WAGERS are the last arguments of fools.
Yet how common it is to hear a man clench an assertion with, “I’ll bet you ten to one on it;!” Men, till losing’ makes them sager, Back their judgments with a wager.
Yet there is no argument whatever in rids swagger. Men bet because they have no better proof of what they say. “Wait and see,” as the blind man said.
An answer to one who wants to wait and see, when the case is obvious and urgent. His plea for delay is absurd. “Wait” is a hard word to the hungry.
Wake not a sleeping tiger.
By no means. When a passionate man is quiet, pray let him be.
Don’t start a discussion with a contentious individual.
Wandering lights deceive.
He who is not fixed in his teaching cannot be true in it; for truth newer alters. Wreckers’ lights shift: lighthouses are stable.
Want is no friend to wit,.
It drives some men out of their wits. It is hard to be witty when you are hungry. Even when the poor man is really witty, few care to notice it; for truly does Juvenal say:— Want is the scoff of every wealthy fool, And wit in rags is met with ridicule.
Want makes strife ‘Twixt man and wife.
Too often when cruel need is in the house, love is soured into mutual disgust. Love lives on, but none can live on love,.
Want of common-sense is a fatal want.
Learning and grace may be had; but if a man has no common-sense, where will he find it? We mean Good sense, which is the rarest gift of heaven, And though no science, fairly worth the seven.
Want of money loses money.
Without capital the man has no chance of buying well. Without means he is hard pressed, and cannot avail himself of opportunities by which he might have profiled, if he had paid cash.
Want of punctuality’ is want of politeness.
And want of honesty. As to politeness: I ought not to insult any one by supposing that his time is worth nothing, and that he himself is a nobody, who may as well wait for me as not.
Wanton jests make fools laugh and wise men frown..
One should be very sorry if he finds himself overpowered by his sense o£ the ludicrous when the joke is not clean. Smut is not to be smiled at, but to be denounced in the plainest manner.
Wash a pig, scent a pig, still a pig’s but a pig.
Wasps attack the ripest fruit.
Slander assails the sweetest characters; and frequently all the more so because of their excellence.
Waste not a second: time is short.
Even those who would detain the traveler at their tavern disclaim all intent of causing delay. Outside a country inn hangs the sign of a gate, with this inscription — This gate hangs high, and hinders none:
Refresh and pay, and travel on.
We question the assertion that none have been hindered.
Watch little expenses, or they will eat you up.
Observe how articles are consumed in the house, or there will be much waste unaware to yourself. Keep you your keys, And be at ease.
Water is strong drink; Samson drank it.
It drives mills, floats navies, creates harvests. What is there which water cannot do? Water never floated a man into the lockup; but wine and beer have ruined thousands. It was said of one — All his life was cankered, Since he ever hunkered For the flowing tankard.
Water plants Before they wither.
Look after those in whom there are the first signs of grace. A kind word may cause the weakly plants to flourish and bear fruit. Once let them wither, and watering may come too late.
Waters all run to the sea.
It seems as if wealth went to the wealthy. Using the saying in another ‘way: All our love should flow to God, who is love; and all our grace should bear us back to God, from whom it .came.
We all row in the same boat.
Said by those who are agreed about a matter. It is a pity when the boat goes the wrong way, and all the crew agree therein.
We are bound to be honest, but not to be rich.
We are not infallible, not even the youngest of us.
A neat touch of sarcasm for the positive youth.
We buy the news to see that nothing is new.
We fall on the side we lean to.
No one does good by accident, because that is not the way nature inclines; but if we fall, we fall into sin. Oh, for a new nature!
We know what we are, but we know not what we may be.
We may be happy yet. Another saying is, “We know what we have, but not what we may get.” He who has the bag may get the sack.
Let us live in hopes., if we die in a ditch.
We must all eat a peck of dirt before we die.
That may be; but we would like to have it very little at a time, and as the negro said, “If I must eat dirt, let it be clean dirt.” We must endure a good deal that we don’t like; but we will not Bear sin and falsehood.
We must let you speak if you cannot hold your tongue.
Some cannot be kept quiet any more than a bag of fleas can be made good neighbors. To them we must say: You are not dumb-driven cattle:
Still you must go rattle, rattle.
We must not lie down and cry, “God help us!”
No, no: God helps us to help ourselves. “Up, guards, and at ‘em.”
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
What a folly! Will. men never value health, and opportunity, the gospel and grace, till they are lost beyond recall?
We ought to be doing, and to be doing what we ought.
We remember what we would forget, and forget what we would remember.
We should eat to live, not live to eat. “For if we make the stomach a cemetery for food, the body will soon become the sepulcher of the soul. One-half of mankind pass their lives in thinking how they shall get a dinner, and the other in thinking what dinner they shall get; and the first are much less injured by occasional fasts, than are the latter by constant feasts.”
We should play to live, not live to play.
When men make amusement their avocation, they are childish, if not worse. Play should help us to work ;. and if it does not, it is a wicked waste of time. Men should put away childish things.
We think our fathers, fools, so -wise we grow; Our wiser sons, no doubt, will ‘think us so.
Secretly, we fear that in this opinion they may be justified; but we have also a conviction that, in some things, they might be wiser if they would follow their fathers, and leave well alone. “The silver heads of wisdom, lassie, Are wearing fast away; Will the green anes coming up, lassie, Be wiser than the grey?” “We two have much to think about,” said the fly on the head of a philosopher. “How well we played to-day!” said the blower to the organist. Yet all this is not so ridiculous as when we imagine that our thoughts are necessary to carry out the thoughts of God. “We’ll wait a bit and see,” as the puppy said when he was a week old. ‘Wealth and worth are different things.
Yet most people think, that if a man is worth fifty thousand pounds, he must be a man of worth, tie might have all that, and yet be worth less; or even worthless.
Wealth is timid.
As soon as a man has a five-pound note in the savings bank, he looks with apprehension upon all changes in politics, lie who has nothing feels that a revolution, could not make him poorer; and possibly he hopes that if there came a smash, he might pick up some of the pieces. Consols are very consolidating.
Wealth makes wit waver.
Pounds sober puns, and silence satire. Who dares poke fun at a man who could buy you up, and twenty like you? There have been sensible men who were nor, minded to worship the golden calf; but even these feel some awe in the presence of half a million.
Wealth of wit makes stint of words.
It is not easy to find words for deep thoughts, and so a wise man is often slow of speech. Moreover; a sensible man often says little because he knows his company deserves no more.
Wear like a horse-shoe, the longer the brighter.
Not like a shoddy suit. Of such wear beware.
Wear your greatcoat till May, For fickle is the day.
Wedlock is a padlock.
A padlock is a very useful thing to preserve treasure; but a thing much disliked by the very rogues who most need locking up.
Wedlock is either kill or cure.
If a man is not made sober ‘by’ marriage, what will become of him?
But to give a man a wife as a medicine is scarcely the right thing.
Oh, that in every case the old service of the-Greek Church expressed a fact.’ The priest says, “The servant of God marries the handmaid of God.”
Weed your own garden first.
And your neighbor’s when he asks you, and pays you for it.
Weep more for the lives of the bad than for the deaths of the good.
Well begun is half-done.
So much depends upon the start. A bad beginning may involve double trouble before, the end is reached.
Well-earned wealth may meet disaster; Ill-got goods destroy their master.
Well-laid out, is well-.laid up.
When the right thing has been done with the money, no man is the poorer for what he has wisely expended.
Well may she smell, whose gown is burning.
No wonder that persons are in ill odor whose lives are not right.
Well won should be well worn.
Not proudly, nor wantonly, but with gratitude to God, and in obedience to his laws, should we enjoy the reward of our industry.
Were he to toss up a penny it would come down a pound.
Some persons appear to be favored by fortune; but the general explanation of good luck is hard work, common sense, and frugality. ‘Were it a wolf it would bite you.
Said of a thing which is very near, and yet is not perceived..
What a day brings, a day may take away.
If trouble comes on a sudden, it may go away as suddenly’ as it comes. Great comfort this! “What a dust I raise!” quoth the fly on the coach.
We know that fly: he buzzes in our parish.
What a man has done, a man can do.
The speech of a man of pluck. “Can you read Greek?” said a lawyer to Hodge. “I don’t know,” said Hodge. “Why,” said the legal gentleman, “you know you can’t.” But Hodge coolly answered, “I don’t know; for I’ve never tried.” We will believe we can till we have proved that we cannot.
What a pity it is marrying spoils courting!
After-life ought to be a long sermon upon the text of the honeymoon, and those who discourse it should stick ‘to their text.
What a weary traveler eats, tastes well.
So say the Africans, and experience proves the truth of the observation. Even dry bread is fine when hunger is fierce.
What can you expect from a hog, but a grunt?
What can’t be cured must be endured.
What children learn abroad they tell at home.
Yes, and what they learn at home they tell abroad.
What comes by the devil will go back to him.
Gained by dishonesty, it is often spent in debauchery. The devil, like everybody else, takes his own when he finds it.
What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
This is the secret of true eloquence.
What costs nothing is worth nothing.
As a general rule, that which is not won by honest labor or fair purchase turns out to be a bag of moonshine.
What does the moon care if the dogs bark at her?
Why should she care? Why should you care if men slander yet,?
What God makes he never mars.
What good is it to an ass to be called a lion?
It only makes him the more ridiculous. Even in a lion’s skin his ears and his voice betray him. Though you dub him F.R.S., men do not revere him if they clearly see him to be an A.S.S.
What greater crime than wasting time!
It is a sort of murder, for in killing time it destroys the stuff of which life is made. Yet there are many who do so little, that if they were tied up in a sack and cast into the Atlantic, nobody would miss them. Is not this crime enough?
