Wit and wisdom: jokes, conundrums, sentiments, and aphorisms

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Page 42 - In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
Page 259 - There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion ; it is this indeed which gives a value to all the rest, which sets them at work in their proper times and places, and turns them to the advantage of the person who is possessed of them. Without it, learning is pedantry, and wit impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice.
Page 257 - A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Page 5 - you have the honour of seeing the two greatest men in the world.' 'I don't know how great men you may be,' said the Guinea man, ' but I don't like your looks. I have often bought a man much better than both of you, all muscles and bones, for ten guineas.
Page 260 - The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between men, between the feeble and the powerful, the great and the insignificant, is energy — invincible determination ; a purpose once fixed and then death or victory. That quality will do anything that can be done in this world, and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities, will make a two-legged creature a man without it.
Page 266 - Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.
Page 224 - See, from his head, his hands, his feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down : Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown ? 4 Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Page 238 - Come, my good friends, since the old gentleman is gone to bed, I think we may venture to crack another bottle...
Page 77 - We read that the traveller asked the boy if the swamp before him had a hard bottom. The boy replied that it had. But presently the traveller's horse sank in up to the girths, and he observed to the boy, " I thought you said that this bog had a hard bottom.
Page 137 - Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along a railroad at the rate of nine or ten miles .in hour, CHAP. XI. THE CROSS-EXAMINATION. 207 and that a cow were to stray upon the line and get in the way of the engine ; would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance ? "

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