Man................. A Bubble on the ocean’s rolling
Life.................. A gleam of light extinguish’d by the grave;
Fame............... A meteor dazzling with its distant glare;
Wealth............. A source of trouble and consuming care;
Pleasure........... A gleam of sunshine passing soon away;
Love................ A morning stream whose memory gilds the day;
Faith................ An anchor dropp’d beyond the vale of death;
Hope............... A lone star beaming o’er the barren heath;
Charity............ A stream meandering from the fount of love;
Bible............... A guide to the realms of endless joy above;
Religion........... A key which opens wide the gates of heaven;
Death.............. A knife by which the ties of earth are riven;
Earth............... A desert through which pilgrims wend their way;
Grave.............. A home of rest when ends life’s weary day;
Resurrection.... A sudden waking from a quiet dream;
Heaven............ A land of joy, of light, and love supreme.
“I am a charitable man, and think every one is
entitled to his opinion – and never cherish nothing against my foes,
not even against Mr. Mulberry who has indirectly called me a sinner; but,
still, if the Lord has a thunderbolt to spare, I think it would be very
well bestowed upon dear Brother Mulberry’s head.”
A GEM. – There is much sound philosophy in the
following brief extract from an editorial in the New
“Life is short; and that portion of it which one human being
devotes to injuring, punishing and destroying another, we are inclined
to think will pay but a poor dividend on the final settlement of difficulties.”
A RECEIPT FOR HAPPINESS.
– When you rise in the
morning form a resolution to make the day a happy one to a fellow creature.
It is easily done; trifles in themselves light as air will do it, at least
for the twenty-four hours. By the most simple arithmetical sum, look at
the result; you send one person, only one, happily through the day; that
it three hundred and sixty-five in the course of the year; and, supposing
you live forty years only after you commence that course of medicine,
you have made 14,600 human being beings happy, at all events for a time.
Now, worthy reader, is this not simple? It is too short for a sermon,
too homely for ethics, and too easily accomplished for you to say, “I
would if I could.” – Sydney.
To pass a pleasant hour in winter evenings, nothing is so enjoyable as
a game of bagatelle. The boards can be had any size, at a moderate price,
from U, Alsop, House Furnisher, Broadmead
An Advert in a Bristol Newspaper.
“BELLE BRITTAN,” of the Mirror, writes that
there was a superb-looking lady from New Orleans, at a late Newport “hop,”
“ who wore a bouquet of diamonds, pearls, and precious stones, which
was said to have cost twenty thousand dollars!”
Belle Brittan’s visit to Newport September 4, 1858
DISCRETION has large and extended views, and, like a
well-formed eye, commands a whole horizon.
“COME till America, Pat!” writes a son of the Emerald Isle,
to his friend in Ireland. “’Tis a fine county to get a living
in. All ye have to do is to get a three-cornered box, and fill it wid
bricks, and carry it till the top of a four-storey building, and the man
at the top does all the work.”
…. CONTROL THE PASSIONS
. – Study to make
peace. If a person is offended with a course you have pursued, or some
act of yours, do not widen the breach between you by being offish in his
presence – or uttering only monosy liable when he addresses you.
If you have reason to believe that hard feelings exist, be more mild,
pleasant and pliable. Meet the offended more than half way – the
whole way, if necessary to secure peace and good feelings. Do not wait
for him to come and make confession, but be willing to go to him and secure
the desirable object. There is no good reason why men should not live
…. Fanny Horton, a celebrated English actress, being hissed in her
youth, had the boldness to come before the audience and ask, “Which
do you dislike, my playing or my person?” “The playing! The
playing!” was the cry from all sides. “Well, that consoles
me,” was the answer; “my playing may be bettered, but my person
I cannot alter.” She soon became the favourite of the public.
FRIENDSHIP SELF-LOVE IN DISGUISE
. - The most generous
and disinterested friendship must be resolved at last into the love or
ourselves; he therefore whose reputation or dignity inclines us to consider
his esteem as a testimonial of desert, will always find our hearts open
to his endearments.
GEMS OF THOUGHT.
FROM TURNED-DOWN LEAVES IN OUR READING.
EDUCATION begins the gentleman; but reading, good company, and observation
must finish him.
The certain way to be cheated is to fancy oneself more cunning than
He who can conceal his joys is greater than he who can hide his griefs.
He is the best accountant who can cast up correctly a sum of his own
Old age has deformities enough of its own; do not add to it the deformity
Every base occupation makes one sharp in its practice, and dull in every
Fire and sword are but slow engines of destruction in comparison with
The Bible is a window in this prison of hope, through which we look
Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition it that of good
HOW TO GET ON.
Get, if you can, into one or other of the main grooves of human affairs.
It is all the difference of going by railway, and walking over a ploughed
field, whether you adopt common courses, or set up one for yourself.
