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life, a bold and impatient man the easy; for one cannot brook war, nor the other peace. Epicurus.
tically, there was a little toiling steam tug,
As effortless as woodland nooks
Send violets up and paint them blue. Lowell. finest talk or her most brilllant work of letters
or of art.
The proportion of genius to the vulgar, is like one to a million; but genius without tyranny, without pretension, that judges the weak with equity, the superior with humanity, and equals with justice, is like one to ten millions. Lavater.
Genius, without religion, is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace. It may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without,
while the inhabitant sits in darkness. Hannah More.
So strong a wit did Nature to him frame,
GENIUS-Wives of Men of.
There is an ordinance of nature at which men of genius are perpetually fretting, but which does more good than many laws of the universe which they praise; it is, that ordinary women ordinarily prefer ordinary men. "Genius," as Hazlitt would have said, "puts them out.' It is so strange; it does not come into the room as usual. It says "such things." Once it forgot to brush its hair. The common female mind prefers usual tastes, settled manners, customary conversation, defined and practical pursuits. And it is a great good that it should Nature has no wiser instinct. The average woman can make happy the average man; good health, easy cheerfulness, common charms, suffice. Harris.
GENIUS and CHARACTER.
Oftentimes as I have lain swinging on the water, in the swell of the Chelsea ferryboats, in that long, sharp-pointed black cradle in which I love to let the great mother rock me, I have seen a tall ship glide by against the tide, as if drawn by some invisible tow-line, with a hundred strong arms pulling it. Her sails hung unfilled, her streamers were drooping, she had neither side-wheel nor sternwheel; still she moved on, stately, in serene triumph, as if with her own life. But I knew that on the other side of the ship, hidden beneath the great bulk that swam so majes
GENIUS and HOME.
Men do not make their homes unhappy because they have genius, but because they have not enough genius; a mind and sentiments of a higher order would render them capable of seeing and feeling all the beauty of Wordsworth. domestic ties.
Mankind, from the earliest ages, have been prone almost to idolize those to whom they were indebted for any weighty benefits, or to whom they looked up as inventors of useful
arts, or masters of hitherto occult sciences. scended. Thus his blood must needs be well Gratitude indeed demands that great and ori-purified who is gentilely born on both sides. ginal geniuses, whom God has enriched with Fuller. extraordinary talents, by the due exercise of which they have become benefactors of the human race, should be loved and valued highly for their services; but when we look only at the instrument, and see not the hand of Supreme Benevolence that employs it for our benefit, we then overvalue man, and undervalue God; putting the former into the place of the latter, and making an idol of him; and if any will not worship this idol, a clamour is raised against them, and they are almost persecuted. Kirby.
There cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of an innate meanness of disposition, than to be always talking and thinking of being genteel. Hazlitt.
How weak a thing is gentility, if it wants virtue. Fuller.
GENTLEMAN-Characteristics of the.
I am a gentleman: and by my birth,
A gentleman free-born; I never wore
The true gentleman is extracted from ancient and worshipfull parentage. When a pepin is planted on a pepin-stock, the fruit growing thence is called a renate, a most delicious apple, as both by sire and damme well de
Negligent; not clogg'd with ceremony
He is a noble gentleman: withal
There is no character more deservedly esteemed than that of a country gentleman who understands the station in which Heaven and Nature have placed him. He is a father to his tenants, a patron to his neighbours, and is superior to those of lower fortune more by his benevolence than his possessions. He justly divides his time between solitude and company, so as to use the one for the other. His life is employed in the good offices of an advocate, a referee, a companion, a mediator, and a friend. Addison.
I do not know a finer race of men than the English gentlemen. Instead of the softness and effeminacy which characterize the man of rank in most countries, they exhibit a union of elegance and strength, a robustness of frame and freshness of complexion, which I attribute to their living so much in the open air, and pursuing so eagerly the invigorating recreation of the country. Washington Irving.
The man within whose reach Heaven has placed the greatest materials for making life happy, is an English country gentleman. Emperor Alexander. GENTLEMAN-a rare Person.
Perhaps a gentleman is a rarer man than some of us think for. Which of us can point out many such in his circle, men whose aims are generous, whose truth is constant, and not only constant in its kind, but elevated in its
is objectless upon earth; that it predominates GIFTS-Useless.
in the period of sinless infancy, are difficulties the solution of which might afford some probable insight into our ante-mundane condition, and a peep at least into the shadow-land of pre-existence. Lamb.
GIFT-Manner of bestowing a.
The manner of giving, shews the character of the giver, more than the gift itself. Lavater.
GIFT-Every Man hath received a.
Every man have received some gift-no man all gifts; and this, rightly considered, would keep all in a more even temper; as, in nature, nothing is altogether useless, so nothing is self-sufficient. This, duly considered, would keep the meanest from repining and discontent -even him that hath the lowest rank in most respects; yet something he hath received that is not only a good to himself, but rightly improved, may be so to others likewise. And this will curb the loftiness of the most advanced, and teach them not only to see some deficiencies in themselves, and some gifts in far meaner persons which they want; but, besides the simple discovery of this, it will put them upon the use of lower persons, not only to stoop to the acknowledgment, but even withal to the participation and benefit of it; not to trample upon all that is below them but to take up and use things useful, though lying at their feet. Some flowers and herbs that grow very low are of a very fragrant smell and healthful use. Leighton.
GIFTS-when most Acceptable.
Presents which our love for the donor has rendered precious, are ever the most acceptable. Ovid.
Give freely to him that deserveth well and asketh nothing; and that is a way of giving to thyself. Fuller.
There is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. Seneca.
Your gift is princely, but it comes too late,
Win her with gifts, if she respect not words:
He was one of those men, moreover, who possess almost every gift except the gift of the power to use them. Kingsley.
