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blessing upon our daily rod as upon our daily bread.—John Owen.
Heaven often smites in mercy, even when the blow is severest.- Joanna Baillie.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.Horace.
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.-Hazlitt.'
The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.-Leighton.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. Seneca.
Adversity, sage useful guest, severe instructor, but the best; it is from thee alone we know justly to value things below.—Somerville.
Prosperity has this property: It puffs up narrow souls, makes them imagine themselves high and mighty, and leads them to look down upon the world with contempt; but a truly noble spirit appears greatest in distress; and then becomes more bright and conspicuous.Plutarch.
In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that does not displease us.-Rochefoucauld.
Prosperity is too apt to prevent us from examining our conduct; but adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.Johnson.
Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.Shakespeare.
The truly great and good, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm tree. to strive most upwards when it is most burdened.-Sir P. Sidney.
In this wild world, the fondest and the best are the most tried, most troubled, and distrest.-Crabbe.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity of the New, which carrieth the greater benediction and the clearer revelation of God's favor. Pros
perity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.-Bacon.
The sharpest sting of adversity it borrows from our own impatience.-Bp. Horne.
The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.-E. H. Chapin.
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the latter. -Fielding.
He that has no cross will have no crown.-Quarles.
Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes us acquainted with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.Burke.
Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity; a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quicksand to virtue.-Schiller.
Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and be understood by all.—Mad. Swetchine.
Though losses and crosses be lessons right severe, there's wit there ye'll get there, ye'll find no other where.-Burns.
A smooth sea never made a skilful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill, and fortitude of the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security. -Anon.
A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.-Sir P. Sidney.
Adversity exasperates fools, dejects cowards, draws out the faculties of the wise and industrious, puts the modest to the necessity of trying their skill, awes the opulent, and makes the idle industrious.-Anon.
Adversity, like winter weather, is of use to kill those vermin which the summer of prosperity is apt to produce and nourish.- Arrowsmith.
He that has never known adversity, is but half acquainted with others, or with himself. Constant success shows us but one side of the world; for as it surrounds us with friends, who tell us only our merits, so it silences those enemies from whom only we can learn our defects.Colton.
God kills thy comforts to kill thy corruptions; wants are ordained to kiil wantonness; poverty to kill pride; reproaches to destroy ambition.-Flavel.
God lays his cross upon those whom he loves, and those who bear it patiently gain much wisdom.-Luther.
It is good for man to suffer the adversity of this earthly life: for it brings him back to the sacred retirement of the heart, where only he finds he is an exile from his native home, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly enjoyment. —Thomas à Kempis.
So your fiery trial is still unextinguished. But what if it be but His_beacon light on your upward path?-F. R. Havergal.
It is not the so-called blessings of life, its sunshine and calm and pleasant experiences that make men, but its rugged experiences, its storms and tempests and trials. Early adversity is often a blessing in disguise.-W. Mathews.
Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely ways, there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple.-Phillips Brooks.
The Gods in bounty work up storms about us, that give mankind occasion to exert their hidden strength, and throw out into practice virtues that shun the day, and lie concealed in the smooth seasons and the calms of life.-Addison.
How blunt are all the arrows of adversity in comparison with those of guilt !-Blair.
ADVICE.-Let no man presume to
give advice to others who has not first given good counsel to himself.–Seneca.
The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.Bacon. When a
man seeks your advice he generally wants your praise.-Chesterfield.
Advice is a superfluity. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred people don't take it. The hundredth they do take it, but with a reservation.—Then of course it turns out badly, and they think you an idiot, and never forgive you.-L. Malet.
Agreeable advice is seldom useful advice.- Massilon.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.-Bacon.
A thousand times listen to the counsel of your friend, but seek it only once.A. S. Hardy.
There is nothing of which men are more liberal than their good advice, be their stock of it ever so small; because it seems to carry in it an intimation of their own influence, importance or worth. --Young.
When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like.-Addison.
It is a good divine that follows his own instructions. I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of twenty to follow mine own teaching.–Shakespeare.
He who calls in the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; and he who profits by a superior understanding raises his powers to a level with the heights of the superior understanding he unites with.—Burke.
It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.-Æschylus.
The worst men often give the best advice; our thoughts are better sometimes than our deeds.—Bailey.
We ask advice; we mean approbation. -Colton.
Advice is like snow; the softer it falls,
the longer it dwells upon, and the are like hammers which are always redeeper it sinks into the mind.-Coleridge. pulsed by the anvil.-Helvetius.
Let no man value at a little price a The advice of friends must be revirtuous woman's counsel.-G. Chap- ceived with a judicious reserve:
must not give ourselves up to it and Men give away nothing so liberally
follow it blindly, whether right or wrong. as their advice.-Rochefoucauld.
