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HUMAN NATURE-Divineness of.
With our sciences and our cyclopædias, we are apt to forget the divineness in those laboratories of ours. We ought not to forget it! That once well forgotten, I know not what else were worth remembering! Most sciences, I think, were then a very dead thing-withered, contentious, empty-a thistle in late autumn. The best science, without this, is but as the dead timber; it is not the growing tree and forest-which gives ever-new timber among other things! Man cannot know either, unless he can worship in some way. His knowledge is a pedantry and dead thistle, otherwise.
A rational nature admits of nothing but
True humanity consists not in a squeamish ear; it consists not in starting or shrinking at tales of misery, but in a disposition of heart to relieve it. True humanity appertains rather to the mind than to the nerves, and prompts men to use real and active endeavours to execute the actions which it suggests.
Our humanity were a poor thing, but for the Divinity that stirs within us.
By humility, and the fear of the Lord, are riches, honour, and life. Solomon.
Highest when it stoops
HUMILITY-a Fragrant Flower.
'Tis a fair and fragrant flower; in its appearance modest, in its situation low and hidden; it doth not flaunt its beauties to every vulgar: eye, or throw its odours upon every passing gale; 'tis unknown to the earthly botanist, it discovers itself only to the spiritual searcher; ! neither does he find it among those gay and gaudy tribes of flowers with which the generality are so easily captivated, but in some obscure and unfrequented spot, where the prints of human footsteps are rarely seen. But whenever he finds it, he is sure to behold its bosom opened to the Sun of Righteousness, receiving new sweets in perpetual succesCharles James Fox. sion from his exhaustless source. Caspipini..
The bird that soars on highest wing
HUMILITY-a Frail Flower.
That bloomed in Paradise, and the first that died,
There are some that use
Humility to serve their pride, and seem
It is in vain to gather virtues without humility; for the Spirit of God delighteth to dwell in the hearts of the humble. Erasmus.
HUMILITY-leads to Improvement.
Humility leads to the highest distinction, because it leads to self-improvement. Study your own characters; endeavour to learn and to supply your own deficiencies; never assume to HUMILITY-True. yourselves qualities which you do not possess ; combine all this with energy and activity, and you cannot predicate of yourselves, nor can others predicate of you, at what point you may arrive at last. Sir Benjamin Brodie.
HUMILITY-our first Lesson.
Humility is the first lesson we learn from reflection, and self-distrust, the first proof we give of having obtained a knowledge of ourselves. Zimmerman.
HUMILITY-associated with Love.
Whatever obscurities may involve religious tenets, humility and love constitute the essence of true religion; the humble is formed to adore, the loving to associate with eternal love. Lavater.
Everything may be mimicked by hypocrisy but humility and love united. The humblest star twinkles most in the darkest night. The more rare humility and love united, the more radiant when they meet. Ibid.
The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient. Augustine.
All the world, all that we are, and all that we have, our bodies and our souls, our actions and our sufferings, our conditions at home, our accidents abroad, our many sins, and our seldom virtues, are as so many arguments to make our souls dwell low in the deep valley of Lumility. Jeremy Taylor.
Among all other virtues, humility, though it be lowest, yet is pre-eminent. It is the safest, because it is always at anchor; and that man may be truly said to live with most content in his calling, who strives to live within the compass of it.
To be humble to superiors, is duty; to equals, is courtesy; to inferiors, is nobleness; and to all, safety; it being a virtue, that, for all her lowliness, commandeth those souls it stoops to. Sir Thomas More.
It is the summit of humility to bear the imputation of pride. Lavater.
If we can forbear thinking proudly of ourselves, and that it is only God's goodness if we exceed other men in anything; if we heartily desire to do all the good we can to others; if we do cheerfully submit to any affliction, as that which we think best for us, because God has laid it upon us; and receive any blessings He vouchsafes to confer upon us, as His own bounty, and very much above our merit; He will bless this temper of ours into that humility which he expects and accepts. Lord Clarendon.
Humility, that low, sweet root,
I shall set down at length the genealogical
There are more faults in the humour than in the mind. La Rochefoucauld.
Honest good-humour is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial com. panionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and the laughter abundant. Washington Irving. HUMOUR-guided by Judgment.
The union of genuine, rich humour with deep piety, and the chastened, spontaneous use of it, under the guidance of a just judgment, are among the rarest manifestations of intelleetual power. Cheever.
Some things are of that nature as to make
HUNGER-an Impulse to Labour.
Hunger is one of the beneficent and terrible instincts. It is, indeed, the very fire of life, underlying all impulses to labour, and moving man to noble activities by its imperious demands. Look where we may, we see it as the motive power which sets the vast array of human machinery in action. It is hunger which brings these stalwart navvies together in orderly gangs to cut paths through mountains, to throw bridges across rivers, to intersect the land with the great iron-ways which bring city into daily communication with city. Hunger is the overseer of those men erecting palaces, prison-houses, barracks. and villas. Hunger sits at the loom, which, with stealthy power, is weaving the wondrous fabrics of cotton and silk. Hunger labours at the furnace and the plough, coercing the native indolence of man into strenuous and incessant activity. Let food be abundant and easy of access, and civilization becomes impossible; for our higher efforts are dependent on our lower impulses in an indissoluble manner. Nothing but the necessities of food will force man to labour, which he hates, and will always avoid when possible. And although this seems obvious only when applied to the labouring classes, it is equally, though less obviously true, when applied to all other classes, for the money we all labour to gain is nothing but food, and the surplus of food, which will buy other men's labour. If in this sense hunger is seen to be a beneficent instinct, in another sense it is terrible; for when its progress is unchecked it becomes a devouring flame, destroying all that is noble in man, subjugating his humanity, and making the brute dominant in him, till finally life itself is extinguished. Besides the picture of the activities it inspires, we might also place a picture of the ferocities it evokes. Many an appaling story might be cited, from that of Ugolino in the famine-tower, to those of wretched shipwrecked men and women who have been impelled by the madness of starvation to murder their companions that they might feed upon their flesh. Smiles.
Famish'd people must be slowly nursed,
HUNGER-the Mother of Impatience. Hunger is the mother of impatience and anger. Zimmerman.
Let the keen hunter from the chase refrain, Nor render all the ploughman's labour vain,
An eye like Mars, to threaten and command;
Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile;
HYPOCRISY-of the Countenance.
In vain you soothe me with your soft endear
And set the fairest countenance to view;
We'll mock the time with fairest show;
Our better mind Milton. Is as a Sunday's garment, then put on
When we have nought to do; but at our work We wear a worse, for thrift!
HYPOCRISY-Fiendlike Spirit of.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose:
O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face!
HYPOCRITE-Plausibility of the.
He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him; he hath broken his covenant; the words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. David. HYPOCRITE-Detestable Spirit of the. No man's condition is so base as his; None more accursed than he; for man esteems Him hateful, 'cause he seems not what he is; God hates him, 'cause he is not what he seems. What grief is absent, or what mischief can Be added to the hate of God and man. Randolph.
HYPOCRITE-Villany of the.
He was a man Who stole the livery of the court of heaven, To serve the devil in. Pollok. HYPOCRITE-Worthlessness of the. A hypocrite is good in nothing but sight. Pericles. HYPOCRITES-the Devil's Drudges. Hypocrites do the devil's drudgery in Christ's livery. Matthew Henry. HYPOCRITES-the Devil's Dupes.
If the devil ever laughs, it must be at bypocrites: they are the greatest dupes he has.