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A Treasury of Quotations from the
Literature of Every Land
and Every Age.



LOUIS KLOPSCH, Proprietor,

Copyright, 1896,


In the limited compass of this small volume, the compiler has
endeavored to employ only such material as is likely to prove of
service to the largest circle of readers. Nearly four hundred subjects
have received consideration at his hands, and the quotations given are
from standard authors of recognized ability. Upwards of twenty-five
hundred extracts from the choicest literature of all ages and tongues,
topically arranged, and in scope so wide as to touch on nearly every
subject that engages the human mind, constitute a treasury of thought
which, it is hoped, will be acceptable and helpful to all into whose
hands this volume may chance to fall.

Many Thoughts of Many Minds.

ABILITY. - No man is without some quality, by the due application of
which he might deserve well of the world; and whoever he be that has
but little in his power should be in haste to do that little, lest he
be confounded with him that can do nothing. - DR. JOHNSON.

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others
judge us by what we have already done. - LONGFELLOW.

Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his
abilities, and for no more. - GAIL HAMILTON.

The possession of great powers no doubt carries with it a contempt for
mere external show. - JAMES A. GARFIELD.

The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often
acquires more reputation than actual brilliancy. - LA ROCHEFOUCAULD.

Ability is a poor man's wealth. - MATTHEW WREN.

The measure of capacity is the measure of sphere to either man or

Natural ability can almost compensate for the want of every kind of
cultivation; but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want
of natural ability. - SCHOPENHAUER.

An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions.

ABSOLUTION. - No man taketh away sins (which the law, though holy, just
and good, could not take away), but He in whom there is no sin. - BEDE.

He alone can remit sins who is appointed our Master by the Father of
all; He only is able to discern obedience from disobedience.

It is not the ambassador, it is not the messenger, but the Lord
Himself that saveth His people. The Lord remaineth alone, for no man
can be partner with God in forgiving sins; this office belongs solely
to Christ, who taketh away the sins of the world. - ST. AMBROSE.

It appertaineth to the true God alone to be able to loose men from
their sins. - ST. CYRIL.

Neither angel, nor archangel, nor yet even the Lord Himself (who alone
can say "I am with you"), can, when we have sinned, release us, unless
we bring repentance with us. - ST. AMBROSE.

ACTION. - The thing done avails, and not what is said about it. - EMERSON.

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness
without action. - BEACONSFIELD.

There are three sorts of actions: those that are good, those that are
bad, and those that are doubtful; and we ought to be most cautious of
those that are doubtful; for we are in most danger of these doubtful
actions, because they do not alarm us; and yet they insensibly lead to
greater transgressions, just as the shades of twilight gradually
reconcile us to darkness. - A. REED.

To the valiant actions speak alone. - SMOLLETT.

It is well to think well: it is divine to act well. - HORACE MANN.

Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and melancholy are
incompatible. - BOVEE.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Finds us farther than to-day.

* * * * *

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, act, in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the
world weigh less than a single lovely action. - LOWELL.

Prodigious actions may as well be done
By weaver's issue, as by prince's son.

It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and
vindicate himself under God's heaven as a God-made man, that the
poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the
dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero. - CARLYLE.

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with
graciousness, or oppose with firmness. - COLTON.

When our souls shall leave this dwelling, the glory of one fair and
virtuous action is above all the scutcheons on our tomb, or silken
banners over us. - J. SHIRLEY.

Our acts make or mar us, - we are the children of our own deeds.

Man, being essentially active, must find in activity his joy, as well
as his beauty and glory; and labor, like everything else that is good,
is its own reward. - WHIPPLE.

ADVERSITY. - Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been
productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the
hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the
darkest storm. - COLTON.

In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day
of adversity only one. - HORATIUS BONAR.

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds
rise above them. - WASHINGTON IRVING.

A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;
But were we burden'd with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.

Heaven is not always angry when he strikes,
But most chastises those whom most he likes.

The fire of my adversity has purged the mass of my acquaintance.

On every thorn delightful wisdom grows;
In every rill a sweet instruction flows.

