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Retribution is one of the grand principles of the divine administration of human affairs; a requital is imperceptible only to the unobservant. There is everywhere the working of the everlasting law of requital : Man always gets as he gives.-). Foster.

To revenge is no valor, but to bear.-Shakespeare.

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance, of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.Joubert.

Reverence is an ennobling sentiment. He that has no pleasure in looking up, is not fit so much as to look down.—Washington Allston.

The majesty of God revere; fear him and you have nothing else to fear.- Fordyce.

Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.-Locke.

Reverie, which is thought in its nebulous state, borders closely upon the land of sleep, by which it is bounded as by a natural frontier.–Victor Hugo.

Revolution is the larva of civilization.190_Victor Hugo.

Nothing has ever remained of any revolution but what was ripe in the conscience of the masses.-Ledru Rollin.

We see how much a man has, and therefore we envy him; did we see how little he enjoys, we should rather pity him.-Seed.

Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss.-Gregory.

Ridicule is a weak weapon when levelled at strong minds, but common men are cowards and dread an empty laugh.— Tupper.

Ridicule, which chiefly arises from pride, is a selfish passion, is but at best a gross pleasure, too rough an entertainment for those who are highly polished and refined.-Home.

Right is might, and ever was, and ever shall be so.-Hare.
I would rather be right than be president.--Henry Clay.

Rogues are always found out in some way.-Fontaine.
A rogue is a roundabout fool.-Coleridge.

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.-Disraeli.

In the meanest hut is a romance, if you but knew the hearts there.Van Ense.

Ruins—the legendary tablets of the past.-Walter Scott.
Black-letter record of the ages.-Diderot.

Rumor was the messenger of defamation, and so swift that none could be first to tell an evil tale.--Pollok.

Curse the tongue whose slanderous rumor, like the adder's drop, distils her venom, withering friendship's faith, turning love's favor.-Hill, house.

S Sarcasm is the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.-Carlyle.

Sarcasm poisons reproof.-Wigglesworth.

Satire! thou shining supplement of public laws !-Young.

A satirist of true genius, who is warmed by a generous indignation of vice, and whose censures are conducted by candor and truth, merits the applause of every friend to virtue.-Crousaz.

Believe that story false that ought not to be true.-Sheridan.

Scandal is the sport of its authors, the dread of fools, and the contempt of the wise.-W. B. Clulow.

Scepticism has never founded empires, established principles or changed the world's heart. The great' doers in history have always been men of faith.-E. H. Chapin.

Sceptics are generally ready to believe anything, provided it is only sufficiently improbable; it is at matters of fact that such people stumble.Von Knebel.

What are the sciences but maps of universal laws; and universal laws but the channels of universal power; and universal power but the outgoings of a supreme universal mind?-E. Thomson.

The person who thinks there can be any real conflict between science and religion must be either very young in science or very ignorant in religion.-Prof. Henry.

The sea has been called deceitful and treacherous, but there lies in this trait only the character of a great natural power, which renews its strength, and, without reference to joy or sorrow, follows eternal laws which are imposed by a higher power.-W. Humboldt.

Praise the sea, but keep on the land.—Herbert.

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.-Jeremy Taylor.

Never confide your secrets to paper. It is like throwing a stone in the air, you do not know where it may fall.-Calderon.

Self-conceit is a weighty quality, and will sometimes bring down the scale when there is nothing else in it. It magnifies a fault beyond proportion, and swells every omission into an outrage.144—Jeremy Collier.

Oftentimes nothing profits more than self-esteem,409 grounded on what is just and right.-Milton.

Self-control is, indeed, the noblest rule on earth; the object of a loftier ambition than the po ession of crowns or sceptres.-Caird.

Self-control is promoted by humility. Pride is a fruitful source of uneasiness. It keeps the mind in disquiet. Humility is the antidote to this evil.-Mrs. Sigourney.

Self-denial is an excellent guide of virtue.-Towson.

One never knows himself till he has denied himself. The altar of sacrifice is the touchstone of character.-O. P. Gifford.

Selfishness is a vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and as such, condemned by self-love. -Sir J. Mackintosh.

That household god, a man's own self.-Flavel.

In all time, self-love has blinded the wisest.–Villefre.

Self-love, as it happens to be well or ill conducted, constitutes virtue and vice.-Rochefoucauld.

A man's praises have very musical and charming accents in the mouth of another, but sound very flat and untamable in his own.-Xenophon.

Self-praise occasionally succeeds with ignorant and credulous persons; very seldom with those who have much knowledge of the world.G. W. Hervey.

Self-reliance wins. They can conquer who believe they can.–Virgil. Time and I against any two.-Phillip II.

Self-respect—that cornerstone of all virute.Sir John Herschel.

Every man stamps his own value on himself. The price we challenge for ourselves is given us. Man is made great or little by his own will.Schiller.

Self-righteousness is the devil's masterpiece to make us think well of ourselves.-T. Adam.

