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Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a progeny of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. a.

Multon --- Areopagitica. For books are as meats and viands are; some of good, some of evil substance. b.

MILTON--Areopagitica. Silent companions of the lonely hour, Friends, who can alter or forsake, Who for inconstant roving have no power, And all neglect, perforce, must calmly take.

C. Mrs. NORTON--Sonnet. To My Books. Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll, In pleasing memory of all he stole.

d. POPE--Dunciad. Bk. I. Line 127.

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That book, in many's eyes doth show the

glory, That in gold clasps, locks in the golden story.

Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Sc. 3. We turn'd o'er many books together. p. Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1.

You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page, where a neat rivulet of text sball meander through a meadow of margin. 9. SHERIDAN-School for Scandal.

Act I. Sc. 1.
Books like proverbs, receive their chief
value from the stamp and esteem of ages
through which they have passed.
1. Sir WM. TEMPLE- Ancient and

Modern Learning.
But every page having an ample marge,
An every marge enclosing in the midst
A square of text that looks a little blot.
TENNYSON— Idyls of the King. Vivien.

Line 520.
A small number of choice books are suffi.
VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical

Dictionary. Books. Sec. 1. Books are made from books. VOLTAIRE--A Philosophical

Dictionary. "Books. Sec. 1. It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part; the rest are confounded with the multitude. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical

Dictionary. Books. Sec. 1. You despise books; you whose whole lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure, or in indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. VOLTAIRE-- A Philosophical

Dictionary. Books. Sec. 1.
They are for company the best friends in
Doubts Counsellors, in Damps Comforters,
Time's Prospective, the Home Traveller's Ship
or Horse, the busie Man's best Recreation, the
Opiate of idle Weariness, the Mindes best
Ordinary, Nature's Garden and Seed-plot of

Books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh

and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow. y. WORDSWORTH--Poetical Works.

Personal Talk. Some future strain, in which the muse shall

How science dwindles, and how volumes

How commentators each dark passage shun,
And hold their farthing candle to the sun.
YOUNG-Love of Fame. Satire VII.

Line 94.


Within that awful volume lies
The mystery of mysteries !
SCOTT— The Monastery. Vol. I.

Ch. XII. No book can be so good, as to be profitable when negligently read. 9.

Deeper than did ever plummet sound,
I'll drown my book.

h. The Tempest. Act V. Sc. 1. I had rather than forty shillings, I had my book. i. The Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I.

So. 1. Keep thy pen from lender's books, and defy

the foul fiend. j. King Lear. Act III. Sc. 4.

Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnished me with volumes that I prize above my dukedom.

kc. The Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. O, let my books be then the eloquence And dumb presager of my speaking breast; Who plead for love, and look for recom

pense, More than that tongue that more hath more

express'd. 1. Sonnet XXIII.

0, sir, we quarrel in print, by the book ; as you have books for good manners.

As You Like It. Act V. Sc. 4. Sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book.

Love's Labour's Lost. Act IV. Sc. 2.

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BRAVERY. Better to sink beneath the shock Than moulder piecemeal on the rock!

g. BYRON--The Giaour. Line 969.



The truly brave, When they behold the brave oppressed

with odds, Are touched with a desire to shield and

save;— A mixture of wild beasts and demi-gods Are they-now furious as the sweeping wave, Now moved with pity; even as sometimes

nods The rugged tree unto the summer wind, Compassion breathes along the savage mind. h. BYRON--Don Juan. Canto VIII.

St. 106. Toll for the braveThe brave that are no more! i. COWPER-- On the Loss of the Royal

George. So that my life be brave, what though not

long? j. DRUMMOND-Sonnet. And dashed through thick and thin. k. DRYDEN-- Absalom and Achitophel.

Pt. II. Line 414.

The streams, rejoiced that winter's work is

done, Talk of to-morrow's cowslips as they run. t. EBENEZER ELLIOTT— The Village

Patriarch. Love and Other

Poems. Spring. Sweet are the little brooks that run O'er pebbles glancing in the sun,

Singing to soothing tones.

HOOD-Town and Country. St. 10. Thou hastenest down between the hills to

meet me at the road, The secret scarcely lisping of thy beautiful

abode Among the pines and mosses of yonder

shadowy height, Where thou dost sparkle into song, and fill

the woods with light.

LUCY LARCOM-Friend Brook.
See, how the stream has overflowed
Its banks, and o'er the meadow road
Is spreading far and wide!

LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden
Legend. Pt. IIJ.

The Nativity.

