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    LABOR past is pleasant.

    We reflect upon it with satisfaction, we rest after it with delight. He who never labors heartily can never know what true "rest" means.

    We must labor. to enter into rest. To the industrious, labor is in itself a pleasure. "Labor conquers all things," and to conquer is always a joy.

    Lambs die as well as wethers.

    Or, "As soon dies the calf as the cow." None are too young for the grave. The sun of life often goes down ere it is yet noon.

    Language was given us that we alight say kind things to one another.

    Large interest means small security.

    When will persons with small savings learn this? To get ten per cent. they lose every cent they possess.

    Last not least.

    Indeed, in some respects the last are the greatest. The four last things are the four important things: death, judgment, heaven, and hell.

    Laugh and grow fat; Care killed a cat. “Which being interpreted in a philosophical spirit, means nothing more nor less than this, that the obese are jolly and genial, whereas the thin are acid of temper, and consumed with solicitude. A cat who, who, instead of making the best of it, takes things to heart, grizzling wofully over the scarcity of mice, or any kindred calamity, grows thin and haggard, till at last her nine lives vanish one after another, and she herself altogether disappears. So it is with human bodies. Men and women who 'grill ' over the petty annoyances incident to existence, and inseparable from it, go to ruin like a careworn cat." — Charles J. Dunphie, in "Sweet Sleep." Law hath a sharp claw and a hungry maw.

    One writer calls it a cormorant, another likens it to the horse-leech.

    A suitor cries out bitterly: "I am without a son, Thanks to the law and you; For, oh! I feel the law Has clapped on me its paw." Law is a Bottomless pit; keep far from it.

    Therefore "agree with thine adversary quickly," or thou and he may both be in the abyss. "The suit is ended," said the lawyer; "both parties are cleaned out."

    Law is a lottery.

    Who has not heard of the glorious uncertainty of the law ?

    Law-makers must not be law-breakers.

    In the family, parents should be sure to keep their own rules; and the same should be observed in every business establishment, and in the law-making houses of Parliament. The laws you make You must not break.

    Lawyers and painters can soon make Black white.

    They have only to lay it on thick, and produce the desired effect by coloring. It was said of an eminent lawyer now dead — "When facts were weak, his native cheek Brought him serenely through." Yet Charles Lamb says, "Lawyers were children once, I suppose."

    Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.

    This is natural. Therefore let the man and the bird alone. But it seems as if in the olden times lawyers' bills were not just. Of course all that is altered now; but think of this as a sarcastic epitaph: — "Here lieth one, believe it if you can, Who, though an attorney, was an honest man !

    The gates of heaven for him shall open wide, But will be shut 'gainst all the tribe beside." Lawyers are needful to keep us out of law.

    Brougham, however, said, "A lawyer is a gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies, and keeps it to himself."

    Lawyers' houses are built on fools' heads.

    If men are obstinate and litigious they make work for lawyers, and thus supply them with an income. When fools fall out for every flaw, They run horn mad to go to law; A hedge awry, a wrong plac'd gate, Will serve to spend a whole estate.

    Lay by, like ants, a little store, For summer lasts not evermore. "Save for the man on the white horse," namely, old age.

    Lay by your pence for a rainy day, If you don't need you can give them away.

    The Chinese say : — "Don't keep your coals in a volcano." Don't be extravagant with your possessions. Prodigality is as much a vice as hoarding.

    Lay not all the load on the lame horse.

    People are apt to pack all the blame on the man least able to defend himself; this is not fair. "Lay the blame at the right door." Put the saddle on the right mule.

    Lay up and lay out should go together.

    Their separation will make a man either a miser or a bankrupt.

    Lay up that you may lay out.

    Spend not nor spare too much: be this thy care, Spare but to spend, and only spend to spare:

    He that spends more may want, and so complain; But he spends best that spares to spend again.

    Laziness begins with cobwebs, and ends with iron chains.

    Habits which are easy to shake off at first become unconquerable in after years.

    Laziness is nothing unless you carry it out.

    And if you do, it is monstrous, the theme of all men's ridicule. One said : — "Your lazy loon, if dainty pigeons Up to his mouth well roasted flew, He would not taste them, no, not he, Unless all cut in morsels too." Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

    Most true, "As poor Richard says." "The lazy man goes to his work like a thief to the gallows," and therefore no wonder that want soon has hun by the heel.

    Lazy folks' stomachs don't get tired.

    So says Uncle Remus; and we also notice that this organ is usually very active in persons who have no passion for hard work.

