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The debt of nature when He makes the claim.
This frame should fall, while yet my thinking
Are strong and clear. and the soul fit to mix
Immortal! Ages past, yet nothing gone!
Beginning still, where computation ends!
Immortal! What can strike the sense so strong,
Of all the blessings which are bestowed upon the good there is none perhaps more expedient for us, or more to be requested of God, than a spirit of impartiality with respect to ourselves, together with that accurate discernment, that suspicious severity, that care to distinguish between real probity and the false appearance of it, and that caution not to be imposed upon by hypocrisy and dissimulation, which we usually exert, when we scan the actions and the pretensions of other people. This is the best security against the dangerous illusions of self-love. The lower we place ourselves, the higher we shall rise in the favour of God; and the readier we are to censure our own defects, the nearer we shall be to repentance and amendment. Jortin. IMPATIENCE-dries the Blood.
Impatience dries the blood sooner than age
Doth this soul within me, this spirit of thought, and love, and infinite desire, dissolve as well as the body? Has Nature, who quenches
our bodily thirst, who rests our weariness, and IMPLACABILITY-Characteristic of. perpetually encourages us to endeavour onwards, prepared no food for this appetite of immortality? Leigh Hunt IMPARTIALITY-Desirableness of.
Implacability is known only to the savage.
Receive no satisfaction for premeditated im pertinence; forget it,-forgive it, but keep him inexorably at a distance who offered it. Lavater.
In general it is not very difficult for little minds to attain splendid situations. It is much more difficult for great minds to attain the place to which their merit fully entitles them. In the first place, elevation of sentiment is almost always an insurmountable obstacle to fortune; it is an effectual barrier against a thousand easy and certain means of advancement; talents are even adverse to advancement, unless they be accompanied with vast intrepidity of soul; with a sort of courage that men of truly honest and upright hearts do not wish to possess. For if, on the one hand, they multiply our means of attaining the proposed end, they, on the other, place before our eyes, in but too forcible a point of view, the obstacles we have to sur mount. This inconvenience is great, and the multiplication of our means is not always an advantage. I am persuaded that in carefully examining the conduct of those who have attained to any extraordinary fortune, we
shall be tempted to believe there is nothing so sure of succeeding as not to be overbrilliant, as to be entirely wrapped up in oneself, and endowed with a perseverance which, in spite of all the rebuffs it may meet with, never relaxes in the pursuit of its object. It is incredible what may be done by dint of importunity alone; and where shall we find the man of real talents who knows how to be importunate enough? He is too soon overcome with the disgust inspired by all matters which have interest only for their object, with the desire of perpetual solicitation; he is too much alive to all the little movements visible on the countenance of the person solicited, IMPROVIDENCE-Characteristics of.
and he gives up the pursuit. The fool sees Dope of these things, feels none of these things he pursues his object with unremitted ardour, and at length attains it.
Baron de Grimm.
Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. Napoleon I.
If we estimate at a shilling a day what is lost by the inaction, and consumed in the support of each man chained down to involun
tary idleness by imprisonment, the public loss will rise in one year to three hundred thousand pounds; in ten years, to more than a sixth part of our circulating coin. Johnson.
IMPROVEMENT-Alteration an aid to.
Infinite toil would not enable away a mist; but by ascending a little, you you to sweep may often look over it altogether. So it is with our moral improvement: we fiercely with a vicious habit, which could have wrestle no hold upon us if we ascended into a higher moral atmosphere. Helps.
to keep than to get; for, in the one case, It has always been more difficult for a man fortune aids, which often assists injustice; but in the other case, sense is required. Therefore, we often see a person deficient in cleverness rise to wealth; and then, from want of sense, roll head-over-heels to the bottom. Basil.
IMPUDENCE-How to Avoid.
The way to avoid the imputation of impudence, is, not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we ought to be ashamed of. Tully.
We are invited to dinner together,
O that's a precious mannikin.
Do you know him?
Ay, and he will know you too, if e'er he
A true and genuine impudence is ever the effect of ignorance, without the least sense of it. Steele.
may be directed by God.
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. Goethe.