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A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumny, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principle has taken full effect on this state favorite. f. Isaac DISRAELI-- Amenities of Literuture. The First Jesuits in

England. There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage.


Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.

h. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 1.

Calumny will sear Virtue itself ;—these shrugs, these hums, and

ha's. i. Winter's Tale. Act II. Sc. 1.

Begone, dull Care, I prithee begone from me;
Begone, dull Care, thou and I shall never

Begone, old Care.

PLAYFORD's Musical Companion.
Care is no care, but rather a corrosive,
For things that are not to be remedied.

p. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 3. Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And where care lodges, sleep will never lie; But where unbruised youth with unstuff"d

brain Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep

doth reign. 9 Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 3. He cannot long hold out these pangs ; The incessant care and labour of his mind Hath wrought the mure, that should confine

it in, So thin, that life looks through and will

break out.

Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4. I am sure, care's an enemy to life.

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.

t. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4. Some must watch, while some must sleep; So runs the world away.

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.
SHELLEY- Stanzas written in

Dejection, near Naples.

No might nor greatness in mortality
Can censure 'scape ; back-wounding calumny
The whitest virtue strikes.

j. Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 2.


Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes.

k. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3.



Candor is the seal of a noble mind, the

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ornament and pride of man, the sweetest
charm of woman, the scorn of rascals, and
the rarest virtue of sociability.

As frank as rain
On cherry blossoms.
É. B. BROWNING--Aurora Leigh.

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Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day, Live till to-morrow, will have pass'd away. m. COWPER-- The Needless Alarm.

Line 132. Learn to live well that thou may'st die so too; To live and die is all we have to do.

Sir John DENHAM--Of Prudence. According to her cloth she cut her coat.

o. DBYDEN-- Cock and the Fox. Line 20.

Lock up my doors; and when you hear the

drum, And the vile squealing of the wry-neck'd

fife, Clamber not you up to the casements then.

Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 5.


Love all, trust a few, Do wrong to none: be able for thine enemy Rather in power, than use; and keep thy

friend Under thy own life's key: be check'd for

silence, But never tax'd for speech. Al's Well that Ends Well. Act I.

Sc. 1.

What infinite heart's ease must kings neglect,
That private men enjoy ?
And what have kings that privates have not

Save ceremony, save general ceremony?

1. Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. When love begins to sicken and decay, It useth an enforced ceremony; There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.

Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 2.



Think him as a serpent's egg, Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow

mischievous; And kill him in the shell.

b. Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.


Next him high arbiter Chance governs all. n. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. II.

Line 909. “Chance, though blind, is the sole Author of the creation."

0. J. X. B. SAINTINE--Picciola. Ch. III.

We may outrun, By violent swiftness, that which we run at, And lose by overrunning. C. Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1.

When me mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model, And, then we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the eroction; Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then, but draw anew the model In fewer offices, or, at least desist To build at all ?

d. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 3.

Discouragement seizes us only when we can no longer count on chance. p. GEORGES SAND- Handsome Lawrence.

Ch. II.

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Chance will not do the work-chance sends

the breeze; But if the pilot slumber at the helm, The very wind that wafts us towards the port May dash us on the shelves. The steersman's

part Is vigilance, blow it rough or smooth. 9. SCOTT--Fortunes of Nigel. Ch. XXII.

Old Play. Against ill chances, men are ever merry; But heaviness foreruns the good event.

Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 2. I shall show the cinders of my spirits Through the ashes of my chance.

Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2. And grasps the skirts of happy chance, And breasts the blows of circumstance.

t. TENNYSON- In Memoriam. Pt. LXIII.


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CEREMONY. Ceremony was but devis'd at first To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow wel.

comes, Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown.

In. Timon of Athens. Act. I. Sc. 2.


O ceremony, show me but thy worth !
What is thy soul of adoration ?
Art thou aught else but place, degree, and

Creating awe and fear in other men ?

1. llenry V. Act IV. Sc. 1.

Naught venture, naught have. Thos. TUSSER-Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry.


Extract. Chance is a word void of sense ; nothing can exist without a cause.

VOLTAIRE-- A Philosophical Dictionary.


To feed, were best at home; From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony; Meeting were bare without it.

J. Macbeth Act III. Sc. 4.

Joy comes and goes, hope ebbs and flows

Like the wave;
Change doth unknit the tranquil strength of

Love lends life a little grace,
A few sad smiles; and then,
Both are laid in one cold place,

In the grave.
MATTHEW ARNOLD-A Question. St. 1.

What art thou, thou idol ceremony? What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers.

le. llenry V. Act IV. Sc. 1.



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