Golden thoughts from great authors, selected by A. Crowther

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David Bryce & Son, 1883 - 127 pages
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Page 2 - Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country ? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have neither time nor means to get more. Let every bookworm, when in any fragrant, scarce old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it.
Page 19 - But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Page 9 - Quoth Hudibras, ' It is in vain (I see) to argue 'gainst the grain, Or, like the stars, incline men to What they're averse themselves to do : For when disputes are...
Page 46 - It is useful in all places, and at all times ; it is useful in solitude, for it shows a man his way into the world ; it is useful in society, for it shows him his way through the world.
Page 32 - Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the state. As the beams to a house, as the bones to the microcosm of man, so is order to all things.
Page 25 - The pleasantest part of a man's life is generally that which passes in courtship, provided his passion be sincere, and the party beloved, kind with discretion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing emotions of the soul, rise in the pursuit.
Page 44 - Believe me, the talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do, — without a thought of fame.
Page 15 - It is another's fault if he be ungrateful ; but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige many that are not so.
Page 33 - He that never changed any of his opinions never corrected any of his mistakes ; and he who was never wise enough to find out any mistakes in himself will not be charitable enough to excuse what he reckons mistakes in others.
Page 13 - are a guide in youth and an entertainment for age. They support us under solitude, and keep us from being a burden to ourselves. They help us to forget the crossness of men and things; compose our cares and our passions; and lay our disappointments asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.

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