What has not been may be..
It has not had its turn yet, and therefore we may look for it in due time. Gentle reader, you may yet be taken in.
What I was is passed by, What I am away doth fly, What I shall be none do see, Yet in that my beauties be.
Here, then, is room for faith, that we may enjoy by anticipation the joys which are yet to be revealed.
What is bought is often cheaper than what is given.
Because a gift involves an obligation, and to discharge this, one may have to spend ten times the worth of the gift.
What is bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
Nature, despite nurture, will show itself. The inner man is never quite concealed, even by the fittest garments of propriety.
What is done can’t be began.
It might be greatly’ improved upon if we could begin again in better style; but it is too late now: we must do our best with it.
What is God’s will, can ne’er be ill; In darkest night, he makes it light; For those who trust, help them he must.
These thoughts may render comfort to some poor soul by the cottage fireside. Learn them, and repeat them.
What is in another’s pot, This deponent knoweth not.
And does not want to know. Yet I wish every man had a chicken in the pot once a week, and a pudding at pudding true.
What is learned in the cradle, lasts till the grave.
The first impressions remain to the last, both in the memory and on the mind. Let every teacher of the very young ask for grace to be very wise.
What is not wisdom is danger.
Folly is foolhardy. Even after wise thought, danger may remain; but if a thing is imprudent, it is certainly unsafe.
What is rotten will rend.
When the time comes, every evil will come to its climax: the impecunious will be bankrupt, the untruthful will be called a liar, the hypocrite will be put to shame, and “modern thought” will develop into infidelity.
What is sport to the cat is death to the mouse.
Quoted when persons make mirth without respect to the feelings of the victim of the jest. It is like the saying of the frogs to the boys in AEsop: “What is sport to you, is death to us.”
What is the use of running when we are not on the right road?
The faster you go, the more astray you get. Earnestness in a bad cause makes a man’s action all the worse.
What is true is not always probable.
Indeed, it is the improbable which occurs. I read, the other day, a Hindoo legend, and not long after, I saw in the daily paper a statement of fact which was in all respects a parallel to it. Those pictures which we think to be overdrawn are often truest to what the artist actually saw.
What is worth doing at all, is; worth doing well. Do thoroughly what you set about:
If you kill a pig, kill it out-and-out.
What is wrong today will not be right to-morrow.
Moral principles are fixed, and so are doctrinal truths; but this age loves perpetual change. Men have windmills in their heads.
What lies nearest the heart is first in the mouth.
That which is in the shop is seen in the window. When a man loves onions, his breath smells of them. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” — Matthew 12:34.
What matters it to a blind man that his father could see?
Or to a fool that his father was wise? Or to a scamp that his father was honorable? Hence the inconsistency of making men hereditary legislators. The tenth transmitter of a foolish face is not necessarily qualified to be antler over wise men.
What must be must; Man is but dust.
Death is inevitable. Other decrees of God will also stand, whatever man in his puny wisdom may determine to the contrary.
What owl will not hunt mice?
What man will be averse to getting money?
What should we do if we had nothing to do?
We should feed the worms in the cemetery; at least this would be better than to imitate .the social man, who has nothing to do but to go about wasting the time of those who are busy.
What small potatoes we all are compared with what we might be!
Or might have been. Yet we do not think small potatoes of ourselves. Do we?
What soberness conceals drunkenness reveals.
What decency would have kept from mortal ears, the madness of drink blots out. Hence alcohol is the picklock which opens drawers which had better have been shut.
What the eye does not; see, the heart does not rue.
It is a blessing that many things escape our knowledge, and so do not vex us. it is a blessing not to see too much.
What the puppy learns the dog will do.
What thou givest forget; what thou receivest remember. What tutor shall we find for a child of sixty years old?
He mast be able to fetch him along quickly, for his pupil’s time is short.
Will the old boy stick to his book? If not, who is to appoint him impositions, or keep him in after school-hours?
What use is it to read the Vedas to a wild buffalo?
The best of books are lost on the profane; it is preaching to a mad dog.
Cast not your pearls before pigs What was worth borrowing is worth returning.
Unless the fellow has kept it so long as to have worn it out. Even if only an umbrella or a book, we are thieves if we keep it. Alas! we find that whatever sort of accountants our friends may be, they are very sure bookkeepers. Not that imparted knowledge doth diminish learning’s store; But books, I find, when once they’re lent, return to me no more.
What we are afraid to do before men, we should be afraid to think before God.
What we dinna ken we shouldna speak.
What we doat on by day we dream of by night.
The lawyer dreams of law’s delays, the policeman o\ the cook and cold mutton, the student of his tutor (?), the British workman of his conscientious toil. When sportsmen in the night do fall asleep, Their fancies in the woods still hunting keep.
What will not a pig eat, or a feel say?
What fools say should not much trouble wise men. What can it signify? Yet sensible people are often sensitive people, and are as much worried by idiotic remarks as fair ladies by a wasp. “What will you stand?” I’ll stand outside the public-house.
Stand your ground, and stand nothing else. Treat your friend, but not to a pot of cold poison.
What you don’t want is dear at a farthing.
Even as a gift it will only be lumber, and cumber.
What you put in the dough you’ll find in the cake.
Mistakes made in the conception and rough hewing of a design will appear further on in the business. Sins of youth crop up in old age.
Bad example seen by the child comes out in the man.
Whatever a man delights in he will do best, and that he had best do.
Follow the bent of your genius. Let not the man who would have been at home with the tailor’s goose make a goose of himself by setting up for an orator. Whether to mould a pill, or watch a mill, or melt a bar, or drive a car, be your chosen pursuit, keep to it till you are the best hand at it in all the country side.
Whatever sea-room a shrimp gets it will never be a whale.
Give a little man all the chance and the sphere which he can desire, and he will be none the greater. In fact, his shrimpship will seem all the smaller in so wide a space.
What’s a table richly spread, Without a woman at its head?
It lacks its chief ornament, its life, its light, its music, its queen.
What’s everybody’s business is nobody’s business.
But when every one minds his own business, work is done.
What’s not your own, That let alone.
A world of mischief and misery would thus be prevented; but fools will be meddling, and knaves writ be pilfering.
What’s the use of doing what is already done?
Enough of necessary work comes in our way without attempting to do what is already accomplished by somebody else. Why fight your battles o’er again, And three times over slay the slain?
What’s the use of jumping high, and coming down on the same place?
Tremendous efforts made, dud no consequent rise, are by no means remunerative. Sit still, or move for the better. “‘What’s the way to Beggars’ Bush?” Ask at the first Gin Palace.
And when you have your answer, go in the opposite direction, down Water Lane, and up the hill of Thrift.
When a beggar grows rich he is apt to grow proud.
Have we not seen it? We must all go on our knees to the Duke of Ditchwater; so his grace seems to think, but we think otherwise. “When beggars on their horses ride, Their saddle’s always stuffed with pride.” When a cow dances she does it in style.
It is so out of her line, that if she does go in for it, she must needs go for it all fours. Men overdo what they are not fit to do.
When a good rain thrives, all around him thrive.
He is liberal in his payments, and promotes merit; he is kind to the poor, and does not run down weaker tradesmen. As he rises, he raises others and crushes none.
When a goose is fat it is still a goose.
Riches do not turn a fool into a wise man.
When a goose is in fine feather it is still a goose.
Those who trust to their fine clothes are all the more foolish because of their finery. A dandy is a thing that would Be a young lady if it could; But as it can’t, does all it can To show the world it’s not a man.
When a man is a fool his wife will rule.
When a man is a fool his wife should rule.
These two oracles balance each other. We know a lady who rules, and we know her husband who is ruled, and it is our opinion theft the tiling is arranged by Providence for his good, if not for hers. He who is second is best in the second place.
When a man is going down hill, somebody is sure to give him a push behind.
This is of a piece with the usual cruelty of man to man. The poet says of them: “Those that are up themselves keep others low; Those that are low themselves hold others hard, Nor suffer them to rise, or greater grow; And every one doth strive his fellow down to throw.” Thomson.
When a man is half a feel he is worse than a whole fool.
Fools and sensible men are equally harmless: it is in the half feel aria the half wise that danger lies.
When a man is in a ditch, his first work is to get out.
He may put on his gloves and brush his hat afterwards. Till our souls are saved, salvation should be our sole concern.
When a man is in the mud, the more he flounders the more he fouls himself.
If he has got into a scrap, he makes matters worse by his excuses of himself and accusations of others.
When a man is wrong, and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.
This is to turn the scent. It’s the old story of “No ease: abuse the plaintiff.” Make a dust that others may not see your weak point.
Get angry, for fear the injured should get angry first and get the whip-hand of you. This seems to be the notion.
When a mouse is in the meal-sack he thinks himself the miller.
Those who profit by the brains of others are apt to impute the wisdom to themselves. He who has bought the invention of a poor man for a mere song thinks himself by far the cleverer person.
When a promise is made, let it be paid.
When a rogue kisses you, count your teeth.
For he may have stolen one of them. Another form of the proverb says that he counts your teeth. He is looking out for a Chance of theft. You’ll want all your eyes to match a rogue.
When a thing is plain, don’t make a mystery of it.
Some people like to have a truth confounded, rather than expounded.
They look for bones in an egg, and when they have cherries, they swallow nothing but the stones.
When a will’s to be read, the sick leave their bed.
Of course they make an effort to assist in that important ceremonial. Out of pare esteem for the dear departed they wish to hear his very last wishes. Their interest is touching.
When all is right, a man will be Himself his own best company.
Make a generous, educated gentleman of yourself, since you are bound to spend a great deal of time in his company.
When an ignorant man knows himself to be ignorant, he is no longer ignorant.