    Lean liberty is better than fat slavery.

    Thus Horace sang: "Give me again my hollow tree, A- crust of bread and liberty." Learn a craft while you are young, that you may not have to live by craft when you are old.

    It is a pity when we see an old man cadging and scheming when he ought to be living upon the fruits of former industry.

    Loam the noble art of self-restraint.

    This will serve you in better stead than "the noble art of selfdefense."

    Learn to be little if thou wouldst be great.

    Learn to creep before you leap. "The wee birdie falls when it tries over-soon to fly:

    Folks are sure to stumble when they climb over-high." Prudence in our attempts is to be commended. We shall do more by attempting less.

    Learn to hear, and hear to learn.

    Hear so as to heed. Learn so as to live.

    Learn to hold your tongue.

    Five words cost Zaeharias forty weeks' silence.

    Learn to live well, and thou mayst die so too:

    To live and die is all we have to do.

    Learn wisdom from the follies of others.

    Learn young learn fair Learn old learn sair.

    We teach the young, but we have no schools for the old: it would seem out of order, if not useless. The young should learn; the old should teach.

    Learning makes a wise man wise, but a fool is made all the more of a fool by it.

    It is said : — You can't make a fool of biggest pattern, Unless you teach him both Greek and Latin.

    Learning without thought is labor lost.

    Thought without learning is perilous, but learning without thought is useless. "My garden neat Has got a seat, That's hid from every eye, sir; There, day and night, I read and write, And nobody's the wiser." Least said soonest mended.

    But it is best to say nothing that needs mending.

    Leave a welcome behind you.

    Go before you have a hint to begone. So go that folks may be glad to see you when you call again.

    Leave Ben Lomond where it stands.

    Don't attempt impossibilities; and when you are shifting everything, do let some of the grand old doctrines and institutions remain where they are. Sometimes the proverb is, "Leave the minister where it was built." Do not accept of the radical motto, "Down with everything that is up."

    Leave grunting to hogs, and snarling to dogs.

    You have quite enough to do to praise God with the birds of heaven. Hogs and dogs are by no means examples for saints.

    Leave it if you cannot mend it.

    What's the use of idly finding fault ? Shun such fruitless labor. Any little silly soul Easily can pick a hole.

    Leave not the meat to gnaw the bones, Nor break your teeth on worthless stones.

    Don't forsake the gospel for the emptinesses of philosophy.

    Leave off no clothes, Till you see a June rose.

    Our climate is so uncertain, that cold weather may return at any time through May; therefore keep on your winter flannels.

    Leave the brown October, and keep yourself sober.

    Leave the Magpie and Stump, and stump home.

    Better still, let the magpie have its stump to itself altogether.

    Leave to-morrow till to-morrow. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." — Matt, 6:34.

    Leaving for gleaner makes farmer no leaner.

    Lend only what you can afford to lose.

    Lending is like pelting dogs with bits of meat: all is lost which goes in that way. Pour water into a hole in the ground, and when it bubbles up again expect to get back the money you have lent. Yet "Lend, hoping for nothing again. " — Luke 6:35. Only mind that what you lend is your own, and not your creditors'.

    Less in the pewter pot, more in the iron pot.

    Wives and children would have more to eat if husbands and fathers spent less on drink. Going to the pot as a sot causes many to "go to pot" in the worst sense of that vulgarism.

    Less of your honey, and more of your honesty.

    Spoken to one who did not pay his debts, but was very complimentary. He that hath no money in his hand need have honey in his mouth; but even then he will not please his creditors.

    Lessons hard to learn are sweet to know.

    Affliction is a stern schoolmaster, but a good instructor.

    Let a good pot have a good lid.

    A good woman should have a good husband, a good church a good minister, and so forth.

    Let a man be a man, and a woman a woman.

    No good can come of their entering upon each other's sphere, or copying the points peculiarly fit for the opposite sex. A womanish man is about as objectionable as a masculine woman. With regard to women appearing in Parliament, there is truth in the witty verse : — "Should women sit in Parliament, A thing unprecedented — A great part of the nation then Would be Mis-represented."

    Let anger's fire be slow to burn, And from thy wrath right quickly turn.

    Anger should be like damp wood, slow in lighting and quick in going out. Be not quick to take offense, Anger is a foe to sense.

    Let another do what thou wouldst do.

    Liberty is not for ourselves only, but for all. Especially must we concede the religious liberty which we so earnestly claim for ourselves. "Think and let think;" and this you may do without being compromised in your fidelity to truth, if you keep from all personal connection with the error.

