4 Comments

Quotes

This page is dedicated to an old book of thoughts that I found. It was printed originaly around circa 1852. Some of the quotes are very dated, not only by the language, but by the ideals presented.  I am only posting one per day. Unless I get caught up in what I find and feel urged to share more.

I hope that you find them entertaining or perhaps inspiring!

“In company it is a very great fault to be more forward in setting off one’s self, and talking to show one’s parts, than to learn the worth, and be truly acquainted with the abilities of men. -He that makes it his business, not to know, but to be known, is like a foolish tradesman, who makes all the haste he can to sell off his old stock, but takes no thought of laying in any new.” – Charron

“Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. – In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of the mind? – Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mysteries of human events?” – Blair

“What is birth to man if it be a stain to his dead ancestors to have left such an offspring?” – Sir P. Sidney

“Of all vanities and fopperies, the vanity of high birth is the greatest. True nobility is derived from virtue, not from birth.  Titles indeed, may be purchased; but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.” – Burton

“An attribute so precious, that it becomes a virtue, is a gentle and constant equality of temper.  What ann unutterable charm does it give to the society of the man who possesses it!  How is it possible to avoid loving him whom we always find with serenity on his brow, and a smile on his countenance! – Edward Stanley

“It is one thing to mourn for sin because it exposes us to hell, and another to mourn for it because it is an infinite evil;  one thing to mourn for it because it is injurious to ourselves, and another to mourn for it because it is wrong and offensive to God. It is one thing to be terrified; another, to be humbled.” – G. Spring

“I look upon every man as a suicide from the moment he takes the dice-box desperately in his hand;  all that follows in his career from that fatal time is only sharpening the dagger before he strikes it to his heart.” – Cumberland

“I never hear the rattling of dice that it does not sound to me like the funeral bell of the whole family.” – Jerrold

“The best throw with the dice, is to throw them away.” – Old Proverb

“The soul, considered with its Creator, is like one of those mathematical lines that may draw nearer to another for all eternity without a possibility of touching it;  and can there be a thought so transporting as to consider ourselves in these perpetual approaches to Him, who is not only the standard of perfection, but of happiness?” – Addison

“Industry need not wish, and he that lives upon hopes will die fasting.  There are no gains without pains,. He that hath a trade hath an estate, and he that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honour;  but then the trade must be worked at, and the calling followed, or neither the state nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes.  If we are industrious, we shall never starve; for, at the working man’s house hunger looks in but dares not enter. Nor will the sheriff or the bailiff or the constable enter, for industry pays debts, while idleness and neglect increase them.” – Franklin

“It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered by after ages.  It is by  thought that has  aroused the intellect from its slumbers, which has given luster to virtue and dignity to truth, or by those examples which have inflamed the soul with the love of goodness, and not by means of sculptured marble, that I hold communion with Shakespeare and Milton, with Johnson and Burke, with Howard and Wilberforce.” – Francis Wayland

“When I see the spirit of liberty in action, I see a strong principle at work;  and this, for a while, is all I can possibly know of it.  The wild gas, the fixed air, is plainly broke loose:  but we ought to suspend our judgement until the first effervescence is a little subsided, till the liquor is cleared, and until we see something deeper than the agitation of a troubled and frothy surface.  I must be tolerably sure, before I venture publicly, to congratulate men upon a blessing, that they have really received one.” – Burke

“When I see a man with a sour, shriveled face, I cannot forbear pitying his wife; and when I meet an open, ingenuous countenance,  I think on the happiness of his friends, his family, and his relations.” – Addison

“Many have no happier moments than those that they pass in solitude, abandoned to their own imagination, which sometimes puts sceptres in their hands or miters on their heads, shifts the scene of pleasure with endless variety, bids all the forms of beauty sparkle before them, and gluts them with every change of visionary luxury.” – Johnson

“It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do the less time one finds to do it in.  One yawns, one procrastinates, one can do it when one will, and, therefore,  one seldom does it all;  whereas those who have a great deal of business, must (to use a vulgar expression) buckle to it; and then they always find enough time to do it in.” – Chesterfield

” A paler shadow strews its mantle over the mountains; parting day dies like the dolphin, whom each pang imbues with a new color as  it gasps away.” – Byron

“An unjust acquisition is like a barbed arrow, which must be drawn backward with horrible anguish, or else will be your destruction.” – Jeremy Taylor

“She has grown in her unstained seclusion, bright and pure as a first opening lilac when it spreads its clear leaves to the sweetest dawn of May.” – Percival

“The love of study, a passion which derives great vigor from enjoyment, supplies each day, each hour, with a perpetual round of independent and rational pleasure.” – Gibbon

“Charms which, like flowers, lie on the surface and always glitter, easily produce vanity;  hence women, wits, players, soldiers, are vain, owing to their presence, figure and dress. On the contrary other excellences, which lay down deep like gold, and are discovered with difficulty –  strength, profoundness of intellect, morality – leave their possessors modest and proud.” – Richter

“Wit loses its respect with the good, when seen in company with malice;  and to smile at the jest which places a thorn in another’s breast, is to become a principal in the mischief.” – Sheridan

“Wit should be used as a shield for defence rather than as a sword to wound others.” – Fuller

