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instruction, and to relish virtue. He that has thee has little more to wish for ! and he that is so wretched as to want thee, wants everything with thee.
THOMBON. Castle of Indolence.
SIR P. SIDNEY.
CHURCHILL. SINCE we cannot promise to ourselves constant health, let us aim at such a temper as may be our best support in the decay of it.
Spectator, No. 143.
PLEASURE OF HEALTHY EXERCISE.
Oh! there is sweetness in the mountain air,
Childe Harold, Canto I.
HEALTHINESS OF A COUNTRY LIFE. SELDOM shall we see in cities, courts, and rich families, where men live plentifully, and eat and drink freely, that perfect health, that athletic soundness and vigour of constitution, which is commonly seen in the country, in poor houses and cottages, where nature is their cook, and necessity their caterer, and where they have no other doctor but the sun and fresh air, and that such a one as never sends them to the apothecary.
GLORY is like a circle in the water,
Henry VI., First Part, Act I., s. 2.
Hudibras, Part II., Canto 1.
THE love of glory can only create a hero, the contempt of it creates a wise man.
LET glory be their bait, whose minds
Are all too high for a low cell :
The poor bee in her hive must dwell.
To what most takes them is a drudge ;
And thriving vice for virtue judge.
Within itself an outward test ?
VAUGHAN. Silex Scintellans.
PRESENT BLESSINGS NOT SUFFICIENTLY VALUED.
For it falls out,
Much Ado about Nothing, Act IV.
I felt it when I sorrow'd most,
'Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.
Whatever way my days decline,
I felt and feel, tho' left alone,
His being working in mine own,
With gifts of grace, that might express
To works of weakness, but I find
An image comforting the mind,
TENNYSON. In Memoriam.
BEN JONSON. PEOPLE seldom improve, when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.
GOLDSMITH. No man is so insignificant as to be sure his example can do no hurt.
As thou hast prov'd it by their practise ;
Hudibras, Part II., Canto 3, I do not give you to posterity as a pattern to imitate, but an example to deter; * and as your conduct comprehends every thing that a wise or honest minister should avoid, I mean to make you a negative instruction to your successors for ever.
JUNIUS, Letter XII. NOTHING is so contagious as example ; and we never do any great good or great evil which does not produce its like. We imitate good actions from emulation, and bad ones from the depravity of our nature, which shame would keep prisoner, and example sets at liberty.
Falstaff. WELL, 'tis no matter: honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour prick me off when I come on? How then ? Can honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm ? No. Or take away the grief of a wound ? No. Honour hath no skill in surgery, then? No. What is honour ? A word. What is in that word, honour? What is that honour ? Air. A trim reckoning! Who hath it? He that died o’ Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. It is insensible, then ? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living ? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it:—therefore I'll none of it: honour is a mere scutcheon, and so ends my
The only good copies are those which exhibit the defects of bad originals.
That like a wen looks big and swells,
Hudibras, Part II., Canto 2. HONOUR is but a fictitious kind of honesty; a mean but a necessary substitute for it in societies who have none; it is a sort of paper credit with which men are obliged to trade, who are deficient in the sterling cash of true morality and religion.
Thoughts, Pope and SWIFT. THE difference there is betwixt honour and honesty seems to be chiefly the motive: the mere honest man does that from duty, which the man of honour does for the sake of character.
Hudibras, Part II., Canto 2. WHERE Honour is a support to virtuous principles, and runs parallel with the laws of God and our country, it cannot be too much cherished and encouraged. But when the dictates of honour are contrary to those of Religion and Equity, they are the greatest depravations of human nature by giving wrong ambitions and false ideas of what is good and laudable, and should therefore be exploded by all governments, and driven out as the bane and plague of human society.
Spectator, No. 99. PURITY is the feminine; Truth the masculine of Honour.
HARE. Guesses at Truth.
* Where danger most appears, there fear it least;
For Honor dwells in hard attempts, my sons,