    Let another's shipwreck be your beacon.

    Take warning by the ills of others. There can be no need for your vessel to feel the rock for itself when you see that another ship has struck upon it.

    Let by-gones be by-gones.

    A very good agreement to make after disagreement. Clean the slate and begin as if misunderstandings had never occurred.

    Let charity be warm, if the weather be cold.

    And all the warmer because the poor are suffering from the inclemency of the season. Send your charity abroad wrapt in blankets.

    Let each tailor mend his own coat.

    Or his customers will judge that he cannot mend theirs. He who does not amend his own faults will mike a poor reformer. Let reforms begin at home, Then the nation they may roam. Let every bird whistle its own tune.

    Be sure it will not whistle another tune half so well.

    Let every dog scratch his own ear.

    He will be a lazy dog if he asks another dog to do it for him, Some people will do nothing for themselves: they almost require a deputy to chew their victuals for them.

    Let every fox take care of his own brush. A selfish proverb; and yet there is sense in it.

    Let every husband stay a lover true, And every wife remain a sweetheart too.

    Let every man do what he was made for. "What ! you a hare, and out hunting ?" was a good question of the ancients. In too many cases men mistake their calling, and frogs try to be as big as bullocks.

    Let gleaners glean, though crops be lean.

    We repeat this sentiment, Because the good old practice seems dying out, and we love to see Ruth carrying home her gleanings.

    Let him hang By the heels.

    A good prescription for a miser. Let him hang till his money drops out of his pocket, and the poor catch the dripping.

    Let him never have a wife Who will not love her as his life.

    Let him that does not know you, buy you.

    As much as to say, "I would not give a penny for you, if you were put up for sale."

    Let him that earns, eat.

    Good rule. He that will not work, ought to want.

    Let him who is well off stay where he is. For he that changes without need Is not a likely man to speed.

    Let John Bull beware of John Barleycorn.

    Generally they say Sir John Barleycorn; but he is not knighted, it is his admirers who are benighted.

    Let no man ever see A green gosling in thee.

    Act prudently. When any man would take thee in, let him find thee "all there when the bell rings," and quite prepared for him.

    Let not flier play the fiddle, nor fiddler play the fife, But each man fully follow his own fitting course of life.

    Let not mirth turn to mischief.

    It is too apt to do so. When sport turns to sin, it is time to turn from it. When a jest becomes earnest, it should be dropped.

    Let not my anger with men make, God angry with me.

    This will happen if my anger sees the sun rise and set, or if it leads to malevolence and desire of revenge. Franklin said : — "Take this remark from Richard, poor and lame, Whate'er's begun in anger, ends in shame." Let not plenty make you dainty.

    A little workhouse fare would greatly improve some people's appetites; for now they turn up their noses at the best of food.

    Let not poverty part good company.

    Rather let us cling to our friend in his distress, and give him practical proof of our sincere esteem.

    Let not property bring thee pride; Let not poverty turn thee aside.

    Let not the devil dance on your lips.

    If he does he will prove himself to be reigning in your heart. If the tongue is kept free from Satan's power, the whole body will be governed aright. We are able by divine grace to resist his temptations; for though he may strike a thousand sparks he can never get a light unless we lend him our tinder.

    Let not your money become your master.

    You could not have a worse. The name of the servant of Mammon is miser, that is, miserable.

    Let not your mouth swallow you.

    Neither by expensive feeding, drunkenness, or ill language.

    Let not your sail be bigger than your ship.

    Or you will be upset. He that makes a great show, and goes on at a faster rate than is safe will soon be a wreck.

    Let the church stand in the churchyard.

    Everything should be in its own place: there it has a right to be, and no one can remove it.

    Let the young people mind what the old people say, And where there is danger keep out of the way.

    Their temptation is to get into the way of danger just to see what it is like. If people were content to believe the statements of experienced persons, they might be saved much sorrow; but it seems that everybody must himself tumble into the ditch before he will believe that there is mud in it.

    Let thy words be true, few, and due.

    Let us have crowns, and we shall have cousins.

    These are sure to turn up. No man has any idea of the extent of his clan till he has something to give away; then he may reckon that every third man in the street is his second cousin.

    Let well alone: if you've little meat, pick the bone. "Fools are aye fond of flitting," and are hot for change; but wise men will be content with what they have.

    Let your body be busy; but be not a busy-body.

    Let your eye be quick, and your tongue be quiet Let your hand be longer than your tongue.

    Don't brag. Do more than you say.