-Charron To accept good advice is but to in- Advice and reprehension require the crease one's own ability.-Goethe. utmost delicacy; painful truths should Good counsels observed are chains of
be delivered in the softest terms, and
expressed no farther than is necessary to grace.-Fuller.
produce their due effect. A courteous Wait for the season when to cast good
man will mix what is conciliating with counsels upon subsiding passion.-Shake- what is offensive; praise with censure; speare.
deference and respect with the authority Nothing is less sincere than our mode of admonition, so far as can be done in of asking and giving advice. He who consistence with probity and honor. The asks seems to have deference for the mind revolts against all censorian power opinion of his friend, while he only aims which displays pride or pleasure in findto get approval of his own and make ing fault; but advice, divested of the his friend responsible for his action. harshness, and yet retaining the honest And he who gives repays the confidence warmth of truth, is like honey put supposed to be placed in him by a round the brim of a vessel full of wormseemingly disinterested zeal, while he wood.-Even this, however, is someseldom means anything by his advice times insufficient to conceal the bitterness but his own interest or reputation.- of the draught.—Percival. Rochefoucauld.
Give every man thine ear, but few No man is so foolish but he may some- thy voice; take each man's censure, but times give another good counsel, and no reserve thy judgment.--Shakespeare. man so wise that he may not easily err
Giving advice is sometimes only showif he takes no other counsel than his
ing our wisdom at the expense of anown.-He that is taught only by himself
other.—Shaftesbury. has a fool for a master.—Ben Jonson.
AFFECTATION.--Affectation in any Advice is seldom welcome. Those who
part of our carriage is but the lighting need it most, like it least.-Johnson.
up of a candle to show our defects, and Every man, however wise, needs the never fails to make us taken notice of, advice of some sagacious friend in the either as wanting in sense or sincerity. affairs of life.- Plautus.
-Locke. Those who school others, oft should All affectation is the vain and ridicuschool themselves.-Shakespeare.
lous attempt of poverty to appear rich. We give advice by the bucket, but -Lavater. take it by the grain.-W. R. Alger.
Affectation is a greater enemy to the They that will not be counselled, can- face than the small-pox.-St. Evremond. not be helped. It you do not hear
All affectation proceeds from the supreason she will rap you on the knuckles.
position of possessing something better -Franklin.
than the rest of the world possesses. It takes nearly as much ability to Nobody is vain of possessing two legs know how to profit by good advice as and two arms, because that is the preto know how to act for one's self.- cise quantity of either sort of limb which Rochefoucauld.
everybody possesses.-Sydney Smith. How is it possible to expect mankind Among the numerous stratagems by to take advice when they will not so which pride endeavors to recommend much as take warning ?-Swift.
folly to regard, scarcely one meets with Do not give to your friends the most less success than affectation, which is a agreeable counsels, but the most ad- perpetual disguise of the real character vantageous.Tuckerman.
by false appearances.—Johnson. Harsh counsels have no effect: they Great vices are the proper objects of
our detestation, and smaller faults of fects, and though it may gratify ourour pity, but affectation appears to be selves, it disgusts all others.-Lavater. the only true source of the ridiculous.
AFFECTION. - There is so little to Ficlding.
redeem the dry mass of follies and errors never so ridiculous by the that make up so much of life, that anyqualities we have, as by those we affect thing to love or reverence becomes, as to have.--Rochefoucauld.
it were, a sabbath to the soul.-Bulwer. Affectation is certain deformity.—By
How often a new affection makes a forming themselves on fantastic models
The sordid becomes liberal; the young begin with being ridiculous, the cowering, heroic; the frivolous girl, and often end in being vicious.-Blair. the steadfast martyr of patience and Affectation differs from hypocrisy in
ministration, transfigured by deathless being the art of counterfeiting qualities
love.-E. H. Chapin. which we might with innocence and
Mature affection, homage, devotion, safety be known to want.-Hypocrisy is
does not easily express itself. Its voice the necessary burden of villainy; affecta- is low. It is modest and retiring, it lays tion, a part of the chosen trappings of
in ambush and waits. Such is the mafolly.—Johnson.
ture fruit. Sometimes a life glides away, Affectation proceeds either from vanity
and finds it still ripening in the shade.
The light inclinations of very young or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters to gain ap
people are as dust compared to rocks.
Dickens. plause, so hypocrisy sets us on the endeavor to avoid censures by concealing
Our affections are our life.-We live our vices under the appearance of their
by them; they supply our warmth.opposite virtues.-Fielding.
Channing. Avoid all singularity and affectation.