“Genuine and innocent wit is surely the flavour of the mind. Man could not direct his way by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food; but God has given us wit,  and flavour,  and brightness,  and laughter,  and perfumes to enlighten the days of man’s pilgrimage, and charm his pained steps over the burning marl.” – Sydney Smith

”Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be rekindled.  Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. But written learning is a fixed luminary, which after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in it’s proper station. So books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when opened again, will again impart instruction.” –  Johnson

“When a nation gives birth to a man who is able to produce a great thought, another is born who is able to understand and admire it. ” – Joubert

“Books are embalmed minds” – Bovee

“A good book is the very essence of a good man. – His virtues survive in it, while the foibles and faults of his actual life are forgotten. –All the goodly company of the excellent and great sit around my table, or look down on me from yonder shelves, waiting patiently to answer my questions and enrich me with their wisdom. – A precious book is a foretaste of immortality.” – T.L. Cuyler

“A dose of poison can do its works only once, but a bad book can go on poisoning people’s minds for any length of time. ” – John Murray

“Truly each new book is as a ship that bears us away from the fixity of our limitations in to the movement and splendor of life’s infinite ocean.” – Helen Keller

“Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead- from human souls we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thousands of miles away. And yet these , in those little sheets of paper, speak to us, arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.” – Charles Kingsley

“Of all men, a philosopher should be no swearers; for an oath, which is the end of controversies in law, cannot determine any here, where reason only must decide.” – Sir Thomas Browne

“Not for all the sun sees, or the close earth wombs, or the profound sea hides in unknown fathoms, break thou thine oath.”  –  Shakespeare

“It is not a circumscribed situation so much as a narrow vision that creates pedants;  not having a pet study or science, but a narrow, vulgar soul, which prevents a man from seeing all sides and hearing all things;  in short, the intolerant man is the real pedant.” –  Richter

“The poets judged like philosophers when they feigned love to be blind.- How often do we see in a woman what our judgement and taste approve, and yet feel nothing of  love toward her; how often what they both condemn, and yet feel a great deal.” –  Greville

“Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was, from eternity, spinning the thread of thy being, and of that which is incident to it.” – Marcus Antoninus

“Fastidiousness is only another form of egotism; and all men who know not where to look for truth, save in the narrow well of self, will find their own image in the bottom, and mistake it for what they are seeking.” – J.R. Lowell

“The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is, that each is thinking more of what he is intending to say, than of what others are saying; and we never listen when we are planning to speak.” – Rochefouchald

“As in a man’s life, so in his studies, it is the most beautiful and humane thing in the world so to mingle gravity with pleasure, that the one may not sink into melancholy, nor the other rise up into wantonness.” – Pliny

“So then the year is repeating its old story again. We are come once more, thank God! to its most charming chapter. The violets and the May flowers are as its inscriptions or vignettes. It always makes a pleasant impression on us, when we are open again at these pages of the book of life.” – Goethe

“The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself.-Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man; and without this all other education is good for nothing.” – Unknown

“Beasts, birds, and insects, even to the minutest and meanest of their kind, act with unerring providence of instinct; man, the while, who possesses a higher faculty, abuses it, and therefore goes blundering on. They, by their unconscious and unhesitating obedience to the laws of nature, fulfill the end of their existence; he, in willful neglect of the laws of God, loses sight of the end of his.” – Southey

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” – Disraeli

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” – Coleridge

“It is more than probable that the average man could, with no injury to his health, increase his efficiency fifty percent.” – Walter Dill Scott

“We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.” – Antisthenes

“We take contradiction more easily than is supposed, if not violently given, even though it is well founded.-Hearts are like flowers; they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain.” – Richter

“Assertion is not an argument; to contradict the statement of an opponent is not proof that you are correct.” – Johnson

“It will generally be found that those who sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.” – Dickens

” A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. – There is no adaptation or universal applicability in men, but each has his special talent, and the mastery of successful men consists in  adroitly keeping themselves where and when that turn shall be oftenest to be practiced.”  – Emerson

“One principal reason why men are so often useless is, that they divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.” – Emmons

“Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak mind giddy.” – Feltham

“Sanely applied advertising could remake the world.” – Stuart Chase

“His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.” – Emerson

“Fops take a world of pains, to prove that bodies can exist without brains; the former so fantastically drest, that the latter’s absence may be safely guessed.”- Charles Churchill

“Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.” – Horace Walpole

Advertisements

4 comments on “Quotes

  1. I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Check out my latest post and follow the rules.

    http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/super-sweet-award/

    I think you really deserve it!!! Your blog is so special in so many ways!!

    Like

  2. Wow – I came to this link and found someone else linked you to an award as I am doing too! The Super Sweet Blogger award!

    http://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/thank-you-to-marcella-rousseau/

    Congrats Liz! You are super sweet to me! – B

    Like

  3. I appreciate so many of these quotes, if I had to choose one this would be it.
    “The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” – Disraeli

    Keep doing your do because you do it well!

    Like

    • Thank you Adalia, for your comments! I do love quotes too. I have to get back to that page. One thing I have learned from this challenge is that I can squeak in a bit of time just to write. I still wish there were more hours in a day to read over material that fellow bloggers have posted. I am still thankful for the time I do have!
      Thanks again! Hugs!

      Like

Please, Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: