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    JABBER, jabber, I won't have her.

    A woman who has a long tongue is not a wife for a sensible man.

    And yet, it may be, she is one who might fairly say, "Hold your tongue, husband, and let me talk; for I have all the wit." Those of whom this would be true never say it.

    Jack has been to school To learn to be a fool.

    What a pity that this was the net result of his learning ! We fear we have met with many young gents who have given themselves mighty airs because they once learned "Hic, haec, hoc." They thought they knew a great deal, but they did not.

    Jack gets on by his stupidity.

    This might be so once; but, now that the schoolmaster is abroad, such a Jack will have little meat to roast, and no hoots to pull off unless he brightens up.

    Jack-in-office is a great man.

    Generally much too large for his waistcoat. He cannot contain himself, and the world, is hardly large enough to accommodate him.

    Jack is as good as his master.

    They are very much alike in their greatness, especially Jack. In many instances the fine livery makes the servant appear the greater man of the two in the eyes of the vulgar.

    Jack is great because of his master.

    But he is apt to forget that his plumes are borrowed. Even servants of God can be so foolish as to forget that they are nothing without their Lord. "Jack-of-all-trades is master of none."

    He who brags of doing everything, does nothing. "Jack his own merit sees This gives him pride; And he sees more than all The world beside." Jack-of-all-trades, show and sound, Good for nothing, I'll be bound.

    Jack-of-both-sides is kicked by both sides.

    When his double-dealing is found out, he becomes the foot-ball of contempt.

    Jackets sometimes need a little dusting.

    Boys are none the worse for tasting the results of disobedience, and making the acquaintance of a cane which does not yield sugar.

    Jacob's voice should not go with Esau's hands.

    This almost led to Jacob's being found out by his father; and when men are not dealing with a blind Isaac, they will soon be seen to be deceivers if they talk one way and act another.

    Jaundiced eyes see all things yellow.

    Prejudiced persons view everything in an untruthful light. They see what is in their own minds rather than that which really exists. One who returned to a minister whom he had formerly left, apologized and said, "Sir, I used to find fault, but then I heard you with a jaundiced eye." He was not an Irishman.

    Jeering and sneering Are not worth fearing.

    They will have no power to harm if we refuse to be harmed. It is only the thinness of our skin which can give them power to wound.

    Jest only with your equals, And with them leave no sequels.

    Older and wiser men than ourselves may not care for our nonsense, and they ought not to be tried with it. Those with whom we may make merry should never have anything bitter to remember. Let us use friendly pleasantry, if any.

    Jesting falsehoods are serious sins.

    God has given us no license to lie, even though we only do it in sport. He that will lie in jest will be lost in earnest.

    Jesting is unwise if it be not very wise.

    It is difficult to keep within fitting bounds, so that no rule of truth, kindness, or religion be broken. As a rule, jesting is "not convenient." With some men, an approach to a certain subject must be carefully avoided, or they will be aggrieved. The Creoles say, "Jest with a monkey as much as you please, but take good care not to handle his tail." So should we be careful not to touch a man's sore places, even with the lightest finger.

    Jesting may end in sorrowing.

    If it be unkindly done it will vex the object of it, and then bring harm to the utterer of it. Some must have their joke; but the game is not worth the candle when the mirth gives pain.

    Jests are not arguments, and laughter is not demonstration.

    Yet many look round very knowingly, as if the roars of laughter they have called forth settled the matter; but it is not so.

    Jests which go too far bring home hate.

    Some men's backs are not broad enough to bear a joke, and they are provoked to anger by that which ought only to have tickled them. If you must joke, neither do it with stupid people, nor sensitive people. In their case, what you think sweetmeats will be followed with sour sauce.

    Jill is what Jack makes her; But for better for worse he takes her.

    It is said that some are "all worse and no better"; but, still, the deed is done, be it kill or cure, and both parties must make the best of it.

    How much bliss or blister may lie within the small circle of a wedding-ring ! But once on the finger it comes not off with honor till death doth us part.

    Joe hates a hypocrite, and this doth show Self-love is not a glaring fault with Joe.

    John Blunt may often cause affront, But bravely he will bear the brunt.

