a firm rebuke
The soul always hears an
admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may.
the sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the
firmament of bards and sages.
recovery or preservation from loss or danger
It is a
deliverance which does not deliver.
the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
Accept the place the divine
providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
engagingly stimulating or provocative
So God has armed youth and puberty and manhood no less with its own
piquancy and charm, and made it enviable and gracious and its claims not to be put by, if it will stand by itself.
the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care
nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner, and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature.
compliance with accepted standards, rules, or norms
The virtue in most request is
beg persistently and urgently
I remember an answer which when quite young I was prompted to make to a valued adviser, who was wont to
importune me with the dear old doctrines of the church.
existing in name only
A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if everything were
titular and ephemeral but he.
lasting a very short time
A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if everything were titular and
ephemeral but he.
surrender under agreed conditions
I am ashamed to think how easily we
capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.
a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
Rough and graceless would be such greeting, but truth is handsomer than the
affectation of love.
a chronic drinker
There is a class of persons to whom by all spiritual affinity I am bought and sold; for them I will go to prison, if need be; but your miscellaneous popular charities; the education at college of fools; the building of meeting-houses to the vain end to which many now stand; alms to
sots; and the thousand-fold Relief Societies;—though I confess with shame I sometimes succumb and give the dollar, it is a wicked dollar which by and by I shall have the manhood to withhold.
compensation for a wrong
Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in
expiation of daily non-appearance on parade.
the quality of being suited to the end in view
I hear a preacher announce for his text and topic the
expediency of one of the institutions of his church.
pretentious or showy or vulgar display
Do I not know that, with all this
ostentation of examining the grounds of the institution, he will do no such thing?
cause to feel shame
Their two is not the real two, their four not the real four; so that every word they say
chagrins us, and we know not where to begin to set them right.
devoid of intelligence
We come to wear one cut of face and figure, and acquire by degrees the gentlest
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
If this aversation had its origin in contempt and resistance like his own, he might well go home with a sad
countenance; but the sour faces of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs.
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
It is easy enough for a firm man who knows the world to
brook the rage of the cultivated classes.
characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste
Their rage is
decorous and prudent, for they are timid as being very vulnerable themselves.
nobility and generosity of spirit
But when to their feminine rage the indignation of the people is added, when the ignorant and the poor are aroused, when the unintelligent brute force that lies at the bottom of society is made to growl and mow, it needs the habit of
magnanimity and religion to treat it godlike as a trifle of no concernment.
verse in which the first letter in each line forms a message
A character is like an
acrostic or Alexandrian stanza;—read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
In this pleasing,
contrite wood-life which God allows me, let me record day by day my honest thought without prospect or retrospect, and, I cannot doubt, it will be found symmetrical, though I mean it not, and see it not.
venerable to us because it is no ephemeris.
all future generations
Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age; requires infinite spaces and numbers and time fully to accomplish his design;—and
posterity seem to follow his steps as a train of clients.
someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another
Let him not peep or steal, or skulk up and down with the air of a charity-boy, a bastard, or an
interloper, in the world which exists for him.
attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
That popular fable of the sot who was picked up dead drunk in the street, carried to the duke's house, washed and dressed and laid in the duke's bed, and, on his waking, treated with all
obsequious ceremony like the duke, and assured that he had been insane, owes its popularity to the fact that it symbolizes so well the state of man, who is in the world a sort of sot, but now and then wakes up, exercises his reason, and finds himself a true prince.
Our reading is
mendicant and sycophantic.
attempting to win favor by flattery
Our reading is mendicant and
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
Why all this
deference to Alfred, and Scanderbeg, and Gustavus?
having existed from the beginning
What is the
aboriginal Self, on which a universal reliance may be grounded?
absentminded dreaming while awake
My willful actions and acquisitions are but roving;—the idlest
reverie, the faintest native emotion, command my curiosity and respect.
grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure, that it is
profane to seek to interpose helps.
the trait of being rude and inclined to take liberties
Time and space are but physiological colors which the eye makes, but the soul is light; where it is, is day; where it was, is night; and history is an
impertinence and an injury, if it be anything more than a cheerful apologue or parable of my being and becoming.
freedom from activity
Power ceases in the instant of
repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim.
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
Why, then, do we
prate of self-reliance?
an irritable feeling
Not for that will I adopt their
petulance or folly, even to the extent of being ashamed of it.
express criticism towards
Consider whether you have satisfied your relations to father, mother, cousin, neighbor, town, cat, and dog; whether any of these can
full of anxiety and concern
solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him, because he held on his way and scorned our disapprobation.
pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
We solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him, because he held on his way and scorned our
the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
In proportion to the depth of the thought, and so to the number of the objects it touches and brings within reach of the pupil, is his
rude and boorish
I have no
churlish objection to the circumnavigation of the globe, for the purposes of art, of study, and benevolence, so that the man is first domesticated, or does not go abroad with the hope of finding somewhat greater than he knows.
with little or no preparation or forethought
Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an
extemporaneous, half possession.
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
Not possibly will the soul all rich, all eloquent, with thousand-cloven tongue,
deign to repeat itself; but if you can hear what these patriarchs say, surely you can reply to them in the same pitch of voice; for the ear and the tongue are two organs of one nature.
the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is Christianized, it is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not
hold back, impede, or weigh down
His notebooks impair his memory; his libraries overload his wit; the insurance office increases the number of accidents; and it may be a question whether machinery does not
encumber; whether we have not lost by refinement some energy, by a Christianity entrenched in establishments and forms, some vigor of wild virtue.
express strong disapproval of; deplore
Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long, that they have come to esteem the religious, learned, and civil institutions as guards of property, and they
deprecate assaults on these, because they feel them to be assaults on property.
abjectly submissive; characteristic of a servant
Our dependence on these foreign goods leads us to our
slavish respect for numbers.
a large gathering of people
The political parties meet in numerous conventions; the greater the
concourse, and with each new uproar of announcement, The delegation from Essex!