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Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines ; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight line. 9. HERBERT SPENCER --Social Statics,

Ch. XXXII. Par. 4, Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. TENNYSONThe Charge of the Light

Brigade. Št. 2. A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE WASHINGTON—Social Marims.

Friendship. Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle—this way or that.

t. WORDSWORTH -- The Borderers. Act III. All may do what has by man been done. YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VI.

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Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds. Sam'. JOHNSONBoswell's Life of

Johnson, An. 1775. I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. b. LOCKE- Human Understanding. Bk. I.

Ch. 3. Let us then be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labour and to wait.

LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life. - Trust no future howe'er pleasant !

Let the dead past bury their dead !
Act, -act in the living present!

Heart within and God o'erhead !
d. LONGFELLOW-Psalm of Life.
So much one man can do,
That does both act and know.
MARVELL- Upon Cromwell's return

from Ireland. Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n. j MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. I.

Line 830. How my achievements mock me! I will go meet them.

g. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2. If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere

well It were done quickly. h. Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7.

In such business Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the

ignorant More learneil than the ears.

i. Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2. So smile the Heavens upon this holy act That after-hours with sorrow chide us not! j. Romeo and Juiet. Act II. Sc. 6.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. k. Hamiet. Act III. Sc. 2.

The blood more stirs
To rouse a lion, than to start a hare.
Henry IV. Pt. Act I. Sc. 3.

Things done well, And with a care, exempt themselves from fear; Things done without example, in their issue Are to be fear'd.

Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. WA

We may not think the justness of each act Such and no other then event doth form it.

Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 2.

We must not stint Our

necessary actions, in the fear To cope malicious censurers.

llenry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. Heaven never helps the men who will not act. P. Sophocles. Fragment 288.


ADMIRATION. No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life. CARLYLE-Ileroes and Hero Worship.

Lecture I. Green be the turf above thee,

Friend of my better days ! None knew thee but to love thee, Nor named thee but to praise. FITZ-GREENE HALLECK-- On the death

of Joseph R. Drakce. Few men are admired by their servants.

MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. III. Ch. 2. We always like those who admire us, we do not always like those whom we admire. y. ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 294.

What you do Still betters what is done. When you speak,

sweet, I'd have you do it ever.

Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3.


ADVERSITY. And these vicissitudes come best in youth ;

For when they happen at a riper age, People are apt to blame the fates forsooth,

And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth : He who hath provedl war, storm or woman's

rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won the experience which is deem'd so

BYRON--Don Juan. Canto XII.

St. 50.






Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adver. sity. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.

Lecture V.




Be loving and you will never want for love; be humble, and you will never want for guiding:

D. M. MULOCK - Olive. Ch. XXIV. Bu niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.

Pope-Essay on Criticism. Line 578. Direct not him, whose way himself will

choose; 'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt

thou lose. 0. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often still'd my brawling discontent.

P. Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. I pray thee cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as profitless As water in a sieve. 9. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V.

Sc. 1. When a wise man gives thee better coun, sel, give me mine again.

King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.

Aromatic plants bestow
No spicy fragrance while they grow ;
But crush'd or trodden to the ground,
Diffuse their balmy sweets around.

b. GOLDSMITH The Caplivity. Act I.
Thou tamer of the human breast,
Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour
The bad affright, afflict the best!

GRAY-Ode to Adversity. St. 1. In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. d. ROCHEFOUCAULD- Reflections. XV.

Bold adversity Cries out for noble York and Somerset, To beat assailing death from his weak legions. And whiles the honourable captain there Drops bloody sweat from his war wearied


Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 4. His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.

f. Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Swert are the uses of adversity ;
Which, like the toail, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

9. As You Like It. Act. II. Sc. 1.


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Then know, that I have little wealth to lose; A man I am cross'd with adversity. h. Tuco Gentlemen of Verona. Act IV.

Sc. 1. They can be meek that have no other cause, A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity, We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry.

i. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.


Talk not of wasted affection, affection never

was wasted ; Ifit enrich not the heart of another, its waters,

returning Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill

them full of refreshment; That which the fountain sends forth returns

again to the fountain. u. LONGFELLOW-- Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 1. Affection is a coil that must be cool'd ; Else suffer'd it will set the heart on fire. Venus and Adonis.

Line 387.

So loving to my mother, That he might not beteem the winds of

heaven Visit her face too roughly.

llamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. Such affection and unbroken faith As temper life's worst bitterness.

SHELLEY- The Cenci. Act. III. Sc. 1.


The worst men often give the best advice : Our deeds are sometimes better than our

thoughts. j. BAILEY-Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. She had a good opinion of advice,

Like all who give and eke receive it gratis, For which small thanks are still the market

price, Even where the article at highest rate is.

k. BYRON--Don Juan. Canto XV. St. 29.

Let him go abroad to a distant country ; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil where he is known. 1. San'l Johnson — Boswell's Life of



Amfiction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought.




Affliction is enamour'd of thy parts,
And thou art wedded to calamity.

Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 3.