When an old dog barks, a wise man harks.
For there’s something in it. Pups yelp for nothing; but the old dog sees a Chief, or he would not make a noise When April blows his horn, It is good for hay and corn.
This is a saying of the ancients, but it must be taken with a considerable quantity of salt. As a general rule, seasonable weather must be the best weather for crops.
When cat and mouse agree it is bad for the larder.
If policemen are in league with thieves we shalt have a bad time. So in all similar cases the two parties are best apart.
When cats grow fat They catch no rat.
Some men, when they make a purse, are of no more use for work.
When parsons marry rich wives their throats are frequently affected, so that they quit the pulpit, or go to Jerusalem.
When caught by a tempest, wherever it be, If it thunders and lightens, beware of a tree.
Better get wet through than run to objects which, attract the lightning, as trees so often do. Better damp than danger.
When Christ blesses the bread, it grows in our hands.
Where God doth bless, in time abundance springs, And heaps are made of many little things.
When couples fall out they had ‘better fall in again.
And the sooner the better. If we clear up as we go on, and leave no back reckonings, we may live together for a century with growing love. The kindest and the happiest pair Wilt and occasion to forbear; And something every day they live To pity, and perhaps forgive.
When cracked is the belt It soundeth not well.
Evil comes out in the communications of the evil man. What a nuisance is a bell which is cracked, and yet keeps for ever clacking!
A cracked man is worse than a cracked bell.
When dry as a herring, of publics beware, And never go home as cross as a bear.
Two good counsels; worthy of wine acceptation. Drinking beer will not improve the temper, nor long quench the thirst.
When every one ;minds his own business the cows get fed.
The necessary duties of life are forgotten when no one is appointed to see to them. Nothing is worse for a family than muddle; even the cows suffer when personal work is neglected.
When everybody talks, nobody hears.
When everyone treats him as a pig, he is apt to go into the sty.
When fools go to market peddlers make money.
Have your wits about you in transacting business, lest this proverb be remembered, and proved.
When fortune wraps thee warm, Then friends around thee swarm.
Who has not found it so? The sugar attracts the flies.
When foxes preach, geese should not be allowed out to late meetings.
Indeed, our young people and our old people also are safest when they do not hear the teachers of false doctrine, such as the advocates of superstition on the one side and of skepticism on the other. These are both foxes. There be many foxes that go on two legs, And stem greater matters than cocks, hens, and eggs; To catch many gulls in sheep’s clothing they go; They might be destroyed; but I know what I know.
When good cheer is lacking.
Friends will be packing.
When good men quarrel, the devil cries, “Bravo!”
When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war. “You stout and I stout;” there will be a great struggle for the mastery. Neither will give way, and so they must fight like the two dogs, of whom nothing was left hut half a brass collar.
When heads are hot, brains bubble.
And many things boil over which scald the hearers, or envelop them in steamy clouds. Keep your head cool.
When hogs fly, drunkards win prosper.
That is to say, when you can roast snow in a furnace, or fat pigs on pebbles, or teach a fish to dance a hornpipe.
When honest men fall out, rogues come by what is not their own.
No doubt: even as, on the other hand, when rogues fall. out, the honest have a better chance of getting their own.
When Honesty is married to Poverty, they take Self-Denial to be their housekeeper.
Then love sweetens dry crusts, and puts a delicious flavor into a dinner of herbs. But this said self-denial is mainly practiced by the wife, if ever practiced at all; and yet those male wretches make ;t out that the women are expensive, and they call them “dear creatures.”, Here is a pretense at verse by one of these monsters. “Heaven bless the wives, they fill our hives With little bees and honey!
They soothe life’s shocks, they mend our socks, But — -don’t they spend the money!” When I’m dead everybody’s dead, and the pig too.
So far as this world is concerned. This is the reverse o£ Paddy’s reason for insuring his life, because he would thus become a rich man as soon as he was dead.
When I’m rich, friends ask assistance; When I’m poor ‘they keep their distance.
When Jack is in love, he is not a fair judge of Jill. Wisdom and passion very seldom meet, Hence lovers’ bargains seldom are discreet.
When jokes give pain, The wise abstain.
When joy abounds, grief is within hail.
Nothing on this earth can be the ground of settled confidence, for it is so uncertain. Like English weather, nothing lasts so as to be reckoned on an hour. Sorrow is the footman of mirth.
When joy is in the parlor, grief may be in the passage.
When man and wife fall out, none but a fool will interfere.
They would be pretty sure to unite their forces upon the intruder; hence the wisdom of the verse: — “When man and wife at odds fall out, Let syntax be your tutor, ‘Twixt masculine and feminine, What should one be but neuter?” When mirth comes in, beware of sin.
Sin is so apt to mingle with our merry-making, that we need be doubly watchful. The house of feasting attracts evil spirits.
When musing on companions gone, We doubly feel ourselves alone.
When one goose drinks, all drink.
Very true, both in natural history, and in the history of naturals.
When one horse will not go, all the team are hindered.
A whole factory may be thrown out of order by one man. No fellow has a right to interfere with the rights of others by hindering them in their work. In a family one person may upset all.
When one man’s beard is burning, another lights his. pipe at the flame.
This is the Oriental method of describing the total absence o£ sympathy among men of the world. There is a measure of truth in this description. The Bengali has it, “While one man is being impaled, another counts the joints of the stake.”
When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves we leave them.
Even as the Turks have it, “‘ It is fast-day to-day, and I must not eat,’ says the cat when she cannot reach the liver.” It is a poor virtue which we follow because we have lost the power to be vicious. Some stoop down because they cannot sit upright, and others keep their ground because their legs will not let them run.
When peace goes to pieces it is hard to piece it.
A thousand difficulties arise when trying to settle an old quarrel.
Cement and rivets are hard to apply’ to broken friendships.
When prosperity smiles, beware of its guiles.
More men are bribed to hell than are frightened thither. The Sirens are more terrible wreckers than. the Furies.
When Satan goes to church, he goes to prey.
And when he leads arty there, it is that tie may make them more surely his own. A gospel-hardened, sinner makes a fine armorbearer for the great enemy.
When Satan goes to prayer, mischief is in the air.
The old form of it is, “When the devil says his paternoster he means to cheat, you.” if he patronizes religion it is to betray it.
When Satan talks of peace, double bolt the door.
The worst of war is in his heart when honeyed words are on his lips. The vilest enemies of Christ are those who praise his ethics, and undermine his doctrines.
When sorrow is asleep, wake it not.
When suspicion enters the family, affection departs, When table-talk is stable-talk, ‘tis time to stalk away..
By being in low company you suffer moral defilement, and you appear to countenance impure language. Part and depart.
When the beam is low, stoop your head.
Or you may get a knock. Mark how the ducks never go through a barn-door without ducking their heads. There is not much need; but they do it in case there should be. Few are too humble.
When the cat joins the weasel, there’s mischief a-brewing.
Some cruel motive has brought these rivals into conjunction. When Herod and. Pilate are friends, Christ is crucified.
When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
To this may be fitly joined, the other old saw, When the cat has gone to sleep, Out of holes the; mice will peep.
When the cock crows, the fox knows.
He is on the watch for him and his hens, and observes all their movements: besides, he knows by the cock-crow that day is dawning, and that foxes will be safest at home in the daylight.
When the cow dies, we hear how much milk she gave. “What a dear, good man he was!” Why was this never said while he yet lived? If a tithe of the love expressed when the man is dead had been shown to him in life, how happy it would have made him! Was it not his due?
When the curate clears the platter, there’s not much left for the clerk.
If you take all or talk all, what is anybody else to do? For the clerk there’s little fish When the parson clears the dish.
When the devil is landlord, be not his tenant.
Not even with the view of living cheaply, and doing good. Be not thou a lodger where thou canst not invite thy God to visit thee.
When the dinner’s done, the spoon is forgotten.
When we have served a man’s turn, he forgets us.
When the earth is driest, look you out for rain.
Another form of, “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”
When the fat is in the fire, Keep thou clear, and come no nigher.
Never go where mischief and discord are afoot. The best conduct in a quarrel is not equal to being altogether out of it.
When the fields yield not, the saints have not.
This refers to matters years ago; but now our saintly clergy must have their tithes whether the fields yield or not. When the farmer’s profit is nothing, can the parson’s fair tithe be much?
When the fool has made up his mind, the market is over.
He is so slow in deciding, that his chance has made off and gone before his mind is made up. Even this may not involve so much loss as undue haste, but it effectually bars all hope of gain.
When the fountain is full it will overflow.
That which is greatly in a man’s heart will before long show itself in his talk and life. The affluent of thought shoed be fluent.
When the fox dies, the fowls never mourn.
One would think not. The death of Bonner was the cause of joy to the good Protestants of his day; for by his death they escaped death, and did not become Foxe’s martyrs. When a deceitful system is abolished, honest men wear no hatbands. I know several things which will not cost me a tear when I see them no more.
When the glass rises expect bad weather.
We expect good weather when the weather-glass rises, but the proverb refers to another glass, which we would see fall never to rise. After a glass or two some men are very stormy.
When the good wife is away, the keys are lost.
Nothing is to be found when she is out. She keeps all in order; and without her the little kingdom is in a state of anarchy.
When the harvest is ripe it will be reaped.
Corn fully ripe is reaped, and gathered in; So must we be when ripe in grace or sin.
When the helm is gone, the ship will soon be wrecked.
He that is not guided by discretion., will make a failure of life.
When the hen crows, there’s trouble in the yard.
The general arrangements are out of gear: one member of the ramify is where another ought to be, and the result is not desirable.
