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OW many a man has dated a
new era in his life from the
reading of a book. The book
exists for us perchance which
will explain our miracles and

reveal new ones The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered. These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men; not one has been omitted; and each has answered them according to his ability, by his word and his life. Moreover, with wisdom we shall learn liberality.The solitary hired man

on a

farm in the outskirts of Concord, who has had his second birth and peculiar religious experience, and is drivenashe believes into silent gravity and exclusiveness by his faith may think it is not true; but Zoroaster, thousands of years ago, traveled the same road and had the same experience; but he, being wise, knew it to be universal, and treated his neighbors accord

We boast that we belong to the nineteenth century and are making the most rapid strides of any nation. But consider how little this village does for its own culture. I do not wish to flatter my towns


Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far into the silent land!

When you can no more hold me by the

Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

O earth, lie heavily upon her eyes;
Seal her sweet eyes weary of watching,

Lie close around her; leave no room for


With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of

She hath no questions, she hath no replies.
Hushed in and curtained with a blessed

Of all that irked her from the hour of birth;

With stillness that is almost Paradise.

Darkness more clear than noonday holdeth


Silence more musical than any song;
Even her very heart has ceased to stir;
Until the morning of Eternity

Her rest shall not begin nor end, but be;
And when she wakes she will not think it

"Sonnets," by Christina Georgina Rossetti

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men, nor to be flattered by them, for that will not advance either of us. We need to be provoked goaded like oxen, as we are, into a trots We have a comparatively decent sys

tem of common schools, schools for infants only; but excepting the halfstarved Lyceum in the winter, and latterly the puny beginning of a library suggested by the state, no school for ourselves

We spend more on cle of bodily alialmost any arti

ment or ailment

than on our mental

aliment. It is time

that we had uncommon schools, that we did not

leave off our educa

tion when we be

gin to be men and

women. It is time universities, and that villages were

their elder inhabitants the fellows of universities, with leisure-if they are indeed so well offto pursue liberal studies the rest of their lives. Shall the world be confined to one Paris or one Oxford forever? Can not students be boarded here and get a liberal education under the skies of Concord? Can we not hire some Abelard to lecture to us? Alas! what with foddering the cattle and

the store, we are kept from too long, and our education is eglected In this country, the should in some respects take the f the nobleman of Europe » It be the patron of fine arts. It is hough. It wants only the magty and refinement. It can spend enough on such things as farmers raders value, but it is thought an to propose spending money for which more intelligent men know of far more worth.

-Henry David Thoreau.

s are like stars; you will not sucin touching them with your hands, ike the seafaring man on the desert aters, you choose them as your es, and, following them, you reach destiny.-Carl Schurz.

edom is alone the unoriginated birtht of man; it belongs to him by force is humanity, and is in dependence on will and creation of every other, in so as this consists with every other perPs freedom.-Kant.

F any pilgrim monk come from distant parts, if with wish as a guest to ell in the monastery, and will be cont with the customs which he finds in place, and do not perchance by his ishness disturb the monastery, but simply content with what he finds: shall be received, for as long a time as desires. If, indeed, he find fault with thing, or expose it, reasonably, and h the humility of charity, the Abbot 11 discuss it prudently, lest perchance

had sent for this very thing. But, if have been found gossipy and contumaus in the time of his sojourn as guest, only ought he not to be joined to the ly of the monastery, but also it shall said to him, honestly, that he must part. If he does not go, let two stout nks, in the name of God, explain the tter to him.—St. Benedict.

tude is as needful to the imagination society is wholesome for the character. -James Russell Lowell.

S to Vaucluse, I well know the

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beauties of that charming valley, and ten years' residence is proof of my affection for the place. I have shown my love of it by the house which I built there. There I began my article “Africa,’ there I wrote the greater part of my epistles in prose and verse. At Vaucluse I conceived the first idea of giving an epitome of the Lives of Illustrious Men, and there I wrote my treatise on a Solitary Life, as well as that on religious retirement. It was there, also, that I sought to moderate my passion for Laura, which, alas, solitude only cherished. And so this lonely valley will be forever sacred to my recollections.

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HE enjoyment of my life has been greatly promoted by the undoubted love and untiring kindness of all with whom I have ever lived, and of a numerous association of disciples, from whom I have continually received the most pleasant attentions, in many cases amounting to a devotion to which I was in no way entitled; and I have quite often warned them against the injurious influence of names upon the independence of mind and of free thought on all subjects ››

practised, and the Millennial state of man upon the earth would have been now in full vigor and established for

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What divisions, hatreds, miseries, and dreadful physical and mental sufferings have been produced by the names of Confucius, Brahma, Juggernaut, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Penn, Joe Smith,

Come, let me take thee to my breast,

And pledge we ne'er shall sunder;
And I shall spurn, as vilest dust,
The world's wealth and grandeur.

And do I hear my Jeannie own

That equal transports move her?
I ask for dearest life, alone,

That I may live to love her.

Thus in my arms, wử a' thy charms,

Mother Lee, etc.! If any of these could have imagined that their names should cause the disunion, hatred and suffering which poor deluded followers and disciples have experienced, how these good or well-intentioned persons would have lamented that they had ever lived to implant such deadly hatred between man and man, and to cause so much error and false feeling between those whose happiness can arise only from universal union of mind and co-operation in practise, neither of which can any of the religions of the earth, as now taught and practised, ever produce.-Robert Owen.

I clasp my countless treasure;
I'll seek nae mair o' heaven to share
Than sic a moment's pleasure.

I have had much
difficulty in con-
vincing many that
the authority given
to names has been
through all past
ages most injurious
to the human race,
and that at this
day their weakness
of intellect was
destructive of mental power and inde-
pendence. That truth required no name
for its support; it substantially supported
itself But that falsehood and error
always required the authority of names
to maintain them in society, and to give
them ready currency with those who
never reflected or thought for themselves.

