It is there only that his faculties, expanded in full bloom, shine out, there only reach their proper use.
A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth. While truths, on which eternal things depend, can hardly find a single friend.
An idler is a watch that wants both hands; As useless if it goes as when it stands.
Fate steals along with silent tread, Found oftenest in what least we dread; Frowns in the storm with angry brow, But in the sunshine strikes the blow.
Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor, and with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.
The kindest and the happiest pair, will find occasion to forbear; find something every day they live, to pity, and perhaps forgive.
A brave man knows no malice; but forgets, in peace, the injuries of war, and gives his direst foe a friend’s embrace.
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