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Virtuous and vicious ev'ry Man must be, Few in th' extreme, but all in the degree; The rogue and fool by fits is fair and wise; And ev'n the best, by fits, what they despise. j. POPE---Essay on Man. Ep. II.
Every man has at times in his mind the Ideal of what he should be, but is not. This ideal may be high and complete, or it may be quite low and insufficient; yet in all men that really seek to improve, it is better than the actual character.
Man never falls so low, that he can see nothing higher than himself.
THEODORE PARKER-Critical and
Miscellaneous Writings. Essay I. Yet, if he would, man cannot live all to this world. If not religious, he will be superstitious. If he worship not the true God, he will have his idols. b. THEODORE PARKER--Critical and
Miscellaneous Writings. Essay I. Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the
Worth makes the man, and want of it the
fellow, The rest is all but leather or prunella. k. POPE - Essay on Man. Ep. IV.
No man's defects sought they to know,
1. PRIOR-- An Epitaph.
It is of the utmost importance that a nation should have a correct standard by which to weigh the character of its rulers.
LORD JOHN RUSSELL-Introduction to the Correspondence of the Duke of
Bedford Be absolute for death ; either death, or life, shall thereby be the sweeter.
Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 1. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3.
Heav'n forming each on other to depend,
But I have that within which passeth show; These, but the trappings and the suits of
woe. p. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2.
But I remember now I am in this earthly world; where, to do
harm, Is often laudable; to do good, sometime, Accounted dangerous folly.
9. Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 2. Good name in man and woman, dear my
lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis some
Oh! blest with temper, whose unclouded ray
See the same man, in vigour, in the gout;
h. Pope-Moral Essays. Ep. I. Line 71. 'Tis from high Life high Characters are
drawn; A Saint in Crape is twice a Saint in Lawn; A Judge is just, a Chanc'llor juster still; A Gown-man, learn'd; a Bishop, what you
will; Wise, if a minister; but, if a King, More wise, more learn'd, more just, more
ev'ry thing. i, POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. I.
How this grace Speaks his own standing! what a mental
power This eye shoots forth! How big imagination Moves in this lip! to the dumbness of the
gesture One might interpret.
a. Timon of Athens. Act I, Sc. 1.
I do profess to be no less than I seem; to serve him truly, that will put me in trust; to love him that is honest; to converse with him that is wise, and says little; to fear judgment; to fight, when I cannot choose; and to eat no fish. b. King Lear. Act I. Sc. 4.
I know him a notorious liar, Think him a great way fool, solely a coward; Yet these fix'd evils sit so fit in him, That they take place, when virtue's steely
bones Look bleak in the cold
wind. All's Well That Ends Well. Act I, Sc.1. Long is it since I saw him, But time hath nothing blur'd those lines of
favour Which he wore.
d. Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2.
llenry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. Look, what thy soul holds dear, imagine it To lie that way thou go'st, not whence thou
com'st; Suppose the singing birds, musicians; The grass whereon thou tread'st, the presence
strew'd; The flowers, fair ladies; and thy steps, no
more Than a delightful measure, or a dance. f. Richard II. Act I, Sc. 3.
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.
9. Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. My nature is subdued To what it works in.
ኢ h. Sonnet CXI. Nature hath fram'd strange fellows in her
time: Some that will evermore peep through their
eyes, And laugh, like parrots, at a bagpiper: And other of such vinegar aspect, That they'll not show their teeth in way of
smile, Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.
Merchant of Venice. Act I, Sc. 1.
Now do I play the touch, To try if thou be current gold indeed.
Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Formed on the good old plan, A true and brave and downright honest man! He blew no trumpet in the market-place, Nor in the church, with hypocritic face Supplied with cant the lack of Christian
grace; Loathing pretence, he did with cheerful
will What others talked of, while their hands
WHITTIER-Daniel Neall. Whom neither shape of anger can dismay, Nor thought of tender happiness betray. WORDSWORTH-Character of the
Happy Warrior And let men so conduct themselves in life As to be always strangers to defeat.
YONGE's Cicero- A precept of Atreus.
Tusculan Disp. Bk. V. Div. 18. The man that makes a character, makes foes. p. YOUNG--Epistles to Mr. Pope. Ep. 1.
Fame is what you have taken,
Character's what you give;
Whoe'er amidst the sons
h. THOMSON-Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 3.
Though lone the way as that already trod, Cling to thine own integrity and God ! TUCKERMAN—Sonnet. To One
No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity. t. BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution
in France. 1790. Now, at a certain time, in pleasant mood, He tried the luxury of doing good.
CRABBE- Tales of the Hall. Bk. III.
