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A child is an angel dependent on man.
-Count De Maistre.

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law, Pleas'd with a rattle, tickled with a straw. -Pope. Essay on Man, Ep. II., line 275.

Poetry is the child of nature, which, regulated and made beautiful by art, presenteth the most harmonious of all other compositions. -Shirley. Preface to Beaumont and Fletcher, Folio Ed., 1647.

An old man's twice a child.

-Massinger. The Bashful Lover (Gothrio), Act III., Sc. I.

Old men are twice children.

The Jealous Lovers (Simo), Act III., Sc. VI.

Childhood, whose very happiness is love. -L. E. L. Erinna.

Children and fooles cannot lye. -7. Heywood. Proverbs, Bk. I., Ch. XI.

Children and fooles speake true.
-Lyly. Endimion.

Children sweeten labors; but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death. -Bacon. Essay VII., Of Parents and Children.

Children use the fist

Until they are of age to use the brain.
-E. B. Browning. Casa Guidi Windows,

Pt. I.


Weak, noble, strong, impulsive, helpless Man;
Tossed threescore years and ten on stormy seas,
By vain ambitions kept beneath a ban

And hating oft the things that most should please.

Infinite atom, Man, when measured by

The little casket that contains his soul
Infinite Man, he towers to the sky,

When o'er the earth great thoughts resistless roll.

A man is never too old to learn.

-J. C. H.

-Middleton. Mayor of Queenborough (Simon), Act V., Sc. I.

He who hath bent him o'er the dead
Ere the first day of death is fled,
The first dark day of nothingness,
The last of danger and distress.
-Byron. The Giaour.

It is an error to suppose that a man belongs to himself. No man does. He belongs to his wife, or his children, or his relations, or his creditors, or to society in some form or other. It is for their especial good and behalf that he lives and works, and they kindly allow him to retain a certain percentage of his gains to administer to his own pleasures or wants. He has his body, and that is all, and even for that he is answerable

to society. In short, society is the master and man is the servant; and it is entirely according as society proves a good or bad master, whether he turns out a bad or a good servant.

-G. A. Sala.

A man is a god in ruins.
-Emerson (quoted by) Nature, Ch. VIII.,

Men are, in the state, what musical instruments are in an orchestra; they render the sounds more or less agreeable according as they are well or badly touched.


What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a God.


A man is not completely born until he be dead. -B. Franklin. Letters. To Miss E. Hubbard.

Do you know what a man is? Are not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man ?


How shall we rank thee upon Glory's page?
Thou more than soldier and just less than sage!
Too formed for peace to act a conqueror's part,
Too trained in camps to learn a statesman's art,
Nature designed thee for a hero's mould,
But, ere she cast thee, let the stuff grow cold!
-T. Moore. Epistle to Thos. Hume,
Esq., M. D.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.


Amongst the sons of men how few are known Who dare be just to merit not their own? --Churchill. Epistle to Hogarth, line 1.

His life was gentle; and the elements
So mix'd in him, that nature might stand up
And say to all the world, "This was a man !”


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