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as the cruel and malevolent lower is predominating. What though patience under a wrong be difficult? There's a beatitude in it. Only thus can the human family progress upward.
As to all things, therefore, whatsoever you, if having trespassed or been spiteful, would that the wronged person should do unto you by way of restitution or forgiveness, do you even so unto him or her. “Love is the loadstone of love."
Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one.— Baron Francis Jeffrey.
To persevere in one's duty and to be silent is the first answer to calumny.- George Washington.
I have never seen anything in the world worth getting angry about. -Henry J. Raymond.
(3) The kindness of promoting chastity. The procreative instinct is a necessary, a beneficent one. “ The preservation of the species was a point of such necessity that nature has secured it at all hazards by immensely overloading the passion at the risk of perpetuating crime and disorder.”* But of course there can be no kingdom of heaven no dominion of the higher, the home sacrament. so long as the base, the brutish, unrestrained lower is obtruding, usurping, and dominating. Just outside of Jerusalem burns the offal-fire, Gehenna. Would it not be fool-hardiness, insanity, madness, to let any propensity put and keep you in Gehenna? The rather have no mind or body at all. Amputation and cauterization are better than blood-poisoning; and prevention is better than amputation. What though self-continence be sometimes difficult ?' It will be easy enough after you have habitually reined in your imagination, unless you are hopelessly insane. When unaverted was David's gaze from Bathsheba, then unaverted was the assassination of Uriah. There's a beatitude in purity and chivalrous honor. Only thus can the human family progress upward. As to all things, therefore, whatsoever you, if happy in the possession of wife, daughter or sister, husband, son or brother, would that another should do (or refrain from) to promote that happiness, do you yourself do (or refrain from). This is the scope of the seventh commandment, this the ad hominem of Nathan's parable.
He who indulges sensual passions is like a person who runs against the wind with a lighted torch in his hand. Foolish man! If he does
*R. W. Emerson (Conduct of Life, p. 107)
not let go the blazing torch, he must needs have the pain of a burnt hand. Just so it is with respect to the poison of lust, anger, covetousness, and envy.... Is a woman old? Regard her as your mother. Is she of honorable station? Regard her as your sister. Is she of small account? Regard her as your younger sister. Is she a child ? Treat her reverently.- Buddha Sakya.
The man who tells me an indelicate story does me an injury.James T. Fields.
Immodest words admit of no defence,
W. Dillon, Earl of Roscommon. It is one of the heaviest penalties of wrong thinking and of wrong living that they blur, if they do not obliterate, the very perception of good and evil.-Mary Clemmer.
What troubles the man is a confusion of the head arising from cor. ruption of the heart.- Robert Burns.
John Milton explained the alleged precept of Christ concerning divorce to refer solely to what was really asked of him as he knew the matter to lie in the mind of his questioners,-namely, whether a man might put away a wife who adhered to him and discharged her duties as wife; and he said that for no cause but for her adultery (which might be committed while she still discharged her duties directly to her husband) could she be rightsully divorced, leaving entirely out of contemplation the case of one who refused to conduct as wife to her husband. “A peculiar and inferior precept must not be expounded against the general and supreme rule of charity.” “By so strict a sentence against divorce, Christ meant throagh counter sway of restraint to curb the wild exorbitance of over-weening rabbis almost into the other extreme, as when we bow things the contrary way to make them come to their natural straight
Paul's advice t- to let the unbelieving husband depart, etc. - has been explained to mean: She that will not dwell with her husband is not put away by him, but goes herself. Refusal to be a meet help, open misdemeanors resulting in incurable impotency, etc., unfit her to be by the higher law esteemed a wife. And this appears to be the view of enlightened legislators and jurists generally. Thus much for the beatitude of chastity: the curse inevitable upon unchastity needs no comment.
Prose Works, vol. i., book ii.,
The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce. chap. i.
† 1. Cor. vii., 15.
Woe him that cunning trades in hearts contrives.