GOLDSMITH --The Traveller. Line 22. Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And e'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side. GOLDSMITH — The Deserted Village.
Line 163 Alas for the rarity Of Christian charity Under the sun!
Hood— The Bridge of Sighs.
By time and place,
But finds her grace.
After Ascension. St. 6.
Nothing endures but personal qualities. 1. WALT WHITMAN–Song of the Broad
Aice. Pt. 4. St. 5.
He is truly great, that is great in charity.
Christ. Bk. I. Ch. III. Act a charity sometimes. b. LAMB-Complaint of the Decay of
Beggars in the Metropolis. Shut not thy purse-strings Always against painted distress. LAMB-Complaint of the Decay of
Beggars in the Metropolis. With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.
ረ d. LINCOLN--Second Inaugural Address. O chime of sweet Saint Charity,
Peal soon that Easter morn
And in all hearts new-born!
To all men shall be given,
And hear My Son in heaven!
The soul of the truly benevolent man does not seem to reside much in its own body. Its life, to a great extent, is a mere reflex of the lives of others. It migrates into their bodies, and, identifying its existence with their existence, finds its own happiness in increasing and prolonging their pleasures, in extinguishing or solacing
their pains. HORACE MANN-- Lectures on Education.
Lecture IV. To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike. g. HORACE MANN—Lectures on Education.
Lecture VI. They serve God well, Who serves His creatures. h. MRS. NORTON--The Lady of La Garaye.
Conclusion. Line 9. With one hand he put A penny in the urn of poverty, And with the other took a shilling out. i. POLLOK—Course of Time. Bk. VIII.
Line 632. In Faith and Hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity. j. POPE-- Essay on Man. Ep. III.
Line 307. So much his courage and his mercy strive, He wounds to cure, anıl conquers to forgive. k. PRIOR-Ode in Imitation of Horace.
Bk. III. Ode II. An old man, broken with the storms of state, Is come to lay his weary bones among ye; Give him a little earth for charity ! I. Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Charity, Which renders good for bad, blessings for
Richard III, Act I. Sc. 2.
Plunges, and bears me through the tide. Wide are these woods-I thread the maze
Of giant stems, nor ask a guide. I hunt till day's last glimmer dies
O'er woody vale and grassy height; And kind the voice, and glad the eyes That welcome my return at night.
BRYANT– The Hunter of the Prairies. Soon as Aurora drives away the night, And edges eastern clouds with rosy light, The healthy huntsman, with the cheerful
horn, Summons the dogs, and greets the dappled
t. Gar-Rural Sports. Canto II. Line 93.
'Tis Chastity, my brother, Chastity; She that has that is clad in complete steel, And, like a quiver'd nymph, with arrows
keen, May trace huge forests, and unbarbour'd
heaths, Infamous hills, and sandy perilous wilds; Where, through the sacred rays of Chastity, No savage tierce, bandite, or mountaineer, Will dare to soil her virgin purity.
a. MILTON - Comus. Line 420. As chaste as unsunn'd snow, b. Cymbeline. Act II. Sc. 5.
Chaste as the icicle, That's curded by the frost from purest snow, And hangs on Dian's temple.
Coriolanus. Act V. Sc. 3.
Sc. 2. The very ice of chastity is in them.
As You Like II. Act III. Sc. 4. Whiter than new snow on a raven's back.
f. Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 2. To the pure all things are pure! g. SHELLEY—The Revolt of Islam.
Canto VI. St. 30. Then she rode forth, clothed on with chastity: The deep air listen'd round her as she rode, And all the low wind hardly breathed for fear.
h. TENNYSON-Godiva. Line 53.
'Tis not a life; "Tis but a piece of childhood thrown away. BEAUMONT and FLETCHER-- Philaster.
Act V. Sc. 2.
CHEERFULNESS. A cheerful temper, joined with innocence, will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. i,
ADDISON- The Tattler. No. 192, Cheerfulness is an offshoot of goodness and of wisdom. j. BOVEE--Summaries of Thought.
Cheerfulness. And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep.
k. BYRON - Don Juan. Canto IV. St. 4. Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose, Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes.
1. GOLDSMITH - The Traveller. Line 185. A merry heart goes all the day, Your sad tires in a mile-a.
A Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Had she been light, like you, Of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit, She might have been a grandam ere she died; And so may you; for a light heart lives long.
Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. He makes a July's day short as December; And, with his varying childness, cures in me Thoughts that would thick my blood.
A Winter's Tale. Act I. Sc. 2.
Ah! what would the world be to us,
LONGFELLOW-Children. St. 4.
O child! O new-born denizen
aa. LONGFELLOW-To a Child.