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ANECDOTES AND APHORISMS.
Learned he is, and can take note,
Transcribe, collect, translate and quote. Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly, than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have neither time nor means to get more. Let every book-worm, when in any fragrant scarce old tome, he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it.—Coleridge.
I hold myself indebted to any one, from whose enlightened understanding another ray of knowledge communicates to mine. Really to inform the mind is to correct and to enlarge the heart.-Junius.
Let me indulge in the hope, that, among the illustrious youths whom this ancient kingdom, famed alike for its nobility and its learning, has produced, to continue her fame through after ages : possibly among those I now address, there
be found some one-I ask no more - willing to give a bright example to other nations in a path yet untrodden, by taking the lead of his fellowcitizens—not in frivolous amusements, nor in the degrading pursuits of the ambitious vulgar—but in the truly noble task of enlightening the mass of his countrymen, and of leaving his own name no longer encircled, as heretofore, with barbaric splendour, or attached to courtly gewgaws, but illustrated by the honours most worthy of our rational nature, coupled with the diffusion of knowledge, and gratefully pronounced through all ages, by millions whom his wise beneficence has rescued from ignorance and vice. This is the true mark for the aim of all who either prize the enjoyment of true happiness, or set a right value upon a high and unsullied renown; and if the benefactors of mankind, when they rest from their pious labours, shall be permitted to enjoy hereafter the privilege of looking down upon the blessings with which their toils and sufferings have clothed the scene of their former existence, do not vainly imagine that, in a state of exalted purity and wisdom, the founders of mighty
dynasties, the conquerors of new empires, or the more vulgar crowd of evil doers, who have sacrificed to their own aggrandisement the good of their fellow-creatures, will be gratified by contemplating the monuments of their inglorious fame! Their's will be the delight—their's the triumph-who can trace the remote effects of their enlightened benevolence in the improved condition of their species, and exult in the reflection that the prodigious change they now survey, with eyes that age and sorrow can make dim no more—of knowledge become powervirtue sharing in the dominion-superstition trampled under foot—tyranny driven from the world-are the fruits, precious, though costly, and though late reaped, yet long enduring, of all the hardships and all the hazards they encountered here below !-From Lord Brougham's Inaugural Discourse as Lord Rector of Glasgow University, 1825.
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Dean Nowell having obtained from a foreigner several fine cuts and pictures representing the stories and passions of the saints and martyrs, placed them against the epistles and gospels of their festivals in a Common Prayer-book. This book he caused to be richly bound, and laid on the cushion intended for the Queen's use, in the place where she commonly sat, intending it for a New Year's Gift to her Majesty, and thinking to have pleased her fancy therewith, but it had not that effect, but the contrary. When she came to her place, and saw the pictures, she frowned, and then shut it. Calling the verger, she bade him bring her the old book, wherein she was formerly wont to read. After service, whereas she was wont to get
immediately on horseback, or into her chariot, she went straight to the vestry, and applying herself to the Dean, thus she spoke to him :
Queen.“ Mr. Dean, how came it to pass that a new Service-book was placed on my cushion ?”
Dean. “May it please your Majesty, I caused it to be placed there."
Queen. “Wherefore did you so ?”
Dean. “ To present your Majesty with a New Year's Gift."
Queen. “You could never present me with a worse.” Dean. “Why so, Madam ?”
Queen. “You know I have an aversion to idolatry, to images and pictures of this kind."-Strype's Annals.
The stern virtue of an ancient Roman, could not have surpassed the heroism recorded of those Indians taken in battle near the Cordilleras. They were remarkably fine men, very fine, above six feet high, and all under thirty years of age. They were believed to possess very valuable information, and to extort this they were placed in a line. The two first being questioned would give no intelligence, and were instantly shot. The third also refused to betray his tribe, and said: “Fire, I am a man, and can die!"-Darwin's Voyage of H.M.S. 'Beagle,
When Dr. Adam Clarke was under examination for orders as a Dissenting clergyman, the usual preliminary question was asked him : “ Are you in debt ?” At that moment he remembered having in the morning borrowed a halfpenny from a friend to give to a beggar, so his con
science forbid him to give a positive negative, while he felt it would make him ridiculous to name so trifling a
After a moment's hesitation he replied: “Not a
John Wesley was so intent on his followers being peculiar people,” that he once said : "God forbid that we should not be the laughing-stock of all mankind !"
When Lady **** was suddenly taken ill, and found out that she was dying, she became almost frantic with horror at the idea of dying alone, and threw her arms round the neck of her maid, exclaiming in accents of entreaty: “Die with me! oh, die with me!”
Lines on observing a sunbeam glittering on a mass of
Mark! in yon beam the world's destructive guile,
“When I went,” says Mr. Collins, R.A., "to bid Sir David Wilkie farewell, a day or two before he left home for his last journey, I found him in high spirits, enlarging with all his early enthusiasm on the immense advantage he might derive from painting upon Holy Land on the very ground on which the event he was to embody had actually occurred. To make a study at Bethlehem from some young female and child, seemed to me one great incentive to his journey. I asked him if he had any guide-book, he said: 'Yes, and the very best;' then unlocking his travelling bag, he showed me a pocket-Bible.