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life, a bold and impatient man the easy; for one cannot brook war, nor the other peace. Epicurus.
tically, there was a little toiling steam tug, with heart of fire and arms of iron, that was hugging it close, and dragging it bravely on; and I knew that if the little steam tug untwined her arms and left the tall ship it would wallow and roll about and drift hither and thither, and go off with the refluent tide, no man knows whither. And so I have known more than one genius, high decked, full freighted, wide sailed, gay pennoned, that, but for the bare toiling arms, and brave, warm, beating heart of the faithful little wife, that nestled close in his shadow, and clung to him, so that no wind nor wave could part them, and dragged him on against all the tide of circumstance, would soon have gone down the stream and been heard of no more. No, I am too much a lover of genius, I sometimes think, and too often get impatient with dull people, so that, in their weak talk, where nothing is future possible state of development, when a taken for granted, I look forward to some gesture passing between a beautiful human soul and an archangel shall signify as much as the complete history of a planet, from the time when it curdled to the time when its sun was burned out. And yet, when a strong brain is weighed with a true heart, it seems to me like balancing a bubble against a wedge of gold. It takes a very true man to be a fitting companion for a woman of genius, but not a very great one. I am not sure she will not embroider her ideal better on a plain ground than on one with a brilliant pattern already worked in its texture. But as the very essence of genius is truthfulness, contact with realities (which are always ideas behind shows of form or language), nothing is so contemptible as falsehood and pretence in its eyes. Now it is not easy to find a perfectly true woman, and it is very hard to find a perfectly true man. And a woman of genius, who has the sagacity to choose such an one for her companion, shows more of the divine gift in so doing than in her
As effortless as woodland nooks
Send violets up and paint them blue. Lowell. finest talk or her most brilllant work of letters or of art.
The proportion of genius to the vulgar, is like one to a million; but genius without tyranny, without pretension, that judges the weak with equity, the superior with humanity, and equals with justice, is like one to ten millions.
Genius, without religion, is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace. It may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without,
while the inhabitant sits in darkness. Hannah More.
So strong a wit did Nature to him frame,
GENIUS-Wives of Men of.
There is an ordinance of nature at which men of genius are perpetually fretting, but which does more good than many laws of the universe which they praise; it is, that ordinary women ordinarily prefer ordinary men. "Genius," as Hazlitt would have said, "puts them out." It is so strange; it does not come into the room as usual. It says "such things." Once it forgot to brush its hair. The common female mind prefers usual tastes, settled manners, customary conversation, defined and practical pursuits. And it is a great good that it should
Nature has no wiser instinct. average woman can make happy the average man; good health, easy cheerfulness, common charms, suffice. Harris.
GENIUS and CHARACTER.
Oftentimes as I have lain swinging on the water, in the swell of the Chelsea ferryboats, in that long, sharp-pointed black cradle in which I love to let the great mother rock me, I have seen a tall ship glide by against the tide, as if drawn by some invisible tow-line, with a hundred strong arms pulling it. Her sails hung unfilled, her streamers were drooping, she had neither side-wheel nor sternwheel; still she moved on, stately, in serene triumph, as if with her own life. But I knew that on the other side of the ship, hidden beneath the great bulk that swam so majes
GENIUS and HOME.
Men do not make their homes unhappy
because they have genius, but because they have not enough genius; a mind and sentiments of a higher order would render them capable of seeing and feeling all the beauty of Wordsworth. domestic ties.
Mankind, from the earliest ages, have been prone almost to idolize those to whom ther were indebted for any weighty benefits, or to whom they looked up as inventors of useful
arts, or masters of hitherto occult sciences. scended. Thus his blood must needs be well Gratitude indeed demands that great and ori-purified who is gentilely born on both sides. ginal geniuses, whom God has enriched with Fuller. extraordinary talents, by the due exercise of which they have become benefactors of the human race, should be loved and valued highly for their services; but when we look only at the instrument, and see not the hand of Supreme Benevolence that employs it for our benefit, we then overvalue man, and undervalue God; putting the former into the place of the latter, and making an idol of him; and if any will not worship this idol, a clamour is raised against them, and they are almost persecuted. Kirby.
There cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of an innate meanness of disposition, than to be always talking and thinking of being genteel. Hazlitt.
How weak a thing is gentility, if it wants virtue. Fuller.
GENTLEMAN-Characteristics of the.
With all good grace to grace a gentleman.