Then we remember the old verse: — “A jolly shoemaker, John Hobbs, John Hobbs, He courted Jane Carter, No damsel looked smarter, But he caught a tartar, John Hobbs! John Hobbs!” When the house falls, the windows are broken.
No doubt. When all goes, we may be sure that the weakest parts do not escape. Art, and science, and religion suffer in the ruin of a great commonwealth.
When the house, is finished, the hearse stands at the door.
How often true! Great expectations and ambitious projects are at last realized, and in the moment of gratification the man dies. I knew a good man who had for years longed for a certain honorable position: it came, and with it a stroke of paralysis which, made it of little worth. How vain are all things beneath the moon:
When the joke is at its best, Then’s the time to let it rest.
When the man will lie, never rely on the man.
One leak may sink a ship, and one lie may wreck a man’s character for trustworthiness.
When the mistress sleeps, the servant creeps.
When the monkey reigns, dance before him.
Bad counsel. This is the policy of mean selfishness. No doubt it is prudent to keep on good terms with the powers that be. But think of dancing before Chimpanzee the ;First!
When the morn comes, the meal will come with it.
God gives the daily bread for which he bids us pray.
When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole near.
Or she would be moved by very different feelings. When some people are saucy to their employers, it is because another place is open to them.
When the oven is hot, put in your bread.
Seize on favorable occasions: success comes that way. If you don’t bake your pie when the oven is hot, when wilt you? The active man will catch the ball Before it cometh to a fall.
When the pear is ripe it frills.
If we exercise patience we shall have the blessing when it is meet.
When the pig has a bellyful, he upsets the trough.
Which is very malicious of him; but wonderfully like a pig. May not others feed also? What harm has the trough done ‘.,’ We know evil persons who spoil the trade by which they have lived, and’ thus knock down the ladder by which they rose.
When the prior plays cards, what will the monks do?
They will take liberty to gamble in any way they like: the leader’s example is always excuse enough for the underlings.
When the shepherd is a sheep, All the flock will go to sleep.
Lacking power to lead, because there is no leadership in him, the people will either quarrel with their feeble minister, or everything will drop into spiritual lifelessness. Oh, for men! Oh, for men of God! But these are almost as rare birds as white crows.
When the ship is sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved.
When the ship went down, the story ended.
The catastrophe did as the Frenchman said, “cut his little tale off short.” It might apparently have, gone on till now if the ship had not foundered. A great many other things come to an end when death cries ‘ ‘ Finis.”
When the shoulder of mutton is going, it is good to take a slice.
Not if it does not belong to you. Under the impulse of. such a knavish notion, many have helped themselves out of the general wreckage of a great estate, and have been guilty of utter villainy.
When the sky falls we shall catch larks.
Numbers of little consequences come out of a great event. It is an ill wind which does not shake apples into somebody’s lap.
When the spider’s web is broken, he mends it again.
Well done, spider! Persevere, and you will yet catch the fly. The French say, “Bad luck will tire if you don’t.”
When the stars set, the sun will shine.
Lesser comforts may go, but our God will come nearer.
When the sun is shining all around, some notice nothing but the shadows.
When the sun shines, nobody minds him; but when he is eclipsed, ,fit consider him.
A man may spend any number of years in holy living, and be unknown; but let him transgress once, and all will note it. Again, God may shine on us all the day, and we forget him.; but if he withhold his light for a while, we cry out in anguish.
When the tale of bricks is doubled Moses appears.
So it is said, “When the night is darkest, the morning is nearest.”
When things are at the worst, they must mend.
When hope seems drooping to the tomb, The withered branch shall freshly bloom.
When the thief cannot steal, he takes to honest ways.
Yes, and goes out lecturing upon the fights of property.
When the wagon is tilting, everybody gives it a shove.
Few will help you up, but a crewel will help you down.
When the weather is stormy, we must weather the storm.
When the wheat is ripe, the sparrows peck at it.
When the will is present, the legs are lively.
The Germans say, “Will is the soul of work.”
When the wine is in, the wit is out. The counsels that are given in wine Will do no good to thee or thine.
The negroes say, “Liquor talks mighty loud when it gets out of the jug.” By such talk folly gets wind. But there must have been very little wit in the man at first, or he would not have let the wine in.
When wit is in, wine is kept out.
When there’s no fire in the grate, there’s no smoke in the chimney.
Without grace in the heart, there will be no sign of it in the life. On the other hand, when there’s fire in the soul, there will be sparks in the speech.
When thy neighbor’s house is on fire, it is time to look about thee.
It will come to thy house next. When thy neighbor dies, prepare thy grave. He yesterday; I to-day.
When thou hast done piping, they will cease dancing’.
We must not conclude that all our converts will last some of them are dependent upon our personal influence, and when we have done preaching they will have done professing.
When thou hearest, hear for thyself. My friend, be sure you wear the caps You try to fit on others; Take to yourself the preacher’s raps, And no more blame your brothers.
When three know it, all know it.
Or very soon will. One man can hold his own tongue, ‘but he cannot hold the tongues of the other two.
When tongues do clack, I turn my back.
Especially if I can’t get a word in edge-ways myself.
When two quarrel, there’s two in the wrong.
When war begins, hell opens its gates.
Another form of it is, “When war begins, death feasts, and hell holds carnival.” What evil can be worse than even the best war? Is there any best about wholesale murder?
When waste is in front, ‘want comes on behind.
When wife will gad, Then home is sad.
She must keep within and look to her home carefully, or disorder will vex her husband, injure the children, and make the family miserable. Dear Mrs. Trotabout, stop at home for a change’.
When wise men play the feel, they do it with a vengeance.
Solomon, who was the wisest of men, showed gigantic folly.
When with neighbors we deal, Ourselves we reveal.
When women consume gin, gin soon consumes them.
When you can see no way to go, go no way.
When you don’t know what to do, it is a clear indication that you are to do nothing. “Their strength is to sit still.” — Isaiah 30:7.
When you have a good name, keep it.
If you can do so; not by truckling to others, but by walking in your integrity. Do not lose it by forming bad associations. Avoid a villain as you would a brand; Which, if it burn you not, will smut your hand.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
But few observe this rule: they explain why they have nothing to say, and how glad they’ are that others are there who can speak so well, and all serfs of rubbish. They fancy that they hide the nakedness of the land, whereas they publish it abroad.
When you see a snake, never’ mind where he came from.
Kill him first, and then discover the origin of the evil.
When you take another man’s hoe to work with, you must clean it, and put it back in its place.
This is sound African logic, Reasonable and fair is the dark man’s demand. We press it upon white fellows, especially “the mean whites.” Return a borrowed thing in good condition.
When you try to warm, mind you do not burn.
Observe a medium in all things. When you mean to arouse people to energy, don’t drive them to fanaticism.
When you turn over in Bed, turn out of bed.
So said the Duke of Wellington, a strong man who needed no indulgence. He may have been too hard. Do we not too often err in the other direction of sloth? A verse says: Six hours of sleep the human frame requires; Hard students may to seven incline; To eight the man whom toil or trouble tires; But lazy folks will all have nine.
When your head is broken you’ll run for a helmet.
Put the helmet on at once, and go to Paul’s armory for it. See Ephesians 6:17. Go no more out with head unguarded.
When you’re paying through the nose, Very fast the money goes.
There’s no stopping this sort of bleeding. No agreement being made, and everything left to others, no estimate of the expense can be even guessed at. A house built on such terms will become the tomb of a man’s estate. Always know what you are spending.
When you’ve drunk swallows’ milk, but not tilt then. ‘You may expect good deeds from wicked men.
Where a man never goes, he will never be robbed.
Neither can he be injured by company he never enters.
Where all are poor, it don’t take much to make a rich man.
If you retire into a village, you are quite wealthy on an income which, in a large town, would be called a miserable pittance.
Where gold avails, argument fails.
Appeal to the man’s palm, and you will gain his hand.
Where hens do crow I would not go.
For there is not much peace. Our forefathers were more eloquent about usurping women than against tyrannical men. Here is an old distich: Wife a mouse, quiet house.
Wife a cat, dreadful that.
Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise. “I was a happy man,” said one who looked very ill, “until my last birthday, when my wife made me a present of a microscope. In an evil hour I took it, and began examining the articles of food we eat and drink. I have been living for a fortnight on distilled,, water, it is the only thing that is not full of nameless horrors.
Where love is, there the eye is.
The beloved object draws the glance, and before long fixes the gaze. Mind the eye of your mind. If we loved our Lord more, we should be more eagerly looking for his glorious appearing.
Where might is right, right is not upright.
Where rosemary flourishes, the lady rules.
Seeing the rosemary growing luxuriantly in a certain garden, I somewhat accidentally quoted this old saying to mine host. He said nothing; but when I went into his garden a short time after, the rosemary was dead. Then I drew an inference. Ahem! Ahem!
Where sin dines, sorrow sups.
Where the bee sucks honey, the spider sucks poison.
We do not know if this is good natural history, but it illustrates the undoubted fact that from precious truths some gather grace, and others wrest them to their own destruction.
Where the best wine grows, the worst is drunk.
It may be so. Who can get good milk in a village? Who expects patience or charity from a Perfectionist? Who looks for extraordinary spiritual edification from a Doctor of Divinity?
Where the bird was hatched it haunts.
We retain a love to old dwellings, and old habits. A man loves to worship where he was converted.
Where the cat caught a mouse she’ll mouse again..
They say that thieves love to go to the spot where they made a great haul. Where a man enjoyed an evil pleasure, the temptation is to make a frequent pilgrimage.
Where the devil cannot go himself he sends drink He could not send a more effective substitute. Ardent spirits do the work of the evil spirit in a terrible manner.
Where the heart is past hope, the face is past shame.