    Let your neighbor wash his dirty linen in peace.

    He has quite enough trouble without your interference.

    Let your nose go in front; but don't always follow it.

    We need a far better guide than our own fancy, or we shall be like Mr. Knight, of whom the ditty says, — "Old Mr. Knight never goes right, And what's the reason why ?

    He follows his nose wherever he goes, And that's the reason why." Liabilities often create abilities to lie.

    Being hard up for money, and pressed by creditors, the man. becomes inventive, and develops a faculty for sailing very near the wind. Empty sacks, since they cannot stand, are apt to lie.

    Liars should have good memories.

    If not, they will soon contradict themselves. It must be hard to remember how you have stated your invention, so as to keep the rest of your lying consistent with the commencement.

    Lies are very nimble, but they soon trip themselves up.

    They usually tread on their own garments. One part of the tale is inconsistent with the other, and thus its falsehood is betrayed.

    Lies hunt in packs.

    One lie needs ten to wait upon it, and these need ten each to keep them company. A lie will multiply like the aphis, from generation to generation. The old tale is, "A crow; two crows; three crows; a hundred crows: thus one to a hundred grows."

    Lies may be acted as well as spoken.

    This makes many men to be really liars who would scorn the appellation. In this sense David was right, and the commentator upon him is also right, who wrote — "'All men are liars in my haste, I said,' Quoth David to quick wrath by falsehood led.

    Those in this place, could holy David view, He'd say the same, and at his leisure, too." Lies need a great deal of killing.

    A lie has as many lives as a cat. "At the scent of water it will bud."

    After a falsehood has been answered a hundred times it will be repeated. "A lie never grows old," says one; and yet another declares that "Lies melt like snow."

    Lies that are half true are the worst of lies.

    When altogether false their smell betrays them, but a little truth conceals their character. And the parson made it his text That week, and said likewise, That a lie which is half the truth Is ever the blackest of lies.

    Life is a bubble, And full of trouble.

    Yet, on the other hand, when we walk with God, — While onward we go We find heaven below.

    Life is half spent before we begin to live.

    With too many it is gone before they even think about it. Their whole experience will be summed up in the miserable exclamation, "What a fool I've been!"

    Life is made up of little things.

    Attention to these littles is by no means a little thing.

    Life is made up of the rose and the thorn:

    What can't be enjoyed must be patiently borne.

    Life isn't all sunshine, nor is it all shade; There are profits and losses in every trade.

    Life is short, but death is sure. Life's like a cobweb; Be we e'er so gay, Death with his besom Sweeps us all away.

    Life would be too smooth if it; had no rubs.

    If too smooth, it would be slippery and unsafe.

    Light another's candle, but don't put out your own.

    Nor need you. Indeed, by holy prudence you may help to keep your own flame burning by lending light to others.

    Light come; light go.

    It is generally true that those who get money easily are apt to waste it, or otherwise to get rid of it speedily. He who earns his fortune with difficulty takes care of the fruit of his labor.

    Light is good, but sore eyes don't like it. "Everyone that doeth evil hateth the light." — John 3:20.

    Light is light, though blind eyes cannot see it. Light not your candle at both ends.

    This is the spendthrift's economy. He says : — "With cards, and dice, and dress, and friends, My savings are complete:

    I light the candle at both ends, And thus make both ends meet." Like a tailor's needle, say, "I go through." Persevere. Don't be beaten, Mean success.

    If bad be your prospects, don't sit down and cry. But jump up and say to yourself, "IWILL TRY."

    Like blood, like goods, and like age, Make the happiest marriage.

    God's blessing resting upon the union, these are likely elements of a happy marriage. Oil and water will not mix, neither can men and women of opposite temperaments make happy unions.

    Like cures like.

    This is the Homaeopathic dogma, and who can disprove it ?

    Like draws to like the world over. "Like to like, and Nan to Nicholas"; people generally find partners of their own sort. This is true, even for the next world, as the rough proverb hath it: "Like will to like, as the devil said to the charcoalburner."

    Like likes like: at least;, its likely.

    In all probability, those who are fond of each other's company are much of the same kidney. Its "owl to owl, and crow to crow." The old adage is, "Like to like, Jack to Jill, a penny a pair."

    Like master, like man.

    Apt enough are we to copy the manners of our superiors, especially if they do wrong. We imitate our associates. "Like priest, like people," and "Like mistress, like maid," "Like well, like bucket," are all forms of the same observation.

    Likely tumbles in the fire, When unlikely rises higher.

