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But Priam found the fire ere he his tongue,'
A fine Image of Fear.
Almena. It was a fancy'd noise, for all is hush'd.
Al. No, all is hush'd, and still as Death! 'Tis dreadful!
Whose ancient pillars rear their marble heads,
CONGREVE. Mourning Bride.
AGHAST the maiden rose,
White as her veil, and stood before the Queen
FOR as our modern wits behold
Hudibras, Part I., Canto 2.
*The youthful warrior heard with silent woe;
POPE. Iliad, Book XVII.
A DWARF standing upon the shoulders of a giant, may see farther than the giant himself.
SYMPATHIES AND ANTIPATHIES.
Or Sympathies and Antipathies how much might be written without defining them any better than by the pithy lines“The reason why I cannot tell,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell."
LADY BLESSINGTON. Thoughts.
CREDITORS have better memories than debtors, and creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.
IF you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
He who rises late, must trot all day, and will scarcely overtake his business at night.
FAIR pledges of a fruitful tree,
Your date is not so past,
But you may stay yet here awhile
What, were ye born to be
An hour or half's delight,
But you are lovely leaves, where we
Their end, though ne'er so brave:
THE man who builds, and wants wherewith to pay,
NEVER build after you are five-and-forty; have five years' income in hand before you lay a brick; and always calculate the expense at double the estimate.
HOUSES are built to live in, and not to look on; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. Leave the goodly fabrics of houses, for beauty only to the enchanted palaces of the poets, who build them with small cost.
FOR as water ascends no higher than the first spring knowledge derived from Aristotle will at most rise no higher again than the knowledge of Aristotle. And therefore, tho' a scholar must have faith in his master, yet a man well instructed must judge for himself; for learners owe to their masters only a temporary belief, and a suspension of their own judgment till they are fully instructed; and not an absolute resignation or perpetual captivity Let great authors therefore have their due; but so as not to defraud Time, which is the Author of Authors and the Parent of Truth.
IMPROVEMENT IN MECHANICS PROGRESSIVE, BUT OTHERWISE IN PHILOSOPHY.
THE mechanic arts commonly advance towards perfection in a
* 'Tis scarce possible at once to admire and excel an author, as water rises no higher than the reservoir it falls from.
source of daily improvement from a rough, unpolished state, sometimes prejudicial to the first inventors; whilst Philosophy, and the intellectual sciences, are like statues, celebrated and adorned but never promoted; nay, they sometimes appear most perfect in the original author, and afterwards degenerate. For when men once take up with the opinions of others they no longer improve the sciences, but servilely bestow their talents in adorning and defending some particular authors.
THERE is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune!
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows, and in miseries.
Julius Cæsar, Act III.
NATURE creates merit, and fortune brings it into play.
THE common fluency of speech in many men, and most women, is owing to a scarcity of matter, and a scarcity of words, for whoever is a master of language and has a mind full of ideas, will be apt in speaking to hesitate upon the choice of both; whereas common speakers have only one set of ideas, and one set of words to clothe them in; and these are always ready at the mouth: so people come faster out of a church when it is almost empty, than when a crowd is at the door.
FOR he at any time would hang
For th' opportunity t' harangue;
And rather on a gibbet dangle,
Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle;
That, right or wrong, he ne'er was non-plusht;
Of weight it bore, with greater ease;
And made the stoutest yield to mercy,
With volleys of eternal babble,
And clamour, more unanswerable.*
Hudibras, Part III., Canto 2.
IT is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
Bassanio. Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice. 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.
I KNOW a lady that loves talking so incessantly, she won't give an echo fair play; she has that everlasting rotation of
*Widow. Go, save thy breath for the cause; talk at the bar, Mr. Quaint; you are so copiously fluent, you can weary any one's ears sooner than your own tongue. Go, weary our adversaries' counsel and the court; go, thou art a fine spoken person.
Come, Mr. Blunder, talk what you will, but be sure your tongue never stand still; for your own noise will secure your sense from censure.
To talk eternally and loud
And altogether, in a crowd,
And deep judicious confidence
Has still the odds of wit and sense,
And can pretend a title to
Far greater things than they can do.
The Plain Dealer.
BUTLER. On our Ridiculous Imitation
of the French.