Where the wasp has pass’d, The gnat sticketh fast.
One may force his way by his weight and energy, where another is hindered by his own feebleness and want of character.
Where the wolf gets one lamb he looks for another.
If one poor creature has fallen into sin, the great enemy will labor hard to get another of the same sort.
Where there are hooks, there may not be bacon.
Show may be without substance. A man may carry a horsewhip and never ride; he may cut a dash and have no dollars; he may be a deacon, or a minister, or a bishop, and have no grace.
Where there are geese, there are usually goslings.
Provide for them. Take earnest care of the young. Let no population be without its Sunday-school.
Where there are lambs, there will be bleating. “The next sight that we get into the cares and troubles that married life is heir to, is through the remonstrance of a Hibernian paterfamilias, who declares to his ‘wife that he really wishes that the children could be kept in the nursery while he is at home, ‘ although,’ he considerately adds, ‘ I would not object to the noise it’ they would only keep quiet.’” Where there are rings on the water a stone has fallen.
These are the outward signs of an invisible presence. We see by the movements of the face what is felt in the heart.
Where there is loud cracking, there are few nuts.
And those are mostly rotten.
Where there’s a mouse hole, there’ll soon be a rat hale.
The tendency of things is to grow worse and worse. We may tolerate evil till it becomes intolerable.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Where there’s drink there’s danger.
Write it on the liquor store; Write it on the prison door; Write it on the gin-shop fine, Write, oh, write this truthful line — Where there’s drink there’s danger.
Where there’s no sore, there needs no plaster.
There’s no use in comforting the careless, or in bringing the gospel to the self-righteous.
Where there’s very much clack., Sense is sure to be Mack.
Where there’s whispering there’s lying.
In general, that which is not, meant to be heard is not fit to be heard; and what is not fit to be heard should never be spoken even in a whisper. Whisperers ought to ‘be shut up in the Whispering Gallery.
Where they cannot climb over, they will creep under.
Anything to get along. Dogged perseverance finds a way, or makes one. Self-seekers are not particular about methods: they can cringe and crawl where no. upright man could go.
Whether or no the weather’ll be fine, No living man can always divine.
Almanacs know nothing about it, and those who pretend to be weather-wise are generally otherwise. In one of the Percy Society’s volumes there is a rhyme by one Duncomb, of Houghton Regis, which shows how little there is in the forecasts of rustics: — “‘Well, Duncomb, how will be the weather?’ ‘Sir, it looks cloudy altogether, .And coming ‘cross our Houghton Green I stopped and talked with old Frank Beane: ‘While we stood there, sir, old Jim Swain Went by, and said he know’d ‘twould rain.
The next that came was Master Hunt, And he declared he knew it won’t.
And then I met with Farmer Blow; He plainly told me he didn’t know.
So, sir, when doctors disagree, Who’s to .decide it, you or me;?’” Which. is the high. road to Needham? Turn to the left, at the sign of the Quart Pot.
So also the way to heaven is plain — “ First turn to the right, just by the cross, and keep straight on..”
Which way the wind blows, the dust flies.
Persons of no character and mind go before the prevailing wind of opinion. But then they are ‘but dust.
Whichever way the wind doth. blow, Some heart is glad. to have it so:
Then blow it east or blow it;’ west, The wind that blows, that wind is best.
This is optimism; and a grand faith it is. For some one or other, that which is an ill wind for others blows good. God’s winds are the best he thinks fit to send to such a world as this.
While debts I owe, I sink in woe.
Unless you have been long a debtor, and in that ease you try to borrow of somebody else, and are as bold as brass when thus trying to steal from your best friend. Without debt, without care.
While foxes are so common, we must not be geese.
While still at; sea we must keep watch.
For as long as life lasts danger will be around us; and even the wisest and most experienced must be on their guard. At the very entrance of the Fair Havens there are rocks. The seaman’s greatest peril’s near the coast:
When we are nearest heaven the danger’s most.
While the big girl was stooping, the little girl swept the rooms.
Spoken in praise of little people: but it is hardly fair thus to undervalue tall girls. At any rate, they are more likely to be able to whitewash the ceilings without having a scaffold put up. Of course tall people lie longest in bed, but little people are often the biggest when they are up — in their own opinion.
While the cat winks, the mouse is gone.
Much more is it true, that “while cats play, mice run away.” We must be very wide awake to catch anything nowadays, unless it be a cold. While we think to catch we are caught.
While the dogs are fighting, the wolves are rending the sheep.
A good reason for hearty radon among lovers of truth and grace.
While the grass grows, the steed starves.
While the great bells are ringing, no one hears the little ones.
Yet their music may be very sweet. Let the less man wait his time, and his voice may yet ring out o’er hill and dale.
While the medicine is coming the man dies.
While we live we hope, for while we hope we live.
Whisky drinking is risky drinking.
This is too charitable to the evil spirit.
Whisky is very harmless — if you don’t drink it.
We remember one who poured it into his boots; and though we thought him foolish, we were .glad he did not pour it into his legs.
Whisky whisks many to the grave. Dr. Guthrie said, “There is nothing in this world like whisky for preserving a man when he is dead; but it is one of the worst things in the world for preserving a man when he is living.”
White flour comes not out of a coal-sack.
A man of evil life cannot yield holy influences.
White walls are fools’ copy-books.
They need not sign their names, we know who they are.
Who begins amiss, ends amiss. Mind this, miss!
Who borrows, sorrows; who lends, learns.
Who brews a quarrel may bruise his head.
Let quarrels be brewed in some other party’s boiler, but not in your teapot. Keep away from strife. Leave foes alone, mad give thine heart To such as will like love impart.
The silly goat, so I have heard, Once kissed the fire, and lost his beard.
Who builds too fast builds not to last.
We have been inclined to christen certain rows of houses by the name of Jonah’s Gourds; they are up in a night, and look as if they would perish in a night.
Who dainties love shall beggars prove.
The kitchen is the burial-place of the epicure’s health and fortune.
Queen Elizabeth, after going over a handsome mansion., observed. with her usual delicacy, “What a small kitchen!” The owner wisely replied, “It is by having so small a kitchen that’, I am enabled to keep so large a house, and entertain your majesty?’
Who doth sing so merry a note As Jack that cannot change a groat?
So it happens that many poor’ hearts are merry where the rich are burdened with care.
Who cannot sing may whistle.
He can, in some way or other, express his cheerfulness, and increase the general harmony. We remember a man who was asked to lead the congregation, but he answered, “I cannot sing a tune; but, if you like, I wilt whistle the Old Hundredth.” What more could an organ have d one? ‘Who comes seldom is welcome.
A warning against ‘wearing out your welcome by making yourself too common, People value you the more for being scarce.
Who eats his fowl alone may saddle his horse alone.
We cannot expect people to rush forward to help us in our work if we never give them a share in our pleasures and luxuries. ‘Who eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.
Too many alternate between repletion and depletion. They are like the alderman of whom it was said, “His talent is in his jaws, and the more he grinds the more he gets. From the quantity he devours, it might be supposed that he had two stomachs, like a cow, were it not manifest that he is no ruminating animal.”
Who fails to-day may rise to-morrow. Waldemar, King of Denmark, when struggling for his country, was accustomed to say, “There is yet another day,” meaning that he would try again, and yet hope to succeed.
Who fears makes cause for fear. “Oh, Mr. Coachman,” cried a timid traveler by the York Mail in the good old coaching days, “Is there any fear?” Jehu answered, “Plenty of fear, Madam, but no danger.” But if Jehu had been afraid, there would have been danger enough.
Who felleth oaks must give great strokes.
The labor must be proportioned to the design. You cannot cut down a forest with a pair of scissors.
Who frets much because he hath little, will certainly have less.
Even if his property remains, it will bring less enjoyment, if it Brings any. Fretting’ scrapes all the meat from the bone. I would not fret, if I were you, Till fretting brings you meat to stew.
Who gives his estate before he is dead, Takes off his clothes before going to bed.
Very unwise was King Lear, who did this. Wear your clothes till bedtime. Give away all you can spare, but retain the control of your property in your own hands, as long as you have hands.
Who gives not thanks to men, gives not thanks to God.
He who is not grateful to his brother, whom he hath seen, how is he grateful to God whom he hath not seen? The least; return we can make to benefactors is to be thankful.
Who gladdens not is not glad.
For joy is pre-eminently contagious; and selfishness is its deadly foe. He who would shut the sunshine in, inevitably shuts it out.
Who goes softly goes safely.
Who halveth honey with a bear Is like to get the smallest share.
So to speak, the bear is sure to take the lion’s share, lie will be generous as to leaving you the bees and their stings, but your share of the honey will naturally stick to his paws. “Who has drunk will drink.”
I fear the charge is true; And this it is which makes me think You’d better wear the blue.
Who has made no mistake has made nothing.
So natural is it to our fallible minds to make mistakes which are almost unavoidable, that he who has never blundered must have never acted; which, truth to tell, is the greatest blunder of all.
Who has never done thinking, never begins doing..
Who has no foes, has earned no friends.
Usually we shall find that we may gauge our friends by our enemies. He who has warm opponents has warm advocates, and vice versa. The energy of the man’s personality, or its ‘weakness, will be seen in its effects on those with whom he lives.
Who hath money to throw away, Let him leave workmen alone all day.
Wretchedly true in many cases. No master, no work. Talk of striking: it is more than striking to see how the pace quickens when the master is near!
Who has tasted a sour apple will have the more relish for a sweet one.
No doubt poverty endured makes wealth the more delicious when it comes; and he that has been long ill doubly enjoys health. ‘Who hunts two hares at once, catches none. Divided aims ensure double disappointment. ‘Who is ill to his own, is ill to himself.
