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talk like the weakest; for, indeed, the talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.-Addison.

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. -Shakespeare.

One would think that the larger the company is, the greater variety of thoughts and subjects would be started in discourse; but instead of this, we find that conversation is never so much straitened and confined as in large assemblies. -Addison.

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.

Conversation warms the mind, enlivens the imagination, and is continually starting fresh game that is immediately pursued and taken, which would never have occurred in the duller intercourse of epistolary correspondence.-Franklin.

It is not necessary to be garrulous in order to be entertaining.-To be a judicious and sympathetic listener will go far toward making you an agreeable companion, self-forgetful, self-possessed, but not selfish enough to monopolize the conversation.-A. L. Jack.


It is wonderful that so many shall entertain those with whom they converse by giving them the history of their pains and aches; and imagine such narrations their quota of the conversation. is, of all other, the meanest help to discourse, and a man must not think at all, or think himself very insignifificant when he finds an account of his headache answered by another's asking what is the news in the last mail.-Steele.

CONVERSION.-As to the value of conversions, God only can judge.-He alone can know how wide are the steps which the soul has to take before it can approach to a community with him, to the dwelling of the perfect, or to the intercourse and friendship of higher natures.-Goethe.

In what way, or by what manner of working God changes a soul from evil to good-how he impregnates the barren rock with priceless gems and gold-is, to the human mind, an impenetrable mystery.-Coleridge.

Conversion is not implanting eyes, for they exist already; but giving them a right direction, which they have not.Plato.

Conversion is but the first step in the divine life. As long as we live we should more and more be turning from all that is evil, and to all that is good.Tryon Edwards.

We are born with our backs upon God and heaven, and our faces upon sin and hell, till grace comes, and that converts -turns us.-Philip Henry.

Conversion is a deep work—a heartwork. It goes throughout the man, throughout the mind, throughout the members, throughout the entire life.Alleine.

Where there is a sound conversion, then a man is wholly given unto God, body, soul, and spirit. He regards not sin in his heart, but hath a respect to all God's commandments.-Bolton.

The time when I was converted was when religion became no longer a mere duty, but a pleasure.-Prof. Lincoln.

Conversion is no repairing of the old building; but it takes all down and erects a new structure. The sincere Christian is quite a new fabric, from the foundation to the top-stone all new.— Alleine.

CONVIVIALITY. - There are few tables where convivial talents will not pass in payment, especially where the host wants brains, or the guest has money.-Zimmerman.

The dangers of a convivial spirit are. that it may lead to excess in that which, in moderation, is good.-Excessive indulgence has made many a young man prematurely old, and changed a noble nature to that of the beast.-Armstrong.

COQUETTE.—A coquette is a young lady of more beauty than sense, more accomplishments than learning, more charms of person than graces of mind. more admirers than friends, more fools than wise men for attendants.-Longfellow.

A coquette is a woman without any heart, who makes a fool of a man that hasn't got any head.

Heartlessness and fascination, in about equal quantities, constitute the receipt for forming the character of a court coquette-Mad. Deluzy.

An accomplished coquette excites the passions of others, in proportion as she icels none herself.-Hazlitt.

The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.-Their life is one constant lie; and the only rule by which you can form any judgment of them, is, that they are never what they seem.-Fielding.

A coquette is like a recruiting sergeant, always on the lookout for fresh victims.-Jerrold.

There is one antidote only for coquetry, and that is true love.-Mad. Deluzy.

The adoration of his heart had been to her only as the perfume of a wild flower, which she had carelessly crushed with her foot in passing.-Longfellow.

The most effective coquetry is innocence-Lamartine.

She who only finds her self-esteem in admiration, depends on others for her daily food and is the very servant of her slaves-Over men she may exert a childish power, which not ennobles, but degrades her state.-Joanna Baillie.

A coquette is one that is never to be persuaded out of the passion she has to please, nor out of a good opinion of her own beauty.-Time and years she regards as things that wrinkle and decay only other women; forgets that age is written in the face; and that the same dress which became her when young, now only makes her look the older.Affectation cleaves to her even in sickness and pain, and she dies in a high head and colored ribbons.-Fielding.

God created the coquette as soon as he had made the fool.-Victor Hugo.

CORRUPTION.-O that estates, degrees, and offices were not derived corruptly, and that clear honor were purchased by the merit of the wearer.Shakespeare.

Corrupt influence is itself the perennial spring of all prodigality, and of all disorder; it loads us more than millions

of debt; takes away vigor from our arms, wisdom from our councils, and every shadow of authority and credit from the most venerable parts of our constitution.-Burke.

The corruptions of the country are closely allied to those of the town, with no difference but what is made by another mode of thought and living.Swift.

