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ABDICATION. He was utterly without ambition (Chas. II.). He detested business, and would sooner have abdicated his crown than have undergone the trouble of really directing the administration. MACAULAY-History of England.
(Character of Charles II.).
Vol. I. Ch. II.
Gardens. P. 92. (J. B. A., '85.)
DONNE-Devotion. Nature abhors the old.
f. EMERSON-Essays. Circles.
Justly thou abhorr'st
For, if the worlds
9. THOMSON-Seasons. Summer. L. 313.
When it was become an abhorring even to them that had loved it best.
TRENCH-- Miracles. XXIX. 414.
ABSENCE. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. 1. Thomas HAYNES BAYLY-Isle of
ABILITY. Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability. BURKE- Reflections on the Revolution in
France. He could raise scruples dark and nice, And after solve 'em in a trice; As if Divinity had catch'd The itch, on purpose to be scratch'd. b. BUTLER,Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I.
L. 163. You are a devil at everything, and there is no kind of thing in the 'versal world but what you can turn your hand to. c. CERVANTES-Don Quixote. Pt. I.
Bk. III. Ch. XI.
The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant's shonlders to mount on. d. COLERIDGE- The Friend. Sect. I.
In the hope to meet Shortly again, and make our absence sweet. p. BEN JONSON— Underwoods.
Miscellaneous Poems, LIX.
Ever absent, ever near;
9. FRANCIS KAZINCZY-Separation.
Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest. g. GAIL HAMILTON—Country Living and
Country Thinking. Men and Women.
To the very last, he [Napoleon) had a kind of idea ; that, namely, of la carrière ouverte aux talent—the tools to him that can handle them. h. LOCKHART-Sir Walter Scott. London
and Westminster Review, 1838. A Traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedæmonian, “I do not believe you can do as much.” “True,” said he, “but every goose can.” i. PLUTARCH-Laconic Apothegms. Remarkable Speeches of Some Obscure
Read my little fable:
He that runs may read.
For all have got the seed. j. TENNYSON—The Flowers, Who does the best his circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly; angels could no more. k. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II.
There's little pleasure in the house
A great mind is a good sailor, as a great heart is. k. EMERSON—English Traits. Voyage to
England. Chap. II.
The manly part is to do with might and main what you can do. 1. EMERSON—The Conduct of Life.
The good one, after every action, closes
Legend. Pt. VI.