Especially in the case of wife and children: if a man does not make them comfortable, they will be no comfort to him.
Who is so deaf and blind as he ‘Who will not either hear or see?
Who judges others, condemns himself.
Who know don’t talk; who talk don’t know.
Frequently the ease; though the rule has many exceptions.
Who knows where Crooked Lane will end?
It is easy to begin a tortuous policy; but to what will it lead you? It is easy to tell one lie, but very hard to tell only one lie. ‘Who laughs at crooked men had need walk very straight.
He invites criticism, and he deserves that it should be unmerciful.
He strikes others, and therefore he ought to have it straight from the shoulder. His own measure should be returned into his bosom; and it should be “pressed down and running over.”
Who lives at peace with God, and friend, and foe, Shah rest in sleep when others do not so.
Who lives with a praying man may learn to pray.
He will, if that praying man acts as he prays, but not else.
Who loses cannot afford to laugh.
Poor man! he laughs on the other side of his face.
Who loves his son will chasten him; who hates him will pamper him.
The Chinese say that love will give the cudgel, and hate will cram with dainties. Let over-fond parents take note of this. Our Father in heaven does not err in this direction.
Who loves his work and knows to spare, May live and flourish anywhere.
Who makes black white, will make white Black., He justifies your wrong-doing, and he will as readily defame your well-doing. The flatterer’ readily becomes a slanderer.
Who many do feed, Save much they had need.
Who must needs follow fashion may one day go naked.
Things are looking that way already with ladies of the first quality, and hence a wag has said of them: — “When dressed for the, evening, the girls nowadays Scarce an atom of dress on them leave.
Don’t blame them; for what is an evening dress Bat a dress that is suited to Eve?”
Who. never tries, wins not the prize.
Who never warms, never burns.
Some cannot be excited, and therefore never rise to action. We know some awfully cool fellows who might act as refrigerators for a shipload of New Zealand mutton. They might sit in an oven for a month and never get melted..
Who nothing save, will nothing have.
Who reckons without his host must reckon again.
The host is sure to put clown something which the guest forgets: he is not likely to abide by the guest’s sole reckoning, and so the matter must be gone over again. Many come to conclusions without remembering all the main circumstances.
Who ripens fast, will seldom last.
Who rises late, must trot all day, and hardly overtake his business by night.
Most true. One has been made to feel it if the bed has held him too long in its embrace. Yet there are creatures who snore out verses like this: — Up in the morning’s not for me; In the morning I am surly:
No fate can worse in ‘winter be, Than to rise in the morning early, Who sees a pin and lets it lie, May live to want it by-and-by.
Who sows beans, will reap beans.
And it is the same with wild oats, and thistles. Our conduct brings its own reward or punishment.
Who steals a penny will steal a pound.
If he can. He soon educates himself out of the roguery of taking paltry amounts, into the respectability of failing for thousands.
Who steals an egg would steal an ox.
Who strikes at mud will smear himself.
If you assail an evil, you had better expect to be bespattered and evil entreated. It is part of the bargain in the case of every reformer.
Don’t take up the business if you can help it.
Who tells your fortune tells you lies; Who tells your faults has truthful eyes.
Who thinks himself singularly wise is a singular fool..
Little harm will come of being stupid until the fellow thinks himself clever. Pretended wisdom is the worst of stupidity.
Who trifles with a loving heart, Whip him at the tail of cart.
Several parties have we known to whom this would apply. Jilting a loving girl is a crime for which flogging is too lenient a punish in love let us have sincerity’. Say, My hand and heart in one agree; I give my very self to thee.
Who trusts the morrow earneth sorrow.
To-morrow is the tense of fools as to action, and the dream of the rash as to expectation. To postpone duty is to commit sin, and to make escape from it more difficult. Let no man think he can repent too soon:
I found it midnight, ere I thought it noon.
Who undertakes very much will overtake very little. Fools only make attempts beyond their skill:
A wise man’s power’s the limit of his will.
Who ventures to lend, Loses money and. friend.
Who wastes his time throws life away. “He liveth long who liveth well; All else is being flung away; He liveth longest who can tell Of true things truly done each day.” Who watches not catches not.
Many a golden chance goes by him unobserved.
Who weds a sot to get his cot, Will lose the cot and keep the sot.
Thousands of times the little property has soon gone in drink, and the poor woman has had a drunken husband to keep all her life.
Who weds for dower resigns his power.
He sells himself to his rich wife, and is like a bull led by a ring in his nose. If she keeps my house up, she is likely to keep me down. The woman who buys a husband wasps her money.
Who will go far must not go fast.
Who will not be counseled cannot be helped.
As he refuses the wisdom of others, he has to learn it for himself when trouble overtakes him. The engine-driver who takes no notice of signals goes in for a smash. ‘Yet many are angry at advice.
Who will not better the evil is an abettor of the evil.
By refusing to help a reform, he bolsters up the old wrong, anal thus becomes a partaker in the evil deeds of the past by approving them, and in all similar deeds in the future by permitting them.
Those who are not against sin are with it.
Who will not lend may come to borrow.
And when he comes to borrow, it will be of no use to come to those whom he refused his help. Who give no loan may want alone.
Who wills to fight will find a weapon.
Who work not the mill have not the meal.
That is a just rule, but it is not always carried out. Be a promoter of a company, then you may get the meal, and leave the mill to the shareholders, who will find it turn to nil.
Who would be great must first be little.
Sometimes it is greater to be little than to be great.
Who would deceive the devil must rise betimes.
Who would eat a good dinner, let him. eat a good breakfast.
He had better get his food when he can. Moreover, he gets himself into condition by his breakfast, and will feel strong when dinner comes. We suspect that this is a proverb by which men of large appetite, urge on their fellows, and excuse their own voracity. The old proverb is, “No breakfast, no man”; and if no man, there can be no dinner. No dinner, no stomach for the fight.
Who would have honey must put up with bees.
And in getting money, it would seem that men often put up -with far worse things than stings. Many swallow much dirt while scraping up yellow dust. Let us hope that the lines are not true in which it is said: “He who’d sit upon the woolsack, must be ne’er with conscience curst, And for wool to fill the cushion, he must take fleecing first.” But, certainly, in certain methods of amassing wealth, there is more to put up with than an honest man will endure.
Who would heal a wound must not handle it.
In settling quarrels say as little as possible Don’t go over the ground again and again. Enter not into particulars which are of an exasperating nature. As a rule leave the details alone.
Why dig up a mountain to catch a rat?
Why destroy a grand institution to destroy some minor evil?
Why go bare to deck an heir?
He will not thank you for it; and if he does, you will not be there to hear him. Use your money for yourself, and the poor. Let not your heir call you a fool for being so miserly.
Why live poor to die rich?
What is the use of dying rich? One told John Ploughman that a certain miser had left a million of money. “Ah!” said John, “I Shah leave more than that behind me when I die; for I shall leave the whole world, and all that is in it.” There is not much glory in having to leave more than your neighbors.
Why saddle your horse, if you will not ride?
Why get an estate, and never enjoy it? Why get art education, and then do nothing with your learning?
Wickedness is great when great men are wicked.
The poorer sort; imitate them, and take great license from the kind of respectability which greatness lends to vice. It is bad enough in a private person to be vicious; but it would be worse in a peer, or a minister of state, or a magistrate, and Worst of all in the chief of all.
Willful makes woful, and such woe is the worst of woe. Willful people must have their own way.
And that way will lead them into a churchyard, or a jail, or a county-court, or a workhouse, or a lunatic asylum.
Willful pigs go forward if you pull them back.
The more you say they shall not, the more they will. Invite them, and they will not come; refuse them admittance, and a regiment of soldiers could not keep them out.
Willful waste makes woful want.
Will a black dog become a holy cow by merely going to Benares?
Thus is the uselessness of merely outward religion illustrated among the Hindoos.
Will the headache be cured by changing the pillow?
Will to work, and work with a will.
For in these days, wealth comes not by chance; but, as a rule, Good striving Brings thriving.
Willows are weak, but they bind other wood.
So, many a gentle, tender woman is the bond of the family, and all feel that she holds them in loving union.
Wilt thou my true friend be?
Then love not mine, but me.
Cupboard love is not worth keeping even in a cupboard. He loves me not who loves me for what I have, and not for what I am.
Win gold and wear it, is the motto of the vain man.
Win gold and share it, of the generous man, Win gold and spare it, of the miser.
Win gold and spend it, of the profligate.
Win gold and lend it, of the broker.
Win gold and lose it, of the gambler.
Win gold and use it, of the wise man.
If you never win gold at all, you may be all the better man. Better be a man of mettle than a man with metal!
Wind and tide for no man bide,.
Windfalls are generally rotten.
Persons who are waiting for legacies, or unusual strokes of luck, are almost always deceived. Pick your fruit yourself, and don’t wait in idleness for that which may never come.
Wine drowns more than the sea.
Alas, what wrecks it; has caused! Souls here are lost for ever.
Winking sets me thinking.
This old proverb makes me feel somewhat ill at ease in the presence of persons who have a knowing wink. He that winks with one eye, and sees with the other, I would not trust him, though he were my brother.
Winter finds out what summer lays up.
Then come forth the “poor frozen-out gardeners,” or those who pretend to be such. They did not lay up a shilling in summer, and in winter they appeal to the pity of. the provident.
Wisdom does not always speak Latin.
Words hard to be understood are marks of pedantry, and not of understanding. Friendship loves plain speech. Not quibbling quirks, but simple speech, True friends should deal in, each with each.
Wisdom is a good bargain, cost what it may.
Especially the heavenly wisdom which makes wise unto salvation. ‘Wisdom is the wealth of the wise,.
