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BORES. Few men are more to be shunned than those who have time, but know not how to improve it, and so spend it in wasting the time of their neighbors, talking forever though they have nothing to say.-Tryon Edwards.

The secret of making one's self tiresome, is, not to know when to stop.Voltaire.

There are some kinds of men who cannot pass their time alone; they are the flails of occupied people.-Bonald.

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.—Swift.

O, he is as tedious as is a tired horse, or a railing wife; worse than a smoky house-Shakespeare.

It is hoped that, with all modern improvements, a way will be discovered of getting rid of bores; for it is too bad that a poor wretch can be punished for stealing your handkerchief or gloves, and that no punishment can be inflicted on those who steal your time, and with it your temper and patience, as well as the bright thoughts that might have entered your mind, if they had not been frightened away by the bore.-Byron.

We are almost always wearied in the company of persons with whom we are not permitted to be weary.-Rochefoucauld.

BORROWING. Borrowing is not much better than begging.-Lessing. If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.-He that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing. -Franklin.

Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend; and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry-Shakespeare.

Getting into debt, is getting into a tanglesome net.-Franklin.

The borrower runs in his own debt.Emerson.

He that would have a short Lent, let him borrow money to be repaid at Easter-Franklin.

No remedy against this consumption of the purse; borrowing only lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.Shakespeare.

BRAVERY.-The best hearts are ever the bravest.-Sterne.

No man can be brave who considers pain the greatest evil of life; or temperate, who regards pleasure as the highest good.-Ciceró.

A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger. Sir P. Sidney.

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Some one praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, 'There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life." -Plutarch.

At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion. -E. H. Chapin.

True bravery is shown by performing without witnesses what one might be capable of doing before all the world.Rochefoucauld.

Nature often enshrines gallant and noble hearts in weak bosoms; oftenest, God bless her, in woman's breast.— Dickens.

The bravery founded on hope of recompense, fear of punishment, experience of success, on rage, or on ignorance of danger, is but common bravery, and does not deserve the name.-True bravery proposes a just end; measures the dangers, and meets the result with calmness and unyielding decision.-La None.

All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.-Hawthorne.

BREVITY. - Brevity is the soul of wit. Shakespeare.

Have something to say; say it, and stop when you've done.-Tryon Ed wards.

Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words, in choosing among our thoughts, in having order and arrangement in what we say, and in speaking with composure.-Fenelon.

When one has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass.-Steele.

The one prudence of life is concentration.-Emerson.

One rare, strange virtue in speeches,

and the secret of their mastery, is, that they are short.-Halleck.

Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.-Cicero.

Talk to the point, and stop when you have reached it.-Be comprehensive in all you say or write.-To fill a volume about nothing is a credit to nobody.John Neal.

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.-Luther.

Words are like leaves, and where they most abound, much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.-Pope.

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeamsthe more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.-Southey.

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or he will certainly misunderstand them.-Ruskin.

I saw one excellency within my reach -it was brevity, and I determined to obtain it.-Jay.

Brevity to writing is what charity is to all other virtues; righteousness is nothing without the one, nor authorship without the other.-Sydney Smith.

When you introduce a moral lesson let it be brief.-Horace.

Never be so brief as to become obscure.-Tryon Edwards.

BRIBERY.-Judges and senators have been bought with gold.-Pope.

The universe is not rich enough to buy the vote of an honest man.-Gregory.

Though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. -Shakespeare.

Petitions not sweetened with gold, are but unsavory, and often refused; or if received, are pocketed, not read.—Massinger.

Who thinketh to buv villainy with gold, shall find such faith so bought, so sold.-Marston.

A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint, will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy. -Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt

and scruple in an instant; accommodates itself to the meanest capacities; silences the loud and clamorous, and cringes over the most obstinate and inflexible.Philip of Macedon was a man of most invincible reason this way. He refuted by it all the wisdom of Athens; confounded their statesmen; struck their orators dumb; and at length argued them out of all their liberties.-Addison. BROTHERHOOD.-To live is not to live for one's self alone; let us help one another.-Menander.

The sixteenth century said, "Responsibility to God."-The present ninetennth says, "The brotherhood of man." -C. L. Thompson.

Whoever in prayer can say, "Our Father," acknowledges and should feel the brotherhood of the whole race of mankind.—Tryon Edwards.

There is no brotherhood of man without the fatherhood of God.-H. M. Field.

We must love men ere they will seem to us worthy of our love.-Shakespeare.

If God is thy father, man is thy brother.-Lamartine.

The brotherhood of man is an integral part of Christianity no less than the Fatherhood of God; and to deny the one is no less infidel than to deny the other-Lyman Abbott.

We are members of one great body, planted by nature in a mutual love, and fitted for a social life.-We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.-Seneca.

The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other.-We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.-Walter Scott.

The universe is but one great city, full of beloved ones, divine and human, by nature endeared to each other.— Epictetus.


However degraded or wretched fellow mortal may be, he is still a member of our common species.-Seneca.

Jesus throws down the dividing prejudices of nationality, and teaches universal love, without distinction of race, merit, or rank.-A man's neighbor is

every one that needs help.—All men, from the slave to the highest, are sons of the one father in heaven.-J. C. Geikie.

Give bread to the stranger, in the name of the universal brotherhood which binds together all men under the common fatherhood of nature.-Quintilian.

BRUTES. When man is a brute, he is the most sensual and loathsome of all brutes.-Hawthorne.

Though natural love in brutes is much more violent and intense than in rational creatures, Providence has taken care that it shall no longer be troublesome to the parent than it is useful to the young; for so soon as the wants of the latter cease, the mother withdraws her fondness and leaves them to provide for themselves.-Addison.

BUILDING.-He that is fond of building will soon ruin himself without the help of enemies.-Plutarch.

Never build after you are five-andforty; have five years' income in hand before you lay a brick; and always calculate the expense at double the estimate.-Kett.

Houses are built to live in, more than to look at; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.-Bacon.

BURIAL. To close the eyes, and give a seemly comfort to the apparel of the dead, is the holiest touch of nature.Dickens.

A Christian burial, whether at land or sea, is not so much a ceremonial of death as a preparation for life; not so much a consequence of our mortality, as of our immortality; not so truly the subject for a dirge, as for a hallelujah anthem.-G. B. Cheever.

BUSINESS.-In business, three things are necessary, knowledge, temper, and time.-Feltham.

Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it.-Tacitus.

Never shrink from doing anything your business calls you to do.-The man who is above his business, may one day find his business above him.-Drew.

Avoid multiplicity of business; the

man of one thing, is the man of success. -Tryon Edwards.

Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war.Bovee.

A man who cannot mind his own business, is not to be trusted with that of the King-Saville.

It is a wise man who knows his own business; and it is a wiser man who thoroughly attends to it.-H. L. Wayland.

There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel and saving it from all risk of crankiness than business. -J. R. Lowell.

Religion belongs to the place of business as well as to the church.-H. W. Beecher.

Rare almost as great poets, rarer perhaps than veritable saints and martyrs are consummate men of business.Helps.

To business that we love, we rise betimes, and go to it with delight.-Shakespeare.

There be three parts of business: the preparation; the debate, or examination; and the perfection; whereof, if you look for despatch, let the middle only be the work of many, and the first and last the work of few.-Bacon.

To men addicted to delights, business is an interruption; to such as are cold to delights, it is an entertainment.-For which reason it was said to one who commended a dull man for his application, "No thanks to him; if he had no business he would have nothing to do." -Steele.

Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business, because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination.-Swift.

Stick to your legitimate business.Do not go into outside operations.Few men have brains enough for more than one thing.-To dabble in stocks, put a few thousand dollars into a mine, a few more into a factory, and a few more into an invention is enough to ruin any man.-Do not be greedy.-Be content with fair returns.-Make friends.

-All the money in the world is not worth so much to you as one good staunch friend.-H. W. Beecher.

Call on a business man only at business times, and on business; transact your business, and go about your business, in order to give him time to finish his business.-Wellington.

It was a beautiful truth which our forefathers symbolized when in the old market towns they erected a marketcross, as if to teach both buyers and sellers to rule their actions and sanctify their gains by the remembrance of the cross.-Bowes.

The Christian must not only mind heaven, but attend diligently to his daily calling, like the pilot, who, while his eye is fixed on the star, keeps his hand upon the helm.-T. Watson.


Always occupied with the duties of others, never, alas! with our own.Joubert.

Have you so much leisure from your own business that you can take care of that of other people that does not at all belong to you?-Terence.

I never knew any one interfere with other people's disputes, but that he heartily repented of it.-Lord Carlisle.

One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.Pope.

This is a maxim of unfailing truth, that nobody ever pries into another man's concerns, but with a design to do, or to be able to do him a mischief.South.

BUT.-"But" is a word that cools many a warm impulse, stifles many a kindly thought, puts a dead stop to many a brotherly deed.-No one would ever love his neighbor as himself if he listened to all the "buts" that could be said.-Bulwer.

Oh, now comes that bitter word-but, which makes all nothing that was said before, that smoothes and wounds, that strikes and dashes more than flat denial, or a plain disgrace.—Daniel.

I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.-Steele.

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I do not like "But yet."-It does allay the good precedence.-Fie upon "but yet."-" But yet" is as a jailer, to bring forth some monstrous malefactor. -Shakespeare.

The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a "but."-H. W. Beecher.


CALAMITY-Calamity is man's true touchstone.-Beaumont and Fletcher. Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.Davenant.

When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered, is, how much has been escaped.-Johnson.

It is only from the belief of the goodness and wisdom of a supreme being, that our calamities can be borne in the manner which becomes a man.-Mackenzie.

He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over.-Porteus.

Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds.-The purest ore is from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt from the darkest cloud.Colton.

If we take sinful means to avoid calamity, that very often brings it upon us.-Wall.

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Be thou chaste as ice, and pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.Shakespeare.

Back-wounding calumny the whitest virtue strikes.-Shakespeare.

Calumniators have neither good hearts, nor good understandings.-We ought not to think ill of any one till we have palpable proof, and even then we should not expose them to others.-Colton.

Who stabs my name would stab my person too, did not the hangman's axe lie in the way.-Crown.

To persevere in one's duty, and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.Cecil.

The calumniator inflicts wrong by

slandering the absent; and he who gives credit to the calumny before he knows it is true, is equally guilty. The person traduced is doubly injured; by him who propagates, and by him who credits the slander-Herodotus.

Neglected calumny soon expires; show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth.-Tacitus.

Close thine ear against him that opens his mouth against another. If thou receive not his words, they fly back and wound him. If thou receive them, they flee forward and wound thee.-Quarles.

There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage.-Napoleon.

Those who ought to be most secure against calumny, are generally those who least escape it.-Stanislaus.

I never think it needful to regard calumnies; they are sparks, which, if you do not blow them, will go out of themselves.-Boerhave.

Calumny crosses oceans, scales mountains, and traverses deserts with greater ease than the Scythian Abaris, and, like him, rides upon a poisoned arrow.— Colton.

Never chase a lie; if you let it alone, it will soon run itself to death.-You can work out a good character faster than calumny can destroy it.-E. Nott.

I am beholden to calumny, that she hath so endeavored to belie me.-It shall make me set a surer guard on myself, and keep a better watch upon my actions.-Ben Jonson.

I never listen to calumnies; because, if they are untrue, I run the risk of being deceived; and if they are true, of hating persons not worth thinking about.-Montesquieu.

Calumny is like the wasp that worries you, which it is not best to try to get rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; for otherwise it returns to the charge more furious than ever.-Chamfort.

To persevere in one's duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.Washington.

He that lends an easy and credulous ear to calumny, is either a man of very ill morals, or he has no more sense and understanding than a child.-Menander.

No might nor greatness in mortality

can censure 'scape; back wounding calumny the whitest virtue strikes: What king so strong, can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue?—Shakespeare.

The upright man, if he suffer calumny to move him, fears the tongue of man more than the eye of God.-Colton.

False praise can please, and calumny affright, none but the vicious and the hypocrite.-Horace.

We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but a good life enables us to despise them.-Cato.

To seem disturbed at calumny, is the way to make it believed, and stabbing your defamer, will not prove you innocent.-Live an exemplary life, and then your good character will overcome and refute the calumny.-Blair.

Calumny would soon starve and die of itself if nobody took it in and gave it a lodging.-Leighton.

Believe nothing against another but on good authority; and never report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it.-Penn.

CALVINISM. - Calvinism is a term used to designate, not the opinions of an individual, but a mode of religious thought, or a system of religious doctrine, of which the person whose name it bears was an eminent expounder.—A. A. Hodge.

There is no system which equals Calvinism in intensifying, to the last degree, ideas of moral excellence and purity of character-It has always worked for liberty.-There never was a system since the world began, which puts upon man such motives to holiness, or builds batteries which sweep the whole ground of sin with such horrible artillery.-H. W. Beecher.

Calvinism has produced characters nobler and grander than any which republican Rome ever produced.-Froude.

Calvinism is a democratic and republican religion.-De Tocqueville.

Wherever Calvinism was established, it brought with it not only truth but liberty, and all the great developments which these two fertile principles carry with them.-D'Aubigne.

To the Calvinists, more than to any other class of men, the political liberties

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