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Temple and tower went down, nor left a site:Chaos of ruins ! 0. BYRON--Childe Harold. Canto IV.

St. 80.

Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise--the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods.

There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things. HENRY WARD BEECHER--Life

Thoughts. Many men build as cathedrals were built, the part nearest the ground finished; but that part which soars toward heaven, the turrets and the spires, forever incomplete. HENRY WARD BEECHER--Life

Thoughts. In a wicked man there is not wherewithal to make a good man. DE LA BRUYERE--Of Judgments and

Opinions. Incivility is not a Vice of the Soul, but the effect of several Vices; of Vanity, Ignorance of Duty, Laziness, Stupidity, Distraction, Contempt of uthers, and Jealousy. p. DE LA BRUYERE-- The Characters or

Manners of the Present Age.

Vol. II. Ch. XI.

The chaos of events.
Byron--- The Prophecy of Dante.

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All men that are ruined are ruined on the side of their natural propensities. 9.

BURKE-- On a Regicidc Peace. He was not merely a chip of the old block, but the old block itself.

BURKE-- On Pitt's First Speech. Everywhere in life, the true question is, not what we gain, but what we do.

S. ČARLYLE--Essays. Goethe's Helena.

It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defects than to boast of our attainments.

t. CARLYLE--Essays. Signs of the Times.

Every one is as God made has made him and oftentimes a great deal worse. CERVANTES--Don Quixote. Pt. II.

Bk. I. Ch. IV. Every one is the son of his own works. CERVANTES--Don Quixote. Pt. I.

Bk. IV. Ch. XX. Ourselves are to ourselves the cause of ill; We may be independent if we will.

CHURCHILL-- Independence. Line 471. There is the love of firmness without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to extravagant conduct. æ CONFUCIUS--Analects.

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small ma:: seeks is in others. y.

CONFUCIUS - Analects. His mind his kingdom, and his will his law.

COWPER-Truth. Line 405.

CHARACTER.

w.

Young men soon give, and soon forget

affronts; Old age is slow in both. j. ADDISON- Cato. Act II. Sc. 5.

No great genius was ever without some mixture of madness, nor can anything grand or superior to the voice of common mortals be spoken except by the agitated soul. k." ARISTOTLE.

Both man and womankind belie their nature When they are not kind. :1 BAILEY-Festus. Sc. Home.

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Only a sweet and vertuous soul,

Like season'd timber, never gives ; But though the whole world turn to coal, Then chiefly live.

HERBERT- The Church Vertue.

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No circumstances can repair a defect of character.

g. EMERSON-- Essay. On Character.

Belief and practice tend in the long run, and in some degree, to correspond; but in detail and in particular instances they may be wide asunder as the poles. h. FROUDE--Short Studies on Great

Subjects. On Progress. Pt. II. Every one of us, whatever our speculative opinions, knows better than he practices, and recognizes a better law than he obeys. i. FROUDE-- Short Studies on Great

Subjects. On Progress. Pt. II. Human improvement is from within outwards. j. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great

Subjects. Dirus Cæsar. Our thoughts and our conduct are our own. k. FROUDE--Short Studies on Great

Subjects. Education. In every deed of mischief, he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute. I. GIBBON--Decline and Fall of the Roman

Empire. Ch. XLVIII. Handsome is that handsome does. GOLDSMIT! - The Vicar of Wakefield.

Ch. I.

'Tis the same with common natures : Use 'em kindly, they rebel ; But be rough as nutmeg-graters, And the rogues obey you well. t. HILL-Verses Written on a Window in

Scotland. We must have a weak spot or two in a character before we can love it much. Peo. ple that do not laugh or cry, or take more of anything than is good for them, or use anything but dictionary-words, are admirable subjects for biographies. But we don't care most for those flat-pattern flowers that press best in the herbarium.

HOLMES-- The Professor at the

Breakfast Table. Ch. III. Iris.

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The love of moral beauty, and that retention of the spirit of youth, which is implied by the indulgence of a poetical taste, are evidences of good disposition in any man, and argue well for the largeness of his mind in other respects.

LEIGH HUNT— Men, Women and
Books. Of Statesmen Who Have

Written Verses.
A Soul of power, a well of lofty Thought,
A chastened Hope that ever points to Heaven.
John HUNTER—Sonnet. A Replication

of Rhymes.

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To judge human character rightly, a man may sometimes have very small experience provided he has a very large heart. BULWER-LYTTON -- What Will He Do

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Thou hast the patience and the faith of With finding in itself the types of all, -With watching from the dim verge of the What things to be are visible in the gleams Thrown forward on them from the luminous Wise with the history of its own frail heart, With reverence and sorrow, and with love, Broad as the world, for freedom and for men. LOWELL-Prometheus. Line 221.

