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by the common newspaper. Before this talisman, ghosts, vampires, witches, and all their kindred tribes are driven from the land, never to return again. The touch of "holy water," is not so intolerable to them as the smell of printing ink.-J. Bentham.

When the press is the echo of sages and reformers, it works well; when it is the echo of turbulent cynics, it merely feeds political excitement.-Lamartine.

If by the liberty of the press, we understand merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please; but, if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating, and defaming one another, I own myself willing to part with my share of it whenever our legislators shall please to alter the law; and shall cheerfully consent to exchange my liberty of abusing others for the privilege of not being abused myself.-Franklin.

An enslaved press is doubly fatal; it not only takes away the true light, for in that case we might stand still, but it sets up a false one that decoys us to our destruction.-Colton.

This country is not priest-ridden, but press-ridden.-Longfellow.

The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.-Johnson.

The invention of printing added a new element of power to the race. From that hour the brain and not the arm, the thinker and not the soldier, books and not kings, were to rule the world; and weapons, forged in the mind, keenedged and brighter than the sunbeam, were to supplant the sword and the battle-ax.-E. P. Whipple.

The Reformation was cradled in the printing-press, and established by no other instrument.-Agnes Strickland.

Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights.-Junius.

Much has been accomplished; more than people are aware-so gradual has been the advance. How noiseless is the

growth of corn! Watch it night and day for a week, and you will never see it growing; but return after two months, and you will find it all whitening for the harvest. Such, and so imperceptible in the stages of their motion are the victories of the press.-De Quincey.

The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs; it was not gained for us by aristocracies; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people.-Disraeli.

PRETENSION.-He who gives himself airs of importance exhibits the credentials of impotence.-Lavater.

It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake or pretend to do what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious.-Plutarch.

The desire of appearing clever often prevents our becoming so.-Rochefoucauld.

Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit.-Shakespeare.

We are only vulnerable and ridiculous through our pretensions.-Mad. de Girardin.

There is a false modesty, which is vanity; a false glory, which is levity; a false grandeur, which is meanness; a false virtue, which is hypocrisy, and a false wisdom, which is prudery.-Bruyère.

When you see a man with a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend upon it he keeps a very small stock of it within.-Spurgeon.

The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint.-Lavater.

Hearts may be attracted by assumed qualities, but the affections are not to be fixed but by those that are real.De Moy.

The higher the character or rank, the less the pretence, because there is less to pretend to.-Bulwer.

True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can any feigned thing be lasting.-Cicero.

The more accomplished way of using books at present, is to serve them as some do lords-learn their titles, and then boast of their acquaintance.-Swift.

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.-Lavater.

As a general rule, people who flagrantly pretend to anything are the reverse of that which they pretend to. A man who sets up for a saint is sure to be a sinner, and a man who boasts that he is a sinner is sure to have some feeble, maudlin, snivelling bit of saintship about him which is enough to make him a humbug.-Bulwer.

Pretences go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment.-L'Estrange. PREVENTION.-Prevention is the best bridle.-Feltham.

Laws act after crimes have been committed; prevention goes before them both.-Zimmermann.

Who would not give a trifle to prevent what he would give a thousand worlds to cure?-Young.

Preventives of evil are far better than remedies; cheaper and easier of application, and surer in result.-Tryon Edwards.

PRIDE. Pride the first peer and president of hell.-Defoe.

'Tis the most nonsensical thing in the world for a man to be proud, since 'tis in the meanest wretch's power to mortify him. How uneasy have I seen my Lord All-Pride in the park, when the company turned their eyes from him and his gaudy equipage!-I. B. Brown.

Pride brake the angels in heaven, and spoils all the heads we find cracked here. -Osborn.

Pride, like the magnet, constantly points to one object, self; but unlike the magnet, it has no attractive pole, but at all points repels.-Colton.

Pride is to the character, like the attic to the house-the highest part, and generally the most empty.

Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least.Gay.

Though Diogenes lived in a tub, there might have been, for aught I know, as

much pride under his rags, as in the fine-spun garments of the divine Plato. -Swift.

The seat of pride is in the heart, and only there; and if it be not there, it is neither in the look, nor in the clothes.Lord Clarendon.

If a proud man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is that he keeps his at the same time.-Swift.

As thou desirest the love of God and man, beware of pride. It is a tumor in the mind, that breaks and ruins all thine actions; a worm in thy treasury, that eats and ruins thine estate. It loves no man, and is beloved of none; it disparages another's virtues by detraction, and thine own by vainglory. It is the friend of the flatterer, the mother of envy, the nurse of fury, the sin of devils, the devil of mankind. It hates superiors, scorns inferiors, and owns no equal. In short, till thou hate it, God hates thee.

Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt.-Bolingbroke.

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I have been more and more convinced, the more I think of it, that, in general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes. All the other passions do occasional good; but whenever pride puts in its word, everything goes wrong; and what it might really be desirable to do, quietly and innocently, it is mortally dangerous to do proudly.-Ruskin.

Pride, like laudanum and other poisonous medicines, is beneficial in small, though injurious in large, quantities. No man who is not pleased with himself, even in a personal sense, can please others. Frederick Saunders.

Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else a man cannot keep up his

dignity. In gluttony there must be eating, in drunkenness there must be drinking; 'tis not the eating, and 'tis not the drinking that must be blamed, but the excess. So in pride.-Selden.

Pride, as it is compounded of the vanity and ill nature that dispose men to admire themselves, and contemn other men, retains its vigor longer than any other vice, and rarely expires but with life itself. Without the sovereign influence of God's grace, men very rarely put off all the trappings of their pride till they who are about them put on their winding-sheet.-Clarendon.

Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself.-Johnson.

Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but it is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.-Franklin.

He that is proud eats up himself; pride is his glass, his trumpet, his chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise. -Shakespeare.

"Pride was not made for man"; a conscious sense of guilt and folly, and their consequence, destroys the claim, and to beholders tells, here nothing but the shape of manhood dwells.-Waller.

Pride, like ambition, is sometimes virtuous and sometimes vicious, according to the character in which it is found, and the object to which it is directed. As a principle, it is the parent of almost every virtue and every viceeverything that pleases and displeases in mankind; and as the effects are so very different, nothing is more easy than to discover, even to ourselves, whether the pride that produces them is virtuous or vicious: the first object of virtuous pride is rectitude, and the next independence.-Gréville.

Of all the causes which conspire to blind man's erring judgment, and mislead the mind, what the weak head with strongest bias rules, is pride-that never failing vice of fools.-Pope.

There is a diabolical trio existing in the natural man, implacable, inextinguishable, co-operative and consentane

ous, pride, envy, and hate; pride that makes us fancy we deserve all the goods that others possess; envy that some should be admired while we are overlooked; and hate, because all that is bestowed on others, diminishes the sum we think due to ourselves.-Colton.

If a man has a right to be proud of anything, it is of a good action done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the bottom of it.-Sterne.

We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say,

Oh, nothing! Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts-not to hurt others.-George Eliot.

There is this paradox in pride-it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.—Colton.

Men are sometimes accused of pride merely because their accusers would be proud themselves if they were in their places. Shenstone.

Of all marvellous things, perhaps there is nothing that angels behold with such supreme astonishment as a proud man. -Colton.

I frankly confess I have a respect for family pride. If it be a prejudice, it is prejudice in its most picturesque shape. But I hold it is connected with some of the noblest feelings in our nature.-L. E. Landon.

Pride is the master sin of the devil.E. H. Chapin.

There is a certain noble pride, through which merits shine brighter than through modesty.-Richter.

As Plato entertained some friends in a room where there was a couch richly ornamented, Diogenes came in very dirty, as usual, and getting upon the couch, and trampling on it, said, "I trample upon the pride of Plato." Plato mildly answered, "But with greater pride, Diogenes!"-Erasmus.

None have more pride than those who dream that they have none. You may labor against vainglory till you conceive that you are humble, and the fond conceit of your humility will prove to be pride in full bloom.-Spurgeon.

The mind of a proud man is like a mushroom, which starts up in a night: his business is first to forget himself, and then his friends.-South.

A proud man never shows his pride so much as when he is civil.-Gréville.

There is no greater pride than in seeking to humiliate ourselves beyond measure; and sometimes there is no truer humility than to attempt great works for God.-St. Cyran.

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.-Bp. Taylor.

Pride is never more offensive than when it condescends to be civil; whereas vanity, whenever it forgets itself, naturally assumes good humor.-Cumberland.

Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. -Franklin.

Infidelity, alas! is not always built upon doubt, for this is diffident, nor philosophy always upon wisdom, for this is meek; but pride is neither.-Colton.

The proud never have friends; not in prosperity, for then they know nobody; and not in adversity, for then nobody knows them.

Pride is not the heritage of man; humility should dwell with frailty, and atone for ignorance, error, and imperfection.-Sydney Smith.

To be proud and inaccessible is to be timid and weak.-Massillon.

When flowers are full of heaven-descended dews, they always hang their heads; but men hold theirs the higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full.-H. W. Beecher.

Pride is the common forerunner of a fall. It was the devil's sin, and the devil's ruin; and has been, ever since, the devil's stratagem, who, like an expert wrestler, usually gives a man a lift before he gives him a throw.-South.

Pride often defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence, into contempt.-Bolingbroke.

The proud are ever most provoked by pride.-Cowper.

We rise in glory as we sink in pride. -Young.

A beggar's rags may cover as much

pride as an alderman's gown.-Spur

geon.

Pride counterbalances all our miseries, for it either hides them, or if it discloses them, boasts of that disclosure. Pride has such a thorough possession of us, even in the midst of our miseries and faults, that we are prepared to sacrifice life with joy, if it may but be talked of.-Pascal.

Nature has given us pride to spare us the pain of being conscious of our imperfections.-Rochefoucauld.

We have some cases of the pride of learning, but a multitude of the pride of ignorance.-W. M. Taylor.

To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed is modesty; to discover them to one's friends, in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride.-Confucius.

This life will not admit of equality; but surely that man who thinks he derives consequence and respect from keeping others at a distance, is as baseminded as the coward who shuns the enemy from the fear of an attack.— Goethe.

Haughty people seem to me to have, like the dwarfs, the statures of a child and the face of a man.-Joubert.

When pride and presumption walk before, shame and loss follow very closely. -Louis the Eleventh.

Pride fills the world with harshness and severity; we are rigorous to offences as if we had never offended.Blair.

The disesteem and contempt of others is inseparable from pride. It is hardly possible to overvalue ourselves but by undervaluing our neighbors.-Clarendon.

You who are ashamed of your poverty, and blush for your calling, are a snob; as are you who boast of your pedigree, or are proud of your wealth.Thackeray.

O world, how apt the poor are to be proud!-Shakespeare.

pride mineth deeper; it is coiled as a Deep is the sea, and deep is hell, but poisonous worm about the foundations of the soul.-Tupper.

It is with nations as with individuals, those who know the least of others

think the highest of themselves; for the whole family of pride and ignorance are incestuous, and mutually beget each other.-Colton.

In beginning the world, if you don't wish to get chafed at every turn, fold up your pride carefully, and put it under lock and key, and only let it out to air on grand occasions.-It is a garment all stiff brocade outside, and all grating sackcloth on the side next to the skin.-Even kings do not wear the dalmaticum except at a coronation.Bulwer.

There are proud men of so much delicacy that it almost conceals their pride, and perfectly excuses it.-Landor.

Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, serves also to moderate it.Rochefoucauld.

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.-H. W. Beecher.

Pride either finds a desert or makes one; submission cannot tame its ferocity, nor satiety fill its voracity, and it requires very costly food-its keeper's happiness.-Colton.

Pride is the ape of charity, in show not much unlike, but somewhat fuller of action. They are two parallels, never but asunder; charity feeds the poor, so does pride; charity builds an hospital, so does pride. In this they differ: charity gives her glory to God; pride takes her glory from man.-Quarles.

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.-Voltaire.

John Bunyan had a great dread of spiritual pride; and once, after he had preached a very fine sermon, and his friends crowded round to shake him by the hand, while they expressed the utmost admiration of his eloquence, he interrupted them, saying: Ay! you need not remind me of that, for the Devil told me of it before I was out of the pulpit!"-Southey.

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In pride, unreasoning pride, our error lies; all quit their sphere, and rush into the skies; pride still is aiming at the blest abodes; men would be angels; angels would be gods.-Pope.

Pride, the most dangerous of all faults, proceeds from want of sense, or want of thought.-Dillon.

The devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.-Coleridge.

It is oftener from pride, than from want of understanding that we oppose the opinions adopted by the world.-We find the first places are taken in a good cause, and are unwilling to come in as second.-Rochefoucauld.

Pride thrust Nebuchadnezzar out of men's society, Saul out of his kingdom, Adam out of paradise, Haman out of court, and Lucifer out of heaven.-T. Adam.

Let me give you the history of pride in three small chapters. The beginning of pride was in heaven. The continuance of pride is on earth. The end of pride is in hell. This history shows how unprofitable it is.-R. Newton. PRINCIPLES.-Our

principles

are

the springs of our actions; our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.-Skelton.

What is the essence and the life of character? Principle, integrity, independence, or, as one of our great old writers has it, "That inbred loyalty unto virtue which can serve her without a livery."—Bulwer.

Better be poisoned in one's blood, than to be poisoned in one's principles.

He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.Confucius.

The change we personally experience from time to time, we obstinately deny to our principles.-Zimmermann.

Principle is a passion for truth and right.-Hazlitt.

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