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Reason, bowever able, cool at best,
Cares not for service, or but serves when prest,
Stays till we call, and then not often near.

POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 85.
Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise;
His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies.

POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. I. L. 117.

3 Omnia sunt risus, sunt pulvis, et omnia nil sunt: Res hominum cunctæ, nam ratione carent. Al is but a jest, all dust, all not worth two

peason: For why ip man's matters is neither rime nor

reason, PUTTENHAM-Arle of English Poesie. P. 125. Attributed by him to DEMOCRITUS.

(See also MORE under POETRY)


His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search.

Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 16.

15 I have no other but a woman's reason I think him so because I think him so.

Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 23 While Reason drew the plan, the Heart inform'd The moral page and Fancy lent it grace.

THOMSON-Liberty. Pt. IV. L. 262.

17 Reason progressive, Instinct is complete; Swift Instinct leaps; slow reason feebly climbs. Brutes soon their zenith reach.

* In ages they no more Could know, do, covet or enjoy.

YOUNGNight Thoughts. Night VII. L. 81.
And what is reason? Be she thus defined:
Reason is upright stature in the soul.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VII. L. 1,526.

The worst of rebels never arm
To do their king or country harm,
But draw their swords to do them good,
As doctors cure by letting blood.

BUTLER-Miscellaneous Thoughts. L. 181.





Nam et Socrati objiciunt comici, docere eum quomodo pejorem causam meliorem faciat.

For comic writers charge Socrates with making the worse appear the better reason. QUINTILIANDe Institutione Oratoria. II. 17. 1.

(See also DIOGENES, MILTON) On aime sans raison, et sans raison l'on hait.

We love without reason, and without reason we hate. REGNARD-Les Folies Amoureuses.

Nihil potest esse diuturnum cui non subest ratio.

Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule. QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUS-De Rebus Gestis

Alexandri Magni. IV. 14. 19. 7

Id nobis maxime nocet, quod non ad rationis lumen sed ad similitudinem aliorum vivimus.

This is our chief bane, that we live pot according to the light of reason, but after the fashion of others. SENECA-Octavia. Act II. 454.

8 Every why hath a wherefore.

Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 44. Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unus'd. Himlet. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 36. 10

Give you a reason on compulsion! if reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion, I.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 263.

11 Good reasons must, of force, give place to better.

Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 203.

12 But since the affairs of men rest still incertain, Let's reason with the worst that may befall.

Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 96.

13 Strong reasons make strong actions.

King John Act III. Sc. 4. L. 182.

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.

CARLYLE—Essays. Goethe's Works.

21 Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. Inscription on a Cannon near wbich the ashes

of President John Bradshaw were lodged, on the top of hill ne Martha Bay in Jamaica. See STILESHistory of the Three Judges of Charles I. Attributed also to FRANKLIN in RANDALL's Life of Jefferson. Vol. III. P. 585. Motto on Jefferson's seal.

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Curva trahit mites, pars pungit acuta rebelles.

The crooked end obedient spirits draws,
The pointed, those rebels who spurn at Chris-

tian laws. BROUGHTON Dictionary of all Religions.

(1756) The croisier is pointed at one end and crooked at the other. “Curva trahit, quos virga regit, pars ultima pungit"; is the Motto on the Episcopal staff said to be preserved at Toulouse.

(See also Bacon under GOVERNMENT) Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plant religion.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE—Religio Medici. XXV. Speak low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low, Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so Who art not missed by any that entreat.

E. B. BROWNING—Comfort.



O lost days of delight, that are wasted in doubt

ing and waiting! O lost hours and days in which we might bave

been happy! LONGFELLOWTales of a Wayside Inn. Pt.

III. The Theologian's Tale. Elizabeth.


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The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections. BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in


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L'institut des Jesuites est une épée dont la poignée est à Rome et la pointe partout.

The Order of Jesuits is a sword whose handle is at Rome and whose point is every where. ANDRÉ M. J. DUPINProcès de tendance.

(1825) Quoted by him as found in a letter to MLLE. VOLAND from ABBÉ RAYNAL. ROUSSEAU quotes it from D'AUBIGNÉAnti-Coton, who ascribes it to the saying of the Society of Jesus which is "a sword, the blade of which is in France, and the handle in Rome."