You will see, if your times are anything like ours, most inferior person
persons placed highly in the army, in the church, in office, at the
bar. They have somehow got upon the line, and have moved on well with
very little original motive power of their own. Do not let this make
you walk as if merit were utterly neglected in these or any profession;
only that getting well into the groove will frequently do instead of
any great excellence.
– Mrs. Partington discourseth concerning Ike:
- “Betsy Jane writ to you about poor Isaac bein’ grafted into
our noble army; it was during the late prevailing restriction. I’ve
been so dreadful uneasy, laws a me! But, Dan’ I, at last we’ve
heard of him by a neighbour who is home on a furrow. He – poor innocent!
at on’st took his place, so neighbour Tibbins says, as first corpulent,
and soon proved so deficient that he was promoted to be an ordinary surgeon
– poor child! But what the blessed dear knows about taking up arterials
and computation of lims, and the like, surpasses me. Howsumever, if he
can be the humble implement in the hands of the Lord of saving the lives
of the gallus fellows, whose heads have been disseminated by the bursting
open of pontoons and thing, why, we must sacrifice him freely, and may
the Lord have mercy on his solar system.”
A rough translation into modern English: -
IKE HEARD FROM. – Mrs. Partington discourse concerning Ike: -
“Betsy Jane wrote to you about poor Isaac being drafted into our
noble army; it was during the late prevailing conscription. I’ve
been so dreadful uneasy, I have! But, Darn it, at last we’ve heard
of him by a neighbour who is home on a furrow (farm). He – poor
lad! At once took his place, so neighbour Tibbins says, as first a Corporal,
and soon proved so deficient that he was promoted to be an ordinary
surgeon – poor child! But what does the blessed dear know about
taking out arteries and amputation of limbs, and the like, surpasses
me. Howsoever, if he can be the humble implement in the hands of the
Lord of saving the lives of the gallant fellows, whose heads have been
disfigured etc., why, we must sacrifice him freely, and may the Lord
have mercy on his soul.”
IMPROVE YOUR MOMENTS.
Many people are in the habit of mourning over their ignorance and complaining
because they have no opportunities for study. If they would spend the
time which is consumed in making these complaints, in studying useful
books, they might become comparatively well educated. One of the best
informed men we ever knew was a mechanic, who had devoted only twenty
minutes a day to study, and had reflected over his reading, as he best
could, while working at his trade. Any person who really wants to become
well informed, will gain his wished, no matter what difficulties may
beset his path; while those who only desire to clutch the honors which
learning gives, but care nothing for knowledge itself, will remain in
ignorance, though surrounded with abundant helps to education.
INDIVIDUAL vs. JOINT ACTION.
– We seldom in life
find ourselves more unpleasantly situated than when, as is often the case,
our fate and happiness are staked upon an enterprise in which many other
persons are joined, whose errors or negligences counteract all our best
endeavors, and whose conduct, however much we may disapprove it, we cannot
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HUNT. – The following anecdote is told is his literary
veteran: he had brought some gold earrings to Carlyle, which so delighted
Mrs. Carlyle who was in the room, that she sprang up from her chair and
kissed the “newsman.” Leigh sent her a present next morning,
with these verses: -
Jenny kissed me when we met,
Springing from the chair she sat in;
Tune, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your book, put that in!
Say I’m ugly – say I’m sad –
Say that health and wealth have missed me –
Say I’m growing old – but add,
Jenny kissed me!
…. LIVE FOR A PURPOSE.
– The secret of all
success in life, of all greatness, nay, of happiness is to live for a
purpose. There are many persons always busy, who have yet no object in
view. They are like butterflies, flitting from spot to spot, never gaining
wealth; while the ant, who keeps a certain circuit around her hole, lays
up stores for winter comfort. Such persons are doomed to be dissatisfied
in the end, if they are not sooner, for they find in the race of life
they have been passed by all who have had a purpose. It is not only the
drones, therefore, but the busy idlers that make a blunder of life for
want of a purpose.
“LOOK HERE , JIM
,” said a young fellow the
other evening to an old soaker who had evidently taken too deep an interest
in spiritual matter, and was still, with the peculiar obstinacy of those
in his condition, vociferating for another “smile.” “Look-a-here,
old fellow, you’ll spoil your constitution by this style of thing
– better hold up.” “Constitution be blowed!” said
the old fellow, “I broke that long ago! Been living on the bylaws
these six months!”
…. We are apt to mistake our vocation in looking out of the way
for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and stopping over the
ordinary ones which lie directly in the road before us. When we read we
fancy we could be martyrs; when we come to act, we find we cannot bear
a provoking word.
. - One should go to sleep at night as homesick
passenger do, saying, “Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore.”
