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Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
thoughts in a college for the conduct of life; and, after all, the man so qualified shall besitate in his speech to a good suit of clothes, and want common sense before an agreeable woman. Hence it is that wisdom, valour, justice, and learning, cannot keep a man in countenance that is possessed with these excellences, if he wants that inferior art of life and behaviour called good-breeding. Steele. Bishop Mant. GOOD-BREEDING-Caricatures of
GOOD-when to be Done.
That which is good to be done, cannot be done too soon; and if it is neglected to be done early, it will frequently happen that it I will not be done at all.
Some young people do not sufficiently understand the advantages of natural charms, and how much they would gain by trusting to them entirely. They weaken these gifts of Heaven, so rare and fragile, by affected manners and an awkward imitation. Their tones and their gait are borrowed; they study their
all trace of natural manner, and, with all their
No vengeance, and no hatred-needs must feel attitudes before the glass until they have lost
And seeks for good, and finds the good he
Until abhorrence and contempt are things
He is compassionate, and has no thought,
Oh, yet we trust that somehow good
To pangs of nature-sins of will,
That not one life shall be destroy'd
GOOD and EVIL-Operation of.
Health, beauty, vigour, riches, and all the other things called goods, operate equally as evils to the vicious and unjust, as they do as benefits to the just. Plato.
We see a world of pains taken, and the best years of life spent, in collecting a set of
Good-breeding and refinement, or rather the externals of these qualities, are generally considered as wholly precluding those vulgar manifestations of ill-temper, rudeness, impertinence, and similar feelings, which the un
sophisticated display with such perfect frank
ness. But it does not thence follow, that the well-bred and refined have not their little
spites, little envious feelings, little assumptions of consequence to gratify; indeed, they do gratify them very freely; all the difference lies in the manner; for there is a finish, a delicacy of touch in the polite impertinence of the well-bred, which the under-bred may envy, but must never hope to attain. The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the ne plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen, or so keenly felt, as the polite insult, which it is impossible to resent! Nathalie.
Good-breeding shows itself most where, to an ordinary eye, it appears the least. Addison.
Good-breeding is as necessary a quality in conversation, to accomplish all the rest, as grace in motion and dancing. Sir W. Temple.
One principal point of good-breeding is to suit our behaviour to the three several degrees of men,-our superiors, our equals, and those below us. Shift.
Good-sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Good-nature, by which I mean beneficence and candour, is the product of right reason, which, of necessity, will give allowance to the failings of others, by considering that there is nothing perfect in mankind; and by distinguishing that which comes nearest to excellency, though not absolutely free from faults, will certainly produce a candour in the judge.
GOOD-NATURE-the Gift of Heaven.
That inexhaustible good-nature, which is the most precious gift of Heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. Washington Irving.
Thousands of men breathe, move, and live, pass off the stage of life, and are heard of no more-Why? they do not partake of good in the world, and none were blessed by them; none could point to them as the means of their redemption; not a line they wrote, not a word they spake, could be recalled; and so they perished; their light went out in darkness, and they were not remembered more than insects of yesterday. Will you thus live and die, O man immortal! Live for something. Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storm of time can never destroy. Write your name, in kindness, love, and mercy, on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year: you will never be forgotten. No, your name, your
GOOD-NATURE the Beauty of the deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven. Chalmers.
Good-nature is the beauty of the mind, and, like personal beauty, wins almost without anything else, sometimes, indeed, in spite of positive deficiencies. Hanway.
Goodness I call the habit, and goodness of nature the inclination. This, of all virtues and ignities of the mind, is the greatest, being
the character of the Deity; and without it man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing. Bacon.
There is nothing, no, nothing innocent or good, that dies, and is forgotten: let us hold to that faith, or none. An infant, a prattling child, dying in its cradle, will live again in the better thoughts of those who loved it; and play its part, through them, in the redeeming actions of the world, though its body be burnt to ashes, or drowned in the deepest sea. There is not an angel added to the host of heaven but does its blessed work on earth in
those that loved it here. Forgotten! oh, if the good deeds of human creatures could be traced to their source, how beautiful would even death appear; for how much charity, mercy, and purified affection, would be seen to have their growth in dusty graves. Dickens.
GOODNESS-Joy resulting from.
The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us, is the purest and
sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of Divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it; and it will not only soothe and tranquillize a troubled spirit, but inspire a constant flow of good-humour, content, and gaiety of heart. Bishop Porteus.
He that is a good man is three-quarters of
his way towards the being a good Christian, wheresoever he lives, or whatsoever he is called. South.
A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love: pleasure bestowed upon a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward. Basil.
Day is past! Stars have set their watch at last, Founts that thro' the deep woods flow, Make sweet sounds, unheard till now, Flowers have shut with fading lightGood night!
Go to rest!
Sleep sit, dove-like, on thy breast!
Joy be thine!
Kind looks o'er thy slumber shine!
Peace to all!
Dreams of heaven on mourners fall!
GOSPEL-Grace of the.
The Gospel comes to the sinner at once, with nothing short of complete forgiveness as the starting-point of all his efforts to be holy; It does not say, "Go and sin no more, and I will not condemn thee;" it says at once, "Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more." Horatius Bonar.
GOSPEL-Glorious Hope of the.
The Gospel's glorious hope. Its rule of purity, its eye of prayer, Its feet of firmness on temptation's steep, Its bark that fails not, mid the storm of death. Mrs. Sigourney.
