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weak mind than irresolution; to be undetermined, where the case is so plain, and the necessity so urgent; to be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it: this is as if a man should put off eating, and drinking, and sleeping, from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed. Tillotson.
That we would do,
We should do when we would; for this would
And hath abatements and delays as many,
That hurts by easing.
Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness. He that shoots best may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all, can never hit it. Irresolution loosens all the joints of a state; like an ague, it shakes not this or that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another, and hath no place left to rest on. He flecks from one egg to another; so hatcheth Feltham. nothing, but addles all his actions.
It is a mistaken idea that ivy renders a structure damp, and hastens its decay. On the contrary, nothing so effectually keeps the building, as may be seen by examining beneath the ivy after a rain, where it will be found that the walls are dry, though everything around is deluged with wet. Its exuberant and web-like roots, issuing as they do from every portion of the branches on which it grows, bind everything together that comes within their reach with such a firm and intricate lace work, that not a single stone can be removed from its position without first tearing away its protecting safeguard. In proof of this, we refer to ruins of ancient castles and buildings; for while in those parts of the structure that have not the advantage
of this protection, all have gone to utter decay; where the ivy has thrown its preserving mantle, everything is comparatively fresh and perfect; and oftentimes the very angles of the sculptured stone are found to be almost as sharp and entire as when they first came from the hands of the builder.
Foul Jealousy! thou turnest love divine,
With hateful thoughts to languish and to pine,
Beware of jealousy,
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on. Ibid. 1
But with her purest blood; and in return Thou tear'st the bosom whence thy nurture flows. Froude.
To doubt's an injury; to suspect a friend
Where jealousie is the jailour, many break the prison, it opening more wayes to wickednesse than it stoppeth; so that where it findeth one, it maketh ten dishonest. Fuller.
The venom clamours of a jealous woman Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. Shakspeare.
JEERING-not to be Indulged in.
Jeer not others upon any occasion. If they be foolish, God hath denied them understanding; if they be vicious, you ought to pity, not revile them; if deformed, God framed their bodies, and will you scorn his workmanship? Are you wiser than your Creator? If poor, poverty was designed for a motive to charity, not to contempt; you cannot see what riches they have within. Especially despise not your aged parents, if they be come to their second childhood, and be not so wise as formerly; they are yet your parents-your South. duty is not diminished.
Sir T. Overbury. JESTER-The Vicious.
Yonder he drives-avoid that furious beast:
JESTER-Wisdom of the.
This fellow's wise enough to play the fool;
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
JESUIT-Character of a.
A Jesuit may be shortly described as an empty suit of clothes, with another person living in them, who acts for him, thinks for him, decides for him, whether he shall be a prince or a beggar, and moves him about wheresoever he pleases; who allows him to exhibit the external aspect of a man, but leaves him none of the privileges-no liberty, no property, no affections, not even the power to refuse obedience when ordered to commit the most atrocious of crimes; for, the more he
outrages his own feelings, the greater his merits. Obedience to the Superior is his only idea of virtue, and in all other respects he is a mere image. Southey.
Ignatius's black militia, armed with this precious message of salvation, have now been campaigning over all the world for about three hundred years; and, openly or secretly, have done a mighty work. Who can count what a work! Where you meet a man believing in the salutary nature of falsehoods, or the divine authority of things doubtful, and fancying that to serve the good cause he must call the devil to his aid, there is a follower of Unsaint Ignatius. Not till the last of these men has vanished from the earth will our account with Ignatius be quite settled, and his black militia have got their mittimus to chaos again. They have given a new substantive to modern languages. The word Jesuitism now, in all countries, expresses an idea for which there was in nature no prototype before. Not till these late centuries had the human soul generated that abomination, or needed to name it.
Truly they have achieved great things in the world; and a general result, which we may call stupendous. Not victory for Ignatius and the black militia,-no, till the universe itself become a cunningly-devised fable, and God the Maker abdicates in favour of Beelzebub, I do not see how victory can fall on that side! But they have done such deadly execution on the general soul of man, and have wrought such havoc on the terrestrial and supernal interests of this world, as insure to Jesuitism a long Carlyle. memory in human annals.
Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions! Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is! Shakspeare. JEW-Musical Genius of the.
Who composed "Il Barbière?" RossiniJew! Who is there that admires not the heart-stirring music of the "Huguenots" and the "Prophète ?" The composer is Meyerbeer -a Jew! Who has not been spell-bound by "Die Judin?" by Halevy-a Jew! Who has not been enchanted with the beautiful fictions of lyric poetry, and charmed with the graceful melodies, so to speak, of one of Israel's Who has sweetest singers, Heine-a Jew? not listened with breathless ecstacy to the music of the "Midsummer Night's Dream,"
JEWS-Power of the.
The Jews, although scattered over the face of the earth, yet maintain a secret and indissoluble bond of union and common interest. In every country they are, as it were, the servants; but the time may come when they will virtually be the masters in their turn. Even at the present time are they not, to a great extent, the arbiters of the fate of Europe? Maintaining, on the one hand, the bond between the different states, by the mysterious power of wealth which they possess ; and on the other, loosening the ties of social life, and introducing or fostering ideas of change and revolution among various peoples? In the Jewish nation stirs the Nemesis of the destiny of Europe. Baron von Haxthausen. JOKING-Caution necessary in.
Never risk a joke, even the least offensive in its nature, and the most common, with a person who is not well bred, and possessed of sense to comprehend it. La Bruyère.
A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a river of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets Napoleon I.
True joy is a serene and sober motion; and they are miserably out that take laughing for rejoicing; the seat of it is within, and there is no cheerfulness like the resolutions of a brave mind, that has fortune under its feet. Seneca.
JOY-Dispelling Effect of.
And sufferings of a thousand years. Baptiste.
Now, by my soul, and by these hoary hairs,
Were my whole life to come one heap of
The pleasure of this moment would suffice,
I cannot speak, tears so obstruct my words,
Such a sacred and home-felt delight,
I see a forest, dark, dim, deep, and dread,
Give me health and a day, and I will make Sweep round it in a belt of living green.
Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm. Richter.