Henceforth I'll bear Afiction till it do cry out itself, Enough, Enough, and die.

b. king Lear. Act IV. Sc. 6.


Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound
Upon a wheel of fire ; that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7.

Affliction is not sent in vain From that good God who chastens whoin he

lores. d. SOUTHEY – Madoc. Pt. III. Line 74.


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Age shakez Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon. BYRONChilde Harold. Canto II.

St. 88. Just as old age is creeping on apace, And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day, They kindly leave us, though not quite alone, But in good company-the gout or stone. BYRON - Don Juan. Canto III.

St. 59. My days are in the yellow leaf ; The flowers and fruits of love are gone; The worm, the canker, and the grief Are mine alone!

BYRON - On my Thirty-sixth Year. Dark and despairing, my sight I may seal, But man cannot cover what God woull

reveal : 'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, And coming events cast their shadows before, P. CAMPBELL-Lochiel's Warning.

Line 53. As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old inan that has something of the youth.

9. CICERO. Life's shadows are meeting Eternity's day.

JAMES G. CLARKE-Leona. The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth

produce, But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use: So age a mature mellowness doth set On the green promises of youthful heat.

Sir John DENHAM -- Cato Major. Pt. IV. Boys must not have th'ambitious care of men, Nor men the weak anxieties of nge.

Roscommon)-Trans. IIorace.

Of the Art of Poetry. Line 212.
We do not count a man's years, until he
has nothing else to count.
EMERSON - Society and Solitude.

Old Age. Old age is courteous-no one more : For time after time he knocks at the door, But nobody says, “ Walk in, sir, pray!" Yet turns he not from the door away, But lifts the latch, and enters with speed, And then they cry, “A cool one, indeed."

GOETHE - Old Age. Alike all ages : dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful

maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisked beneath the burden of threescore.

GOLDSMITH - The Traveller. Line 251. O blest retirement! friend to life's decline How blest is he who crowns, in shades like

these, A youth of labour with an age of ease ! GOLDSMITH - The Deserted Village.

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AGE (OLD.) Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years ! I am so weary of toil and of tears, 'Toil without recompense, tears all in vainTake them, and give me my childhood again!

g. ELIZABETH AKERSRock Me to Sleep. Weak withering age no rigid law forbids With frngal nectar, smooth and slow with

balm The sapless habit daily to bedew, Anıl give the hesitating wheels of life Glibblier to play. h. JOHN ARMSTRONG- Art of Preserving

Health. Bk. II. Line 486 llen of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, anil seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

i. Bacon-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age. Old age comes on apace to ravage all the

clime. . BEATTIE--The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 25. To resist with success, the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart ; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study and love. k. BONSTETTEN --In Abel Stevens'

Madame de Stael. Ch. XXVI.
No chronic tortures racked his aged limb,
For luxury and sloth had nourished none for

BEYANT— The Old Man's Funeral.

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Thyself no more deceive, thy youth hath fled. 0. PETRARCH - To Laura in Death.

Sonnet LXXXII.

Why will you break the Sabbath of my days? Now sick alike of Envy and of Praise. p. POPE-First Book of Horace. Ep. I.

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Slow-consuming age.

a. GRAY-Ode on Eton College. St. 9.
When he is forsaken,

Withered and shaken,
What can an old man do but die?

b. Hoop- Ballad.
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
Till pitying Nature signs the last release,
And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.
SAM'L JOHNSON -- Vanity of Human

Wishes. Line 308.

Age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by

d. LONGFELLOW-- Morituri Salutamus.

Line 284. And the bright faces of my young compan

ions Are wrinkled like my own, or are no more. LONGFELLOW - Spanish Student.

Act III. Sc. 3. How far the gulf-stream of our youth may

ficw Into the arctic regions of our lives, Where little else than life itself survives. f. LONGFELLOW- Morituri Salutamus.

Line 250. The course of my long life hath reached at

last, In fragile bark o'er a tempestuous sea, The common harbor, where must rendered

be, Account of all the actions of the past.

g. LONGFELLOW -- Old Age. The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more

dreary, And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.

h. LONGFELLOW-Canzone.

Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. i. LONGFELLOW- Morituri Salutamus.

Line 264. Age is not all decay ; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk. j. George MacDonald-The Marquis of

Lossie. Ch. XL.
Set is the sun of my years ;
And over a few poor ashes,

I sit in my darkness and tears.

The ages roll Forward ; and forward with them, draw my


Into time's infinite sea.
And to be glad, or sad, I care no more :
But to have done, and to have been, before

I cease to do and be.
I. OWEN MEREDITH The Wanderer.

Bk. IV.
A Confession and Apology. St. 9.

What makes old age so sad is, not that our joys, but that our hopes cease.

0, roses for the flush of youth,
And laurel for the perfect prime;
But pluck an ivy branch for me
Grown old before my time.

On his bold visage middle age
Had slightly press'd its signet sage.
t. SCOTT-- Lady of the Lake. Canto I.

Pt. XXI.

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Begin to patch up thine old body for heaven.

Tenry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 4.


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