To us who are Christians, it is not a solemn, but a delightful though,
that perhaps nothing but the opaque bodily eye prevents us from not holding
the gate which is open just before us, and nothing but the dull ear prevents
us from hearing the ringing of those bells of joy which welcome us to
the heavenly land. That we are so near death, is too good to be believed:
PRIDE AND VANITY
. - The virtues are economists, but some
of the vices are also. Thus, next to humility, I have noticed that pride
is a pretty good husband. Price is handsome, economical; pride eradicates
so many vices, letting none subsist but itself, that it seems as if it
were a great gain to exchange vanity for pride. Pride can go without domestics,
without fine clothes, can live in a house with two rooms, can eat potatoes, purselane
, can work on the soil, can travel afoot, can talk with poor men,
or sit silent well contented in fine saloons. But vanity costs money,
labour, horses, men, women, health, and peace, and it still nothing at
last, a long way leading nowhere. Only one drawback; proud people are
intolerably selfish, and the vain are gentle and giving. – Emerson
Conduct of Life.
RELATIONSHIP, OR BLOOD
. - The closest of all blood relationships
is that of the mother and child, and it constitutes the very best example
that we can select to examine the security which blood provides as a basis
of relationship. The spiritual feelings originating in this relationship
are very powerful. Nothing can exceed the love of a mother; it will make
greater sacrifices than any other passion; it will sacrifice truth itself
and justice – anything. The advocacy of a mother defies all opposition
and all arguments.
. – Nobody abuses small talk unless he
be a stranger to its convenience. Small talk is the small change of life:
there is no getting on without it. There are times when “’tis
folly to be wise,” when a little nonsense is very palatable, and
when gravity and sedateness ought to be kicked downstairs. A philosopher
cuts a poor figure in a ball-room, unless he save his wisdom at home.
metaphysics is as intrusive in the midst of agreeable prattle, as a death’s
head on a festal
board. We have met with men who were too Lofty for small talk; who would
never swear at their servants or – the weather. They would never
condescend to play with a ribbon or flirt a fan. They were above such
trifling: in other words, they were above making themselves agreeable,
above pleasing, and above being pleased. They were all wisdom, all gravity,
and all dignity, and all tediousness, which they bestowed upon company
with more the Dogberry
generosity. A man who cannot talk has no more business in society than
a stature. The world is made up of trifles, and he who can trifle elegantly
and gracefully is a valuable acquisition to mankind. He is a Corinthian
column in the fabric of society.
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THE BODY AVENGED. – By too much sitting still the
body becomes unhealthy, and soon the mind. This is Nature’s law.
She will never see her children wronged. If the mind, which rules the
body, ever forgets itself so far as to trample upon its slave, the slave
is never generous enough to forgive this injury; but will rise and smite
its oppressor. Thus has many a monarch mind been dethroned. – Longfellow.
AN AFFAIR OF IMPORTANCE
Harriet: “Oh! I’m so glad you are come, Blanche! I have been
so perplexed I could hardly sleep all night.”
Blanche: “Well! What is it, dear?”
Harriet: “Why, I don’t know whether to have my new merino
frock violet or dark blue!” - Punch
The common fluency of speech in many men and most women, is owing to a
scarcity of matter, and a scarcity of words, for whoever is master of
language and has a mind full of ideas, will be apt in speaking to hesitate
upon the choice of both; whereas common speakers have only one set of
ideas, and one set of words to clothe them in; and these are always ready
at the mouth; so people come faster our of a church when it is almost
empty, then when a crowd is at the door.
THE DEITY OF INFANCY
As the infant begins to discriminate between the objects around, it
soon discovers one countenance that ever smiles upon it with peculiar
benignity. When it wakes from its sleep, there is one watchful form
ever bent over its cradle. If startled by some unhappy dream, a guardian
angel seems ever ready to soothe its fears. If cold, that ministering
spirit brings it warmth; if hungry, she feeds it; if in pain, she relieves
it; if happy, she caresses it. In joy or sorrow, in wed or woe, she
is the first object of its thoughts. Her presence is its heaven. The
mother is the deity of infancy.
The greater the difficulty, the more glory is there surrounding it. Skilful
pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
He who troubles himself more than he needs, grieves also more than is
necessary, for the same weakness which makes him anticipate his misery,
makes him enlarge it too.
Words are little things, but they strike hard. We wield them so easily
that we are apt to forget their hidden power. Fitly spoken, they fall
like the sunshine, the dew, and drizzling rain – but when unfitly,
like the frost, the hail, and the desolate tempest.
A SIMILE may be bright while the heart is sad: the rainbow is beautiful in the
air while beneath is the moaning of the sea.
The heart of women is her destiny, for it is rarely
that it is not her guide; but it is a guide that should be enlightened
A CONTENTED MIND. It must be the change
of the mind, not of the climate or place, that will remove the heaviness
of the heart. Our vices go with us, and the cause of our disquiet is in
ourselves; changing of countries in this case is not travelling, but wandering.
He that cannot live happily anywhere will live happily nowhere. What are
you the better for travelling, as if your cares could not find you. Wherever
you go? There is no retiring from the fear of death, or those difficulties
which beset a man, wherever he is.