« PreviousContinue »
Most contemptible to shun contempt.
Becomes it thee to taunt this valiant age, And twit with cowardice a man half dead ? b. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 2.
But, (alas !) to make me
c. Othello. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. d. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.
Get thee glass eyes; And, and like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not.
e. King Leur. Act IV. Sc. 6. He talks to me that never had a son.
Kug John. Act III. Sc. 4.
9. Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3.
h. Henry VI. Pt. III. Act V. Sc. 1.
0, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful In the contempt and anger of his lip!
i. Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1.
One contented with what he has done, stands but small chance of becoming famous for what he will do. He has laid down to die. The grass is already growing over him. p. BOVEE--Summaries of Thought.
Contentment. I'll be merry and free,
I'll be sad for nae-body; If nae-body cares for me, l'll care for nae-body.
BURNS - Nae-body. I would do what I pleased, and doing what I pleased, I should have my will, and having my will, I should be contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired ; and when there is no more to be de. sired, there is an end of it. CERVANTES -- Don Quixote. Pt. I.
Bk. IV. Ch. XXIII.
Nor aim beyond our pow'r ;
St. 10. Enjoy the present hour, be thankful for the
past, And neither fear nor wish th' approaches of
the last. 1. COWLEY-- Imitations. Martial. Lib. X.
Ep. XLVII. 'Tis pleasant through the loopholes of
retreat To peep at such a world; to see the stir Of the Great Babel, and not feel the crowd. COWPER- The Tusk. Bk. IV.
Line 88. This floating life hath but this port of rest, A heart prepar'd, that fears no ill to come. SAMUEL DANIEL-- An Epistle to the
Countess of Cumberland.
Ode 29. He trudged along, unknowing what he
Line 84. With equal minds what happens let us bear, Nor joy, nor grieve too much for things be
yond our care.
Bk. III. Line 883. Map me no maps, sir; my head is a map, a map
of the whole world.
BAILEY -- Festus. Sc. A Mountain.
rest? k. BARNABE BARNES- Parthenophil and
Parthenophe. Ah, sweet Content, where doth thine harbour
hold? 1. BARNABE BARNES- Parthenophil and
Parthenophe. Ah, sweet Content, where is thy mild abode? BARNABE BARNES--Parthenophil and
Parthenophe. From labour health, from health content
ment spring: Contentment opes the source of every joy.
JAMES BEATTIE — The Minstrel. Bk. I. There was a jolly miller Lived on the river Dee; He danced and sang from morn to nightNo lark so blithe as he; And this the burden of his song For ever used to be** I care for nobody, no not I, If nobody cares for me." 0. BIRKEESTAFF-Love in a Village.
Act I. Sc. 4.
O what a glory doth this world put on,
looks On duties well performed and days well
LONGFELLOW -- Autumn.
Nor iron bars a cage,
Percy. Rel. 343.
Lands. Isles of the Amazons. Pt.V. Whate'er the Passion, knowledge, fame, or
pelf, Not one will change his neighbor with
himself. 2 Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. II.
What happiness the rural maid attends
Line 148. His best companions, innocence and health And his best riches ignorance of wealth.
b. GOLDSMITH-Deserted Village. Line 61. Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.
GOLDSMITH - The Hermit, St. 8. Their wants but few, their wishes all con
fin'd. d. GOLDSMITH -- The Traveller. Line 210. Happy the man, of mortals happiest he Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free; Whom neither hopes deceive nor fears tor
ment, But lives at peace, within himself content; In thought or act accountable to none But to himself and to the gods alone. GEO. GRANVILLE (Lord Lansdowne.)-
Epistle to Mrs. Higgins. Nor cast one longing ling’ring look behind. of GRAY-- Elegy in a Country Church Yard.
St. 22. Obscured life sets down a type of bliss: A mind content both crown and kingdom is. g. ROBERT GREENE--Song. Farewell to
Folly. Sweet are the thoughts that savour of con
tent; The quiet mind is richer than a crown; Sweet are the nights in careless slumber
spent; The poor estate scorns fortune's angry
frown: Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep,
such bliss, Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss. h. ROBERT GREENE - Song. Farewell to
Folly. Praise they that will times past, I joy to see My selfe now live: this age best pleaseth mee.
i. HERRICK --Hesperides. Of little meddling cometh rest, The busy man ne'er wanted woe: The best woe is in all worlds sent, See all, say nought, hold thee content. j. JASPER HEYWOOD--Look ere you Leap.
St. 4. Let the world slide, let the world go; A fig for care and a fig for woe! If I can't pay, why I can owe, And death makes equal the high and low.
ke. JOHN HEYWOOD-Be Merry Friends. Yes ! in the poor man's garden grow,
Far more than herbs and flowers,
And joy for weary hours.
Our content Is our best having.
Henry VII. Act II. Sc. 3.
In measureless content.
The shepherd's homely curds,
Henry VI, Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5. Tis better to be lowly born, And range with humble livers in content, Than to be perk'd up in a glittering grief, And wear a golden sorrow. ፌ d. Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 3.
'Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door, but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.
e. Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 1. Fear not the future, weep not for the past. f. SHELLEY - Revolt of Islam. Canto XI.
The noblest mind the best contentment has. g. SPENSER--Faerie Queene. Bk. I.
Canto II. Line 35.
Have always been at daggers-drawing,
Canto II. Line 79. That each pull'd different ways with many
an oath, “ Arcades ambo," id est-blackguards both.
BYRON—Don Juan. Canto IV. St. 96. Dissensions, like small streams, are first be
gun, Scarce seen they rise, but gather as they run: So lines that from their parallel decline, More they proceed the more they still dis
join. p. Sir SAM'L GARTH — The Dispensary.
