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Pearls of Thought
written by "Ballou, Maturin Murray, 1820-1895"
... There are some readers who have never read an essay on taste; and if they take my advice they never will; for they can no more improve their taste by so doing than they could improve their appetite or digestion by studying a cookery-book.—Southey. Those internal powers, active and strong, and feelingly alive to each fine impulse.—Akenside. All our tastes are but reminiscences.—Lamartine. Teaching.—Count it one of the highest virtues upon earth to educate faithfully the children of others, which so few, and scarcely any, do by their own.—Luther. The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.—Bulwer-Lytton. Tears.—The overflow of a softened heart.—Madame Swetchine. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.—Bible.[Pg 257] In woman's eye the unanswerable tear.—Byron. Blest tears of soul-felt penitence.—Moore. God washes the eyes by tears until they can behold the invisible land where tears shall come no more. O love! O affliction! ye are the guides that show us the way through the great airy space where our loved ones walked; and, as hounds easily follow the scent before the dew be risen, so God teaches us, while yet our sorrow is wet, to follow on and find our dear ones in heaven.—Beecher. The kind oblation of a falling tear.—Dryden. A penitent's tear is an undeniable ambassador, and never returns from the throne of grace unsatisfied.—Spencer. Fate and the dooming gods are deaf to tears.—Dryden. We praise the dramatic poet who possesses the art of drawing tears, a power which he has in common with the meanest onion.—Heinrich Heine. Her tears her only eloquence.—Rogers. Eye-offending brine.—Shakespeare. The tears which flow, and the honors that are paid, when the founders of the republic die, give hope th...

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