It is better to have nothing to do, than to be doing nothing.
Who would be doom'd to gaze upon
Incivility is the extreme of pride: it is built on the contempt of mankind.
A man has no more right to say an uncivil thing, than to act one; no more right to say a rude thing to another, than to knock him down. Johnson.
To be truly and really independent, is to
Than moulder piecemeal on the rock! Byron. support ourselves by our own exertions.
But constant, he were perfect: that one error Fills him with faults. Shakspeare.
Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconstancy.
Clocks will go as they are set; but man, Irregular man's never constant, never certain.
Inconstancy's the plague that first or last
INDECISION-Corrupting Influence of.
Indecision is that slatternly housewife by whose fault chiefly the moth and the rust are allowed to make such dull work of life; corrupting all the gleam and gloss of earth's perishable treasures. Edith Clarel.
Thy spirit, Independence! let me share;
How many serious family quarrels, marriages out of spite, alterations of wills, and secessions to the Church of Rome, might have been prevented by a gentle dose of blue pill? What awful instances of chronic dyspepsia are presented to our view by the immortal bard in the characters of Hamlet and Othello! I look with awe on the digestion of such a man as the present King of Naples. Banish dyspepsia and spirituous liquors from society, and you would have no crime, or at least so little that you would not consider it worth mentioning. Kingsley.
A divine benediction is always invisibly breathed on painful and lawful diligence. Thus, the servant employed in making and blowing of the fire (though sent away thence as soon as it burneth clear) oft-times getteth by his pains a more kindly and continuing heat than the master himself, who sitteth down by the same; and thus persons, industriously occupying themselves, thrive better on a little of their own honest getting, than lazy heirs on the large revenues left unto them. Fuller.
At the working-man's house Hunger looks in, but dares not enter? nor will the bailiff or the constable enter: for Industry pays debts, but Despair increaseth them. Franklin.
People may tell you of your being unfit for some peculiar occupations in life; but heed them not. Whatever employ you follow with perseverance and assiduity will be found fit for you; it will be your support in youth, and your comfort in age. In learning the useful part of any profession, very moderate abilities will suffice great abilities are generally injurious to the possessors. Life has been compared to a race; but the allusion still improves by observing that the most swift are ever the most apt to stray from the course. Goldsmith.
The bread earned by the sweat of the brow is thrice blessed, and it is far sweeter than the tasteless loaf of idleness. Crowquill.
There is no sentiment more natural to thoughtful minds than that of reverence for childhood. Many sources, both of mystery and love, meet in the infant life, A being so fresh from non-existence seems to promise us some tidings of the origin of souls; a being so visibly pressing forward into the future makes us think of their tendency. While we look on the "child as the father of the man," yet cannot tell of what kind of man, all the possible varieties of character and fate appear for the moment to be collected into that diminutive consciousness; that which may be the germ of any is felt as though it were the germ of all; the thread of life, which from our hand that holds it runs forward into distant darkness, entwines itself there into a thousand filaments, and leads us over every track and scene of human things; here through passages where poverty crawls, there to the fields where glory has its race; here to the midnight lake where meditation floats between two heavens, there to the arid sands where passion pants and dies. Infancy is so naturally suggestive, it is the representative of such various possibilities, that it would be strange did we not regard it with a feeling of wonder. Martineau.
INFANT-Mother's Address to her.
For round thee the purple shadow lies
With love's invisible sceptre laden;
Till thou shalt find thy queen-handmaiden,
Oh, the day when thou goest a-wooing.
When those beautiful lips are suing,
Sittest all glorified !-Rule kindly,
For we that love, ah! we love so blindly,
As to one god-throned amidst his peers.
My soul, then thy brethren higher and fairer,
Let me behold thee in coming years!
The light upon his eyelids prick'd them wide,
I gaze from thy sweet mouth up to thy brow, As might have well been learnt there,-never
Philip, my king!
Ay, there lies the spirit, all sleeping now,
But smiled on, in a drowse of ecstasy,
So happy (half with her and half with Heaven)
As red and still indeed as any rose,
Elizabeth Barrett Browning.