By W. A. Clouston
Ebook of clever Sayings: chosen mostly from japanese resources by means of W. A. Clouston. writer of “Popular stories and Fictions,” “Literary Coincidences, and different Papers,” “Flowers from a Persian Garden,” and so forth. “Concise sentences, like darts, fly overseas and make impressions, whereas lengthy discourses are tedious and never regarded.”—Bacon. “Many are the sayings of the clever, In historical and in glossy books enrolled.”—Milton. within the following small choice of aphorisms, a substantial share are drawn from jap literature. contains passages from the Indian epics. in additional glossy instances, with the only exception of William Hazlitt, our nation has produced no very profitable author of aphorisms. Colton’s Lacon; or, many stuff in Few phrases, Addressed to those that imagine, went via a number of variations quickly after its first book in 1820.
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Do not anxiously expect what is not yet come; do not vainly regret what is already past. Chinese. 299. The way to subject all things to thyself is to subject thyself to reason; thou shalt govern many if reason govern thee. Wouldst thou be a monarch of a little world, command thyself. Quarles. 300. If our inward griefs were written on our brows, how many who are envied now would be pitied. It would seem that they had their deadliest foe in their own breast, and their whole happiness would be reduced to mere seeming.
Those who have wives are blest with good fortune. Wives are friends, who, by their kind and gentle speech, soothe you in your retirement. In your distresses they are as mothers, and they are refreshment to those who are travellers in the rugged paths of life. Mahábhárata. 201. He that is ambitious of fame destroys it. He that increaseth not his knowledge diminishes it. He that uses the crown of learning as an instrument of gain will pass away. Talmud. 202. While the slightest inconveniences of the great are magnified into calamities, while tragedy mouths out their sufferings in all the strains of eloquence, the miseries of the poor are entirely disregarded; and yet some of the lower ranks of people undergo more real hardships in one day than those of a more exalted station suffer in their whole lives.
Pleasure, herself a sorceress, may pitch her tents on enchanted ground. But happiness (or, to use a more accurate and comprehensive term, solid well-being) can be built on virtue alone, and must of necessity have truth for its foundation. Coleridge. 338. Entangled in a hundred worldly snares, Self-seeking men, by ignorance deluded, Strive by unrighteous means to pile up riches. Then, in their self-complacency, they say, “This acquisition I have made to-day, That will I gain to-morrow, so much pelf Is hoarded up already, so much more Remains that I have yet to treasure up.