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    UGLY women, finely dressed, are the uglier for it.

    Are there any ugly women? We cannot say; but some evidently think themselves so, for they put on showy, apparel to hide their plainness. Their gaudy trappings advertise their want of comeliness.

    The plainer the dress, the more conspicuous the beauty of the wearer.

    Unborn pups are doubtful dogs.

    To the same effect is the other’ proverb: “Unlaid eggs are doubtful chicks.” It is idle to reckon upon the uncertain future..

    Uncle pays for all.

    In America it is Uncle Sam, and here it is Uncle John Bull, so far as the nation is concerned. “Never mind the expense, Uncle Bull will clear the bill.” The Italians say that public money is like holy water, everybody helps himself to it. In families, also, the principle comes into action, and economy ceases when a rich friend “stands Sam.”

    A bachelor uncle is almost as good as a maiden aunt; and in some respects better. It must be nice to be uncle when all the youngsters reckon on your paying for all they choose to buy.

    Under a cloak the devil is two devils.

    He is able to do double mischief when disguised.

    Under golden sheath leaden sword.

    Too often true; great show and poor substance. “Under silk hat a soft head,” and “under a coronet no head at all.” These may both be true; and yet all are not wide awake who wear wide awakes. “Under the rose.”

    That is, secretly. Let us do nothing which requires to be hidden. “Sub rosa ” is a state of things which makes honest men afraid.

    Under white ashes lie glowing embers.

    Men may seem very gentle, and yet be indulging the fiercest passions. Courtesy may conceal furious malice.

    Underhanded dealing Stirs up angry feeling.

    Do everything above board; for do man likes to feel that he has been taken in and done for.

    Unfit to die, unfit to live.

    That which is necessary as a preparation for the next world is equally needful for this present life. If we live as we should, we shall die as we would.

    Unfortunate and. imprudent are often two words for the same thing.

    When a man is incorrigibly stupid he lays his failure upon his bad luck. Providence may arrange matters mysteriously at times; but, as a rule, when men cannot succeed, there is a reason for it. Those who are long out of work are generally out with work.

    Unkind words fall easily from the tongue, but a coach and six horses cannot bring them back.

    Unlooked-for often comes.

    It is the unexpected that happens.

    Unready and Unsteady are two Ne’er-do-wells.

    Unsaid may be said, but said cannot be unsaid.

    Therefore, prefer to err by silence rather than to sin by speech.

    Unthankful men are unnatural men.

    The unthankful and the evil are leashed together in Scripture, like a couple of hounds of the worst breed. No Billingsgate woman could give a man a worse word than to call him ungrateful, Nature is grateful: all the rivers run into the sea, and the clouds repay the earth for its mists by heavy rains. The flocks and the herds repay their keeper; and he is worse than a brute who hath no gratitude.

    Until the physician has killed one or two, he is not a physician.

    So say the Kashmiris; but those poor, ignorant people, have no acquaintance with our allopathic practitioners, and intend no allusion to those worthy gentlemen.

    Unused advantages are no advantage. He that hath fields he doth not weed, He that hath books he doth not read, He that hath ears but doth not heed, Of common-sense hath grievous need.

    Unwilling service earns-no thanks.

    Unwise people learn nothing from the wise.

    As the Burmese say, “A feel is like a wooden spoon, which does not perceive the flavor of the curry-gravy in which it is placed.”

    Solomon says, “Ye fools, when will ye be wise?”

    Up in the morning early, And leave off being surly.

    Beds make beggars. Lazy lovers of sleep find all things going wrong, and they are on the grumble all the day. Getting up late, they get out on the wrong side of the bed, and are all day as surly as bears with sore heads.

    Up like a rocket, and down like its stick.

    A gradual rise is likely to prove a permanent one; but a sudden rise is often temporary. This proverb has been applied by to many who have not yet dropped like a stick Up hill spare me, down hill forbear me.

    This a part of the good advice which the horse is supposed give to his driver.

    Upon an egg the hen lays an egg.

    To him that hath shall be given. Get a nest-egg and more come.

    The difficulty of saving lies in the first ten pounds.

    Use as little vinegar as possible in talking of others.

    Use friends as you would have them use you.

    Expect no more from them than they might reasonably expect from you. Many people have no thought except for themselves.

    Use is second nature.

    It is said that a man might We up to his neck in a horse-pond he once grew used to it. But there is a limit to the influence habit; for when the miser was getting his horse to be used live on a straw a day it died.

    Use is the best estimate of value.

    That learning and talent which cannot be put to any service is not much esteemed. A canoe that affords no light, What profits it by day or night?

    Use legs, and have legs.

    Those who walk can walk. It is the same with other things: the exercise of a faculty or ability is the making of it. Many a man has capacities which he has not discovered, because they have not been called into exercise.

    Use more wit, and less sweat:.

    Many things which cannot be wrought by violent exertion are easily brought about by using a little common-sense. In public speaking let no man mistake perspiration for inspiration.

    Use neither too much bridle, nor too much spur.

    Good counsel as to horses, and equally wise as to young people under training. Neither curb too much, nor demand too great exertion of the mental powers.

    Use pastime so as to save time.

    Amusement is useful when it causes the mind to be rested, so that it is able to do all the more when. you return to work.

    Use soft words, but hard arguments. Suaviter in mode: fortiter in re. The suaviter and the fortiter should be mixed in equal proportions. Be gentle. The sea is held in check, not by a wall of granite but by a beach of sand. Many think strong language strengthens a weak argument; but it does not. A bully is by no means a conclusive reasoner.

    Use sugar more than vinegar..

    Be good-tempered. Be placid, and not acid. Don’t show a litigious spirit. There is no surer way of setting everybody against yourself than that of setting yourself against everybody.

    Use words with care, or ill you’ll fare.

    If one had arranged to dine at the “Green Man, Dulwich,” and told the coachman to drive to the “Dull Man, Greenwich,” he would miss his dinner. One may lose the habit of truth, and even of reasonableness, by being careless in the use of language.

    Use your eyes if you would be wise.

    Use your shoulders as well as your knees.

    Work as well as pray.

    SAYINGS OF A MORE SPIRITUAL SORT.

    Unbelief is giving God the lie.

    That’s the plain English of it. If a man has “honest” doubt, he will at least grant that God is honest too.

    Undone duty will undo our souls. “Unprofitable servants” when we have done all; what are we when we have left all undone?

    Uneven conduct makes uneasy conscience. “Upward and heavenward” be always your motto. ‘Use not your Best Friend worst.

    Nay, use him better than your best has yet reached. The glory of my glory still shall be, To give all glory and myself to thee.

    Use temporal things, but prize eternal things.

    Use the world by making it thy servant; abuse it not by making it thy master.

    Use what you have, that you may have more to use. Utter to your utmost unutterable love.

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