Canto III. 'Line 184. Those who in quarrels interpose, Must often wipe a bloody nose.
9. Gay-- Fable. The Mastiffs. Line 1. Seven cities warr'd for Homer being dead; Who living, had no roofe to shrowd his head. JOHN HEYWOOD- The Hierarchie of
the Blessed Angels.
Contentions fierce, Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause
SCOTT-Peveril of the Peak. Ch. XL. Por. A quarrel, ho, already! what's the mat
ter? Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring,
t. Merchant of Venice. Act. V. Sc. 1. Greatly to find quarrel in a straw, When honour's at the stake.
Ilamlet. Act IV. Sc. 4.
Sc. 1. The Retort Courteous; the Quip Modest; the Reply Churlish; the Reproof Valiant; the Counter check Quarrelsome; the Lie with Circumstance; the Lie Direct.
As You Like II. Act V. Sc. 4. Thou! why thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a bair more, or å hair less, in his beard than thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason, but because thou hast hazel eyes.
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. So. 1.
Dear little head, that lies in calm content
ኢ h. CELIA THAXTER --Song.
There is a jewel which no Indian mine can
of a Happy Life.
Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.
y. Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 1.
Discourse may want an animated "No,"
COWPER--Conversation. Line 101. Abstruse and mystic thoughts you must er.
press With painful care, but seeming easiness, For truth shines brightest thro' the plainest
on Translated Verse. Line 217. Conversation is a game of circles.
EMERSON – Essays. Circles. Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.
p. EMERSON--Society and Solitude, Clubs. I never, with important air, In conversation overbear.
O we fell out I know not why, And kiss'd again with tears. b. TENNYSON- The Princess. Canto I.
Song. Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical Dictionary.
Weakness on Both Sides. Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For God hath made them so; Let bears and lions growl and fight, For 'tis their nature too.
d. WATTS--Divine Songs. Song XVI.
CONTRAST. 'Tis light translateth night; 'tis inspiration Expounds experience; 'tis the west explains The east; 'tis time unfolds eternity.
BAILEY -- Festus. Sc. A Ruined Temple. And homeless near a thousand homes I
stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted
food. f. WORDSWORTH --Guilt and Sorrow.
St. 41. The rose and the thorn, sorrow and gladness, are linked together. g.
SAADI, Nature hath meal and bran, contempt and grace.
h. Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behaviour of the country is most mockable at the court.
i. As You Like It. Act III. Sc. 2.
The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast ; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
j. VOLTAIRE--Essay. Contrast.
My tongue within my lips I rein,
Line 53. With thee conversing I forget the way.
GAY-- Trivia. Bk. II. Line 480. Men of great conversational powers almost universally practice a sort of lively sophistry and exaggeration, which deceives, for the moment, both themselves and their auditors. MACAULAY— Essay. On the Athenian
Orators. With thee conversing, I forget all time. t. MILTON--Paradise Lost. Bk. IV.
Form'd by thy converse, happily to steer
Line 379. Equality is the life of conversation; and he is as much out who assumes to himself any part above another; as he who considers himself below the rest of the society.
Sir RICHARD STEELE— Tatler. No. 225.
CONVERSATION. Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, providing a man would talk to make himself understood. k. ADDISON—- The Spectator. No. 476.
When with greatest art he spoke, You'd think he talked like other folk. For all a Rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools. I. BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I.
Like a lovely tree She grew to womanhood, and between whiles Rejected several suitors, just to learn How to accept a better in his turn.
w. BYRON-- Don Juan. Canto II. St. 128. 'Tis good in every case, you know, To have two strings unto your bow.
CHURCHILL-- The Ghost. 'Bk. IV.
Heyroood's Proverbs, 1546; Letters
Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation de-
Eduard at Versailles.
BAILEY- Festus. Sc. The Surface. England! my country, great and free! Heart of the world, I leap to thee!
d. BAILEY- Festus. Sc. The Surface. Egypt! from whose all dateless tombs arose Forgotten Pharaghs from their long repose, And shook within their pyramids to hear A new Cambyses thandering in their ear; While the dark shades of forty ages stood Like startled giants by Nile's famous flood.
e. BYRON— The Age of Bronze. Pt. V. Fair Greece! sad relic of departed worth ! Immortal, though no more; though fallen,
Be England what she will, With all her faults she is my country still.
h CHURCHILL - The Farewell.
The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high-road that leads him to England. i. SAN'L JOHNSON — Boswell's Life of
Johnson. An. 1763, The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king, and the supercilious hypocrisy of a Bishop. 1. JUNIUS --Letter No. 35.
Britain is A world by itself; and we will nothing pay For wearing our own noses.
k. Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 1. 0 England:-model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart, What might'st thou do, that honour would
thee do, Were all thy children kind and natural! But see thy fault !
2 Henry V. Act II. Chorus.
This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
Your isle, which stands
Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 1. Month after month the gather'd rains do
scend, Drenching yon secret Ethiopian dells, And from the Desert's ice-girt pinnacles, Where Frost and Heat in strange embraces
blend On Atlas, fields of moist snow half depend.
SHELLEY-Sonnet. To the Nile. In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an
American book? or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue ? p. SYDNEY SMITH -- Review on Seybert's
Annals of the United States. Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves; Britons never shall be slaves. 9. THOMPSON - Alfred. Act II. Sc. 5.
Bacon- Essays. Of Gardens.
COWPER— The Task. Bk. I. Line 181.
pride. No place each way is happy. t. WILLIAM HABINGTON-Tomy Noblest
Friend, I. Č., Esquire. To one who has been long in city pent, 'Tis very sweet to look into the fair And open face of heaven, --to breathe a
prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament. KEATS—Sonnel I. Line 1.
As I read
“ Forever! never!
Stairs. St. 1.