The affections are like lightning: you What is according to nature is best,
cannot tell where they will strike till while what is contrary to it is always
they have fallen.—Lacordaire. distasteful. Nothing is graceful that is How sacred and beautiful is the feelnot our own.-Collier.
ing of affection in the pure and guileless Hearts may be attracted by assumed
soul! The proud may sneer at it, the
fashionable call it a fable, the selfish and qualities, but the affections can only be fixed and retained by those that are
dissipated affect to despise it, but the real.-De Moy.
holy passion is surely from heaven, and
is made evil only by the corruptions of Affectation naturally counterfeits those
those it was sent to preserve and bless. excellencies which are farthest from our -Mordaunt. attainment, because knowing our defects
Of all earthly music that which reaches we eagerly endeavor to supply them
farthest into heaven is the beating of a with artificial excellence.-Johnson.
truly loving heart.-H. W. Beecher. Paltry affectation and strained allu
If there is any thing that keeps the sions are easily attained by those who
mind open to angel visits, and repels choose to wear them; but they are but
the ministry of evil, it is a pure human the badges of ignorance or stupidity love.-N. P. Willis. when it would endeavor to please. -Goldsmith.
Our sweetest experiences of affection
are meant to point us to that realm All false practices and affectations of which is the real and endless home of knowledge are
the heart.-H. W. Beecher. Sprat.
rather to be led than driven.-Those who Be yourself. Ape no greatness. Be marry where they do not love, will be willing to pass for what you are. A likely to love where they do not marry. good farthing is better than a bad -Fuller. sovereign. Affect no oddness; but dare
Affection, like melancholy, magnifies to be right, though you have to be
trifles; but the magnifying of the one singular.-S. Coley.
is like looking through a telescope at Affectation lights a candle to our de- heavenly objects; that of the other, like
want or defect of knowledge can be. The affections, like conscience, are
enlarging monsters with a microscope.- If your cup seems too bitter, if your Leigh Hunt.
burden seems too heavy, be sure that it The heart will commonly govern the
is the wounded hand that is holding the head; and any strong passion, set the cup, and that it is He who carries the wrong way, will soon infatuate even cross that is carrying the burden.- S. 1. the wisest of men; therefore the first
Prime part of wisdom is to watch the affec- I have learned more of experimental tions.-Waterland.
religion since my little boy died than in There is in life no blessing like affec
all my life before.-Horace Bushnell. tion; it soothes, it hallows, elevates, Paradoxical as it may seem, God subdues, and bringeth down to earth its means not only to make us good, but native heaven: life has nought else that to make us also happy, by sickness, may supply its place.-L. E. Landon. disaster and disappointment.-C. A. I'd rather than that crowds should
Bartol. sigh for me, that from some kindred eye The hiding places of men
are disthe trickling tear should steal.-H. K. covered by affliction.-As one has aptly White.
said, “Our refuges are like the nests of AFFLICTION.-(See ADVERSITY.) birds; in summer they are hidden away Affliction is a school of virtue; it cor
among the green leaves, but in winter they
the rects levity, and interrupts the confi
naked dence of sinning.–Atterbury.
branches."-J. W. Alexander.
Sanctified afflictions are like so many As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
artificers working on a pious man's --Burton.
crown to make it more bright and mas
sive.-Cudworth. Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us,
Heaven but tries our virtue by afficbecause they discover to us our disease
tion, and oft the cloud that wraps the and tend to our cure.-Tillotson.
present hour serves but to brighten all AMiction is the good man's shining
our future days.-J. Brown. scene; prosperity conceals his brightest If you would not have affliction visit ray; as night to stars, woe lustre gives you twice, listen at once to what it ic man.-Young.
teaches.-Burgh. Many secrets of religion are not per
Amiction is not sent in vain from the ceived till they be felt, and are not felt
good God who chastens those that he but in the day of a great calamity:- loves.-Southey. Jeremy Taylor.
Nothing can occur beyond the strength The lord gets his best soldiers out of of faith to sustain, or transcending the the highlands of affliction.—Spurgeon. resources of religion to relieve.-T. That which thou dost not understand
Binney. when thou readest, thou shalt under- As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it stand in the day of thy visitation; for is rough treatment that gives_souls, as many secrets of religion are not per- well as stones, their lustre. The more ceived till they be felt, and are not felt the diamond is cut the brighter it but in the day of calamity:-Jeremy sparkles; and in what seems hard dealTaylor.
ing, there God has no end in view but It has done me good to be somewhat to perfect his people.-Guthrie. parched by the heat and drenched by It is not from the tall, crowded workthe rain of life.-Longfellow.
house of prosperity that men first or AMiction is the wholesome soil of vir
clearest see the eternal stars of heaven. tue, where patience, honor, sweet hu
-Theodore Parker. mility, and calm fortitude, take root Ah! if you only knew the peace there and strongly flourish.-Mallet.
is in an accepted sorrow.-Mde. Guion. God sometimes washes the eyes of his It is not until we have passed through children with tears that they may read the furnace that we are made to know aright his providence and his command- how much dross there is in our comments.-T. L. Cuyler.