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IN this wild world the fondest and the best
YE good distress'd!
Adversity. — Byron.
THOUSAND years scarce serve to form a State;
Recall its virtues back, and vanquish Time and Fate?
Adversity. Lord Greville.
ASK the Man of Adversity, how other men act towards him: ask those others, how he acts towards them. Adversity is the true touchstone of Merit in both; happy if it does not produce the dishonesty of Meanness in one, and that of Insolence and Pride in the other.
Adversity. — Shakspeare.
SWEET are the uses of Adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Adversity. — Addison.
THE Gods in bount work up Storms about us,
Their hidden Strength, and throw out into practice.
AFFLICTION is the good Man's shining scene:
As Night to Stars, Woe lustre gives to Man.
HE who can take Advice, is sometimes superior to him who can give it.
Affability. From the French.
Afectation. — Cowper.
IN Man or Woman, but far most in Man,
Affectation. — From the French.
E are never rendered so ridiculous by Qualities which we possess, as by those which we aim at, or affect to have.
Affectation. — Saville.
I WILL not call Vanity and Affectation twins, because, more properly, Vanity is the Mother, and Affectation is the darling Daughter; Vanity is the Sin, and Affectation is the Punishment; the first may be called the Root of Self-love, the other the Fruit. Vanity is never at its full growth, till it spreadeth into Affectation; and then it is complete.
Affectation. St. Evremond.
AFFECTATION is a greater enemy to the Face than the smallAffectation. — Goldsmith.
THE unaffected of every Country nearly resemble each other, and a page of our Confucius and your Tillotson have scarce any material difference. Paltry Affectation, strained Allusions, and disgusting Finery, are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of Ignorance, or of Stupidity, whenever it would endeavour to please.
UNREASONABLE Creatures feed their young:
And though Man's face be fearful to their eyes,
Affection. — Rogers.
Affection, Kindness, the sweet offices
Of Love and Duty, were to him as needful
I HAVE given suck: and know
IN the Intercourse of social Life, it is by little acts of watchful Kindness, recurring daily and hourly, and opportunities of doing Kindnesses, if sought for, are for ever starting up,—it is by Words, by Tones, by Gestures, by Looks, that Affection is won and preserved. He who neglects these trifles, yet boasts that, whenever a great sacrifice is called for, he shall be ready to make it, will rarely be loved. The likelihood is, he will not make it: and if he does, it will be much rather for his own sake, than for his Neighbour's.
Affection. — Shakspeare.
A GRANDAM's name is little less in Love
O, SIR, you are old;
Age. — Shakspeare.
With Honour, Wealth and Ease, in waning Age:
So that in vent'ring all, we leave to be
The things we are for that which we expect:
Ambition. — Shakspeare.
Of a rude stream, that must for ever hide me.
And there hath been thy bane; there is a Fire
Ambition. — Shakspeare.
DREAMS, indeed, are Ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a Dream. And I hold Ambition of so airy and light a quality, that it is but a shadow's shadow.
Ambition. — La Bruyere.
A SLAVE has but one Master, the ambitious Man has as many Masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his Fortune.
Amusements. — Burton.
ET the World have their May-games, Wakes, Whitsunales; their Dancings and Concerts; their Puppet-shows, Hobbyhorses, Tabors, Bagpipes, Balls, Barley-breaks, and whatever sports and recreations please them best, provided they be followed with discretion.
IF she must teem,
Anathema. — Shakspeare.
O VILLAINS, Vipers, damn'd without redemption;
Snakes in my heart-blood warm'd, that sting my heart;
IT is shameful for Man to rest in ignorance of the structure of his own Body, especially when the knowledge of it mainly conduces to his welfare, and directs his application of his own Powers.
Ancestry. — Colton.
IT is with Antiquity as with Ancestry, Nations are proud of the one, and Individuals of the other; but if they are nothing in themselves, that which is their pride ought to be their humiliation.
Who finds within me a nobility,
I AM one,
Ancestry. - Daniel Webster.
THERE may be, and there often is, indeed a regard for ancestry, which nourishes only a weak pride; as there is also a care for posterity, which only disguises an habitual avarice, or hides the workings of a low and grovelling vanity. But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which ele vates the character and improves the heart.
Anger. — Shakspeare.
MUST I give way and room to your rash Choler?