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Books are not absolutely dead things, but That book, in many's eyes doth show the do contain a progeny of life in them to be as glory, active as that soul whose progeny they are; That in gold clasps, locks in the golden nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest story. efficacy and extraction of that living intellect 0. Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Sc. 3. that bred them.
We turn'd o'er many books together. a. MILTON--Areopagitica.
p. Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. For books are as meats and viands are; You shall see them on a beautiful quarto some of good, some of evil substance.
page, where a neat rivulet of text shall 6. MILTON--Areopagitica.
meander through a meadow of margin.
9. SHERIDAN-School for Scandal. Silent companions of the lonely hour,
Act I. Sc. 1. Friends, who can alter or forsake, Who for inconstant roving have no power, Books like proverbs, receive their chief And all neglect, perforce, must calmly take. | value from the stamp and esteem of ages C. Mrs. NORTON--Sonnet. To My Books. | through which they have passed.
r. Sir WM. TEMPLE- Ancient and Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll,
Modern Learning. In pleasing memory of all he stole. d. POPE--Dunciad. Bk. I. Line 127.
But every page having an ample marge,
An every marge enclosing in the midst Chiefs of elder Art! A square of text that looks a little blot. Teachers of wisdom ! who could once be
s. TENNYSON-Idyls of the King. Vivien.
Line 520. My tedious hours, and lighten every toil, A small number of choice books are suffiI now resign you.
cient. e. William Roscoe--Poetical Works.
. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical To my Books on Parting with
Dictionary. Books. Sec. 1.
Books are made from books. Within that awful volume lies
u. VOLTAIRE--A Philosophical The mystery of mysteries !
Dictionary. Books. Sec. 1. f. SCOTT-The Monastery. Vol. I.
It is with books as with men; a very small Ch. XII.
number play a great part; the rest are conNo book can be so good, as to be profitable
founded with the multitude. when negligently read.
v. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical g. SENECA.
Dictionary. Books. Sec. 1. Deeper than did ever plummet sound,
You despise books; you whose whole lives I'll drown my book.
are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the
pursuit of pleasure, or in indolence; but reh. The Tempest. Act V. Sc. 1.
member that all the known world, excepting I had rather than forty shillings,
only savage nations, is governed by books. I had my book.
VOLTAIRE--A Philosophical i. The Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I.
Dictionary. “Books. Sec. 1.
So. 1. They are for company the best friends in Keep thy pen from lender's books, and defy Doubts Counsellors, in Damps Comforters, the foul fiend.
| Time's Prospective, the Home Traveller's Ship j. King Lear. Act III. Sc. 4.
or Horse, the busie Man's best Recreation, the
Opiate of idle Weariness, the Mindes best Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnished Ordinary, Nature's Garden and Seed-plot of me with volumes that I prize above my Immortality. dukedom.
x. BULSTRODE WHITELOCK—Zootamia. 1654. k. The Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2.
Books, we know, 0, let my books be then the eloquence
Are a substantial world, both pure and good: And dumb presager of my speaking breast;
Round these, with tendrils strong as Aesh Who plead for love, and look for recom
and blood, pense,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow. More than that tongue that more hath more y. WORDSWORTH--Poetical Works. express'd.
Personal Talk. l. Sonnet XXIII.
Some future strain, in which the muse shall 0, sir, we quarrel in print, by the book ; as you have books for good manners.
How science dwindles, and how volumes m. As You Like Il. Act V. Sc. 4.
How commentators each dark passage shun, Sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that And hold their farthing candle to the sun. are bred in a book.
2. Young-Love of Fame. Satire VII. n. Love's Labour's Lost. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Love mercy, and delight to save. Society is now one polished horde,
1 1. GAY-Fable. The Lion, Tiger and Form'd of two mighty tribes, the Bores and
Traveller. Line 33. Bored. a. BYRON--Don Juan. Canto XIII.
We bear it calmly, though a ponderous woe,
St. 95. | And still adore the hand that gives the blow. The bore is usually considered a harmless
m. POMFRET — To His Friend. creature, or of that class of irrational bipeds who hurt only themselves.
True bravery is shown by performing with6. MARIA EDGEWORTH-- Thoughts on
out witness what one might be capable of
doing before all the world. Bores.
n. ROCHEFOUCAULD. That old hereditary bore, The steward.
The Guard dies, but never surrenders. c. ROGERS-- Italy. A Character.
0. ROUGEMONT– Invented Days after the Line 13.
Battle of Waterloo.
He that climbs the tall tree has won right to BORROWERS.
the fruit ; Neither a borrower, nor a lender be
He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
his suit. And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
1 P. SCOTT-The Talisman. Ch. XXVI. d. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3.
He did not look far
Into the service of the time, and was Who goeth a borrowing,
Discipled of the bravest; he hasted long, Goeth a sorrowing.
