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which we had been carried to the grave, saying, "Look, this was his house, this was his chamber."-Ruskin.

Mere family never made a man great. -Thought and deed, not pedigree, are the passports to enduring fame.-Skobeleff.

It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not. -Bruyere.

Few people disparage a distinguished ancestry except those who have none of their own.-J. Hawes.

Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.-Addison.

It is a shame for a man to desire honor only because of his noble progenitors, and not to deserve it by his own virtue. -Chrysostom.

Philosophy does not regard pedigree. -She did not receive Plato as a noble, but made him so.-Seneca.

I am no herald to inquire after men's pedigrees: it sufficeth me if I know of their virtues.-Sir P. Sidney.

Nothing is more disgraceful than for a man who is nothing, to hold himself honored on account of his forefathers; and yet hereditary honors are a noble and splendid treasure to descendants.Plato.

Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.-Lucan.

Pride in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit.-Zim


The man of the true quality is not he who labels himself with genealogical tables, and lives on the reputation of his fathers, but he in whose conversation and behavior there are references and characteristics positively unaccountable except on the hypothesis that his descent is pure and illustrious.-Theodore Parker.

The inheritance of a distinguished and noble name is a proud inheritance to him who lives worthily of it.-Colton.

Honorable descent is, in all nations, greatly esteemed. It is to be expected that the children of men of worth will be like their progenitors; for nobility is the virtue of a family.-Aristotle.

The glory of ancestors sheds a light

around posterity; it allows neither their good nor their bad qualities to remain in obscurity-Sallust.

It would be more honorable to our distinguished ancestors to praise them in words less, but in deeds to imitate them more.-H. Mann.

They who depend on the merits of ancestors, search in the roots of the tree for the fruits which the branches ought to produce.-Barrow.

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry, is like the potato-the best part under ground.Overbury.

Distinguished birth is like a cipher: it has no power in itself like wealth, or talent, or personal excellence, but it tells, with all the power of a cipher, when added to either of the others.-Boyes.

The pride of blood has a most important and beneficial influence. It is much to feel that the high and honorable belong to a name that is pledged to the present by the recollections of the past.-L. E. Landon.

When real nobleness accompanies the imaginary one of birth, the imaginary mixes with the real and becomes real too. Greville.

We inherit nothing truly, but what our actions make us worthy of.-Chap


He that can only boast of a distinguished lineage, boasts of that which does not belong to himself; but he that lives worthily of it is always held in the highest honor.-Junius.

All history shows the power of blood over circumstances, as agriculture shows the power of the seeds over the soilE. P. Whipple.

Birth is nothing where virtue is not.— Molière.

Nobility of birth does not always insure a corresponding nobility of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog rather than a spur. -Colton.

ANECDOTES.-Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit places in conversation, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.-Goethe.

Some people exclaim, "Give me no anecdotes of an author, but give me his works"; and yet I have often found that the anecdotes are more interesting than the works.-Disraeli.

Anecdotes are sometimes the best vehicles of truth, and if striking and appropriate are often more impressive and powerful than argument.-Tryon Edwards.

Occasionally a single anecdote opens a character; biography has its comparative anatomy, and a saying or a sentiment enables the skillful hand to construct the skeleton.-Willmott.

Story-telling is subject to two unavoidable defects: frequent repetition and being soon exhausted; so that whoever values this gift in himself, has need of a good memory, and ought frequently to shift his company.-Swift.

ANGELS.-Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we sleep and when we wake.-Milton.

We are never like angels till our passion dies.-Decker.

The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.-Richter.

The angels may have wider spheres of action and nobler forms of duty than ourselves, but truth and right to them and to us are one and the same thing.E. H. Chapin.

ANGER.-Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.-Pythagoras.

The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.Chinese Proverb.

Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed. Clarendon.

He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.-Secker.

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.-Pope.

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul. -Fuller.

Never forget what a man has said to you when he was angry.-If he has charged you with anything, you had better look it up.-H. W. Beecher.

Temperate anger well becomes the wise. Philemon.

When anger rushes, unrestrained, to action, like a hot steed, it stumbles in its way-Savage.

If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wrong, but the coals are.-H. W. Beecher.

Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.-Bulwer.

Keep cool and you command everybody.-St. Just.

Anger may be kindled in the noblest breasts; but in these the slow droppings of an unforgiving temper never take the shape and consistency of enduring hatred.-G. S. Hillard.

The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which ofttimes ends in choler, bitterness, and morosity, when the mind becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.-Plutarch.

Beware of the fury of a patient man. -Dryden.

A man that does not know how to be angry, does not know how to be good. -Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation over things evil.-H. W. Beecher.

There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.-John Webster.

To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.-Watts.

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.—Alger.

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity cr registering wrong.-Charlotte Bronté.

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.-Marcus Antoninus

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.-Seneca.

Wise anger is like fire from the flint; there is a great ado to bring it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.-M. Henry.

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.-Malabar Proverb.

When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.-Haliburton. When one is in a good sound rage, it is astonishing how calm one can be.— Bulwer.

He who can suppress a moment's anger may prevent a day of sorrow.

To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is still better.-Tryon Edwards.

Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.-Tupper.

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.-We injure our own cause in the opinion of the world when we too passionately defend it.-Colton.

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, count a hundred.Jefferson.

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.Shenstone.

Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.Boyes.

All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable.-But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long.-Paley.

When passion is on the throne reason is out of doors.-M. Henry.

An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.Publius Syrus.

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.-Seneca.

He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.-Plato.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.-Confucius.

Beware of him that is slow to anger;

for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept.-Abused patience turns to fury.Quarles.

ANTICIPATION. All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.Feltham.

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

All things that are, are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.—Shakespeare. Among so many sad realities we can but ill endure to rob anticipation of its pleasant visions.-Giles.

