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GAMING is a kind of tacit confession, that the company engaged therein do, in general, exceed the bounds of their respective fortunes, and therefore they cast lots to determine upon whom the ruin shall at present fall, that the rest may be saved a little longer.
BUTLER. Upon Gaming.
THE money is paid back again. Falstaff. O, I do not like that paying back, 'tis a double labour.
Henry.IV., First Part.
QUOTATION. QUOTATION, sir, is a good thing; there is a community of mind in it: classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
Thy Protestant to be:
A loving heart to thee.
A heart as sound and free
As in the whole world thou canst find,
That heart I'll give to thee.
To honour thy decree :
And 't shall do so for thee.
While I have eyes to see :
A heart to weep for thee.
Under that cypress-tree:
E’en death, to die for thee.
The very eyes of me,
To live and die for thee.
Pyramids. THE Pyramids themselves, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
Elder Brother. Is one who made haste to come into the world to bring his parents the first news of male posterity, and is well rewarded for his tidings.
Naturals. THEIR heads sometimes so little that there is no room for wit; sometimes so long that there is no wit for so much room.
Horses. THESE are men's wings, wherewith they make such speed. A generous creature a horse is, sensible in some sort of honour; and made most handsome by that which deforms men most, pride.
Hospitality. SOME hold, when hospitality died in England, she gave her last groan among the yeomen of Kent. And still at our yeomen's
tables, you shall have as many joints as dishes. No meat disguised with strange sauces; no straggling joint of a sheep in the midst of a pasture of grass, beset with salads on every side, but more solid substantial food : no serviters (more nimble with their hands than the guests with their teeth) take away meat before stomachs are taken away. Here you have, that which in itself is good, made better by the store of it, and best by the welcome to it. *
THE NEW YEAR.
HARK! the cock crows, and yon bright star,
* Where welcome is, though fare be small,
Yet honest hearts be pleased withal;
Then all good cheer to accomplish,
ye sit about your embers, Call not to mind those fled Decembers; But think on these that are t
appear, As daughters to the instant year.
It was justly said by Themistocles, that speech is like tapestry unfolded where the imagery appears distinct, but thoughts, like tapestry in the bale, where the figures are rolled up together.
Bacon. Essays. I HAVE often learnt a good deal from my own talk. Often when I have been advising a man or funnin of him, new reasons or new illustrations have sprung up of their own accord that I never thought of before. It has made my opinions stronger, or given me cause to change them in some particulars. I am not certain whether man if he could be sure not to be overheard, was to think aloud, but that it would be beneficial to him. It would take off the dreaminess of thinking and castle building, and give reality to his reasons and life to his humour.
SAM SLICK. Wise Saws.
And when she spake
Faëry Queen, Book II., Canto III.
So sweetly you from love dissuade do me,
* Her grace did beauty, voice yet grace did
pass, Which thus through pearls and rubies broken was.
The angel ended, and in Adam's ear
Paradise Lost, Book VIII.
WORDS are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools.
HOBBES. THE greater are the alterations and improvements which happen in the manners of a people, the less can be expected in their language.
HUME. Essay 21. SIR JOHN HERSCHELL mentioning the incomplete sense of words for instance-iron by the vulgar regarded as incombustible; by the chemist as one of the most combustible of bodies ; to the poet an emblem of rigidity; to the smith most plastic, &c., illustrates by a beautiful simile. The meaning of such a term is like a rainbow, everybody sees a different one, and all maintain it to be the same.
Discourse on Natural Philosophy.
And dashing soft from rocks around
Bubbling runnels join'd the sound;
Round an holy calm diffusing,
Love of peace, and lonely musing,
COLLINS. Ode to the Passions. ONCE on my attempting to cheer him, when I perceived him over thoughtful, he replied to me in these words :-"Do not
* He ceas’d; but left so pleasing on their ear
POPE. Odyssey, Book XII,