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chosen, or which chance has thrown in his way,

but praises those who follow a different DISAPPOINTMENT


HORACE-Satires. I. 1. 1. But evil fortune has decreed,

13 (The foe of mice as well as men)

Æstuat infelix angusto limite mundi. The royal mouse at last should bleed,

Unhappy man! He frets at the narrow Should fall-ne'er to arise again.

limits of the world. MICHAEL BRUCE–Musiad.

JUVENAL-Satires. X. 168. 2

14 The best-laid schemes o'mice an' men,

To sigh, yet feel no pain, Gang aft a-gley,

To weep, yet scarce know why; And leave us nought but grief and pain,

To sport an hour with Beauty's chain, For promised joy.

Then throw it idly by.
BURNS-To a Mouse. St. 7. MRS. BARBAULD

MOOREThe Blue Stocking.
Rose's Petition. DRYDEN-Hide and Panther.
POPE-Imitation of Horace. Bk. II. Satire 6.
(See also BLAIR under FAME)

Past and to come seem best; things present worst.

Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I, Sc. 3. L. 108. Like to the apples on the Dead Sea's shore, All ashes to the taste.

I see your brows are full of discontent, BYRONChilde Harold. III. 34.

Your hearts of sorrow and your eyes of tears.

Richard II. Act IV. Sc. I. L. 331.
As distant prospects please us, but when near 17
We find but desert rocks and fleeting air.

I know a discontented gentleman,
SAM'L GARTHThe Dispensary. Canto III. Whose humble means match not his haughty
L. 27.

mind. 5

Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 36. Lightly I sped when hope was high

18 And youth beguiled the chase,

We love in others what we lack ourselves, I follow, follow still: But I

and would be everything but what we are. Shall never see her face.

R. H. STODDARD-Arcadian Idyl, L. 30. FRED'K LOCKER-LAMPSON.The Unrealized

19 Ideal.

I was born to other things.

TENNYSON-In Memoriam. CXX.
But O! as to embrace me she inclin'd,
I wak’d, she fled, and day brought

back my night. The thirst to know and understand,

20 Muston-On His Deceased Wife.

A large and liberal discontent; 7

These are the goods in life's rich hand, Sed ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom malis

The things that are more excellent. messem metas!

WILLIAM WATSON——Things That Are More It is a bitter disappointment when you have Excellent. St. 8. sown benefits, to reap injuries. PLAUTUS-Epidicus. v. 2. 52.

And from the discontent of man

The world's best progress springs.
All is but toys; renown and grace is dead;

ELLA WHEELER Wilcox-Discontent.
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.
Macbeth. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 99.

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

OSCAR WILDE-Woman of No Importance. DISCONTENT

Act II. In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed, and the boldest staggered.

Poor in abundance, famish'd at a feast. BURKE-Thoughts on the Cause of the Present

YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VII. L. 44. Discontents. Vol. I. P. 516. 10

DISCRETION Whoe'er was edified, themselves were not.

24 COWPER-Task. Bk. II. The Time Piece. It shew'd discretion, the best part of valor. L. 444.


King. Act IV. Sc. 3. The best things beyond their measure cloy.

(See also HENRY IV) HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XIII. L. 795. POPE's 25 trans.

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a 12

fair woman which is without discretion. Qui fit, Mæcenas, ut nemo quam sibi sortem,

Proverbs. XI. 22.
Seu ratio dederit, seu fors objecerit, illa
Contentus vivat? laudet diversa sequentes.

Let your own discretion be your tutor: suit How does it happen, Mæcenas, that no one the action to the word, the word to the action. is content with that lot in life which he has Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 18.





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For 'tis not good that children should know Vitiant artus ægræ contagia mentis. any wickedness: old folks, you know, have dis Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers. cretion, as they say, and know the world.

OVID-Tristium. III. 8. 25. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 131.

(See also PLINY)

17 Let's teach ourselves that honourable stop,

Utque in corporibus, sic in imperio, gravissiNot to outsport discretion.

mus est morbus qui a capite diffunditur. Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 2.

And as in men's bodies, so in government.

that disease is most serious which proceeds DISEASE (See also MEDICINE, SICKNESS) from the head.

PLINY THE YOUNGER. Ep. Bk. IV. 22. The remedy is worse than the disease.

