A DICTIONARY OF THOUGHTS by Tryon Edwards

By Tryon Edwards

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The hours we pass with happy prospect* ANXIETY. ANTICIPATION, view are more pleasant than those crowned with fruition. Goldsimth. We often tremble at an empty terror, yet in ; the false fancy brings a real Suffering does less afflict the senses than the anticipation of suffering. Quin- Man. Sorrow itself is not so hard to bear as the thought of sorrow coming. Airy ghosts that work no harm do terrify us more than men in steel with bloody purposes. T. JJ. Aldrich. In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he fiuds not half the pleasure in the possession that ho proposed to himself in tne expectation.

Fielding. To be amiable is most certainly a duty, but it is not to be exercised at the expense of any virtue. He who seeks to do the amiable always, can at times be successful only by the sacrifice of his manhood. Simms. How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success. Mad. Swetchine. Amiable people^ though often subject to imposition in their contact with the world, yet radiate so much of sunshine that they are reflected in all appreciative hearts. Deluzy. -It is doing some service to humanity, to amuse innocently.

Hichter. How fast we learn in a day of sorrow ! splendor things hard to be understood become in a moment plain. H. Sonar. ; The most generous vine, if not pruned, runs out into many supei-fluous stems and grows at last weak and fruitless so doth the best man if he be not cut short in his desires, and pruned with afflictions. Bp. : ffall Extrordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinai-y sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.

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