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Commonly we say a judginent falls upon a man for something in him we cannot abide.
Syllables govern the world.
THOMAS FULLER. 1608-1661.
BUT UT our captain counts the image of God nevertheless his image, cut in ebony as if done in ivory.
The Good Sea-Captain. Their heads soinetimes so little, that there is no more room for wit; sometimes so long, that there is no wit for so much room.
Ibid. Of Vatural Fools.
They that marry ancient people merely in expectation to bury them, hang themselves in hope that one will come and cut the halter.
Ibid. of Marriage.
To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.
Ibid. The Virtuous Lady.
Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.
Ibid. Of Bools.
Often the cockloft is empty, in those which nature hath built many stories high. Andronicus. Ad. fin. I.
The Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
Holy State. Of Tombs.
KNEW a very wise man that believed that, if a
man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
Letter to the Marquis of Montrose, the Earl of Rothes, etc.
I SEEM to have been only like a boy playing on the
sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Turner's Collections relative to the Town of Grantham,
On the Scaffold. 1865.*
NEVER could believe that Providence had sent
a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.
* MACAULAY. History of England.
FRANCIS DUC DE ROCHEFOUCAULD.
HYPOCRISY is a sort of homage that vice pays
HENRY ST. JOHN, VISCOUNT BOLING
HAVE read somewhere or other, in Dionysius of
Halicarnassus, I think, that history is philosophy teaching by examples.*
On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2.
WISH you all sorts of prosperity with a little more taste.
Book vii. Ch. iv.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. 1706-1790.
OD helps them that help themselves.
* Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Ars Rhet. xi. 2 (p. 398, R.), says : Παιδεία άρα εστίν ή έντευξις των ηθών: τουτο και θουκυδίδης έoικε λέγειν, περί ιστορίας λέγων· ότι και ιστορία φιλοσοφία έστιν εκ παραδειγμάτων, quoting Thuc. Ι. 22.
Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Three removes are as bad as a fire.
Vessels large may venture more,
He has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle.
When I see a merchant over-polite to his customers, begging them to take a little brandy and throwing his goods on the counter, thinks I, that man has an axe to grind.
From a Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley, on
the Loss of her American Squirrel.
SIR RICHARD STEELE. 1671-1729.
LADY Elizabeth Hastings.), Though her mien
carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behaviour; to love her was a liberal education.*
The Tatler. No. 49.
Leigh Hunt incorrectly ascribes the expression, to love her was a literal education, to Congreve.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE. 1723-1780.
'HE royal navy of England hath ever been its
greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength,—the floating bulwark of our island.
Commentaries. Vol. i. p. 418.
SIR ROBERT WALPOLE. 1674-1746.
FLOWERY oratory he despised. He ascribed to
the interested views of themselves or their relatives, the declarations of pretended patriots, of whom he said, All those men have their price.*
From Coxe's Memoirs of Walpole. Vol. iv. p. 369. Anything but history, for history must be false.
Walpoliani, No. 141.
SIR JOHN POWELL.
ET us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.
Coggs v. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raymn. 911,
* The political axiom, All men have their price, is commonly ascribed to Walpole.