GOSPEL-Divine Power of the.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. St. Paul.
GOSPEL-Radiancy of the.
From God's pure throne-the light that saves!
It warms the spirit as it soars,
And sheds deep radiance round our graves. GOSPEL-Good Tidings of the. Mellen.
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. St. Luke. GOVERNMENT-Religious Elements of.
It seems to me a great truth, that human things cannot stand on selfishness, mechanical utilities, economics, and law courts; that if there be not a religious element in the rela tions of men, such relations are miserable, and doomed to ruin. Carlyle.
Power is detested, and miserable is the life of him who wishes rather to be feared than to be loved. Nepos.
GOVERNMENT-Dropping the Prerogative of.
The surest way of governing, both in a private family and a kingdom, is for a husband and a prince sometimes to drop their prerogative. Hughes.
He who too much fears hatred, is unfit to reign. Seneca.
Grace, like beauty, is one of those spontaneous inherent qualities which, though felt and acknowledged by all, yet have never been is only to be found in that nice, that hairsatisfactorily explained. Like beauty, too, it breadth calculation, so precisely situated between the poco più o meno, equally avoiding the tameness of insipidity and the affectation of grimace. Grace can never properly be said to exist without beauty, for it is only in the elegant proportions of beautiful forms that can be found that harmonious variety of line and motion, which is the essence and charm of grace. Propriety is an indispensable accompaniment of grace. The best of the antique statues have ever been considered as models of grace; and nowhere is this harmony more conspicuous than in them. The grace of the Apollo depends not alone on the due proportion and poise of each limb, or the elegant sway and easy motion of the figure; it consists too in the noble diguity of the action.
which harmonizes so beautifully with the character stamped on the face and figure, and which completes one of the most sublime and poetic works that art has ever produced.
GRACE of Person.
Grace is to the body what good sense is to the mind. La Rochefoucauld.
Graceful, when it pleased him, smooth and still
Grasses are Nature's care.
With these God clothes the earth; with these sustains its inhabitants. Cattle feed upon their leaves, birds upon their smaller seeds, men upon the larger; for few readers need be told that the plants which produce our bread-corn belong to this class. In those tribes which are more generally considered as grasses, their extraordinary means and powers of preservation and increase, their hardiness, their almost unconquerable disposition to spread, their properties of reproduction, coincide with the intention of Nature concerning them. They thrive under a treatment by which other plants are destroyed. The more their leaves are consumed, the more their roots increase; the more they are trampled upon, the thicker they grow. Many of the seemingly dry and dead leaves of grasses revive, and renew their verdure in the spring. Ia lofty mountains, where the summer heats are not sufficient to ripen the seeds, grasses
abound which are able to propagate themselves without seed. It is an observation, likewise, which has often been made, that herb-eating animals attach themselves to the leaves of grasses, and, if at liberty in their pastures to range and choose, leave untouched the straws which support the flowers. Paley.
GRACE and ELEGANCE.
Grace is in a great measure a natural gift, elegance implies cultivation, or something of Warm into ecstasy. more artificial character. A rustic uneducated girl may be graceful, but an elegant woman must be accomplished and well trained. It is the same with things as with persons: we talk of a graceful tree, but of an elegant house or other building. Animals may be graceful, but they cannot be elegant. The movements of a kitten, or a young fawn, are full of grace; but to call them" elegant" animals would be absurd. Lastly, "elegant" may be applied to mental qualifications, which " graceful" never Elegance must always imply something that is made or invented by man. An imitation of nature is not so; therefore we do not speak of an "elegant picture," though we do of an elegant pattern for a gown, an elegant piece of work. The general rule is, that elegance is the characteristic of art, and grace Whately.
Which makes each generous impulse of my
Amongst the many acts of gratitude we owe to God, it may be accounted one, to study and
contemplate the perfections and beauties of his works of creation. Every new discovery must necessarily raise in us a fresh sense of the greatness, wisdom, and power of God. He hath so ordered things that almost every part of the creation is for our benefit, either to the support of our being, the delight of our senses, or the agreeable exercise of the rational faculty. If there are some few poisonous animals and plants fatal to man, these may serve to heighten the contrary blessings; since we could have no idea of benefits, were we insensible of their contraries; and seeing God has given us reason, by which we are able to choose the good, and avoid the evil, we suffer very little from the malignant parts of the creation. Edwards.
He that has nature in him must be grateful;
GRATITUDE-of Generous Poverty.
The means of weakness and debility;
There is a selfishness even in gratitude, when it is too profuse; to be over thankful for one favour is in effect to lay out for another.
What is grandeur, what is power?—
GRATITUDE-an Easy Virtue.
As gratitude is a necessary, and a glorious, so also is it an obvious, a cheap, and an easy virtue; so obvious, that wherever there is life there is place for it; so cheap, that the covetous man may be gratified without expense; and so easy, that the sluggard may be so likewise
An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave,
Legions of angels can't confine me there!
The most magnificent and costly dome,
GRAVE-Peaceful Associations of the.
It buries every error-covers every defectextinguishes every resentment. From its peaceful bosom spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections. Who can look down upon the grave of an enemy, and not feel a compunctious throb that he should have warred with the poor handful of dust that lies mouldering before him? Washington Irving.
GRAVE-of the Beloved.
With fairest flowers
While summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele,
GRAVE-of a Child.
Thy fragrant bosom, earth, unfold,