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Command large fields, but cultivate small ones.-Virgil.

Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together.-Swift.

The frost is God's plough which he drives through every inch of ground in the world, opening each clod, and pulverizing the whole.-Fuller.

We may talk as we please of lilies, and lions rampant, and spread eagles in fields of d'or or d'argent, but if heraldry were guided by reason, a plough in the field arable would be the most noble and ancient arms.-Cowley.


High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds.Tryon Edwards.

Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you. -Carlyle.

The man who seeks one, and but one, thing in life may hope to achieve it; but he who seeks all things, wherever he goes, only reaps, from the hopes which he sows, a harvest of barren regrets.— Bulwer.

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.J. R. Lowell.

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it, than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable. -Chesterfield.

Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.-J. Hawes.

Resolved to live with all my might while I do live, and as I shall wish I had done ten thousand ages hence.-Jonathan Edwards.

It is a sad thing to begin life with low conceptions of it. It may not be possible for a young man to measure life; but it is possible to say, I am resolved to put life to its noblest and best use.-T. T. Munger.

Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.-Bulwer.

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.-Longinus.

We want an aim that can never grow vile, and which cannot disappoint our hope. There is but one such on earth, and it is that of being like God. He who strives after union with perfect love must grow out of selfishness, and his success is secured in the omnipotent holiness of God.-S. Brooke.

What are the aims which are at the same time duties?—they are the perfecting of ourselves, and the happiness of others.-Kant.

High aims and loftly purposes are the wings of the soul aiding it to mount to heaven. In God's word we have a perfect standard both of duty and character, that by the influence of both, appealing to the best principles of our nature, we may be roused to the noblest and best efforts.-S. Spring.

Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good.-A purpose is the eternal condition of success. -T. T. Munger.

ALCHEMY.-Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons of gold buried somewhere in his vineyard, where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions and instructive experiments to light.-Bacon.

I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy, to be like over enhave thusiasm in divinity, and to troubled the world much to the same purpose.-Sir W. Temple.

ALLEGORIES.-Allegories, when well chosen, are like so many tracks of light in a discourse, that make everything about them clear and beautiful.-Addi


The allegory of a sophist is always screwed; it crouches and bows like a snake, which is never straight, whether she go, creep, or lie still; only when she is dead, she is straight enough.-Luther.

A man conversing in earnest, if he watch his intellectual process, will find that a material image, more or less

luminous, arises in his mind with every thought which furnishes the vestment of the thought.-Hence good writing and brilliant discourse are perpetual allegories.-Emerson.

Allegories are fine ornaments and good illustrations, but not proof.-Luther.

AMBASSADOR. - An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie and intrigue abroad for the benefit of his countrySir H. Wotton.

AMBITION.-Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.-T. D. English.

Ambition is the spur that makes man struggle with destiny. It is heaven's own incentive to make purpose great and achievement greater.-Donald G. Mitch


A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.-H. W. Beecher.

Fling away ambition. By that sin angels fell. How then can man, the image of his Maker, hope to win by it? -Shakespeare.

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices: so climbing is performed in the same posture as creeping. -Swift.

As dogs in a wheel, or squirrels in a cage, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.-Burton.


Ambition is lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.-Otway.

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.-Cicero.

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats who hide the truth in their hearts, and like jugglers, show another thing in their mouths; to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their interest, and put on a good face where there is no corresponding good will.-Sallust.

Ambition is the avarice of power; and happiness herself is soon sacrified to that very lust of dominion which was first

encouraged only as the best means of obtaining it.-Colton.

To be ambitious of true honor and of the real glory and perfection of our nature is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, place, ceremonial respects, and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court.-Sir. P. Sidney.

Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself. Shakespeare.

Say what we will, we may be sure that ambition is an error. Its wear and tear of heart are never recompensed; it steals away the freshness of life; it deadens our vivid and social enjoyments; it shuts our souls to our youth; and we are old ere we remember that we have made a fever and a labor of our raciest years.Bulwer.

Ambition is but the evil shadow of aspiration.-G. Macdonald.

Ambition is an idol on whose wings great minds are carried to extremes, to be sublimely great, or to be nothing.Southern.

Ambition is not a vice of little people. -Montaigne.

Ambition is not a weakness unless it be disproportioned to the capacity. To have more ambition than ability is to be at once weak and unhappy.-G. S. Hillard.

It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap, that so much misery is caused in the world.-Cobbett.

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.-Lilly.

Ambition thinks no face so beautiful, as that which looks from under a crown. -Sir P. Sidney.

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.-Seneca.

Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power, that avarice makes as to wealth. She begins by accumulating it as a means to happiness, and finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end. -Colton.

High seats are never but uneasy, and crowns are always stuffed with thorns.Brooks.

The tallest trees are most in the

power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.-Penn.

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.-Denham.

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled by great ambitions.-Longfellow.

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.-Byron.

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.-Hume.

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.Bruyère.

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.-Machiavelli.

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.-Horace.

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.Shakespeare.

How like a mounting devil in the heart rules the unreined ambition.-N. P. Willis.

Too often those who entertain ambition, expel remorse and nature.-Shake

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The home of the homeless all over the earth.-Street.

If all Europe were to become a prison, America would still present a loop-hole of escape; and, God be praised! that loop-hole is larger than the dungeon itself.-Heine.

The home of freedom, and the hope of the down-trodden and oppressed among the nations of the earth.-Daniel Webster.

This is what I call the American idea, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people-a government of the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God.-Theodore Parker.

America has proved that it is practicable to elevate the mass of mankindthe laboring or lower class-to raise them to self-respect, to make them competent to act a part in the great right and the great duty of self-government; and she has proved that this may be done by education and the diffusion of knowledge. She holds out an example a thousand times more encouraging than ever was presented before to those nine-tenths of the human race who are born without hereditary fortune or hereditary rank.Daniel Webster.

AMIABILITY.-The constant desire of pleasing which is the peculiar quality of some, may be called the happiest of all desires in this, that it rarely fails of attaining its end when not disgraced by affectation.-Fielding.

To be amiable is most certainly a duty, but it is not to be exercised at the expense of any virtue.-He who seeks to do the amiable always, can at times be successful only by the sacrifice of his manhood-Simms.

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.-Mad. Swetchine.

Amiable people, though often subject to imposition in their contact with the world, yet radiate so much of sunshine that they are reflected in all appreciative hearts.-Deulzy.

AMUSEMENTS.-It is doing some service to humanity, to amuse innocently. They know but little of society who think we can bear to be alwavs employed, either in duties or meditation, without relaxation.-H. More.

The mind ought sometimes to be diverted, that it may return the better to thinking.-Phædrus.

Amusement is the waking sleep of labor. When it absorbs thought, patience, and strength that might have been seriously employed, it loses its distinctive character and becomes the taskmaster of idleness.-Willmott.

Let the world have whatever sports and recreations please them best, provided they be followed with discretion. -Burton.

Amusement that is excessive and followed only for its own sake, allures and deceives us, and leads us down imperceptibly in thoughtlessness to the grave. -Pascal.

The habit of dissipating every serious thought by a succession of agreeable sensations is as fatal to happiness as to virtue; for when amusement is uniformly substituted for objects of moral and mental interest, we lose all that elevates our enjoyments above the scale of childish pleasures.-Anna Maria Porter.

Amusements are to religion like breezes of air to the flame,-gentle one's will fan it, but strong ones will put it out. Thomas.

Innocent amusements are such as excite moderately, and such as produce a cheerful frame of mind, not boisterous mirth; such as refresh, instead of exhausting, the system; such as recur frequently, rather than continue long; such as send us back to our daily duties invigorated in body and spirit; such as we can partake of in the presence and society of respectable friends; such as consist with and are favorable to a grateful piety; such as are chastened by self-respect, and are accompanied with the consciousness that life has a higher end than to be amused.-Channing.

If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life.-Balzac.

It is a sober truth that people who live only to amuse themselves, work harder at the task than most people do in earning their daily bread.-H. More.

It is exceedingly deleterious to withdraw the sanction of religion from amusement. If we feel that it is all in

jurious we should strip the earth of its flowers and blot out its pleasant sunshine.-E. H. Chapin.

Dwell not too long upon sports; for as they refresh a man that is weary, so they weary a man that is refreshed.Fuller.

If you are animated by right principles, and are fully awakened to the true dignity of life, the subject of amusements may be left to settle itself.-T. T. Munger.