But on us both did haggish age steal on, e. TUSSER-Five Hundred Points of Good
And wore us out of act. Husbandry. Inne's Abstract. 9. AU's Well That Ends Well. Act I.
Sc. 2. Who borrow much, then fairly make it known,
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears? And damn it with improvements not their Have I not in my time heard lions roar? Own.
r. Taming of the Shrew. Act I. Sc. 2. f. YOUNG--Love of Fame. Satire III.
Line 23. Whoever is brave, should be a man of great
8. YONGE's Cicero. The Tusculan
Disputations. Better to sink beneath the shock Than moulder piecemeal on the rock! g. BYRON--The Giaour. Line 969.
The streams, rejoiced that winter's work is The truly brave,
done, When they behold the brave oppressed Talk of to-morrow's cowslips as they run. with odds,
t. EBENEZER ELLIOTT-The Village Are touched with a desire to shield and
Patriarch. Love and Other save;A mixture of wild beasts and demi-gods
Poems. Spring. Are they-now furious as the sweeping wave, | Sweet are the little brooks that run
Now moved with pity; even as sometimes O'er pebbles glancing in the sun, • nods
Singing to soothing tones. The rugged tree unto the summer wind,
u. Hood-Toron and Country. St. 10. Compassion breathes along the savage mind. h. BYRON--Don Juan. Canto VIII. Thou hastenest down between the hills to
St. 106. meet me at the road,
The secret scarcely lisping of thy beautiful Toll for the brave-
abode The brave that are no more!
Among the pines and mosses of yonder i. COWPER-- On the Loss of the Royal
shadowy height, George. | Where thou dost sparkle into song, and fill
the woods with light.
See, how the stream has overflowed
Its banks, and o'er the meadow road And dashed through thick and thin.
Is spreading far and wide! k. DRYDEN--Absalom and Achitophel.
2. LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Pt. II. Line 414.
Legend. Pt. IIJ. The Nativity. BROOKS.
The music of the brook silenced all con
To join the brimming river,
But I go on for ever.
Brook! whose society the Poet seeks,
Society the Poet Seeks.
Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly
foe; Whenever you would ruin a person or a i Bold I can meet- perhaps may turn his government, you must begin by spreading
blow; calumnies to defame them.
But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath d. BUSENBAUM.
can send, Calumny is only the noise of madmen.
Save, save, oh! save me from the candid
friend. e. DIOGENES.
n. GEORGE CANNING— New Morality. A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumny, pursued by
CARE. a faction, may descend even to posterity. Begone, dull Care, I prithee begone from me ; This principle has taken full effect on this
Begone, dull Care, thou and I shall never state favorite.
Begone, old Care.
PLAYFORD's Musical Companion.
Care is no care, but rather a corrosive, There are calumnies against which even For things that are not to be remedied. innocence loses courage.
p. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 3. NAPOLEON.
Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow,
And where care lodges, sleep will never lie; thou shalt not escape calumny.
But where unbruised youth with unstuff'd h. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 1.
Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep Calumny will sear
doth reign. Virtue itself ;-these shrugs, these hums, and q. Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 3. ha's.
He cannot long hold out these pangs ; i. Winter's Tale. Act II. Sc. 1.
The incessant care and labour of his mind
Hath wrought the mure, that should confine No might nor greatness in mortality
it in, Can censure 'scape ; back-wounding calumny So thin, that life looks through and will The whitest virtue strikes.
break out. j. Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 2. r. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4. Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes.
I am sure, care's an enemy to life. ke. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3.
8. Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 3.
O polished perturbation! golden care!
That keep'st the ports of slumber open wide
To many a watchful night. Candor is the seal of a noble mind, the t. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4. ornament and pride of man, the sweetest Some must watch, while some must sleep; charm of woman, the scorn of rascals, and
So runs the world away. the rarest virtue of sociability, 1.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.
I could lie down like a tired child.
And weep away the life of care
Which I have borne, and yet must bear. m. Ž. B. BROWNING--Aurora Leigh.
v. SHELLEY - Stanzas written in Bk. III.
Dejection, near Naples.
Keep nothing that is transitory about you. r. BEN. JONSON--The Alchemist.
Act III. Sc. 1.
In ancient times all things were cheape,
Medley. (The Roxburghe Ballads.)
To all facts there are laws, The effect has its cause, and I mount to the
Canto III, St. 8.
d. Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2.
e. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 1. Mine's not an idle cause.
f. Othello. Act I. Sc. 2. Your cause doth strike my heart.
g. Cymbeline. Act I. Sc. 7.
He knows to live who keeps the middle state,
t. POPE-Bk, II. Satire II. Line 61.
Be prudent, and if you hear, * * * * some insult or some threat, *** have the appearance of not hearing it. U. GEORGES SAND--Handsome Lawrence.