When Providence, for secret ends,
Corroding cares, or sharp affliction, sends;
We must conclude it best it should be so,
And not desponding or impatient grow.

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
- PROVERBS 24:10.

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous
circumstances, would have lain dormant. - HORACE.

In this wild world the fondest and the best
Are the most tried, most troubled and distress'd.

The lessons of adversity are often the most benignant when they seem
the most severe. The depression of vanity sometimes ennobles the
feeling. The mind which does not wholly sink under misfortune rises
above it more lofty than before, and is strengthened by affliction.

There is healing in the bitter cup. - SOUTHEY.

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity is the
blessing of the New, which carrieth the greater benediction, and the
clearer revelation of God's favor. - BACON.

In all cases of heart-ache, the application of another man's
disappointment draws out the pain and allays the irritation. - LYTTON.

Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth. - HEBREWS 12:6.

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried and
smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.

Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity, and a
state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quicksand to
virtue. - SCHILLER.

AFFECTATION. - Affectation is the wisdom of fools, and the folly of
many a comparatively wise man.

We are never rendered so ridiculous by qualities which we possess, as
by those which we aim at, or affect to have. - FROM THE FRENCH.

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox.

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to
appear rich. - LAVATER.

Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.

AFFECTION. - A loving heart is the truest wisdom. - DICKENS.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the
life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they
are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. - HAWTHORNE.

A solitary blessing few can find,
Our joys with those we love are intertwined,
And he whose wakeful tenderness removes
The obstructing thorn that wounds the breast he loves,
Smooths not another's rugged path alone,
But scatters roses to adorn his own.

Affection is a garden, and without it there would not be a verdant
spot on the surface of the globe.

Of all earthly music, that which reaches the farthest into heaven is
the beating of a loving heart. - BEECHER.

If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and
repels the ministry of ill, it is human love. - WILLIS.

AFFLICTION. - God sometimes washes the eyes of his children with tears
in order that they may read aright His providence and His commandments.

The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his
burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able
to bear the burden. - PHILLIPS BROOKS.

Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which
are the hardest of all for him to bear; but they are so, because they
are the very ones he needs. - RICHTER.

Affliction is but the shadow of God's wing. - GEORGE MACDONALD.

Aromatic plants bestow
No spicy fragrance where they grow;
But crushed and trodden to the ground,
Diffuse their balmy sweets around.

Affliction appears to be the guide to reflection; the teacher of
humility; the parent of repentance; the nurse of faith; the
strengthener of patience, and the promoter of charity.

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of
extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary
graces. - MATTHEW HENRY.

If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to
what it teaches. - BURGH.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. - JOB 5:7.

Affliction is the wholesome soul of virtue;
Where patience, honor, sweet humanity,
Calm fortitude, take root, and strongly flourish.

Affliction's sons are brothers in distress;
A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!

With the wind of tribulation God separates in the floor of the soul,
the chaff from the corn. - MOLINOS.

No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of
righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. - HEBREWS 12:11.

AGE. - No wise man ever wished to be younger. - SWIFT.

I venerate old age; and I love not the man who can look without
emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to
gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader
and deeper upon the understanding. - LONGFELLOW.

It is only necessary to grow old to become more indulgent. I see no
fault committed that I have not committed myself. - GOETHE.

That which is usually called dotage is not the weak point of all old
men, but only of such as are distinguished by their levity. - CICERO.

We must not take the faults of our youth into our old age; for old age
brings with it its own defects. - GOETHE.

Learn to live well, or fairly make your will;
You've play'd, and lov'd, and ate, and drank your fill;
Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the stage.

If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written
upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old. - JAMES A. GARFIELD.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. - VICTOR

Remember that some of the brightest drops in the chalice of life may
still remain for us in old age. The last draught which a kind
Providence gives us to drink, though near the bottom of the cup, may,
as is said of the draught of the Roman of old, have at the very
bottom, instead of dregs, most costly pearls. - W.A. NEWMAN.

