But as good as you arc, and as bad as I am,

I am as good as you are, as bad as I am.

                              OLD SCOTCH TOAST.

                    There is so much Devil in the best of us

                    And so much Angel in the worst of us

                    That it doesn’t become any of us

                    To say much about the rest of us.

                                                   W. S. Childs 1904

                                                             May you live all the days of your life.

                                                                        SWIFT –--- Polite Conversation


Here is a toast that I want to give fo a fellow I’ll never know;

          To the fellow who’s going to take my place when it’s time for me to go.

                                                             Louis E. Thayer ------To My Successor

May all your labors be in vein.


                    Little tube of mighty pow’r,

                    Charmer of an idle hour,

                    Object of my warm desire.

                              ISAAC HAWKINS BROWNE—

                                                   A Pipe of Tobacco

                                                             A woman is only a woman,

                                                             but a good cigar is a smoke.

                                                                                   KIPLING—’The Betrothed

          For thy sake, tobacco, I

          Would do anything but die.

                    LAMB----A Farewell to Tobacco

What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar.

Thomas R. Marshall - - Remark to John Crocket, Chief Clerk U.S. Senate

Yes, social friend, I love thee well,

In learned doctors’ spite;

Thy clouds all other clouds dispel

And lap me in delight.

                    CHARLES SPRAGUE—

                                         To my Cigar

          A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure.

It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied.

                              WILDE----Picture of Darien Gray

We are here today and gone tomorrow. ANONYMOUS

                    Out of Eternity

                    The new Day is born;

                    Into Eternity

                    At night will return.

                              CARLYLE— Today


Happy the man, and happy he alone,

                              He, who can call today his own:

                              He who, secure within, can say,

                              Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have liv’d today.

                                                   DBYDEN— Imitation of Horace


One today is worth two tomorrows. FRANKLIN


Tomorrow, life is too late: live today. MARTIAL

We shall do so much in the years to come,

But what have we done today?

We shall give our gold in a princely sum,

But what did we give today?

    NIXON \WATERMAN— Have We Done Today?

                    An age builds up cities: an hour destroys them. SENECA

There’s a time for all things. Shakespeare----Comedy of Errors. Act II, Sc. 2

Make use of time, let not advantage slip. SHAKESPEARE— Venus and Adonis

          A wonderful stream is the River Time,

          As it runs through the realms of Tears,

With a faultless rhythm, and a musical rhyme,

          As it blends with the ocean of Years.

                               BENJAMIN F. TAYLOR— The Long Ago

                    Once in Persia reigned a king

                    Who upon his signet ring

                    Craved a maxim true and wise,

                    Which if held before the eyes

                    Gave him counsel at a glance

                    Fit for every change and chance.

                    Solemn words, and these are they:

”Even this shall pass away.”

                                         THEODORE TILTON— T he King’s Ring

                                         Some have meat, and canna cat,

                                         And some wad cat that want it;

                                         But we hae meat, and we can eat,

                                         And sac the Lord be thankit.

                                                             BURNS— The Selkirk Grace

                                                             Here’s a sigh to these who love me,

                                                             And a smile to those who hate;

                                                             And whatever sky’s above me,

                                                             Here’s a heart for every fate.

                                                                        BYRON—Letter to Thomas Moore

                                         Ho! stand to your glasses steady!

                                         ‘Tis all we have left to prize.

                                         A cup to the dead already,—

                                         Hurrah for the next that dies.

                                                   BARTHOLOMEW DOWLING–Revelry in India

Here’s to your good health, and your family’s good health, and may you all

live long and prosper. IRVING— Rip Van Winkle

                    A glass is good, and a lass is good,

                    And a pipe to smoke in cold weather;

                    The world is good and the people are good,

                    And we’re all good fellows together.

                              JOHN O’KEEFE----Sprigs of Laurel

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. PROVERBS. I. 10

          The way of transgressors is hard. PROVERBS XIII. 15.

                    The wages of sin is death. ROMANS. VI. 23

          There is no sin. There are only stages of development.

                               TIBETAN PROVERB

          But he who never sins can little boast.

          Compared to him who goes and sins no more!

                              N. P. WILLIS— The Lady Jane

Of all the evil spirits abroad at this hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous. FROUDE---- Short Studies on Great Subjects

          There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity

          on self-examination.       MENCIUS

                    A little sincerity is a dangerous thing,

                    and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

                                         WILDE— The Critics as Artist.

Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.

CARLYLE— Heros and Hero-Worship.

I am ready to reject all belief and reasoning, and can look upon opinion even as more probable or likely than another. HUME--- Treatise on Human Nature

Believe nothing and be on your guard against everything. LATIN PROVERB

                    And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky,

                    Whereunder crawling coop’d we live and die,

                    Lift not your hands to it for help for it

                    As impotently moves as you or I.

