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AVARICE springs from Covetousness.
The character of covetousness is what a man generally acquires more through some niggardliness or ill grace in little and inconsiderable things, than in expenses of any consequence. A very few pounds a-year would ease that man of the scandal of avarice.
Thoughts on various subjects. —ALEXANDER POPE.
AVARICE. Imperfection of
Extreme avarice almost always makes mistakes. There is no passion that oftener misses its aim ; nor on which the present has so much influence, in prejudice of the future.
Beauty. Power of
As You Like It, Act I, Scene 111.-SHAKSPERE.
BEAUTY, like Summer Fruit.
Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt, and cannot last; and, for the most part, it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance ; but yet certainly again, if it light well, it maketh virtues shine, and vices blush.
Essay on Beauty.—LORD BACON.
BEAUTIFUL and USEFUL. The
The useful encourages itself; for the multitude produce it, and no one can dispense with it ; the beautiful must be encouraged ; for few can set it forth, and many need it.
BENEFITS and INJURIES.'
Men are not only apt to forget benefits and injuries, but even to hate those who have obliged them, and to cease to hate those who have injured them. The very attention to requite kindnesses, and revenge wrongs, seems to be an insupportable burden.
BIRTH and BURYING.
Our birth is nothing but our death begun,
Night Thoughts, v. Line 719.-EDWARD YOUNG.
A double blessing is a double grace ;
Hamlet, Act i. Scene III.-SHAKESPERE.
BLESSINGS should be used.
Blessings unused, pervert into a waste
Emblems, Book 1. i.-FRANCIS QUARLES. BLOCKHEADS.
Your blockhead is the only person that can never be improved, whether it be self-conceit, stupidity, or hypochondria, that makes him unpliant and unguidable.
Wilhelm Meister.—GOETHE. BLUSTERER. A
Besides that he's a fool, he's a great quarreller ; and but that he hath the gift of a coward to allay the gust he hath in quarrelling, 't is thought among the prudent, he would quickly have the gift of a grave.
Twelfth-Night, Act i. Scene 11.—SHAKSPERE.
Boldness is ever blind; therefore it is ill in counsel, but good in execution. For in counsel it is good to see dangers, and in execution not to see them, except they be very great.
. Essay on Boldness.—LORD BACON.
The desirable treasure of wisdom and knowledge, which all men covet from the impulse of nature, infinitely surpasses all the riches of the world ; in comparison with which, precious stones are vile, silver is clay, and purified gold grains of sand; in the splendour of which, the sun and moon grow dim to the sight; in the admirable sweetness of which, honey and manna are bitter to the taste. The value of wisdom decreaseth
not with time; it hath an ever flourishing virtue that cleanseth its possession from every venom.
Philobiblon : A treatise on the Love of Books.
RICHARD DE Bury.
BOOKS. Multiplication of
Epicurus, we are told, left behind him three hundred volumes of his own works, wherein he had not inserted a single quotation ; and we have it upon the authority of Varso's own words, that he himself composed four hundred and ninety books. Seneca assures us that Didymus the grammarian wrote no less than four thousand; but Origen, it seems, was yet more prolific, and extended his performances even to six thousand treatises. It is obvious to imagine with what sort of materials the productions of such expeditious workmen were wrought up: sound thought and well-matured reflections could have no share, we may be sure, in these hasty performances. Thus are books multiplied, whilst authors are scarce ; and so much easier is it to write than to think !
Letters on Thinking.–WM. MELMOTH.
BORROWING and SURETY. Concerning
Beware of suretyship for thy best friends. He that payeth another man's debts, seeketh his own decay. But, if thou canst not otherwise choose, rather lend thy money thyself upon good bonds, although thou borrow it. So shalt thou secure thyself and pleasure thy friend. Neither borrow money of a neighbour, or a friend, but
of a stranger, where, paying for it, thou shalt hear no more of it. Otherwise thou shalt eclipse thy credit, lose thy freedom, and yet pay as dear as to another. But in borrowing of money, be precious of thy word ; for he that hath care of keeping days of payment is lord of another man's purse.
Precepts or directions for the well ordering and
carriage of a man's life.—LORD BURLEIGH.
BOWER in Eden. Description of a
The roof Of thickest covert was inwoven shade Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub, Fenced up the verdant wall ; each beauteous flower, Iris all hues, roses, and jessamine, Rear'd high their flourish'd heads between, and wrought Mosaic; underfoot the violet, Crocus, and hyacinth, with rich inlay Broider'd the ground, more colour'd than with stone Of costliest emblem : other creature here, Beast, bird, insect, or worm, durst enter none ; Such was their awe of Man.
Paradise Lost, Book iv. Line 692
How sleep the brave who sink to rest,