Begin to patch up thine old body for heaven. - SHAKESPEARE.

Few people know how to be old. - LA ROCHEFOUCAULD.

When men grow virtuous in their old age, they are merely making a
sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings. - SWIFT.

The defects of the mind, like those of the countenance, increase with

He who would pass the declining years of his life with honor and
comfort, should when young, consider that he may one day become old,
and remember, when he is old, that he has once been young. - ADDISON.

Winter, which strips the leaves from around us, makes us see the
distant regions they formerly concealed; so does old age rob us of our
enjoyments, only to enlarge the prospect of eternity before us. - RICHTER.

The easiest thing for our friends to discover in us, and the hardest
thing for us to discover in ourselves, is that we are growing old.
- H.W. SHAW.

AMBITION. - Most people would succeed in small things if they were not
troubled with great ambitions. - LONGFELLOW.

He who ascends to mountain tops, shall find
The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds and snow;
He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
Must look down on the hate of those below.

They that stand high, have many blasts to shake them;
And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.

The path of glory leads but to the grave. - GRAY.

We should be careful to deserve a good reputation by doing well; and
when that care is once taken, not to be over anxious about the
success. - ROCHESTER.

Say what we will, you 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 its vivid and social enjoyments, - it shuts our
souls to our own youth, - and we are old ere we remember that we have
made a fever and a labor of our raciest years. - LYTTON.

I charge thee, fling away ambition:
By that sin fell the angels.

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

It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes
and aspirations, as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutified his
nature, and quenched the spirit of immortality, which is his portion.

Ambition has but one reward for all:
A little power, a little transient fame,
A grave to rest in, and a fading name!

All my ambition is, I own,
To profit and to please unknown;
Like streams supplied from springs below,
Which scatter blessings as they go.

ANGELS. - If you woo the company of the angels in your waking hours,
they will be sure to come to you in your sleep. - G.D. PRENTICE.

The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath,
blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel, as he wrote it
down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. - STERNE.

There are two angels that attend unseen
Each one of us, and in great books record
Our good and evil deeds. He who writes down
The good ones, after every action closes
His volume, and ascends with it to God.
The other keeps his dreadful day-book open
Till sunset, that we may repent; which doing,
The record of the action fades away,
And leaves a line of white across the page.
Now if my act be good, as I believe it,
It cannot be recalled. It is already
Sealed up in heaven, as a good deed accomplished.
The rest is yours.

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.

ANGER. - And to be wroth with one we love
Doth work like madness in the brain.

Anger is implanted in us as a sort of sting, to make us gnash with our
teeth against the devil, to make us vehement against him, not to set
us in array against each other.

When anger rushes unrestrain'd to action,
Like a hot steed, it stumbles in its way.

Lamentation is the only musician that always, like a screech-owl,
alights and sits on the roof of an angry man. - PLUTARCH.

He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will
not. - SENECA.

Men in rage strike those that wish them best. - SHAKESPEARE.

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason. - W.R. ALGER.

Anger is the most impotent passion that accompanies the mind of man;
it effects nothing it goes about; and hurts the man who is possessed
by it more than any other against whom it is directed. - CLARENDON.

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

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts up his eyes. - CATO.

When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.

Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. - EPHESIANS 4:26.

Anger begins with folly and ends with repentance. - PYTHAGORAS.

Anger causes us often to condemn in one what we approve of in

ANXIETY. - Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than
ruined by too confident a security. - BURKE.

Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human
events? - BLAIR.

Almost all men are over-anxious. No sooner do they enter the world
than they lose that taste for natural and simple pleasures so
remarkable in early life. Every hour do they ask themselves what
progress they have made in the pursuit of wealth or honor; and on they
go as their fathers went before them, till, weary and sick at heart,
they look back with a sigh of regret to the golden time of their
childhood. - ROGERS.

Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which
we endure and generally occasion ourselves. - BEACONSFIELD.

ART. - The perfection of art is to conceal art. - QUINTILIAN.

Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of
folly. - HAZLITT.

Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of
art. - GOETHE.