Wisdom is better without an inheritance than an inheritance without wisdom.
Wisdom must be wooed ere it is won.
Wisdom never forces herself on men. If we use leek and bolt to keep her out, she will make no forcible entry. If an empty bottle is corked up, you may throw it; into the sea, but it will not be filled thereby. Wisdom will only flow in where there is a clear entrance for it. Few men will ever be hanged for being too wise..
Wisdom spun too fine is folly’.
Mere pedantry is not true learning, and prudishness is not prudence.
A mart may be so exactly right as to be practically wrong; so unspeakably wise as to be a marvelous feel.
Wise men change their minds; fools have none to change.
Wise men give good counsel, but wiser men take it.
It requires more, true sense to be willing to be guided, than to act as a guide. Humility is a scarce grace, but it is the hall-mark of genuine wisdom. Take counsel, that thy counsel may be taken.
Wise men sue for offices, and blockheads get them.
So that the blockheads were enter than the wise men. Is that so? Or is this the snarl of a disappointed candidate?
Wise mice keep away from the trap.
They do not go near it to investigate it, and see how far they can go into it without peril. Prudent men keep clear of the temptation, that it may not overcome them.
Wise words and lengthy seldom agree.
One has wittily and paradoxically said, “The smaller the caliber of the mind, the greater the bore of the perpetually open mouth.” The wise man is like a dealer in diamonds — his goods go in small compass. Great thoughts seldom fill a. great space.
Wish and wish; but who’ll fill the dish?
The Chinese say, “Better go home, and make a net, than go down the river desiring to catch fishes.” You cannot slake your thirst by wishing for lemonade; nor obtain salvation by wishing you had believed; nor grow in grace by wishing for edification.
Wish to be, what you are, and you have what you ‘wish.
Wishers and woulders are poor householders.
Wishes are very small fishes for our dishes, and might-have-beens are poor vegetables to eat with them.
Wit is folly unless a wise man hath the keeping of it.
It may be ‘wit to enter a stable and steal a horse in fun, but it is wisdom to let it alone. Practical jokers are fools in bloom.
Wit must be bought if it cannot be taught.
Wit once bought is worth twice taught.
Because you have really learned it: and are never likely to forget it.
No doubt the birch has been the tree of knowledge to many a boy, and trial has been. the same to many a man.
Wit without’ wisdom is mustard without beef.
It is the flavoring with nothing to flavor. It is no joke to be always joking. When a jest cannot be digested it is sickening. Stale puns ought to be made punishable offenses: he who deals in them is as bad as the seller of ancient mackerel.
With a staircase before you, you look for a rope to go down by.
Some persons never will follow the ordinary and easy plan of going to work, but must find out some out-of-the-way way. Why, even in going to heaven, the plain way of believing is often set aside that silly speculations may be tried.
With gold spectacles, men see strange things. What makes all kinds of reasoning clear?
About five hundred pounds a year!
And all seem black was white before?
Why, something like five hundred more .’p With great caution choose a wife:
Once you’re wed, you’re tied for life.
Happy will you be if you find a ‘wife like the lady whose epitaph thus describes her: She was ____, but words are wanted to say what.
Think what a wife should be, and she was that.
With lands, houses, and gold, Men are rarely too bold.
Capital is tender and conservative. He who has nothing to lose fears no risk; but he who has much to guard had rather not place himself in peril. “Throw stones, boys: I have no glass.”
With morning prayer the day begin; With evening prayer the night shut in; With grateful thanks sit down to eat:
Thus much from Christian man is meet.
With seven nurses a child ‘will be without eyes.
Some serious omission or commission will injure the unhappy babe who has so many to look after it, and no one to be wholly responsible for it. With eight nurses it will have no head.
With shoes one can walk upon thorns.
Being duly protected we can trample upon trouble. See how Paul would have our feet shod. Ephesians 6:15.
With sour and sweet We eat life’s meat.
Days change the flavoring, and the change is for our profit.
With tooth and nail ‘Gainst debt prevail.
With truth at your back, Though helpers you lack, Yet fear no attack.
But stone, nowadays, will do anything but suffer for the truth. They must think the martyrs great fools; for they don’t think any doctrine is worth living for, much less dying for. We cannot call them all heterodox, and yet they are not orthodox: to us they are a paradox, and to many they are stumbling-blocks.
Without economy none cart be rich; but with economy few need be poor.
Economy in the ‘beginning of life, before marriage, is the only way of rising in the world. Economy is the price of comfort.
Without going you can get nowhere.
This is a Chinese saying. It is self-evident; and yet inactive and hesitating people may need to be reminded of it.
Without the doctor one dies a natural death.
Without the sun, ‘what can be done!
To ripen the fruits of the earth, or to give health to the sick, the sun’s shining is of the first importance.
Wits are often unwittingly wise.
Such men fall upon good thoughts by accident, but they are not in the regular line of them. They flash now and then, but they do not burn with a steady light: they seem to be saving it up for special displays, as Butler says of one of his heroes: — “We grant, altho’ he had much wit, He was very shy of using it, As being loth to wear it out, And, therefore, bore it not about, Unless on holidays or so, As men their best apparel do.” Woe to him who worries the weary.
Woe to the house where children are never chidden.
Woe will surely come. Unchecked, the youthful savages will tear their parents’ hearts. Without rule, without peace.
Woes have come to courts and kings Through neglect of trifling things.
Woman is the Sunday of ‘man.
She helps his rest, his joy, his elevation, his sanctification. We do not quote this because the proverb is “Women must be praised”; but because by experience we have found it true.
Woman, with all thy faults, I love thee still. “But when is she still?” cries the ungallant bachelor. The old rhyme is worth preserving: — “A woman once, as it is sung, Could speak so loud without a tongue, That they could hear her full a mile hence.
A greater wonder I can tell:
I knew a woman very well Who had a tongue, and yet kept silence.” I also know some of the quietest of mortals, and they are women.
Still, it is a rare thing for a lady to be at a loss for words.
Women, on a sudden, are wiser than men.
They leap by instinct where men climb by reason.
Women talk less in February than in any other month.
Because it is the shortest month. This is quite as true of man; but the women are not so ungenerous as to tell them of it.
Woo to win, and win to wed..
No man who is worthy of the name will act otherwise. Yet some like to play at wooing, and after a while cast off a tender heart as if it were an old glove. He who courts and runs away, May live to court another day; But he who courts, and will not wed, May find himself in court instead.
Words are good when works follow.
Otherwise, “Words won’t feed eats.” Mere words become like the snow which fell last year, and has left no trace behind it.
Words are not work, as froth is not beer.
Words are very like the wind:
Faithful friend ‘tis hard to find.
Words buy no wheat, but make much chaff.
Words are sometimes the signs of ideas, and sometimes of the want of them. When men talk for the sake of fine words, they are playing with the tools they ought to work with.
Words once spoken cannot be wiped out with a sponge.
Oh, that they could be! Alas, they are spoken in a moment, but they may live through centuries. Our words diminish or increase the sum of human happiness throughout our own generation, and all the generations that are to follow.
Work as if thou’dst live for aye; Pray as if thou’dst die to-day.
Give both this world and the next its due. Work as if all depended on ,jolt; pray because all depends on God.
Work is a fine ionic.
It braces both soul and body, and helps us to cast off those nervous forebodings which haunt the inactive.
Work warms when coals are dear.
And the warmth is much healthier and cheaper, too, than that which comes through roasting yourself at a stove. Some people in waiting-rooms take up all the fire, and toast themselves so that you wish you could find a fork to take them off with.
Work when you work, and play when you play.
Do one thing or the other. It aggravates an employer to see a fellow fooling when he should be steadily toiling. He who gives in work a little more than his master can claim is seldom sent adrift.
Employers know when a man is worth his money. He that to be obliging tries Is sure of work where’er he hies.
A mixture of work and play is. poor stuff. It brings a workman into disrepute. You are not hired to be a merry-andrew.
Workmen are easier found than masters.
Hands you can get by the thousands, but heads are scarcer far. A man can always find a servant, but a servant cannot so soon find a master to employ him.
Worldly good is ebb and flood.
It is for ever changing, like the troubled sea, which cannot rest.
Worldly riches are like nuts.
Many clothes are torn in getting them, many a tooth is broken in cracking them, but never a belly filled with eating them. If you have wealth, use it, as you would wish another to use it if you had none yourself. Call other folks in. to have a Crack with you when your basket is full of nuts.
Would you be thanked for feeding your own pigs?
We cannot expect gratitude for serving our own turn; yet some seem to look for it. Let them look. Who serves himself may pay himself. Let his own pigs grunt his lordship’s praises.
Would you live an angel’s days.?
Be holy, wise, and kind always.
Wouldst live in peace?
From gossip cease.
But the regular gossip cannot cease. She is a fifth of November cracker, and, being once let off, she, must fizz and crack till there’s nothing left of her but a spent ease. Poor dear!
Wouldst thou rule the world, first rule thyself.
This is true royalty. The ambition which makes us seek selfconquest is a virtue.
Wranglers are never in the wrong.
They will not hear reason. They are in too much heat of temper to consider that there are two sides to a question. Don’t wrangle with them; there’s no use in it: as well try to teach a pack of hounds to say the Shorter Catechism.
Wranglers never want words though they may want matter.
It is wonderful what a lot of grievances you can conjure up. when you try, and what faults you can allege when you are in the humor.
What is the use of it? It may be well to be Senior Wrangler at Cambridge, but I would neither wish to lie senior nor junior in that line anywhere else, except it were at Oxford. Be not angry with each other; Man is made to love his brother.
Wrinkled purses make wrinkled faces. A lonely penny in the purse, And need increasing worse and worse, Will make a man’s face very blue, I know it well, and so may you.