COUNSEL.-Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself.-His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.-Seneca.

The kingdom of Israel was first rent and broken by ill counsel; upon which there are set, for our instruction, the two marks whereby bad counsel is ever best discerned-that it was young counsel for the persons, and violent counsel for the matter.-Bacon.

In counsel it is good to see dangers; but in execution, not to see them unless they be very great.-Bacon.

There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and a flatterer.-Bacon.

Good counsels observed, are chains to grace, which, neglected, prove halters to strange, undutiful children.-Fuller.

Counsel and conversation are a second education, which improve all the virtue, and correct all the vice of the first, and of nature itself.-Clarendon.

Whoever is wise is apt to suspect and be diffident of himself, and upon that account is willing to hearken unto counsel; whereas the foolish man, being, in proportion to his folly, full of himself, and swallowed up in conceit, will seldom take any counsel but his own, and for the very reason that it is his own.— Balguy.


It is hard for the face to conceal the thoughts of the heart-the true character of the soul.-The look without is an index of what is within.

The cheek is apter than the tongue to tell an errand.-Shakespeare.

A cheerful, easy, open countenance will make fools think you a good-natured man, and make designing men

think you an undesigning one.-Chesterfield.

Alas! how few of nature's faces there are to gladden us with their beauty!The cares, and sorrows, and hungerings of the world change them, as they change hearts; and it is only when the passions sleep and have lost their hold forever that the troubled clouds pass off, and leave heaven's surface clear.-It is a common thing for the countenances of the dead, even in that fixed and rigid state, to subside into the long forgotten expression of infancy, and settle into the very look of early life.-So calm, so peaceful do they grow again, that those who knew them in their happy childhood, kneel by the coffin's side in awe, and see the angels even upon earth.— Dickens.

COUNTRY.—If you would be known and not know, vegetate in a village. If you would know and not be known, live in a city-Colton.

The country is both the philosopher's garden and his library, in which he reads and contemplates the power, wisdom, and goodness of God.-Penn.

Not rural sights alone, but rural sounds, exhilarate the spirit, and restore the tone of languid nature.-Cowper.

There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.-A. B. Alcott.

Men are taught virtue and a love of independence, by living in the country. -Menander.

If country life be healthful to the body, it is no less so to the mindRuffini.

In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.-Milton.

I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country.-A. B. Alcott.

God made the country, and man made the town. What wonder, then, that health and virtue should most abound, and least be threatened in the fields and groves.-Cowper.

I fancy the proper means for increasing the love we bear to our native country, is, to reside some time in a foreign one. Shenstone.

Let our object be our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country-Daniel Webster.

Our country, however bounded or described-still our country, to be cherished in all our hearts-to be defended by all our hands.-R. C. Winthrop.

COURAGE. Courage consists, not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing and conquering it.-Richter.

True courage is cool and calm.-The bravest of men have the least of a brutal, bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free.-Shaftsbury.

The truest courage is always mixed with circumspection; this being the quality which distinguishes the courage of the wise from the hardiness of the rash and foolish.-Jones of Nayland.

It is an error to suppose that courage means courage in everything.-Most people are brave only in the dangers to which they accustom themselves, either in imagination or practice.-Bulwer.

Courage that grows from constitution, often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty, acts in a uniform manner. Addison.

Courage from hearts and not from numbers grows.-Dryden.

Courage is, on all hands, considered an essential of high character.Froude.


Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.-J. F. Clarke.

Courage in danger is half the battle. -Plautus.

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.-Whitehead.

No man can answer for his courage who has never been in danger.-Rochefoucauld.

Moral courage is a virtue of higher cast and nobler origin than physical.It springs from a consciousness of virtue, and renders a man, in the pursuit or defence of right, superior to the fear


of reproach, opposition, or contempt.S. G. Goodrich.

Physical courage which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another. The former would seem most necessary for the camp; the latter for the council; but to constitute a great man both are necessary.-Colton.

To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.-Confucius.

True courage is the result of reasoning.-Resolution lies more in the head than in the veins; and a just sense of honor and of infamy, of duty and of religion, will carry us farther than all the force of mechanism.-Collier.

If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.-Niebuhr.

A great deal of talent is lost in this world for the want of a little courage. -Sydney Smith.

Women and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but are the first to rescue when others are endangered.-Richter.

Courage ought to be guided by skill, and skill armed by courage.-Hardiness should not darken wit, nor wit cool hardiness. Be valiant as men despising death, but confident as unwonted to be overcome.-Sir P. Sidney.

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but being resolutely minded in a just cause.-Plutarch.


