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************** ON SELF-WILL ************** Self-will is so ardent and active, that it will break a world to pieces, to make a stool to sit on. Cecil 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 ************* ON CRUELTY ************* All cruelty springs from hard-heartedness and weakness. Seneca Cruelty and fear shake hands together. Balzac 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. Buxton Man's cruelty to man makes countless thousands mourn. Burns Detested sport, that owes its pleasures to another's pain. Cowper *********** ON LUXURY *********** 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. Mackenzie 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. Livy 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." Plutarch 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. Payson On the soft bed of luxury most kingdoms have expired. Young 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. Johnson 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. Crown **************** ON PROSPERITY **************** Prosperity's right hand is industry, and her left hand is frugality. Prosperity is the touchstone of virtue; for it is less difficult to bear misfortunes, than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. Tacitus 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 conspicuous. Plutarch 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. Sophocles The virtue of prosperity is temperance, but the virtue of adversity is fortitude; and the last is the more sublime attainment. Bacon When prosperous you can number many friends; but when the storm comes you are left alone. Ovid The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, and cast down by adversity, is generally abject and base. Epicurus The good things which belong to prosperity may be wished; but the good things which belong to adversity are to be admired. Seneca A comfortable career of prosperity, if it does not make people honest, at least keeps them so. Thackeray Prosperity makes friends; adversity tries them. Publius Syrus The prosperous man is never sure that he is loved for himself. Lucan In prosperity let us take great care to avoid pride, scorn, and arrogance. Cicero 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. Xenophon ********* ON LUCK ********* 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. Addison 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. Cobden ********* ON LOVE ********* It is a beautiful necessity of our nature to love something. Jerrold 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. Longfellow 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. Goethe ************************* ON TRAINING OF THE MIND ************************* 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. Bacon 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. Johnson ************* ON LAUGHTER ************* Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable. Goethe Though laughter is looked upon by philosophers as the property of reason, the excess of it has always been considered the mark of folly. Addison The loud laugh, that speaks the vacant mind. Goldsmith The horse-laugh indicates coarseness or brutality of character. Lavater 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. Quarles 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. Chesterfield No one is more profoundly sad than he who laughs too much. Richter How often does an immoderate laughter end in a sigh! South *************** ON MODERATION *************** 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 tranquil. Cicero To live long it is necessary to live slowly. Cicero To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity. Pascal 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 sooner." Bacon 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. Seneca The true boundary of man is moderation. -- When once we pass that pale our gardian angel quits his charge of us. Feltham In adversity assume the countenance of prosperity and in prosperity moderate the temper and desires. Livy Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation. Seneca The superior man wishes to be slow in his words and earnest in his conduct. Confucious The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. Tupper There is a German proverb that says that "Take it easy" and "Live long" are brothers. Bovee ********* ON FEAR ********* Fear is the mother of foresight. H. Taylor Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. Burke 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. Pollok 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. Johnson No one loves the man whom he fears. Aristotle More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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