    Those whom we think sure to succeed, often fail; while others, of whom we hoped little, succeed.

    Limit, your wants to your wealth. "This is the maxim I'll hold to the end, Whilst Providence gives me my health:

    If little I have, then little I'll spend, And measure my wants by my wealth." Linseys are warmer than silks. Linseys paid for keep out cold; Silks on credit soon grow old.

    Lions are not frightened by cats.

    Men of strength of mind are not turned aside by the sputterings of nobodies.

    Lions' skins are not to be had cheap.

    If you mean to overcome a really brave man, you have your work cut out, for he will not tamely yield.

    Liquor very loudly talks, When the screw has drawn the corks.

    What a noise and hubbub the stuff will cause when a company of men are discussing politics and spirits !

    Listen to others, if you would have them listen to you.

    It is only fair. "Turn and turn about" is justice.

    Listeners hear no good of themselves It is meanness itself to hear what is not intended for you. A gentleman will carefully abstain from over-hearing. Inquisitive people stick their heads into a beehive, but they should not complain if they receive more instruction than they like.

    Little and often is good for little ones. "Children and chicken will be picking." They do not thrive on great feasts and long fasts. In teaching children, precept should be upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little.

    Little and often fills the purse; But haste for riches brings a curse.

    Little bantams are great at crowing.

    Wonderful, indeed, it is how loudly little people can boast. It seems as if the less people can do, the more they can brag.

    Little boats must keep near shore; Larger ships may venture more.

    Caution is wise. When our estates do not permit of large expenses, or great ventures, let us be content with smaller things.

    Little bodies have great souls.

    This is often the ease. Dr. Watts was a little man, but a great poet, and when he was despised for his low stature, he wrote : — "Were I so tall to reach the pole, Or grasp the ocean in my span, I must be measured by my soul:

    The mind's the standard of the man." Little by little, the little bird builds its nest.

    Thus, by diligence and economy, the man of moderate abilities succeeds in gaining a comfortable living.

    Little chips light great fires.

    Thus, the worst of quarrels have arisen from a few angry words.

    Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.

    To despise an enemy is to give him a great advantage. This proverb is specially true of spiritual and moral mischiefs.

    Little fishes are sweet, and little rooms are warm.

    A small estate has its peculiar comfort.

    Little fishes should not spout like whales.

    This they are very art to attempt, but they make themselves ridiculous.

    Little folks like to talk about great folks.

    Some are as proud as peacocks if they once rode in the same train with Six John, or my Lord Harry.

    Little griefs are loud, great sorrows are silent.

    Hence, when a man sits alone and shuns all mention of his woe, we ought to give him all the greater sympathy.

    Little is done when every man is master.

    But a good deal is likely to be undone, and great uproar created.

    The worst despot is better than no head at all.

    Little pigeons can carry great messages.

    And they will do so. Therefore, mind what message you give them.

    Say not that which thou wouldst not hear again.

    Little pigs eat great potatoes.

    If they can get them. Children are, great feeders. Very small men concoct great political schemes.

    Little pitchers have great ears.

    Children hear very quickly. Say nothing which you would not wish them to repeat, for they will repeat all they hear, even as parrots do.

    The proverb is sometimes varied by the word "pigs" being inserted instead of "pitchers."

    Little pot, Don't get hot On the spot.

    An angry person is a ridiculous person; and if he is very little, he makes all the greater stupid of himself.

    Little strokes fell great oaks.

    Little things please little minds.

    Which may be spoken to disparage those who are delighted with trifles; but may also be to their credit, since it is most commendable to be easily contented and pleased.

    Little troubles are great to little people.

    It is therefore cruel to laugh at the griefs of children, which may be as great to them as some huge calamity would be to us. The sorrows of the little are not little sorrows to them. This may teach humanity to animals and insects. May it not be true also that a beetle suffers as much in death as an elephant ?

    Little wit in the head makes much work for the feet.

    Little wrongs done to others are great wrongs done to ourselves.

    The moral sense is blunted, and this is a serious injury.

    Live and let live.

    Capital motto. Many people think they can only live themselves by grasping the living of everybody else.

    Live as if each day were thy first day and thy last day.

    With the freshness of a beginner and the earnestness of one who is nearing his, end.

    Live in to-day, but not for to-day.

    The cattle see no further than their eye can reach, but we look into a vast eternity, and endeavor to prepare for it.

    Live not for yourself alone.

    For that will be to make a sepulcher of your own personality. Self is a grave.

    Live only a moment at a time.

