Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society

T. Cadell, 1789 - 134 pages
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Page 56 - I have found, by a strict and diligent observation, that a due observation of the duty of this day hath ever had joined to it a blessing upon the rest of my time, and the week that hath been so begun hath been blessed...
Page 89 - It is not less against negative than against actual evil, that affectionate exhortation, lively remonstrance, and pointed parable, are exhausted. It is against the tree which bore NO fruit, the lamp which had NO oil, the unprofitable servant, who made NO use of his talent, that the severe sentence is denounced ; as well as against corrupt fruit, bad oil, and talents ill employed.
Page 116 - Reformation must begin with the GREAT, or it will never be effectual. Their example is the fountain whence the vulgar draw their habits, actions, and characters. To expect to reform the poor while the opulent are corrupt, is to throw odours into the stream while the springs are poisoned.
Page 56 - I have ever found," says" the great Lord Chief Justice Hale, " by a strict and diligent observation, that a due observance of the duty of Sunday has ever had joined to it a blessing upon the rest of my time ; and the week that has been so begun has been blessed and prosperous to...
Page 57 - ... blessed and prosperous to me ; and, on the other side, when I have been negligent of the duties of this day, the rest of the week has been unsuccessful and unhappy to my own secular employments. So that I could easily make an estimate of my successes of the week following, by the manner of my passing this day ; and I do not write this lightly, but by long and sound experience.
Page 90 - ... believe, from the same high authority, that omitted duties, and neglected opportunities, will furnish no inconsiderable portion of our future condemnation. A very awful part of the decision, in the great day of account, seems to be reserved merely for carelessness, omissions, and negatives. Ye gave me NO meat ; ye gave me NO drink; ye took me NOT in; ye visited me NOT.
Page 12 - But the moft alarming inftance is that of the fplendid, and not illiberal epicure, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared fumptuoufly every day.
Page 116 - Their example is the fountain from whence the vulgar draw their habits, actions and characters.'41 Perhaps the most devastating form of criticism that could be aimed at an order obsessed by pride of rank was ridicule. And the satirists wasted no time in mocking the aristocratic code of honour and the etiquette of suicide. William Withers was striving for a Swiftian effect when he...
Page 77 - Author of our nature gave us, as a ftimulus to remove the diftrefles of others, in order to get rid of our own uneafinefs. I would only obferve, that where not ftrengthened by fuperior motives, it is a cafual and precarious inftrument of good, and ceafes to operate, except in the immediate prefence, fence, and within the audible cry of mifery. This fort of feeling forgers that any calamity exifts which is out «f its own fight ; and though it •would empty its purfe.

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