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But there is no such man: for, brother, men
My griefs cry louder than advertisement.
For there was never yet philosopher
Much Ado about Nothing, Act V.
PLEASURE FROM THE VIEWS OF NATURE.
WHAT, though not all
* We have all of us sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others.
ROCHEFOUCAULD. + Philosophy triumphs easily over past, and over future, evils, but present evils triumph over philosophy.
positii in Ibid.
The rural honours his. Whate'er adorns
AKENSIDE. Pleasures of Imagination. But let not man's unequal views
Presume o'er Nature and her laws; 'Tis his with grateful joy to use
The indulgence of the Sovereign Cause; Secure that health and beauty springs Through this majestic frame of things
Beyond what he can reach to know, And that Heaven's all-subduing will, With good the progeny of ill, Attempereth every state below.
AKENSIDE. Ode on the Winter Solstice.
Prudence at once and fortitude it gives,
A good which none would challenge, few would choose,
TRIFLES, light as air,
Othello, Act III.
AGREEABLENESS. If you wish to appear agreeable in society you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.
LAVATER. THE true art of being agreeable, is to appear well pleased with all the company, and rather to seem well entertained with them, than to bring entertainment to them. A man thus disposed, perhaps, may not have much learning, nor any wit; but if he has common sense, and something friendly in his behaviour, it conciliates men's minds more than the brightest parts without this disposition; and when a man of such a turn comes to old age he is almost sure to be treated with respect.
Spectator. THE character in conversation which commonly passes for agreeable is made up of civility and falsehood.
SWIFT. Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty. It shows virtue in the fairest light, and takes off in some measure from the deformity of vice, and makes even folly and impertinence supportable.
Spectator, No. 223.
A fearful battle render'd you in music :
Henry V., Act I. THE faculties of the orator are not exercised, indeed, as in other sciences, within certain precise and determinate limits : on the contrary, eloquence is the most comprehensive of the whole circle of arts. Thus he alone can justly be deemed an orator, who knows how to employ the most persuasive arguments upon every question ; who can express himself suitable to the dignity of the subject, with all the powers of grace and harmony, in a word, who can penetrate into every minute circumstance, and manage the whole train of incidents to the greatest advantage of his cause.
MELMOUTH. Dialogue on Oratory ascribed to Pliny.
This makes the madmen who have made men mad
Are theirs ! One breast laid open were a school,
Their breath is agitation, and their life
With its own flickering, or a sword laid by,
He who ascends to mountain-tops, shall find
Contending tempests on his naked head,
Childe Harold, Canto 3. No superiority yields any satisfaction save that which we possess or obtain over those with whom we immediately compare ourselves. It follows therefore that the pleasures of ambition which are supposed to be peculiar to high stations, are in reality common to all conditions. It is not what one possesses that constitutes the pleasure, but what one possesses more than the other. Philosophy smiles at the contempt with which the rich and great speak of the petty strifes and competitions of the poor; not reflecting that these strifes and competitions are just as reasonable as their own, and the pleasure which success affords the same.
PALEY. Moral Philosophy. AMBITION, that high and glorious passion which makes such havoc among the sons of men, arises from a proud desire of honour and distinction; and when the splendid trappings in which it is usually caparisoned are removed, will be found to consist of the mean materials of envy, pride, and covetousness.
But 'tis a common proof
* Well it is known that ambition can creep as well as soar. The pride of no person in a flourishing condition is more justly to be dreaded than that