    Trusting for constant help from heaven. Our long ranges are difficult firing, we do best when we "do the next thing."

    Live to die that thou mayest die to live.

    Live to learn, and learn to live.

    Do not think that you know everything, but ever be learning more, and let that learning touch most on the practical concerns of everyday life.

    Live upon trust, And pay double you must.

    Of course, the seller has to charge us for interest, and for the risk he runs of our never paying. "The Hire System" is also a higher system of charging and paying. Pay down on the nail.

    Live we may: die we must. A few days may, a few years must, Repose us in the silent dust.

    Live with a singer if you would learn to sing.

    Association is an insensible instruction. We do, as it were, imbibe habits as Gideon's fleece drank in the dew.

    Live within your means, but never be mean within.

    Live while you live.

    Doddridge has set this in the right light : — "'Live while you live,' the epicure would say, 'And seize the pleasures of the passing day '; 'Live while you live,' the sacred preacher cries, 'And We to God each moment, as it flies.' Lord, in my view, let these united be; I live in pleasure when I live to thee." Loans and debts make worries and frets.

    Loans should come laughing home.

    One who lends likes to have his money back at the promised time, and he ought to have it. Many could truly say, "We would lend willingly; but when shall we get it again ?" There should be a prompt and cheerful return of anything borrowed; but some keep an article till it is half worn out before they send it home.

    Loaves put awry in the oven, come out awry.

    The commencement of a work must be looked to. If we are wrong in the first stage it will affect the result.

    Lock the stable before you lose the steed.

    Generally, this is done just after the horse is stolen.

    Long is a day without bread.

    Let those who fare sumptuously think how long four-and-twenty hours must be to one who is starving.

    Long lent is not given.

    Yet after keeping a borrowed article much longer than they should, some treat it as if it belonged to them. Shame !

    Long looked-for comes at last. "The expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever." — Psalm 9:18.

    Long talk makes short work.

    Gossiping over the pales stops the mops and brooms. Endless speeches in Parliament cause barren sessions.

    Long-tongued people are generally short-handed.

    The Orientals say, "He has only one cowry to spend, but he rushes all over the bazaar and makes a great stir everywhere.'" Look above you, and then look about you.

    First seek the blessing of God, and then watch your opportunities.

    Look at paintings and fightings from a distance.

    They do not improve upon near inspection.

    Look at your corn in May, And you'll come weeping away; Look at the same in June, And you'll sing another tune.

    Fret not in a hurry. Tarry a bit and see what time will do. "The husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it." — James 5:7.

    In spiritual things we must learn to wait patiently. "Our husbandmen for harvest wait and stay; Oh, let not any saint do less than they !" Look before you leap; The ditch may be deep.

    Do not be in a desperate hurry, or you will get into trouble, or at the least fail in your endeavors. The Chinese say that "a hasty man drinks his tea with a fork."

    Look before you, or you'll have to look behind you.

    Foresight may save regret. If men used their eyes before acting, they might not have to wipe them afterwards. In every case there is need to be on our guard. The Siamese say, "Go up by land you meet a tiger; go down by water you meet a crocodile." Always keep a good look-cut, for you are in an enemy's country.

    Look for hogs in the sty.

    Bad men have their haunts, and there you may expect to find them.

    Another proverb is, "Look for the hog at the oak." Look for a tippler in the public-house.

    Look for squalls, but don't make them. "Accidents will occur in the best regulated families"; but we must, if it be possible, as much as lieth in us, live peaceably with all. Earn the laurels of peace, And make quarrels to cease.

    Look not a gift horse in the mouth.

    Gratitude should prevent a churlish criticism of a gift. Whatever the nag's age may be, it costs you nothing.

    Look not for musk in a dog-kennel.

    Do not expect virtue where wantonness and sin hold their reign.

    Look to your own failings before you look at my faults. "In other men we faults can spy, And blame the mote that dims the eye:

    Each little speck and error find; To our own strongest errors blind." Look through a keyhole, and your eye will be sore.

    Paul Pry with his "hope I don't intrude" is sure to meet with unpleasant discoveries.

    Lookers on see more than players.

    Or think they do. Every man could do my business better than I can. Can he?

    Lose thy fun rather than thy friend. "He that will lose his friend for a jest deserves to die a beggar by the bargain. Yet some think their conceits, like mustard, not good except they bite. Such let my jests be, that they grind not the credit of my friend." — Thomas Fuller.

    Lost time is never found again.

    Love all; trust few; To each be true.

    Love and lordship like not fellowship.