Christian discipleship does not involve the abandonment of any innocent enjoyment. Any diversion or amusement which we can use so as to receive pleasure and enjoyment to ourselves, and do no harm to others, we are perfectly free to use; and any that we cannot use without injury to ourselves or harm to others, we have no right to use, whether we are Christians or not.-W. Gladden. I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep people from vice. -Johnson.

Amusement to an observing mind is study-Disraeli.

It is doing some service to humanity to amuse innocently; and they know very little of society who think we can bear to be always employed, either in duties or meditations, without any relaxation.-Sir P. Sidney.

All amusements to which virtuous women are not admitted, are, rely upon it, deleterious in their nature.-Thackeray.

Joining in the amusements of others is, in our social state, the next thing to sympathy in their distresses, and even the slenderest bond that holds society together should rather be strengthened than snapt.-Landor.

The church has been so fearful of amusements that the devil has had the charge of them; the chaplet of flowers has been snatched from the brow of Christ, and given to Mammon.-H. W. Beecher.

ANALOGY.-Analogy, although it is not infallible, is yet that telescope of the mind by which it is marvelously assisted in the discovery of both physical and moral truth.-Colton.

Those who reason only by analogies, rarely reason by logic, and are generally

slaves to imagination.-C. Simmons. ANARCHY.-Anarchy is the choking, sweltering, deadly, and killing rule of no rule; the consecration of cupidity and braying of folly and dim stupidity and baseness, in most of the affairs of men. Slop-shirts attainable three half-pence cheaper by the ruin of living bodies and immortal souls.—Carlyle.

Burke talked of "that digest of anarchy called the Rights of Man."Alison.

Anarchy is hatred of human authority; atheism of divine authority-two sides of the same whole.-Macpherson.

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The happiest lot for a man, as far as birth is concerned, is that it should be such as to give him but little occasion to think much about it.—Whately.

I will not borrow merit from the dead, myself an undeserver.-Rowe.

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.-H. F. Hedge.

It is the highest of earthly honors to be descended from the great and good. -They alone cry out against a noble ancestry who have none of their own. -Ben Jonson.

Good blood-descent from the great and good, is a high honor and privilege. -He that lives worthily of it is deserving of the highest esteem; he that does not, of the deeper disgrace.-Colton

They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, produce their debt, instead of their discharge.-Young.

We take rank by descent. Such of us as have the longest pedigree, and are therefore the furthest removed from the first who made the fortune and founded the family, we are the noblest.-Froude. Breed is stronger than pasture.-George Eliot.

It is, indeed, a blessing, when the virtues of noble races are hereditary.— Nabb.

How poor are all hereditary honors, those poor possessions from another's deeds, unless our own just virtues form our title, and give a sanction to our fond assumption.-Shirley.

It is a noble faculty of our nature which enables us to connect our thoughts, sympathies, and happiness, with what is distant in place or time; and looking before and after, to hold communion at once with our ancestors and our posterity. There is a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart. Next to the sense of religious duty and moral feeling, I hardly know what should bear with stronger obligation on a liberal and enlightened mind, than a consciousness of an alliance with excellence which is departed; and a consciousness, too, that in its acts and conduct, and even in its sentiments and thoughts, it may be actively operating on the happiness of those that come after it.-Daniel Webster.

A grandfather is no longer a social institution. Men do not live in the past. They merely look back.-Forward is the universal cry.

What can we see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it runs back to a successful soldier?-Walter Scott.

Some decent, regulated pre-eminence, some preference given to birth, is neither unnatural nor unjust nor impolitic.Burke.

It is with antiquity as with ancestry, nations are proud of the one, and individuals of the other; but if they are nothing in themselves, that which is their pride ought to be their humiliation. Colton.

The origin of all mankind was the same: it is only a clear and a good conscience that makes a man noble, for that is derived from heaven itself.Seneca.

It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, so he be a man of merit. -Horace.

The glory of ancestors sheds a light around posterity; it allows neither their good or bad qualities to remain in obscurity-Sallust.

Consider whether we ought not to be more in the habit of seeking honor from our descendants than from our ancestors; thinking it better to be nobly remembered than nobly born; and striving so to live, that our sons, and our sons' sons, for ages to come, might still lead their children reverently to the doors out of

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