SENECADe Clementia. Bk. II. 2.
Bacon Of Seditions. BUCKINGHAM-Speech (See also EDDY, HAWTHORNE, OVID)

in House of Lords, 1675. DRYDEN-Juvenal.
Satire XVI. L. 31. LE SAGE-Gil Blas. Bk. As man, perhaps, the moment of his breath,
XII. Ch. VIII. MIDDLETONFamily of Receives the lurking principle of death,
Love. Act V. Sc. 3.

The young disease, that must subdue at length, (See also SYRUS, also VERGIL under MEDICINE) Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his 7

strength. (Diseases) crucify the soul of man, attenuate POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 133. our bodies, dry them, wither them, shrivel them up like old apples, make them as so many anatomies.

But just disease to luxury succeeds, BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sc.

And ev'ry death its own avenger breeds. 2. Memb. 3. Subsect. 10.

POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 165.



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The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!

BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in France.

3 Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?

COWPER-Hope. L. 316.


Id demum est homini turpe, quod meruit pati.

That only is a disgrace to a man which he has deserved to suffer. PHÆDRUS-Fables. III. 11. 7.


14 Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell Civil dissension is a viperous worm That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.

Henry VI. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 71. If they perceive dissension in our looks And that within ourselves we disagree, How will their grudging stomachs be provoked To wilful disobedience and rebel!

Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 139. Discord, a sleepless hag who never dies, With Snipe-like nose, and Ferret-glowing eyes, Lean sallow cheeks, long chin with beard sup

plied, Poor crackling joints, and wither'd parchment

As if old Drums, worn out with martial din,
Had clubb’d their yellow Heads to form her Skin.
JOHN WOLCOT-The Louisad. Canto III.
L. 121.

Usurpator diffida
Di tutti sempre.

A usurper always distrusts the whole world.
ALFIERI—Polinice. III. 2.

18 What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? GEORGE ELIOT-Middlemarch. Bk. V. Ch.

XLIV. 19 When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly. SAMUEL JOHNSONIrene. Act IV. Sc. 1.

L. 87.

Hominum immortalis est infamia;
Etiam tum vivit, cum esse credas mortuam.

Disgrace is immortal, and living even when one thinks it dead. PLAUTUSPersa. III. 1. 27.



And wilt thou still be hammering treachery, To tumble down thy husband and thyself From top of honour to disgrace's feet?

Henry VI. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 47.


Have always been at daggers-drawing,
And one another clapper-clawing.

BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L. 79.



That each pull'd different ways with many an

oath, “Arcades ambo,” id est—blackguards both.

BYRON—Don Juan. Canto IV. St. 93. And Doubt and Discord step 'twixt thine and

thee. BYRONThe Prophecy of Dante. Canto II.

L. 140.



Dissensions, like small streams, are first begun,
Scarce seen they rise, but gather as they run:
So lines that from their parallel decline,
More they proceed the more they still disjoin.
SAM'L GARTH-The Dispensary. Canto III.

L. 184.


A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity nor conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.


21 Three things a wise man will not trust, The wind, the sunshine of an April day, And woman's plighted faith. SOUTHEYMadoc in Azthan. Pt. XXIII. L. 51.

For his religion, it was fit
To match his learning and his wit;
'Twas Presbyterian true blue;
For he was of that stubborn crew
Of errant saints, whom all men grant
To be the true Church Militant;
Such as do build their faith upon
The holy text of pike and gun;
Decide all controversies by
Infallible artillery;
And prove their doctrine orthodox,
By Apostolic blows and knocks.

BUTLERHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 189.


And bitter waxed the fray;
Brother with brother spake no word

When they met in the way.
JEAN INGELOW-Poems. Strife and Peace.

An old affront will stir the heart
Through years of rankling pain.

JEAN INGELOW—Poems. Strife and Peace.

13 Alas! how light a cause may move Dissension between hearts that love! Hearts that the world in vain had tried, And sorrow but more closely tied; That stood the storm when waves were rough, Yet in a sunny hour fall off. MOORELalla Rookh. The Light of the Ha

rem. L. 183.


What makes all doctrines plain and clear?-
About two hundred pounds a year.
And that which was prov'd true before
Prove false again? Two hundred more.
BUTLERHudibras. Pt. III. Canto I. L.


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