GIFTS-Proportionate Value of.
And, with them, words of so sweet breath composed,
As made the things more rich: their perfume lost,
Take these again: for to the noble mind
I never cast a flower away,
The gift of one who cared for me;
But it was done reluctantly. L. E. Landon.
GLUTTON-Character of the.
He was a kind and thankful toad, whose heart dilated in proportion as his skin was filled with good cheer; and whose spirits rose with eating, as some men's do with drink. He could not help, too, rolling his large eyes round him as he ate, and chuckling with the possibility that he might one day be lord of all this scene of unimaginable luxury. Washington Irving.
He that prolongs his meals, and sacrifices his time, as well as his other conveniences, to his luxury, how quickly does he outsit his pleasure; and then, how is all the following time bestowed upon ceremony and surfeit! until at length, after a long fatigue of eating and drinking and babbling, he concludes the great work of dining genteelly, and so makes à shift to rise from table, that he may lie down upon his bed; where, after he has slept himself into some use of himself, by much ado, he staggers to his table again, and there acts over the same brutish scene: so that he passes his whole life in a dozed condition, between sleeping and waking, with a kind of drowsiness and confusion upon his senses, with what pleasure it can be, is hard to conceive. All that is of it dwells upon the tip of his tongue, and within the compass of his palate. A worthy prize for a man to purchase with the loss of his time, his reason, and himself. South.
As houses well stored with provisions are Ekely to be full of mice; so the bodies of those that eat much are full of diseases. Diogenes.
GOD-All in all.
It is a poor philosophy and a narrow religion, which does not recognise God as all in all. Every moment of our lives, we breathe, stand, or move in the temple of the Most High; for the whole universe is that temple. Wherever we go, the testimony to His power, the impress of His hand, are there. Ask of the bright worlds around us, as they roll in the everlasting harmony of their circles; and they shall tell you of Him, whose power launched them on their courses. Ask of the mountains, that lift their heads among and above the clouds; and the bleak summit of one shall seem to call aloud to the snow-clad top of another, in proclaiming their testimony to the Agency which has laid their deep foundations. Ask of ocean's waters; and the roar of their boundless waves shall chant from shore to shore a hymn of ascription to that Being, who hath said, Hitherto shall ye come and no further.' Ask of the rivers; and, as they roll onward to the sea, do they not bear along their ceaseless tribute to the ever-working Energy, which struck open their fountains and poured them down through the valleys? Ask of every region of the earth, from the burning equator to the icy pole, from the rock-bound coast to the plain covered with its luxuriant vegetation; and you will not find on them all the record of the Creator's presence; Ask of the countless tribes of plants and animals: and shall they not testify to the action of the great Source of Life? Yes, from every portion, from every department of nature, comes the same voice: everywhere we hear Thy name, O God; everywhere we see Thy love. Creation, in all its length and breadth, in all its depth and height, is the manifestation of Thy Spirit,
GLUTTONY-Physical Evils of.
Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities, and the fountain of all our diseases. As a amp is choked by a superabundance of oil, a ire extinguished by excess of fuel, so is the natural heat of the body destroyed by intemperate diet. Burton. GLUTTONY-a disgusting Propensity. Swinish gluttony
Ne'er looks to Heav'n amidst his gorgeous feast, and without Thee the world were dark and
Gluttony and drunkenness have two evils attendant on them; they make the carcass smart, as well as the pocket. Antoninus.
While earthly objects are exhausted by familiarity, the thought of God becomes to the devout man continually brighter, richer, vaster; derives fresh lustre from all that he observes of nature and Providence, and attracts to itself all the glories of the universe. The devout man, especially in moments of strong religious sensibility, feels distinctly that he has found the true happiness of man. He has found a Being for his veneration and love, whose character is inexhaustible, who, after ages shall have passed, will still be uncomprehended in the extent of his perfections, and will still communicate to the pure mind stronger proofs of His excellence, and more intimate signs of His approval. Channing.
ever present in it, for it burns with His glory, and the ground on which we stand is always holy.
How then can we speak of that Presence as peculiarly in the sanctuary, which is abroad through all space and time? Francis.
Give me, O Father, to Thy throne access,
GOD-the Fountain of Beatitude.
Thou art the source and centre of all minds,
And with Thee rich; take what Thou wilt
away. GOD-An Indian's Conceptions of.
Who is it that causes the rain to rise in the high mountains, and to empty itself into the ocean? Who is it that causes to blow the loud winds of winter, and that calms them again in the summer? Who is it that rears up the shade of those lofty forests, and blasts them with the quick lightning at His pleasure? The same Being who gave to you a country on the other side of the waters, and gave ours to us; and by this title we will defend it. Quoted by Lord Erskine.
How calmly may we commit ourselves to the hands of Him who bears up the world-of Him who has created, and who provides for the joys even of insects, as carefully as if He were their father! Richter.
God! who is the Father of spirits, is the most tolerant. Man who is the first of animals, is the most oppressive-yet he calls himself the shadow of the Almighty. Man becomes angry, and punishes for every little affront; God bears with all the insults and vices of man, who daily and hourly is employed in endeavouring to offend Him. Man pretends to admire the benign nature of the Deity; yet when he sees another imitate His
clemency and good-nature, he calls him a fool. So much for man's consistency. Jerdan. GOD-the Creator.
He hath made the earth by His power, He hath established the world by His wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by His discretion. Jeremiah
For men to judge of their condition by the decrees of God which are hid from us, and not by His word which is near us and in our hearts, is as if a man wandering in the wide sea, in s dark night when the heaven is all clouded about, should yet resolve to steer his course by the stars which he cannot see, but only guess at, and neglect the compass, which is at hand, and would afford him a much better and more certain direction. Tillotson.