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasant than those crowned with fruition. In the first case we cook the dish to our own appetite; in the last it is cooked for us. -Goldsmith.

We often tremble at an empty terror, yet the false fancy brings a real misery. -Schiller.

Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the anticipation of suffering. -Quintilian.

Sorrow itself is not so hard to bear as the thought of sorrow coming. Airy ghosts that work no harm do terrify us more than men in steel with bloody purposes.-T. B. Aldrich.

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation.-South.

The worst evils are those that never arrive.

Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.-Johnson.

Be not looking for evil.-Often thou drainest the gall of fear while evil is passing by thy dwelling.-Tupper.

To tremble before anticipated evils, is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.Goethe.

We part more easily with what we possess than with our expectations of what we hope for: expectation always goes beyond enjoyment.-Home.

Our desires always disappoint us; for

though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.-Rochefoucauld.

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.-George Eliot.

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.-What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.-Seneca.

Why need a man forestall his date of grief, and run to meet that he would most avoid?-Milton.

The joys we expect are not so bright, nor the troubles so dark as we fancy they will be.-Charles Reade.

It is expectation makes blessings dear. -Heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.-Suckling.

It is worse to apprehend than to suffer. -Bruyere.

It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when to-morrow's burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear.-G. Macdonald.

ANTIQUITY.-All the transactions of the past differ very little from those of the present.-M. Antoninus.

Those we call the ancients were really new in everything.-Pascal.

The earliest and oldest and longest has still the mastery of us.-George Eliot.

All things now held to be old were once new. What to-day we hold up by example, will rank hereafter as precedent.-Tacitus.

It is one proof of a good education, and of a true refinement of feeling, to respect antiquity.-Mrs. Sigourney.

When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated.-From that moment we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.-Burke.

I do by no means advise you to throw away your time in ransacking, like a dull antiquarian, the minute and unimportant parts of remote and fabulous times. Let blockheads read, what blockheads wrote.-Chesterfield.

Antiquity!-I like its ruins better than its reconstructions.-Joubert.

Time consecrates and what is gray with age becomes religion.-Schiller.

Antiquity is enjoyed not by the ancients who lived in the infancy of things, but by us who live in their maturity.-Colton.

What subsists to-day by violence, continues to-morrow by acquiescence, and is perpetuated by tradition, till at last the hoary abuse shakes the gray hairs of antiquity at us, and gives itself out as the wisdom of ages.-Everett.

Those old ages are like the landscape that shows best in the purple distance, all verdant and smooth, and bathed in mellow light.-E. H. Chapin.

ANXIETY. - Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power.-A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventive and remedy.-Tryon Edwards.

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.-Franklin.

Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security-Burke.

How much have cost us the evils that never happened!-Jefferson.

Don't be forecasting evil unless it is what you can guard against. Anxiety is good for nothing if we can't turn it into a defense.-Meyrick.

It is not the cares of to-day, but the cares of to-morrow that weigh a man down. For the needs of to-day we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust.-It is not ours yet.-G. Macdonald.

When we borrow trouble, and look forward into the future and see what storms are coming, and distress ourselves before they come, as to how we shall avert them if they ever do come, we lose our proper trustfulness in God. When we torment ourselves with imaginary dangers, or trials, or reverses, we have already parted with that perfect love which casteth out fear.-H. W. Beecher.

Anxiety is a word of unbelief or unreasoning dread. We have no right to allow it. Full faith in God puts it to rest.-Horace Bushnell.

He is well along the road to perfect manhood who does not allow the thou

sand little worries of life to embitter his temper, or disturb his equanimity.

An undivided heart which worships God alone, and trusts him as it should, is raised above anxiety for earthly wants.-Geikie.

One of the most useless of all things is to take a deal of trouble in providing against dangers that never come. How many toil to lay up riches which they never enjoy; to provide for exigencies that never happen; to prevent troubles that never come; sacrificing present comfort and enjoyment in guarding against the wants of a period they may never live to see.-W. Jay.


It is not work that kills men; it is worry.-Work is healthy; you hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. -It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction.-H. W. Beecher.

Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence.-Tryon Edwards.

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.-J. R. Lowell.

Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind?-Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mystery of human events? -Blair.

Sufficient to each day are the duties to be done and the trials to be endured. God never built a Christian strong enough to carry to-day's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.-T. L. Cuyler.

APOLOGIES. Apologies only account for the evil which they cannot alter.-Disraeli.

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.-Nine times out of ten the first thing a man's companion knows of his short-comings, is from his apology.O. W. Holmes.

No sensible person ever made an apology.-Emerson.

APOTHEGMS.-(See "PROVERBS.") Apothegms are the wisdom of the past condensed for the instruction and guidance of the present.-Tryon Edwards.

The short sayings of wise and good men are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the sparks of diamonds.-Tillot


Apothegms to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged.-Ramsay.

Apothegms are in history, the same as pearls in the sand, or gold in the mine. -Erasmus.

Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling.-R. W. Alger.

He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.-Johnson.

Nothing hits harder, or sticks longer in the memory, than an apothegm.-J. A. Murray.

A maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth.-Sound maxims are the germs of good; strongly imprinted on the memory they fortify and strengthen the will.-Joubert.

The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words.-Johnson.

Nor do apothegms only serve for ornament and delight, but also for action and civil use, as being the edge tools of speech, which cut and penetrate the knots of business and affairs.-Bacon. Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms, and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.-Coleridge.

Under the veil of these curious sentences are hid those germs of morals which the masters of philosophy have afterwards developed into SO many volumes.-Plutarch.

A man of maxims only, is like a cyclops with one eye, and that in the back of his head.-Coleridge.

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