I am a gentleman: and by my birth,
A gentleman free-born; I never wore
The true gentleman is extracted from ancient and worshipfull parentage. When a pepin is planted on a pepin-stock, the fruit growing thence is called a renate, a most delicious apple, as both by sire and damme well de
Negligent; not clogg'd with ceremony
He is a noble gentleman: withal
There is no character more deservedly esteemed than that of a country gentleman who understands the station in which Heaven and Nature have placed him. He is a father to his tenants, a patron to his neighbours, and is superior to those of lower fortune more by his benevolence than his possessions. He justly divides his time between solitude and company, so as to use the one for the other. His life is employed in the good offices of an advocate, a referee, a companion, a mediator, and a friend. Addison.
I do not know a finer race of men than the
English gentlemen. Instead of the softness and effeminacy which characterize the man of rank in most countries, they exhibit a union of elegance and strength, a robustness of frame and freshness of complexion, which I attribute to their living so much in the open air, and pursuing so eagerly the invigorating recreation of the country. Washington Irving.
The man within whose reach Heaven has placed the greatest materials for making life happy, is an English country gentleman. Emperor Alexander. GENTLEMAN-a rare Person.
Perhaps a gentleman is a rarer man than some of us think for. Which of us can point out many such in his circle, men whose aims are generous, whose truth is constant, and not only constant in its kind, but elevated in its
degree; whose want of meanness makes them simple, who can look the world honestly in the face with an equal manly sympathy for the great and the small? We all know a hundred whose coats are very well made, and a score who have excellent manners, and one or two happy beings who are what they call in the inner circles, and have shot into the very centre and bull's-eye of fashion; but of gentlemen, how many? Let us take a little scrap of paper, and each make out his list. Thackeray.
A wrong done to thee think a cat's-eye spark Thou wouldest not see, were not thine own
Thine own keen sense of wrong that thirsts for sin,
Fear that the spark self-kindled from within,
Its natural daylight. If a foe have kenn'd,—
Gentleness, which belongs to virtue, is to be carefully distinguished from the mean spirit of cowards, and the fawning assent of sycophants. It removes no just right from fear; it gives up no important truth from flattery; it is, indeed, not only consistent with a firm mind, but it necessarily requires a manly spirit and a fixed principle, in order to give it any
Winning its way with extreme gentleness
To a sweet instrument, or else as doctrine
With which she keeps time to the several
Placed in the sacred concert of her beauties;
To check and to affright it from attempting
She is of the best blood, yet betters it
As when Heaven lent her us. Her mind, as well
GEOLOGIST-Poet's View of the.
You may trace him oft By scars, which his activity has left Beside our road and pathways, though, thank Heaven!
This covert nook reports not of his hand.
GEOLOGY and RELIGION.
So long as phenomena are simply recorded, and only the natural and obvious causes drawn from them, there can be no fear that the results of the study may prove hostile to religion. How much wiser was the counsel of Gamaliel, and how applicable to those who impugned these pursuits-"Refrain from these men and let them alone; for if the work be of men it will fall to nothing; but if of God ye are not able to destroy it." If the representations they have given of nature are the fictions of men, they cannot stand against the progress of science; if they truly picture
is objectless upon earth; that it predominates GIFTS-Useless.
in the period of sinless infancy, are difficulties the solution of which might afford some probable insight into our ante-mundane condition, and a peep at least into the shadow-land of pre-existence. Lamb.
GIFT-Manner of bestowing a.
The manner of giving, shews the character of the giver, more than the gift itself. Lavater.
GIFT-Every Man hath received a.
Every man have received some gift-no man all gifts; and this, rightly considered, would keep all in a more even temper; as, in nature, nothing is altogether useless, so nothing is self-sufficient. This, duly considered, would keep the meanest from repining and discontent -even him that hath the lowest rank in most respects; yet something he hath received that is not only a good to himself, but rightly improved, may be so to others likewise. And this will curb the loftiness of the most advanced, and teach them not only to see some deficiencies in themselves, and some gifts in far meaner persons which they want; but, besides the simple discovery of this, it will put them upon the use of lower persons, not only to stoop to the acknowledgment, but even withal to the participation and benefit of it; not to trample upon all that is below thembut to take up and use things useful, though lying at their feet. Some flowers and herbs that grow very low are of a very fragrant smell and healthful use. Leighton.
Give freely to him that deserveth well and asketh nothing; and that is a way of giving to thyself. Fuller.
There is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. Seneca.
Your gift is princely, but it comes too late, And falls like sunbeams on a blasted blossom. Suckling.
Win her with gifts, if she respect not words:
He was one of those men, moreover, who possess almost power to use them. every gift except the gift of the Kingsley.
GIFTS-Proportionate Value of.
And, with them, words of so sweet breath composed,
As made the things more rich: their perfume lost,
GIFTS-when most Acceptable.
ever the most ac-
Glory darts her soul-pervading ray On thrones and cottages, regardless still Of all the artificial, nice distinctions Vain human customs make. Hannah More.
Such, whose sole bliss is eating, who can give But that one brutal reason why they live.