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   Self-will is so ardent and active, that it will break a world 
   to pieces, to make a stool to sit on. 


   Self-will is the source and spring of all that envy, malice, 
   bitterness of spirit, malcontentedness and impatience, and all 
   those dark passions, those inordinate desires and lusts, that 
   reign in the hearts and lives of wicked men. 

                                                      J. Smith 


   All cruelty springs from hard-heartedness and weakness. 


   Cruelty and fear shake hands together. 


   Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motives outside of 
   itself; it only requires opportunity. 

                                             George Eliot 

   One of the ill effects of cruelty is that it makes the by-
   standers cruel. 

   Man's cruelty to man makes countless thousands mourn. 


   Detested sport, that owes its pleasures to another's pain. 



   Luxury makes a man so soft that it is hard to please him and 
   easy to trouble him; so his pleasures at last become his 
   burden.  Luxury is a nice master, hard to be pleased. 


   Fell luxury!  More perilous to youth than storms or quicksands, 
   poverty or chains. 

                                                 H. More 

   Avarice and luxury, those pests which have ever been the ruin 
   of every great state. 

   It was a shrewd saying, whoever said it, "The man who first 
   bought ruin on the Roman people was he who pampered them by 
   largesses and amusements." 


   Luxury is the first, second and third cause of the ruin of 
   republics.  It is the vampire which soothes us into a fatal 
   slumber while it sucks the life-blood of our veins. 


   On the soft bed of luxury most kingdoms have expired. 


   Where necessity ends, curiosity begins; and no sooner are we 
   supplied with everything that nature can demand then we sit 
   down to contrive artificial appetites. 


   Whenever vanity and gaiety, a love of pomp and dress, 
   furniture, equipage, buildings, great company, expensive 
   diversions, and elegant entertainments get the better of the 
   principles and judgments of men and women there is no knowing 
   where they will stop, nor into what evils, natural, moral or 
   political, they will lead us. 

                                            John Adams 

   War destroys men, but luxury destroys mankind; at once corrupts 
   the body and the mind. 



   Prosperity's right hand is industry, and her left hand is 

   Prosperity is the touchstone of virtue; for it is less 
   difficult to bear misfortunes, than to remain uncorrupted by 


   Prosperity has this property: it puffs up narrow souls, makes 
   them imagine themselves high and mighty, and looks down upon 
   the world with contempt; but a truly noble and resolved spirit 
   appears greatest in distress, and then becomes more bright and 


   Who feels no ills, should, therefore fear them; and when 
   fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come 
   remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied. 


   The virtue of prosperity is temperance, but the virtue of 
   adversity is fortitude; and the last is the more sublime 


   When prosperous you can number many friends; but when the storm 
   comes you are left alone. 


   The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, 
   and cast down by adversity, is generally abject and base. 


   The good things which belong to prosperity may be wished; but 
   the good things which belong to adversity are to be admired.

   A comfortable career of prosperity, if it does not make people 
   honest, at least keeps them so.

   Prosperity makes friends; adversity tries them. 

                                     Publius Syrus 


   The prosperous man is never sure that he is loved for himself. 


   In prosperity let us take great care to avoid pride, scorn, 
   and arrogance. 


   It appears more difficult to find a man that bears prosperity 
   well, than one that bears adversity well; for prosperity 
   creates presumption in most men, but adversity brings sobriety 
   to all. 



   The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with 
   the ability and determination to overcome bad luck. 

                                               Channing Pollock 

   I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, 
   careful of his earnings, and strictly honest, who complained of 
   bad luck.  A good character, good habits, and iron industry are 
   impregnable to the assaults of all the ill-luck that fools ever 
   dreamed of. 


   Luck is ever waiting for something to turn up.  Labor, with 
   keen eyes and strong will, will turn up something.  Luck lies 
   in bed and wishes the postman would bring him news of a legacy.  
   Labor turns out at six o'clock and with busy pen or ringing 
   hammer lays the foundation of a competence.  Luck whines.  
   Labor whistles.  Luck relies on chance.  Labor on character. 



   It is a beautiful necessity of our nature to love something. 


   We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity   
   -- romantic love and gunpowder. 

                                              Andre Maurois 

   All true love is grounded on esteem. 

                               Duke of Buckingham 

   Love gives itself; it is not bought. 


   Love is the true price at which love is bought. 

   Love rules without a sword, and binds without a cord. 

   The strongest evidence of love is sacrifice. 

                                Caroline Fry 

   We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. 



   The study of mathematics cultivates the reason; that of the 
   languages, at the same time, the reason and the taste.  The 
   former gives grasp and power to the mind; the latter both power 
   and flexibility.  The former, by itself, would prepare us for a 
   state of certainties, which nowhere exists; the latter, for a 
   state of probabilities, which is that of common life.  Each, by 
   itself, does but an imperfect work: in the union of both, is 
   the best discipline of the mind, and is the best mental 
   training for the world as it is. 

                                                     Tryon Edwards 

   Pure mathematics do remedy and cure many defects in the wit and 
   faculties of individuals; for if the wit be dull, they sharpen 
   it;  if too inherent in the sense, they abstract it. 

   If a man's wits be wandering, let him study the mathematics; 
   for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away ever so 
   little, he must begin again. 



   Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what 
   they think laughable.

   Though laughter is looked upon by philosophers as the 
   property of reason, the excess of it has always been considered 
   the mark of folly.

   The loud laugh, that speaks the vacant mind.


   The horse-laugh indicates coarseness or brutality of character.


   Wrinkle not thy face with with too much laughter, lest thou 
   become ridiculous;  neither wanton thy heart with too much 
   mirth, lest thou become vain;  the suburbs of folly is vain 
   mirth, and profuseness of laughter is the city of fools.


   Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and 
   ill manners; it is the manner in which the mob express their 
   silly joy at silly things, and which they call being merry.


   No one is more profoundly sad than he who laughs too much.


   How often does an immoderate laughter end in a sigh!



   Let your moderation be known unto all men. 

                                        Phil. 4:5 

   Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain 
   of all virtues.

                                                        Bp. Hall

   The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and 


   To live long it is necessary to live slowly.


   To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.


   I knew a wise man who had for an byword, when he saw men hasten 
   to a conclusion, "stay a little, that we may come to the end 


   I will not be a slave to myself, for it is a perpetual, a 
   shameful, and the most heavy of all servitudes; and this end I 
   may gain by moderate desires. 

   The true boundary of man is moderation. -- When once we pass 
   that pale our gardian angel quits his charge of us.


   In adversity assume the countenance of prosperity and in 
   prosperity moderate the temper and desires.


   Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an 
   unstable foundation.

   The superior man wishes to be slow in his words and earnest in 
   his conduct.


   The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of 


   There is a German proverb that says that "Take it easy" and 
   "Live long" are brothers.



   Fear is the mother of foresight.

                              H. Taylor

   Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.


   Fear will make thee wretched, though evil follow not behind.

                                             M. Tupper

   A man too careful of danger liveth in continual torment.

                                           M. Tupper

   Fear no ill but sin, no being but Almighty God.


   He may hope for the best who is prepared for the worst.

   Fear is implanted in us as a preservative from evil; but its 
   duty, like that of other passions, in not to overbear reason, 
   but to assist it. -- It should not be allowed to tyrannize in 
   the imagination, to raise phantoms of horror, or to beset life 
   with supernumerary distresses. 


   No one loves the man whom he fears.


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