    The man who is so honest as to speak his mind is, or should be, ready to bear all consequences without losing his temper.

    John Ploughman says, Of two evils choose neither. Don't choose the least, but let all evils alone. There is a wicked way of using this saying, "Of all evils choose the least," by applying it to an undersized wife. When the Lacedaemonians fined their king for marrying a little woman, he excused himself by saying that of two evils he had chosen the less. The old rhymster said : "If wives are evils, as 'tis known, And wofully confessed, The man who's wise will surely own, A little one is best." John the Ploughman often said, Never carry care to bed.

    Leave it at the place where you kneel in prayer. "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

    Join not in hand where thou canst not join in heart.

    Joke with an ass, and he will kick you in play.

    Rough people take undue advantage of familiarities tolerated in sport. It is better to know your company before you joke, or a rude fellow may wound you sorely.

    Jokes never gain over an enemy, but they sometimes lose a friend.

    Therefore, like edged tools, they should be handled carefully. Never drive a jest so far as to create anger.

    Joseph is not known when a new king arises.

    Past services are not often recognized by new masters.

    Joy and sorrow are next door neighbors.

    Some say that life is like the ague one good day between two bad ones. We suppose they find it so; but we joy in God. In an earthly sense, however, it is still true, "Joy and sorrow Make to-day and to-morrow." Joy, and temperance, and repose, Slam the door on doctor's nose.

    The Latin has it: "Be these three thy doctors: rest, cheerfulness, and moderate diet."

    Joy pours oil into the lamp; Sorrow is a grievous damp.

    Judge a man by his questions, as well as by his answers.

    This is a bit of French wisdom; and there is much in it.

    Judge by your own pot how the others are boiling.

    If this were done, many would, abstain from provocation.

    Judge not a tree by its bark.

    Nor a man by his clothes, or other outward appearance.

    Judge not a woman by her dress, nor a book by its binding.

    The best books are generally bound very soberly; while novels, and such like trash, are in flashy colored wrappers. As for the grand old Puritans, "They wander in sheep-skins, and goats' skins"; yet we say of them, "of whom the world was not worthy."

    Judge not by appearances.

    If you do, you are no judge. Look a little closer than a passing glance will enable you. Take not dislike to a man in the street; Yet be not "hail fellow" with all that you meet.

    Judge not of a ship as she lies on the stocks.

    Wait till she has accomplished a voyage. Test everything by experience. Human beings cannot be added up like a column of figures: you can only know men by living with them. The Chinese say, "Every character must be chewed to get its juice."

    Justice is one thing, law is another.

    Justice would act with mathematical certainty, but the result of an appeal to law is a lottery; and this, not because the law is unjust, but because the procedures and judgments of courts are fallible. The law's a shuttle-cock, you'll none deny, Which parchment battledores compel to fly.

    SAYINGS OF A MORE SPIRITUAL SORT.

    Jacob saw angels ascending and descending, but none standing still.

    Activity is the mark of holy spirits, and should be the mark of holy men.

    Jesus Christ is light to the eye, honey to the taste, music to the ear, joy to the heart.

    Jesus Christ to a believer is fairer than the fairest, sweeter than the sweetest, nearer than the nearest, dearer than the dearest, richer than the richest, and better than the best Jesus has many lovers of his crown, but few bearers of his cross.

    Jesus is our sole hope as well as our soul's hope.

    I saw on a cross in Italy the words "Spes unica." Jesus lived that he might die, and died that we might live. Jesus saves from sin, not in sin.

    Jesus will be all or nothing.

    Joys are our wings; sorrows are our spurs.

    Joy in the Lord always, and you will always have cause for joy.

    Joy suits no man so much as a saint, and no clay so much as a Sabbath. "Religion never was designed to make our pleasure less."

    Don't make the Lord's day dreary. Enjoy the most sun on Sunday. "Call the Sabbath a delight." Judge not God by his providences, but by his promises.

    His love hides itself in afflictions:, but shines forth with unchanging glory in his promises.

    Judge not the Word, but let the Word judge thee.

    Alas ! that so many are proud enough to can the Holy Spirit to their bar, and have never received grace to bow to the infallible Teacher.

    Justice is the activity of God's holiness.

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