SAYINGS OF A MORE SPIRITUAL SORT.
Wait for God’s grace, for he waiteth to be gracious.
Watch against weariness in prayer, or you may soon be weary of prayer.
We are never right till we are right with God.
We are not saved, by feeling, nor without feeling.
We are saved by faith, and not by feeling; but being made alive unto God, we necessarily feel both joys and sorrows of a spiritual kind.
He that does not feel does not live.
We are not to make our experience the rule of Scripture, but Scripture the rule of our experience.
We are undeserving, ill-deserving, hell-deserving sinners.
A confession often made in the prayers of good men a generation back, but seldom heard now. Why the omission? Is it because the men of the present day are so much better and worthier than those of the past? Is it not rather because they have a less vivid perception of the evil of sin and of their own guiltiness? Not long since, one said frankly that he did not think himself bad enough to go to hell; and there is no doubt that; many are of the same opinion. They agree with the Duchess of Buckingham, a, he wrote to Lady Huntingdon that “it is monstrous to be told that you have a, heart as sinful as the common wretches that crawl on the earth.” But there is no hope of any being admitted to heaven who are not brought to acknowledge that they might justly be sent to hell We become happier than others, not by having more goods, but by doing more good.
We believe, but God gives us faith.
It is important to remember that we must ourselves believe. The Holy Spirit does not believe for us.
We burn our Master’s candies; let us mind our Master’s work.
We cannot trust God too much, nor ourselves too little.
We fear men much, because we fear Goal little.
We fell by standing against God; we shall stand by failing before him.
We know the true fold by the presence of the Great Shepherd.
This is the test of a true Church. Where the Shepherd is, there is the chosen flock and the true fold. Whatever be the place of worship or the form of church government, if the Lord Jesus is there, no friend of his need ‘be, afraid to be with him.
We lie to God in prayer, if we do not rely on him after prayer.
Prayer without faith is a kind of mockery.
We may pray to live, if we live to pray.
For prayer is of the utmost value to the church and to the world, that we may desire to live to bless our age by its means.
We must be born twice, or we shall die twice. We must ‘be self-searchers, bat not self-seekers. We must believe to see, not see to believe.
By faith realize the great goodness of the Lord, and do not wait to see what God will do before you believe his Word. Faith which depends upon sight is no faith at. all.
We must not let crosses lead us down, but we mast lift them up and carry them.
We need to feel the storm that we may know the worth of the anchor..
The storm-tossed Christian proves the staying power of faith. When the promise has been tried and proved, we value it..
We serve the devil if we serve not Christ. “The poet has put an awful truth into the lips of the father of lies, when he makes him say to Cain- ‘He who does not bow to him has bow’d to me.’” We work, not for life, but from life. I would not work my soul to save; That work my Lord has done; But I will work, like any slave, For love of God’s dear Son.
Weak grace may do for God, but it must be strong grace to die for God. “Have you grace enough to be burned at the stake?” was the question once put to Mr. Moody, win answered in the negative. “Do you not ‘wish that you had?” “No, sir, for I do not need it.
What I need just now is grace to live in Milwaukee three days and hold a convention.”
Weave in faith, and God will find thread.
Weekly services neglected, make weakly Christians.
There is a proverb in Scotland, that “Mony ane will gang a milo tae hear a sang that winna gang a foot tee hear a sermon.” A certain United Presbyterian Church in the North of England was the scene of two evening meetings in one week, viz., an evangelistic meeting and a concert, or service of song. A Scripture reader in connection with the congregation, while on her diurnal rounds, came in contact with a douce old Scotchman, a member of the church. “Now, David,” queried the good woman, “are ye comin’ up tee the meeting this week?” “Oh, ay,” exclaimed the canny Scot, “I maun come tee the meeting: for I ken some o’ the folk that’s gaun to sing.” “Tuts!” exclaimed, his interrogator, “it’s no the concert; it’s the ither meeting I mean.” “Oh!” sighed the devout Scot, “I dinna think that I can come; for you see I am see tired at night that I can hardly stir aff my chair.” ‘Well doth the good Old proverb speak — “‘As the Sunday, so the week.” ‘What God’s purpose plans, God’s power performs. ‘What is anyone the better for ordinances, unless he be bettered by ordinances?
For in themselves, the outward forms are valueless: unless they are the channels of blessing, they are of no more use than old lead pipes when the water is cut off. ‘What the Papists cry up as the mother of devotion, that we cry’ down as the father of superstition.
Ignorance will smother trite devotion, Know that you may worship.
God asks not a blind faith; for such would only ‘be the faith of blindness and darkness; and “God is light.”
What we neither feel nor see, We by faith believe to be. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the. evidence of things not seen.” — Hebrew 11:1.
What we weave in time we, must wear in eternity.
What we win with prayer we should wear with praise.
Whatsoever is not above the top of nature is below the bottom of grace.
The work of grace, at its lowest degree, is above the highest effort of nature at its very best.
Wheat and tares may grow together, but they shall not remain together.
The separation which cannot he wisely attempted by man will be perfectly accomplished by the Lord. What a mixture all our assemblies are! How true are Herrick’s lines: — “In holy meetings, there a man may be One of the crowd, not of the company.” Wheat in a barn is better than chaff in a church.
Just so. A few poor saints in the meanest room excel all the unconverted nobility and gentry of the district when assembled in the most magnificent cathedral.
When a saint at God’s bidding can stand still, ‘tis an evidence that he will soon go forward.
Thus Israel, at the Red Sea, learned to stand still and see the salvation of God, and then came the word, “Go forward.”
When Christians .are rusty they’re apt to turn crusty. Doing nothing, they growl at those who are workers.
When Christians dispute, worldlings deride’.
They cannot say, “See how these Christians love one another!”
When clouds are heavy, blessings are near.
When God makes us his children, he makes us brothers. When God wills, our ills are wells.
He brings good out of evil; and makes the bitter sweet.
When God would work, his tools are ready.
In fact, he can use any tool: he can ‘use me. The Lord’s strength gets glory through our weakness.
When God’s Word is opened, may our hearts be opened.
We read, “He opened to us the Scriptures”; and in the same chapter, “Then opened he their understanding.” — Luke 24:32,45.
When mercy is rejected, judgment may Be expected.
When once a man becomes a god to himself, he then becomes a devil to others.
He is so lifted up with pride that he plays the tyrant. Because Nebuchadnezzar was so proud, he threw those into a fiery furnace who would not obey his will. Good to yourself, evil to others.
When prayer leads the van, deliverance Brings up the rear.
When the leaf falls, To repentance it calls.
Or, “When leaves are falling, wisdom is calling.”
When the sea is without waves, saints will Be without trials.
This will come when they stand on the sea of glass, and not till then. Were we without trials, we might doubt our sonship; for “What son is there whom his father chasteneth not?” — Hebrews 12:7.
When the sun is set, we are all in the shade.
General calamity impoverishes all. When the Lord’s Spirit leaves the church, we all suffer through his absence.
When the world is bitter, the Word is sweet.
When we are in Satan’s hand, he is in God’s hand.
God has a chain on the enemy,, even when he gives him most latitude. He may rule as he wills, but the Lord overrules him..
When weeds are uprooted, good plants are in danger..
Hence the need of great care in discipline, lest in removing tares we destroy wheat. We need equal, care in rebuking error, lest we destroy truth with falsehood.
When you rest, rest from sin.
It is the only true rest, for sin is a troubled sea. Those who allow themselves to enter sinful places, because they are taking a vacation, disgrace their vocation. When you work, and when you play, Call to mind the judgment-day.
Where can that soul stay, which stays not itself upon God?
Where death finds you, eternity binds you.
Despite all that is said to the contrary, this is the plain teaching of the Scriptures of truth.
Where death leaves us, judgment finds us. All that men have done or said Lives when they themselves are dean.
And when they are called to judgment they will find the things done in the body there to confound and to condemn them.
Where God becomes a donor, man. becomes a debtor. Every gift of grace involves a debt of gratitude.
Where the Scripture hath no tongue to speak, we should have no ear to hear.
If we are wise above what is written, we are presumptuously foolish. What the Lord does not reveal we should not wish to know. Beyond revelation all is speculation.
Where there’s no repentance there’s no religion.
While guile remains, guilt is, not removed.
With forgiveness of sin there comes honesty of mind. “Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” — Psalm 32:2.
While thou livest, pray; and as thou prayest, live.
Who has charge of souls cannot carry them in bundles.
Each one will need a special treatment for its peculiar case. ‘Who has no thirst, has no business at the fountain..
Hence our needs give us a right at the mercy-seat. “No admission except on business” is true of communion with God. None do come to God, and none can come to him, except on an errand of necessity. Necessity is the mother of supplication.
Who prays in grief, secures relief.
And then he must take care to give glory to God for the gracious answer to Prayer which has been vouchsafed to him. Prayers and praises go in pairs:
They have praises who have prayers.
Whom free grace chooses, free grace cleanses.
Whom God calls, he qualifies.
Hence we may be sure that a man is not called to an office for which he is utterly unfit. A being meant to fly has wings given it. If a man is meant for preaching he will have brain and tongue bestowed upon him.
Whom God will make, the devil cannot mar.
Woe be to him whose advocate becomes his accuser.
When the Savior shall witness against us, and our own conscience shall condemn us, how shall we escape?
Women were last at the cross and first at the sepulcher. “Not she with trait’rous kiss her Savior stung, Not she denied him with unholy tongue; She, while apostles shrank, could danger brave, Last at his cross, and earliest at his grave.” Worldlings make gold their god; saints find God their gold.
Worldly delights are winged delights.
Soon do they fly away: why trust in them?