Thomas Otway. Love is never lasting which flames before it burns.-Owen Feltham.
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world. . . . She sends forth her sympathies on adventure, she embarks her whole soul in the traffic of affection, and, if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless,— for it is a bankruptcy of the heart.-Washington Irving
(4) The kindness of simple manners. Superfluous asseverations are the product either of vanity or of mental indolence. If, instead of clear and simple expressions of affirmation or denial, one resorts to needless appeals to what should be kept sacred from the familiarity that breeds contempt, half the benefits of social converse are undermined and neutralized. Of course, there can be no kingdom of heaven- no dominion of the higher, the decent- so long as the indecent and profane predominate in speech or gesture. Even as to that whose end is to hold the mirror up to nature, there are tacit canons of
What though it be hard sometimes for an unfortunately bred person to refrain from uttering hot, incisive epithets,—"exclamations that savor more of strength than righteousness, or incongruous bombast, and from listening to inane, sensational trash, instead of refined literature and unassuming communication. There's a beatitude in the consciousness of not being an intellectual sluggard, an obliquitous bore, or the swaggering fool portrayed in the proverbs cher ished in every sensible person's mind. As to all things, therefore, whatsoever ye would that another in his or her talk or manners to yourself or to your friend, pupil, son, or daughter, should refrain from in perjury, profanity, vulgarity, clownishness, solecism, unintelligibility, innuendo, importunity, or hoggishness, therefrom yourself refrain. This is the scope of every seer's inspired words in behalf of the true, the beautiful, and the good. Nothing is beautiful but truth. Whatsoever things are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, or of good report, think of. Introspect your motives. Be sincere. Meanwhile, keep circumspecting. The shams, the affectations, the hypocrisy, the nonsense, the idiosyncrasies, that you despise and deprecate in another man or woman or boy or girl, eradicate and exterminate forever from your own disposition and dealings. As to what is “of good report,” study the prophets, the sages, the wits. The existence of a custom or conventionality is only presumptive — not conclusive of its being the correct thing. What is the ephemeral admiration or applause of a shallow coterie or a silly rabble, when weighed against the Well-done of Supreme Eternal Conscience ? Good breeding is surface Christianity.- Dr. Oliver W. Holmes.
A moral, sensible, and well-bred man
Lydia Huntington Sigourney.
Say fools for arguments use wagers. A large mass of error is easily embalmed and perpetuated by a little truth.- Charles Mackay. No man is hurt but by himself.- Diogenes. Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.
Francis Quarles. We laugh to see a whole flock of sheep jump because one did so; might not one imagine that superior beings do the same by us, and for exactly the same reason ?- Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke.
and no other can.
What Three Leading Experiential Precepts in the Sermon on
(1) THE kindness of preserving resources of kindness. Your life is short, and your physical and mental forces limited. Waste no time nor energy.
Hours are golden links, God's token,
Reaching heaven; but one by one
Adelaide A. Procter. Squander no voice upon deaf ears. Exercise discernment. Beware of false prophets. Test before you fully confide. A premium bestowed on a pretender or charlatan is an injustice to modest merit. Don't give pearls to pigs. Help ingratitude punish itself. Keep your equanimity. Don't destroy your nerves by needlessly fussy anxieties about your future. Don't borrow morrow-trouble. You can't cross Jordan before you get to it. Look at these lilies! They simply fulfil the conditions of their existence; and what more beautiful! Seek only to be at one with your environment, and all will come around right eventually.
If any one say that he has seen a just man in want of bread, I answer that it was in some place where there was no other just man. - St. Clement.
It is the slowest pulsation which is the most vital. The hero will, then, know how to wait as well as to make haste. All good abides with him who waiteth wisely.- H. B. Thoreau.
Liberality consists less in giving profusely than in giving judiciously.- John de la Bruyère.
(2). The kindness of considerate judgment of your neighbors' motives, opinions, or conduct. Recollect the grief it causes yourself to find yourself prematurely and wrongfully censured