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NEW YORK, December, 1881.
CYCLOPÆDIA OF PRACTICAL QUOTATIONS.
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
The self-same thing they will abhor
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. j. GAIL HAMILTON- Country Living and Country Thinking. Men and Women.
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 appease Thy mind with what amends is in my powerThough late, yet in some part to recom
pense My rash but more unfortunate misdeed.
k. MILTON-Samson Agonistes. Line 739.
He will come to her in yellow stockings, and 'tis a colour she abhors ; and cross gartered, a fashion she detests.
Twelfth 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, I utterly 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.
Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4. Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a
man, Who having seen me in my worst estate, Shunn'd my abhorr'd society. f. King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3.
For, if the worlds In worlds enclosed should on his senses
burst, He would abhorrent turn. g. THOMPSON—The Seasons. Summer.
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. 1. AU's Well That Ends Well. ActI.
Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines ; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight line. a. HERBERT SPENCER-Social Statics,
Ch. XXXII. Par. 4, Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. TENNYSON—The Charge of the Light
Brigade. Št. 2. A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE WASHINGTON-Social Maxims.
Friendship Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle—this way or that.
t. WORDSWORTH--The Borderers. Act III. All may do what has by man been done. Young—Night Thoughts. Night VI.
Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds. SAM'L JOHNSON— Boswell's Life of
Johnson, An. 1775. I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. b. LOCKE- Human Understanding. Bk. I.
Ch. 3. Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labour and to wait.
LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life. - Trust no future howe'er pleasant !
Let the dead past bury their dead ! Act,-act in the living present!
Heart within and God o'erhead !
d. LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life.
from Ireland. Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 830. How my achievements mock me! I will go meet them. 9.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere
well It were done quickly. h. Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7.
In such business Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the
i. Coriolanus. Act lil. Sc. 2.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. k. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.
The blood more stirs To rouse a lion, than to start a hare. l Ilenry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3.
Things done well, And with a care, exempt themselves from fear; Things done without example, in their issue Are to be fear'd.
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. We
may not think the justness of each act Such and no other then event doth form it.
Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 2.
We must not stint Our necessary actions, in the fear To cope malicious censurers.
Henry VIII, Act I. Sc. 2. Heaven never helps the men who will not act. P. Sophocles. Fraqment 288.
ADMIRATION. No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. CARLYLE-Ileroes and Hero Worship.
Lecture I. Green be the turf above thee,
Friend of my better days ! None knew thee but to love thee, Nor named thee but to praise. FrTz-GREENE HALLECK- On the death
of Joseph R. Drake. Few men are admired by their servants.
2. MONTAIGNE— Essays. Bk. III. Ch. 2.
We always like those who admire us, we do not always like those whom we admire. y ROCHEFOUCAULD- - Maxim 294.
What you do Still betters what is done. When you speak,
sweet, I'd have you do it ever.
Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3.
ADVERSITY. And these vicissitudes come best in youth ;
For when they happen at a riper age, People are apt to blame the fates forsooth,
And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth : He who hath proved war, storm or woman's
rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won the experience which is deem'd so
Be loving and you will never want for love; be humble, and you will never want for guiding.
D. M. MULOCK — Olive. Ch. XXIV. Be niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.
POPE- Essay on Criticism. Line 578. Direct not him, whose way himself will
choose; 'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often still’d my brawling discontent.
p. Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. I pray thee cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as profitless As water in a sieve. 9. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V.
Sc. 1. When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a mn; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. CARLILE - Heroes and Hero Worship..
b. GOLDSMITH — The Captivity. Act I.
GRAY— Ode to Adversity. St. 1. In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. d. ROCHEFOUCAULD- Reflections. XV.
Bold adversity Cries out for noble York and Somerset, To beat assailing death from his weak legions. And whiles the honourable captain there Drops bloody sweat from his war wearied
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 4. His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.
f. Henry VIII, Act IV. Sc. 2. Sweet are the uses of adversity ; Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. 9.
As You Like It. Act. II. Sc. 1. Then know, that I have little wealth to lose; A man I am cross'd with adversity. h. Tio Gentlemen of Verona. Act IV.
Sc. 1. They can be meek that have no other cause, A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity, We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry.
i. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.
The worst men often give the best advice : Our deeds are sometimes better than our
thoughts. j. BAILEY-Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. She had a good opinion of advice,
Like all who give and eke receive it gratis, For which small thanks are still the market
price, Even where the article at highest rate is.
k. BYRON - Don Juan. Canto XV. St. 29.
Let him go abroad to a distant country ; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil where he is known. 1. SAM'l Johnson, Boswell's Life of