                                         OMAR KHAYYAM— Rubaiyat


Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the  same

For two moments together; almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost Divine in its infinity. RU SKIN— The Sky

          I hate the man who builds his name, On ruins of another’s fame.

                                                             GAY— The Poet and the Rose

                    If slander be a snake, it is a winged one—it flies as well as creeps.

                                                   DOUGLAS JERR0LD— Slander

          Never throw mud. You may miss your mark, but you must have dirty hands.

                                                                        ----JOSEPH PARKER

I am disgrac’d, impeach’d and baffled here,—

Pierc’d to the soul with slander’s venosn’d spear.

                              SHAKESPEARE—Richard II. Act I. Sc. 1.

                    A slander is like a hornet;

                    if you cannot kill it dead the first blow,

                    better not strike at it.

                                         H. W. Shaw

                              If you put a chain around the neck of a slave,

the other end fastens itself around your own

                                                   .EMERSON— Compensation


Corrupted freemen are the worst slaves. ---DAVID GARRICK

The compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell; involving both parties atrocious criminality, and should be immediately annulled. -----WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON

                    The man who gives us employment,.

                    which I must have or suffer,

                    that man is my master,

                    let me call him what I will.

                              HENRY GEORGE— Social Problems

I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.

                                                             LINCOLN ---Speech, 1858

          They are slaves who fear to speak

          For the fallen and the weak;

                    * * * * * * * *

          They are slaves who dare not be

          In the right with two or three.

                              LOWELL—Stanzas on Freedom

They (the blacks) had no right which the white man was bound to respect.

                              ROGER B. TANNY—The Dred Scott Case

          Englishmen never will be slaves; they are free to do whatever the

          Government and public opinion allow them to do.



A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.

                                                                                  Beethoven —Letter, 1811.

                    I have never known a poet who did not think himself super-excellent.


                              No man was ever yet a great poet, without at the same time

                               being a great philosopher . COLERIDGE

          All men are poets at heart..... EMERSON—.Literary Ethics

          Modern poets mix too much water with their ink. —GOETHE

The man is either mad or he is making verse. ----HORACE

                    For next to being a great poet is the power of understanding one.


All that is best in the great poets of our countries

is not what is national in them, but what is universal.

                                         LONGFELLOW —Kavanagh


Every man is a poet when he is in love. ---PLATO— S ymposium

                              Poets have a license to lie. -----PLINY TIlE YOUNGER

                                                   Poetry is the Devil’s wine. —ST. AUGUSTINE

Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought.

                               CARLYLE— Heros and Hero-Worship

          Poetry, the eldest sister of all arts, and parent of most. —CONGREVE

                              All that is not prose passes for poetry. —CRABBE

                                                   Oh, love will make a dog howl in rhyme.

                                                             JOHN FLETCHER— Queen of Corinth

                    Poetry is truth dwelling in beauty. ---GILFILLAN


Let your poem be kept nine years. —HORACE


Publishing a volume of verse is like    dropping a rose-petal down the Grand

Canyon and waiting for the echo.        ---DON MARQUIS— The Sun Dial

          With me poetry has not been a purpose but a passion. POE

                    I consider poetry very subordinate to moral and political science.

                                                   SHELLEY—Letter to Thomas L. Peacock

                              I was promised on a time,

                              To have reason for my rhyme;

                              From that time unto this season,

                              I received nor rhyme nor reason.

                                                   SPENSER—Lines on His Promised Pension

          The reader who is illuminated is, in a real sense, the poem.

                                         H. M. T0MLINs0N— Between the Lines

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:

it says more and in fewer words than prose.

VOLTAIRE --- A Philosophical Dictionary

                    One man’s meat is another’s poison.

                                         ENGLISH PROVERB

                                         The man recover’d of the bite, The dog it was that died.

                                                   GOLDSMITH—Elegy On the Death of a Mad Dog

It is easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar.


          The superior man is polite but not cringing;

          the common man is cringing but not polite.


                              Politeness is the chief sign of culture.

                                                   BALTASAR GRACIAN

                                                   A man’s hat in his hand never did him any harm.

                                                                                  ITALIAN PROVERB

Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in small things. --MACAULAY

A politician is an animal who can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. ANONYMOUS

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies. JOHN ARBUTHNOT

                    Man is by nature a civic animal. ----ARISTOTLE

                              Don’t throw a monkey-wrench into the machinery.

                                         ---- PHILADER JOHNSON

          We shall not, I believe, be obliged to alter our policy of watchful waiting.

                    W0ODROW WILSON— Annual Message. 1915

                              Polities is not an exact science. BISMARCK —Speech, 1863

          A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation.


It is a condition which confronts us. not a theory.

                    GROVER CLEVELAND—Annual Message, 1877

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