Regret not that which is past, and trust not to thine own righteousness. -St. Anthony.

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.-Shakespeare.

Self-will is so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.209_Cecil.

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all.-O. W. Holmes.

Sensibility is neither good nor evil, in itself, but in its application. Ill-directed or uncontrolled, it is a snare, and the source of every temptaton.-H. More.

Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism.-Bovee.

Quick sensitiveness is inseparable from a ready understanding.Addison.

Sensuality is the grave of the soul.—Channing.

He that lives in the kingdom of sense, shall die in the kingdom of sorrow.-Baxter.

Sentiment is intellectual emotion;400 emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.-J. R. Lowell.

Sentiment has a sort of divine alchemy, rendering grief itself the source of tenderest thoughts and far-reaching desires, which the sufferer cherishes as sacred treasures.—Talfourd.

Shame may restrain what the law does not prohibit.— Seneca.

It is the guilt, not the scaffold, which constitutes the shame.-Corneille.

Upright simplicity is the deepest wisdom, and perverse craft the merest shallowness.-Barrow.

Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.Hazlitt.

Sincerity and truth are the basis of all virtue.-Confucius.

Sincerity is the face of the soul, as dissimulation is the mask.S. Dubay.

Slander meets no regard from noble minds; only the base believe what the base only utter.-Bellers.

Plato, hearing that some asserted that he was a very bad man, said, “I shall take care so to live that nobody will believe them.”Guardian.

"Sleep is so like death,” says Sir Thomas Browne, “that I dare not trust myself to it without prayer." They both, when they seize the body, leave the soul at liberty; and wise is he that remembers of both, that they can be made safe and happy only by virtue.-Sir W. Temple.

Sleep is pain's easiest salve, and doth fulfill all offices of death, except to kill.—Donne.


Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the key often used is always bright.--Franklin.

Sloth is torpidity of the mental faculties; the sluggard is a living insensible.--Zimmerman.

Smiles from reason flow, to brute denied, and are of love the food.Milton.

A smile is the color which love wears, and cheerfulness, and joythese three. It is the light in the window of the face, by which the heart signifies to father, husband, and friend, that it is at home and waiting H. W. Beecher.

A sneer is often the sign of heartless malignity.–Lavater.

The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others.Hazlitt.

A snob is one who is always pretending to be something betterespecially richer or more fashionable than others. Thackeray.

Snobs in high places assume great airs, and are pretentious in all they do; and the higher their elevation, the more conspicuous is the incongruity of their position.-S. Smiles.

There are four varieties in society; the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest.— Taine.

Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the bores and bored.—Byron.

Solitude is the audience chamber of God.-L. E. Landon.

O sacred solitude! divine retreat! choice of the prudent! envy of the great! by thy pure stream, or in thy waving shade, we court fair wisdom.-Young.

It was his nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree's to leaf itself in April.-Alexander Smith

A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.-H. Giles.

Sophistry 621 is like a window curtain—it pleases as an ornament, but its true use is to keep out the light.-Anon.

Sophistry, like poison, is at once detected and nauseated, when presented to us in a concentrated form; but a fallacy508 which, when stated barely in a few sentences, would not deceive a child, may deceive half the world, if diluted in a quarto volume.Whately.

Sorrows are often like clouds, which, though black when they are passing over us, when they are past, become as if they were the garments of God, thrown off in purple and gold along the sky.-H. W. Beecher.

Sorrow 394 is not an accident occurring now and then. It is the woof which is woven into the warp of life, and he who has not discerned the divine sacredness of sorrow, and profound meaning which is concealed in pain, has yet to learn what life is. The cross, manifested as the necessity of the highest life, alone interprets it.-F. W. Robertson.

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. What is the soul? It is immaterial.273_Hood.

The soul, of origin divine, God's glorious image, freed from clay, in heaven's eternal sphere shall shine, a star of day! The sun is but a spark of fire, a transient meteor in the sky; the soul, immortal as its sire, shall never die.-Montgomery.

The sound must seem an echo to the sense.242_Pope.
Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound.-Gifford.

Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.-Heber.

Stately spring! whose robe-folds are valleys, whose breast-bouquet is gardens, and whose blush is vernal evening.161_Richter.

Silent, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of angels.-Longfellow.

The stars are mansions built by nature's hand, and haply, there the spirits of the blest dwell, clothed in radiance, their immortal rest.Wadsworth.

In a free country, there is much clamor with little suffering: in a despotic state, there is little complaint, but much suffering.184_Carnot.

That state is best ordered where the wicked have no command, and the good have.--Pittacus.

True statemanship is the art of changing a nation from what it is into what ought to be.—W. R. Alger.

Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meannesses for the public good.-Lincoln.

A story should, to please, at least seem true, be apropos, well told, concise, and new; and whensoe'er it deviates from these rules, the wise will sleep, and leave applause to fools.-Stillingfleet.

Stories now, to suit the public taste, must be half epigram,190 half pleasant vice.-J. R. Lowell.

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