    So far as the sexes are concerned, there is only room in love's kingdom for itself: jealousy, like the cherub with drawn sword, keeps others from intrusion.

    Love and poverty are hard to hide.

    Some put with these "fire and a cough," and others "smoke and money." Those lovers who try to act as if they were perfect strangers to each other, so much overdo the part that everyone sees how love is struggling for fresh air. Newly-married people need not try to conceal the fact: it is visible to the naked eye.

    Love hath a large mantle. "Love covereth a multitude of sins." — 1 Peter 4:8 (R.V.). It, forever and forgets, and therein it proves itself to be of God.

    Love in married life Makes husband and wife Each rule without strife.

    They were a happy pair of whom it was said : — "They were so one that none could ever say Which of them ruled, and whether did obey:

    He ruled, because she would obey, and she, In the obeying, ruled as well as he." Love in the heart is trotter than honey in the mouth.

    Love is a secret no man knows, Till it within his bosom glows.

    Only those despise the emotion who have never come under its sway. It is a weakness in which lies our strength: a mystery which is simplicity itself.

    Love is as warm in fustian as in velvet. "Love's voice cloth sing As sweetly in a beggar as a king." Love is blind· It is often born so, but, like the puppies, its eyes open in due time. "Though blind it yet sees far," as the old saying tells us. much truth in a pithy form. Love is all eye for beauties, and has no eye for blames.

    Love is neither bought nor sold.

    Love is the only price of love. It is said by the old proverb, "Love works wonders, but money makes marriage"; but money cannot bring love, and without low; marriage is penal servitude for life.

    Where love comes for the sake of gain, it is generally false, and the old rhyme stands true: Thy seeming lover false will be, And love thy money more than thee.

    Love is the mother of love.

    It is born of love and nurtured by it. "Loving and singing cannot be forced." The parentage of love is free; its parents are as itself. Love if thou wouldst be loved. Even of God we know from Scripture and from experience that, "We love him because he first loved us."

    Love laughs at locksmiths.

    When set upon its object, the loving heart; win find its beloved; as the old ballad puts it : — "If the earth should part them, He would gallop it o'er; If the seas should o'erthwart him, He would swim to the shore. Should his love become a swallow, Thro' the earth to stray, Love will lend wings to follow, And will find out the way." Love lightens labor, and sweetens sorrow. “Instead of love being the occasion of all the misery of this world (as is sung by fantastic bards), the misery of this world is occasioned by there not being love enough.” — Disraeli.

    Love lives in cottages oftener than in courts.

    Love may be found in huts where poor men lie, But pride which shuts the heart makes love to die.

    Love makes labor light.

    Love makes marriage merry age.

    Without love it is mar age. Too often after marriage people grow cold, and then their union is mere bondage. The following paragraph is sometimes true : — It appears that in New Zealand, when the marriage ceremony takes place, it is a very old custom to knock the heads of the bride and bridegroom together previous to their union. But, In Christian lands it isn't so; The bridegroom and the bride To loggerheads but seldom go Until the knot is tied.

    Love maketh time to pass away, Time cannot make true love decay.

    Love me, and then say what you please about me.

    For if love thinketh no evil, we may be sure that it speaketh none. "Charity is no churl."

    Love me, love my dog.

    When the cup of love is fall, it flows over to those who are dear to its object. It's hard, however, to love a man's dog if it's a French poodle, clipped in the fashion.

    Love rules without a sword, And binds without a cord.

    Love should not be all on one side.

    It must be mutual to be abiding, according to the legend: "Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one." Love sought is good, but love unsought is best.

    Surely this is the kind of love which God hath bestowed on sinful men.

    Love your house, but don't ride on the ridge.

    Don't be silly and over-fond. Better "love me little and love me long" than act like an idiot. "Love teaches asses to dance," but they are all the more asses for it. Be sober in love, as in all else.

    Love your mother; you'll never have another.

    A distinguished author, Jean Paul Richter, used to say, "Unhappy is the man for whom his own mother has not made all other mothers venerable."

    Love your neighbor, but mend the hedge.

    If not you will in due time wish you had. You cannot mix meum and tuum, and separate them again at pleasure.

    Love your "uncle," but don't pledge the flat-iron.

    Nor anything else if you can help it. Remember the balls outside the Pawn-shop. Two and one, to warn you that it is two to one that what goes in will ever come out again.

    Lovers' purses are tied with cobwebs.

    They are always ready to spend their money on those they love.

    Lovers' time runs faster than the clock.

