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Page 288 - Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise : He who defers this work from day to day, Does on a river's bank expecting stay Till the whole stream which stopp'd him should be gone, Which runs, and, as it runs, for ever will run on.
Page 288 - This is well to be weighed, that boldness is ever blind, for it seeth not dangers and inconveniences ; therefore, it is ill in counsel, good in execution ; so that the right use of bold persons is that they never command in chief, but be seconds and under the direction of others ; for in counsel it is good to see dangers, and in execution not to see them, except they be very great.
Page 203 - Friendship consists properly in mutual offices, and a generous strife in alternate acts of kindness. But he who does a kindness to an ungrateful person, sets his seal to a flint, and sows his seed upon the sand ; upon the former he makes no impression, and from the latter finds no production.
Page 27 - XIV. (Ganganelli), that when he ascended the papal chair, the ambassadors of the several states represented at his court waited on him with their congratulations. When they were introduced, and bowed, he returned the compliment by bowing also ; on which the master of the ceremonies told his highness that he should not have returned their salute. " Oh, I beg your pardon," said the good pontiff, " I have not been pope long enough to forget good manners.
Page 204 - We never know the true value of friends. While they live we are too sensitive of their faults ; when we have lost them we only see their virtues.
Page 25 - Many a child goes astray, not because there is a want of prayer or virtue at home, but simply because home lacks sunshine. A child needs smiles as much as flowers need sunbeams.
Page 203 - Though the pleasures and advantages of friendship have been largely celebrated by the best moral writers, and are considered by all as great ingredients of human happiness, we very rarely meet with the practice of this virtue in the world.
Page 288 - He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small. Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all.
Page 168 - ... the evil Natures of others. Wherefore, I know not, which is to be chosen; I think, that the one may be used ordinarily, and yet the other not abandoned, that is, in thine ordinary and common course of living, to use the first in such wise, as that thou gainest the name of frankness; and, nevertheless, in certain cases of importance, to use dissimulation, which is so much the more useful, and doth succeed the better, to one who doth thus live, inasmuch as, through having a name for the contrary,...
Page 26 - She had a goitre so enormous that it was scarcely possible to avoid gazing at her for a moment; but my two companions almost instantly, by way of apology, made the common salute of the country by taking off their hats. Where would one of the lower or higher classes in Europe, have shown such feeling politeness to a poor and miserable object of a degraded race?