And by thy een, sae bonnie blue,
I swear I'm thine for ever:
And on thy lips I seal my vow,
And break it shall I never.
"To Jeannie," by Robert Burns

Had it not been for the baneful influence of the authority given to names, this false, ignorant, unjust, extravagant, cruel and misery-producing system, of individual interest opposed to individual interest, and of national interests opposed to national interests, could not have been thus long maintained through the centuries that have passed The universe-the incalculable, superiority of the true, enlightened, just, economical, merciful, and happiness-producing system, of union between individuals, nations, and tribes, over the earth, would have been long since discovered and

EMBRANDT'S domestic troubles served only to heighten and deepen his art and perhaps his best canvases were painted under stress of circumstances and in sadness of heart. His life is another proof, if needed, that the greatest truths and beauties are to be seen only through tears Too bad for the man! But the world-the same ungrateful, selfish world that has always lighted its torch at the funeral pyres of genius-is the gainer.

-John C. Van Dyke.

To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose the next best.

-William Makepeace Thackeray.

IME was when slaves were exported like cattle from the British Coast and exposed for sale in the Roman market. These men and women who were thus sold were supposed to be guilty of witchcraft, debt, blasphemy or theft. Or else they were prisoners taken in war-they had forfeited their right to freedom, and we sold them. We said they were incapable of self-government and so must be looked after. Later we quit selling British slaves, but began to buy and trade in African humanity We silenced conscience by saying, "It's all right-they are incapable of selfgovernment." We were once as obscure, as debased, as ignorant, as barbaric, as the African is now. I trust that the time will come when we are willing to give to

HAT makes a man noble? Not sacrifice, for the most extreme sensualist is capable of sacrifice. Not the following of a passion, for some passions are shameful. Not the serving of others without any self-seeking, for perhaps it is just the self-seeking of the noblest which brings forth the greatest results. No; but something in passion which is special though not conscious; a discernment which is rare and singular and akin to frenzy; a sense of heat in things which for others are cold; a perception of values for which no estimate has been established; a sacrificing on altars which are dedicated to an unknown God; a courage that claims no homage; a self-sufficiency which is super-abundant and unites men and things.-Nietzsche.

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to the same blessings that we ourselves enjoy.-William Pitt.

HE highest study of all is that which teaches us to develop those principles of purity and perfect virtue which Heaven bestowed upon us at our birth, in order that we may acquire the power of influencing for good those amongst whom we are placed, by our precepts and example; a study without an end-for our labors cease only when we have become perfect-an unattainable goal, but one that we must not the less set before us from the very first. It is true that we shall not be able to reach it, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that, whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall be rendered capable of applying the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account.-Confucius

A great city, whose image dwells on the memory of man, is the type of some great idea Rome represents conquest; faith hovers over Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the preeminent quality of the antique world-art.-Disraeli.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. -Confucius.


ACROIX told one day, life in Paris, he should illustrate a new edition of his works in four volumes, and he sent them to him. In a week Lacroix said to Doré, who had called, "Well, have you begun to read my story?" "Oh! I mastered that in no time; the blocks are all ready;" and while Lacroix looked on stupefied, the boy dived into his pockets and piled many of them on the table, saying, The others are in a basket at the door; there are three hundred in all! "


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ELIX Mendelssohn was not a bit "sentimental," though he had so much sentiment. Nobody enjoyed fun more than he, and his company was the most joyous that could be. One evening in hot summer we stayed in the wood above our house later than usual. We had been building a house of fir branches in Susan's garden up in the wood. We made a fire, a little way off it, in a thicket among the trees, Mendelssohn helping with the utmost zeal, dragging up more and more wood: we tired ourselves with our merry work; we sat down round our fire, the smoke went off, the ashes were glowing, it began to get dark, but we did not like to leave our bonfire.

"If we had some music!" Mendelssohn said, "Could any one get something to play on?" Then my brother recollected that we were near the gardener's cottage, and that the gardener had a fiddle. Off rushed our boys to get the fiddle. When it came it was the wretchedest thing in the world, and it had only one string.

Mendelssohn took the instrument in his hands and fell into fits of laughter over it when he heard the sounds it made. His laughter was very catching, he put us all into peals of merriment. But he, somehow, afterwards brought beautiful music out of the poor old fiddle, and we sat listening to one strain after another till the darkness sent us home.

-Reminiscences of Alice Taylor.

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future; and that his thoughts are as children born to him, which he may not carelessly let die. -Herbert Spencer.

A man is a great thing upon the earth and through eternity; but every jot of the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman.-Walt Whitman.

The Courage we desire and prize is not the Courage to die decently, but to live manfully.-Carlyle.

HO I am truly sensible of the high honor done me in this appointment, yet I feel great distress from a consciousness that my abilities and military experience may not be equal to the extensive and important trust. However, as the Congress desire it, I will enter upon the momentous duty, and exert every power I possess in their service and for the support of the glorious cause I beg they will accept my most cordial thanks for this distinguished testimony of their approbation s☛ s☛

But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare, with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.

As to pay, sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it. I will keep an exact account of my expenses. Those, I doubt not, they will discharge, and that is all I desire. -George Washington. On His Appointment as Commander-in-Chief.

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.-Disraeli.

Given a government with a big surplus and a big majority and a weak opposition, and you would debauch a committee of archangels.-Sir John A. Macdonald.

Necessity reforms the poor, and satiety reforms the rich.-Tacitus.

Science, when she has accomplished all her triumphs in her order, will still have to go back, when the time comes, to assist in building up a new creed by which man can live.-John Morley.

That is a good book, it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.--Louisa M. Alcott.

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