    They are sure to meet before the time appointed; and when they get together, the moments fly at a double rate. One of them read on a clock Tempus fugit, and said, "Yes, Time fidgets"; and so it does when we want yet a few more last words.

    Love's fire, if it once goes out, is hard to kindle.

    Old flames are extinguished, and it is idle to ask what become,of quenched fire. Violets plucked, the sweetest rain Makes not fresh to grow again.

    Luck is the idol of the idle.

    They are looking for something to turn up, and staring to see their ship come home. Turn from such a dumb idol as luck.

    Lying and gossiping are as like as soup and broth.

    They are very much alike, especially gossiping.

    Lying and stealing live next door to each other.

    Lying pays no tax.

    The more's the pity. It might bring in enough to pay the National Debt.

    Lying rides on debt's back.

    The debtor promises and promises, and then makes false excuses.

    Debt soon destroys a reputation for truthfulness.

    SAYING OF A MORE SPIRITUAL SORT.

    Lay self aside, or God will lay you aside.

    For he will not endure a rival. If we trust self we cannot truly trust the Lord.

    Lay your head to rest on the bosom of omnipotence.

    Leave your cares and needs with almighty love.

    Late repentance is seldom true; true repentance is never too late.

    The first sentence is most sadly true, as many a minister can testify, for when men recover they are all too apt to forget the vows they made in sickness.

    Learn the wretchedness of self and the riches of Christ.

    Leave thy salvation in thy Savior's hands.

    If he cannot save thee, be sure thou canst not save thyself.

    Let faith shut the door at night, and mercy will open it in the morning.

    Let God's ways be in your heart, and your heart in God's ways.

    Let not our prayers die while our Intercessor lives. Because he prays we should pray also.

    And wilt thou in dead silence lie, While Christ stands waiting for thy prayer?

    My soul, thou hast a Friend on high; Arise, and try thy interest there.

    Let me be a sorrowing saint, rather than a merry sinner.

    Let me rather sigh for sin, than sing in sin. The sacrifices God loves best Are broken hearts for sin oppressed.

    Life in prayer Brings death to care.

    Lightness of spirit may bring darkness of soul.

    Too often has it been so ! Tender consciences soon discover that something is wrong between God and their souls, and then their sinful levity is followed by heaviness of heart. Thus Berridge complained of himself: Brisk and dull in half an hour, Hot and cold, and sweet and sour; sometimes grave at Jesus' school, Sometimes light, and play the fool ! What a motley wretch am I, Full of inconsistency !

    Sure the plague is, in my heart, Else I could not act this part.

    Lip prayers are lost prayers. "In prayer the lips ne'er act the Tinning part, Without the sweet concurrence of the heart." — Herrick.

    Little-faith is heir to great promises.

    The title to an estate does not depend upon the health, strength, or wealth of the heir; but upon his being of true birth.

    Live for HIM in whom you live.

    Live here as those who have to live hereafter.

    Live to God's glory and you shall live in God's glory.

    Living, loving, lasting union exists between Christ and believers.

    Living without God means dying without hope.

    Look not for a golden life in an iron world.

    Where Jesus wore a crown of thorns we cannot expect coronets of honor. Should the servant be above his Lord ?

    Look to the Lord even when the wind blows sand in your eyes.

    If you cannot see as you would, yet look that way. The Lord knows what blinds you, and will see you when you cannot see him.

    Look up, for God looks down.

    Happy are our eyes when they meet his eyes: then is our whole nature transformed.

    Lord, accept our willingness, and forgive our weakness. Lord, hold me up; yet keep me down.

    Upright in conduct, and lowly in spirit.

    Lord, keep me, that I may keep thy commandments.

    Lord, keep us from evil, and evil from us. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

    Lord, teach my teacher, that he may teach me.

    Recommended as a Sabbath prayer.

    Lord, touch my ear, that I may hear.

    And if it has been wounded by sin, or stopped up by error, Lord heal it, and open it to hear thy word.

    Love all for Christ; but love Christ for himself.

    Love is the livery of Christ.

    Make sure that you wear it in every place. "No outward mark we have to know, Who thine, O Christ, may be, Until his Christian love doth show Who appertains to thee:

    For knowledge may be reached unto, And formal justice gained, But till each other love we do, Both faith and works are feigned." — Wither.

    Love is the perfect of the verb "live."

    Oh, to be intense in that perfect tense!

    Love those who love God.

    For such love may continue throughout eternity.

    Love we to drink the sweet, and shall we lower If God be pleased to send a little sour ?

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