All these you may avoid, but the Lie direct;
and you may avoid that too, with an If. Í And by a prudent flight and cunning save knew when seven justices could not take up A life, which valour could not, from the a quarrel; but when the parties were met grave.
themselves, one of them thought but of an Is, A better buckler I can soon regain,
as, If you said so, then I said so; and they But who can get another life again?
sbook hands, and swore brothers. Your If is ARCHILOCHUS--Plutarch's Morals. the only peace-maker; much virtue in If. Essay on the Laws, &c., of the
v. As You Like It. Act V. Sc. 4. Lacedemonians. Pt. I.
But that I am forbid Then, my good girls, be more than women,
To tell the secrets of my prison-house, wise:
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word At least be more than I was; and be sure
Would harrow up thy soul. You credit anything the light gives light to,
2. Hamlet--Act I. Sc. 5.
It engenders choler, planteth anger;
Since, of ourselves, ourselves are choleric, And look before you ere you leap;
Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh. For as you sow, y' are like to reap.
2. Taming of the Shreu. Act. IV. Sc. 1. j. BUTLER-- Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. Line 502.
Know you not, Consider the end.
The fire that mounts the liquor till it run k. Chilo of Sparta,
In seeming to augment it, wastes it? Be The cautious seldcm err.
advis'd. I CONFUCIUS-- Analects.
y. Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1. Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day. | Let every eye negotiate for itself. And trust Live till to-morrow, will have pass'd away."
no agent. m. COWPER-- The Needless Alarm.
1 2. Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Line 132.
Sc. 1. Learn to live well that thou may'st die so too; | Lock up my doors; and when you hear the To live and die is all we have to do.
drum, n. Sir JOHN DENHAM--Of Prudence.
And the vile squealing of the wry-neck'd
fife, According to her cloth she cut her coat. Clamber not you up to the casements then.
0. DBYDEN--Cock and the Fox. Line 20. aa. Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 5.
Love all, trust a few, What infinite heart's ease must kings neglect, Do wrong to none: be able for thine enemy That private men enjoy ? Rather in power, than use; and keep thy And what have kings that privates have not
friend Under thy own life's key: be check'd for Save ceremony, save general ceremony? silence,
l. Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. But never tax'd for speech. a. All's Well that Ends Well. Act I. When love begins to sicken and decay,
Sc. 1. It useth an enforced ceremony;
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith. Think him as a serpent's egg,
m. Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 2. Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischievous;
CHANCE. And kill him in the shell. b. Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.
Next him high arbiter
Chance governs all.
MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. II. By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
Line 909. And lose by overrunning. Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1.
“ Chance, though blind, is the sole
Author of the creation.” When me mean to build, 0. J. X. B. SAINTINE--Picciola. Ch. III. We first survey the plot, then draw the model, And, then we see the figure of the house,
Discouragement seizes us only when we Then must we rate the cost of the eroction; | can no longer count on chance. Which if we find outweighs ability,
p. GEORGES SAND-- Handsome Lawrence. What do we then, but draw anew the model
Ch. II. In fewer offices, or, at least desist
Chance will not do the work--chance sends To build at all? d. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 3.
The very wind that wafts us towards the port A prudent man must neglect no
May dash us on the shelves. The steersman's circumstance. e. SOPHOCLES --Ed. Col. 1152.
Is vigilance, blow it rough or smooth. Look ere thou leap, see ere thou go.
q. SCOTT--Fortunes of Nigel. Ch. XXII. f. Thos. TUSSER-Five Hundred Points
Old Play. of Good Husbandry.
Against ill chances, men are ever merry;
But heaviness foreruns the good event. Safe bind, safe find.
1. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 2. g. Thos. TUSSER— Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.
I shall show the cinders of my spirits
Through the ashes of my chance.
S. Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2. Ceremony was but devis'd at first
And grasps the skirts of happy chance, To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow wel. | And breasts the blows of circumstance. comes,
t. TENNYSON--In Memoriam. Pt. LXIII. Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown. h. Timon of Athens. Act. I. Sc. 2. Naught venture, naught have.
u. Thos. TUSSER—Five Hundred Points O ceremony, show me but thy worth !
of Good Husbandry. October's
Ertract. What is thy soul of adoration ? Art thou aught else but place, degree, and | Chance is a word void of sense ; nothing form,
can exist without a cause. Creating awe and fear in other men ?
v. VOLTAIRE--A Philosophical Dictionary. i. Ilenry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. To feed, were best at home;
CHANGE. From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony; Joy comes and goes, hope ebbs and flows Meeting were bare without it.
Like the wave; j. Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 4.
Change doth unknit the tranquil strength of
men, What art thou, thou idol ceremony?
Love lends life a little grace, What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st
A few sad smiles; and then, more
Both are laid in one cold place, Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers.
In the grave. k. Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1.
2. MATTHEW ARNOLD-A Question. St. 1.