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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37



A tradesman in a country town told the curate that he meant to make a "scholar" of his boy—" I mean to give him a year's Latin."

No amusements are more easily attainable, and attended with more solid satisfaction than the amusements of literature.

Sir W. Temple said that the two common thrones to which most men offer up the application of their thoughts and lives are profit and pleasure; and by their devotions to either of these they are vulgarly distinguished into two sects, and called either busy or idle men. Whether these terms differ in meaning or only in sound I know may be disputed with appearance enough, since the covetous man takes as much pleasure in his gains as the voluptuous does in his luxury.

It is difficult to be attached to the common objects of human pursuits without feeling sordid cares and troublesome passions. But in the pursuit of learning all is liberal, noble, generous.

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Gibbon states that not more than one in one hundred of the male population can be engaged in the profession of arms without wearing out the country.

What religion is a passenger found on board an English ship? Religion! they have nothing of the kind there; they only drink and swear.

The vulgar have ever elevated quacks above physicians, and given to fortunetellers and fanatics an influence over their minds which not even selfinterest, much less reason, can overcome.

The cross is a symbolic form far anterior to Christianity; and the two principal pagodas—those of Benares and Mathura—are built in the form of crosses. It was an emblem of universal nature—of that world to whose four quarters its diverging radii pointed.

Dr Lawrence states it as a fact that Charles James Fox recommended us to beg peace humbly from the French, by preambling that we had unjustly treated them in commencing the war; and "if they forgave us this time we would never do so again."

French vanity is proverbial. They despised tactics at Agincourt—climate at Moscow—bravery at Waterloo.

I harangued (said Cobbett) the electors of Dunfermline on the necessity of driving out of the door or tossing out of the window any candidate who, offering himself as their representative, should have the audacity to tell them that it was beneath him to pledge himself to do that which they wanted him to do for them.

Unequal connections commonly end in mutual disgust.

Never esteem men merely on account of their riches or their station. Respect goodness, find it where you may. Honor talent whenever you behold it unassociated with vice; but honor it most when accompanied with exertion, and especially when exerted in the cause of truth and justice; and above all things hold it in honor when it steps forward to protect defenceless innocence against the attacks of powerful guilt.

The parable of Dives and Lazarus lays no blame upon the rich man for the enjoyment of his riches, only for his unfeelingness.