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I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actors spoke, nor the religion which they professed, whether Arab in the desert or Frenchman in the Academy, I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion. EMERSON--Lectures and Biographical Sketches. The Preacher. P. 215.

(See also BURNET)


Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but-live for it. C. C. COLTON--Lacon. Vol. I. XXV.



I like the church, I like a cowl,
I love a prophet of the soul;
And on my heart monastic aisles
Fall like sweet strains or pensive smiles;
Yet not for all his faith can see,
Would I that cowlèd churchman be.

EMERSONThe Problem.


Dresse and undresse thy soul: mark the decay And growth of it: if, with thy watch, that too Be down, then winde up both: since we shall be Most surely judged, make thy accounts agree.

HERBERT_Temple. Church Porch. St. 76.

My Fathers and Brethren, this is never to be forgotten that New England is originally a plantation of religion, not a plantation of trade. JOHN HIGGINSONElection Sermon.

The Cause of God and His People in New England. May 27, 1663.

Die Theologie ist die Anthropologie.

Theology is Anthropology.
FEUERBACH-Wesen des Christenthums.



There are at bottom but two possible religions—that which rises in the moral nature of man, and which takes shape in moral commandments, and that which grows out of the observation of the material energies which operate in the external universe. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects.

Calvinism. P. 20.

No solemn, sanctimonious face I pull,

Nor think I'm pious when I'm only bilious

Nor study in my sanctum supercilious To frame a Sabbath Bill or forge a Bull.

HOOD-Ode to Rae Wilson.


Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects.

Sea Studies. 5

But our captain counts the image of God, nevertheless, his image cut in ebony as if done in ivory; and in the blackest Moors he sees the representation of the King of beaven. FULLERHoly and Profane States. The Good

Sea-Captain. Maxim 5.

Should all the banks of Europe crash,

The bank of England smash,
Bring all your notes to Zion's bank,

You're sure to get your cash.
HENRY HOYT-Zion's Bank, or Bible Promises

Secured to all Believers. Pub. in Boston, 1857.

Probably a reprint of English origin.
My creed is this:

Happiness is the only good.
The place to be happy is here.
The time to be happy is now.
The way to be happy is to help make others so.
ROBERT G. INGERSOLI—On the Title Page of

Vol. XII. FARRELL'S Ed. of his Works. 17

I belong to the Great Church which holds the world within its starlit aisles; that claims the great and good of every race and clime; that finds with joy the grain of gold in every creed, and floods with light and love the germs of good in every soul. ROBERT G. INGERSOLL-Declaration in Dis

cussion with Rev. HENRY M. FIELD on Faith and Agnosticism. FARRELL'S Life. Vol. VI.


Indeed, a little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion. FULLER-Holy and Profane States. The True

Church Antiquary. Maxim 1. Am I my brother's keeper?

Genesis. IV.. 9.



We do ourselves wrong, and too meanly estimate the holiness above us, when we deem that any act or enjoyment good in itself, is not good to do religiously.

HAWTHORNEMarble Faun. Bk. II. Ch. VII

I envy them, those monks of old
Their books they read, and their beads they told.

G. P. R. JAMESThe Monks of Old.



From Greenland's icy mountains,

From India's coral strand, Where Afric's sunny fountains

Roll down their golden sand; From many an ancient river,

From many a palmy plain, They call us to deliver

Their land from error's chain. REGINALD HEBER—Missionary Hymn. 10

La couronne vaut bien une messe (Paris vaut bien une messe.)

The crown, (or Paris), is well worth a mass. Attributed to HENRY IV.

11 Religion stands on tiptoe in our land, Ready to pass to the American strand.

HERBERT--The Church Militant. L. 235.

Sir, I think all Christians, whether Papists or Protestants, agree in the essential articles, and that their religious differences are trivial, and rather political than religious.

SAMUEL JOHNSONBoswell's Life. Ch.V. 1763. To be of no Church is dangerous.

SAMUEL JOHNSON-Life of Milton.

21 Other hope had she none, nor wish in life, but

to follow Meekly, with reverent steps, the sacred feet of

her Saviour, LONGFELLOW-Evangeline. Pt. II. V. L. 35.

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