Conflict, which rouses up the best and highest powers in some characters, in others not only jars the whole being, but paralyzes the faculties.

Mrs. JAMESON -- The Communion of

Labor; The Influence of Legislation on the Morals and Happiness of Men

and Women. Where the vivacity of the intellect and the strength of the passions, exceed the development of the moral faculties, the character is likely to be embittered or corrupted by extremes

, either of adversity or prosperity.
Mrs. JAMESON --Studies. On the

Female Character. Heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, or the hand to execute.

JUNIUS -- Letter XXXVII. He is truly great that is little in himself, and that maketh no account of any height of honors. d. THOMAS À KEMPIB-Imitation of

Christ. Bk. I. Ch. III. When a man dies they who survive him ask what property he has left behind. The angel who bends over the dying man asks What good deeds he has sent before him.

Koran.
They eat, and drink, and scheme, and plod,

And go to church on Sunday;
And many are afraid of God,
And more of Mrs. Grundy.

FREDERICK LOCKER— The Jester's Plea. A tender heart ; a will inflexible. g. LONGFELLOW - Christus. Pt. III.

John Endicott. Act III. Sc. 2. In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer h. LONGFELLOW -- Hyperion. Bk. IV.

Ch. VII. Not in the clamor of the crowded streets, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng,

are triumph and defeat. i. LONGFELLOW-The Poets. Sensitive, swift to resent, but as swift in j. LONGFELLOW-Courtship of Miles Standish Pt. IX. The Wedding

Day. LONGFELLOW

Christus. Pt. III. John Endicoti. Act III. Sc. 3.

A nature wise

The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors ; great actions are their eloquence. MACAULAY-- Essay. Conversation

Touching the Great Civil War. Now will I show myself to have more of the serpent than the dove; that is, more knave than fool.

MARLOWE- The Jero of Malta. Act II. Rather the ground that's deep enough for

graves, Rather the stream that's strong enough for

waves,

Than the looge sandy drift Whose shifting surface cherishes no need Either of any flower or any weed,

Whichever way it shift. p. OWEN MEREDITH--The Wanderer, Bk. IV. A Confession and Apology.

St. 14. Who knows nothing base, Fears nothing known. 9.

OWEN MEREDITH- A Great Man. St. 8. Sae true his heart, sae smooth his speech,

His breath like caller air; His very foot has music in't, As he comes up the stair.

MICKLE– The Sailor's Wife. Great thoughts, great feelings, came to them, Like instincts, unawares,

Rich. MONCKTON MILNESThe Men

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1. MILTON--- Paradise Lost. Bk. VIII.

Line 502. He that has light within his own clear breast, May sit i' th' centre, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul, and foul

thoughts, Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself is his own dungeon.

MILTON--Comus. Line 381. Where an equal poise of hope and fear Does arbitrate the event, my nature is That I incline to hope rather than fear, And gladly banish squint suspicion.

MILTON— Comus. Line 410. To those who know thee not, no words can

paint ! And those who know thee, know all words

are faint!

Hannah MORE -- Sensibility. I see the right, and I approve it too, Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong

pursue.

OVID-- Metamorphoses, VII. 20.

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CHARACTER.

CHARACTER.

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. Pops-Essay on Man. Ep. II.

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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

soul.
POPE-Rape of the Lock. Canto V.

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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.

Line 203.

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Heav'n forming each on other to depend,
A master, or a servant, or a friend,
Bids each on other for assistance call,
Till one Man's weakness grows the strength

of all.
d. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. II.

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No man's defects sought they to know,
So never made themselves a foe.
No man's good deeds did they commend;
So never rais'd themselves a friend.

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. But I have that within which passeth show; These, but the trappings and the suits of

woe. p. Hamlet. Act I. Se, 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

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See the same man, in vigour, in the gout;
Alone, in company; in place or out:
Early at Business and at Hazard late;
Mad at a Fox-chase, wise at a debate;
Drunk at a borough, civil at a Ball;
Friendly at Hackney, faithless at Whitehall.

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.

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He wants wit that wants resolved will.
t. Two Gentlemen of Veronu. Act II.

Sc. 6.

His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles; His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate;

His heart as far from fraud as heaven from

earth.
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How this grace Speaks his own standing! what a mental

power This eye shoots forth! How big imagination Moves in this lip! to the dumbnes of the

gesture One might interpret.

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.

Al'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.
Look, as I blow this feather from my face,
And as the air blows it to me again,
Obeying with my wind when I do blow,
And yielding to another when it blows,
Commanded always by the greater gust;
Sach is the lightness of you common men.

Henry VI. Pt. III. 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.

g. Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. My nature is subdued To what it works in.

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. i. 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.

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