Art does not imitate, but interpret. - MAZZINI.

Art is the gift of God, and must be used unto his glory. - LONGFELLOW.

ASSOCIATES. - Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good
manners. - 1 CORINTHIANS 15:20.

He who comes from the kitchen smells of its smoke; he who adheres to a
sect has something of its cant; the college air pursues the student,
and dry inhumanity him who herds with literary pedants. - LAVATER.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. - SOLOMON.

If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to

If men wish to be held in esteem, they must associate with those only
who are estimable. - LA BRUYÈRE.

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of
thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy
superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company
is the way to grow worse; the best means to grow better is to be the
worst there. - QUARLES.

A companion of fools shall be destroyed. - PROVERBS 13:20.

Choose the company of your superiors whenever you can have it. - LORD

I set it down as a maxim, that it is good for a man to live where he
can meet his betters, intellectual and social. - THACKERAY.

Keep good company, and you shall be of the number. - GEORGE HERBERT.

It is best to be with those in time that we hope to be with in
eternity. - FULLER.

ASTRONOMY. - The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both
speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to
human affairs. - CICERO.

The sun rejoicing round the earth, announced
Daily the wisdom, power and love of God.
The moon awoke, and from her maiden face,
Shedding her cloudy locks, looked meekly forth,
And with her virgin stars walked in the heavens, -
Walked nightly there, conversing as she walked,
Of purity, and holiness, and God.

I love to rove amidst the starry height,
To leave the little scenes of Earth behind,
And let Imagination wing her flight
On eagle pinions swifter than the wind.
I love the planets in their course to trace;
To mark the comets speeding to the sun,
Then launch into immeasurable space,
Where, lost to human sight, remote they run.
I love to view the moon, when high she rides
Amidst the heav'ns, in borrowed lustre bright;
To fathom how she rules the subject tides,
And how she borrows from the sun her light.
O! these are wonders of th' Almighty hand,
Whose wisdom first the circling orbits planned.
- T. RODD.

ATHEISM. - I should like to see a man sober in his habits, moderate,
chaste, just in his dealings, assert that there is no God; he would
speak at least without interested motives; but such a man is not to be
found. - LA BRUYÈRE.

An Atheist-laugh's a poor exchange
For Deity offended!

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. - PSALM 14:1.

Kircher, the astronomer, having an acquaintance who denied the
existence of a Supreme Being, took the following method to convince
him of his error. Expecting him on a visit, he placed a handsome
celestial globe in a part of the room where it could not escape the
notice of his friend, who, on observing it, inquired whence it came,
and who was the maker.

"It was not made by any person," said the astronomer.

"That is impossible," replied the sceptic; "you surely jest."

Kircher then took occasion to reason with his friend upon his own
atheistical principles, explaining to him that he had adopted this
plan with a design to show him the fallacy of his scepticism.

"You will not," said he, "admit that this small body originated in
mere chance, and yet you contend that those heavenly bodies, to which
it bears only a faint and diminutive resemblance, came into existence
without author or design."

He pursued this chain of reasoning till his friend was totally
confounded, and cordially acknowledged the absurdity of his notions.

By night an atheist half believes a God. - YOUNG.

No one is so much alone in the world as a denier of God. - RICHTER.

When men live as if there were no God, it becomes expedient for them
that there should be none; and then they endeavor to persuade
themselves so. - TILLOTSON.

Atheism is the result of ignorance and pride, of strong sense and
feeble reasons, of good eating and ill living. - JEREMY COLLIER.

Atheism can benefit no class of people, - neither the unfortunate, whom
it bereaves of hope, nor the prosperous, whose joys it renders

AUTHORITY. - Self-possession is the backbone of authority. - HALIBURTON.

Man, proud man!
Dressed in a little brief authority:
Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd.
His glassy essence - like an angry ape
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep.

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

AUTHORS. - Choose an author as you choose a friend. - EARL OF ROSCOMMON.

The motives and purposes of authors are not always so pure and high,
as, in the enthusiasm of youth, we sometimes imagine. To many the

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