World's Laconics Being Choice Thoughts of Best Authors in Prose and Poetry

World's Laconics Being Choice Thoughts of Best Authors in Prose and Poetry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...life, what the last day will do completely--separatc the wheat from the tares.--ll/Iiner. PnRsnvuRANc1: .--Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day, will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.----Rasselus. which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the, resistless force of perseverance: it is by this'that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. ' If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of the pick-axe, or of one impression of the spade. with the general design and last result, he would be over whelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty cperations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest diflieulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans hounded, by the slender force of human beings.--Jo/znson. PHILOSOPI'IY.--A little philosophy inclineth men's minds to_ atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds to religion.--Lord Bacon. PHILos0PHY.--Philosophy can add to our happiness in no other manner but by diminishing our misery; it should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of. The great source of calamity lies in regret or anticipation: he therefore is most wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. This is impossible to a man of pleasure; it is diflicult to the man of business; and is in some degree attainable by the philosopher. Happy were we all born philosophers; all born with a talent of thus dissipating our own cares by spreading them upon all...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236924991
  • 9781236924995