That courage is poorly housed which dwells in numbers.-The lion counts the herd that is about him, nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter.-Hill.

By how much unexpected, by so much we must awake, and endeavor for defence; for courage mounteth with occasion.-Shakespeare.

The brave man is not he who feels no fear, for that were stupid and irrational; but he whose noble soul subdues its fear, and bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.-Joanna Baillie.

COURTESY. (See "CIVILITY.") When saluted with a salutation, salute the person with a better salutation, or at least return the same, for God taketh account of all things.-Koran.


The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater, ennoble it.-Bovee.

Hail! ye small sweet courtesies of life; for smooth do ye make the road of it, like grace and beauty, which beget inclinations to love at first sight; it is ye who open the door and let the stranger in.-Sterne.

There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love.-From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.Goethe.

Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.-Emerson.

As the sword of the best tempered metal is most flexible, so the truly generous are most pliant and courteous in their behavior to their inferiors.-Fuller.

Small kindnesses, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually practised in our social intercourse, give a greater charm to the character than the display of great talents and accomplishments.-M. A. Kelty.

There is no outward sign of true courtesy that does not rest on a deep moral foundation.-Goethe.

A churlish courtesy rarely comes but either for gain or falsehood.-Sir P. Sidney.

We should be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of the best light.-Emerson.

Courtesy is a science of the highest importance. It is like grace and beauty in the body, which charm at first sight, and lead on to further intimacy and friendship.-Montaigne.

The whole of heraldry and chivalry is in courtesy.-A man of fine manners shall pronounce your name with all the ornament that titles of nobility could add.-Emerson.

The courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart. It is the picayune compliments which are the most appreciated; far more than the double ones we sometimes pay.Henry Clay.

Approved valor is made precious by natural courtesy.-Sir P. Sidney.

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The court is a golden, but fatal circle, upon whose magic skirts a thousand devils sit tempting innocence, and beckon early virtue from its center.-N. Lec.

An old courtier, with veracity, good sense, and a faithful memory, is an inestimable treasure; he is full of transactions and maxims; in him one may find the history of the age, enriched with a great many curious circumstances which we never meet with in books; from him we may learn rules for our conduct and manners, of the more weight, because founded on facts, and illustrated by striking examples.-Bruyère.

Bred in camps, trained in the gallant openness of truth that best becomes a soldier, thou art happily a stranger to the baseness and infamy of courts.Mallet.

The court is like a palace built of marble-made up of very hard, and very polished materials.-Bruyère.

The chief requisites for a courtier are a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness. Lady Blessington.

With the people of courts the tongue is the artery of their withered life, the spiral spring and flag-feather of their souls.-Richter.

See how he sets his countenance for deceit, and promises a lie before he speaks.-Dryden.

Poor wretches, that depend on greatness's favor, dream, as I have done, and wake and find nothing.-Shakespeare.

COURTSHIP. - Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.-Sterne.

The pleasantest part of a man's life is generally that which passes in courtship, provided his passion be sincere, and the party beloved, kind, with discretion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing motions of the soul, rise in the pursuit. -Addison.

She half consents, who silently denies. -Ovid.

She is a woman, therefore may be wooed; she is a woman, therefore may be won.-Shakespeare.

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of yourself, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.-Colton.

Men are April when they woo; December when they wed.-Shakespeare. With women worth being won, the softest lover ever best succeeds.-A. Hill.

I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won.-To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.-Washington Irving.

The man that has a tongue, I say, is no man, if with his tongue he cannot win a woman.-Shakespeare.

Let a woman once give you a task and you are hers, heart and soul; all your care and trouble lend new charms to her for whose sake they are taken.To rescue, to revenge, to instruct, or to protect a woman, is all the same as to love her.-Richter.

COVETOUSNESS.-Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.-Shakespeare.

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.Bacon.

Covetousness, by a greediness of getting more, deprives itself of the true end of getting; it loses the enjoyment of what it had got.-Sprat.

The only gratification a covetous man gives his neighbors, is, to let them see that he himself is as little better for what he has, as they are.-Penn.

Covetous men are fools, miserable wretches, buzzards, madmen, who live by themselves, in perpetual slavery, fear, suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more of gall than honey in their enjoyments; who are rather possessed by their money than possessors of it; bound 'prentices to their property; mean slaves and drudges to their substance.-Burton.

The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world; to take in everything and part with nothing.-South.

Covetousness swells the principal to no purpose, and lessens the use to all purposes.-Jeremy Taylor.

A man may as easily fill a chest with grace as the heart with gold. The air fills not the body, neither does money the covetous heart of man.-Spenser.

When all sins are old in us and go upon crutches, covetousness does but then lie in her cradle.-Decker.

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