Monday, May 18, 2009



Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous: to an author as silence. His name, like a shuttlecock, must be beat backward and forward, or it falls to the ground.—


It is the wit, the policy of sin, to hate those men w% have abused.—Sir W. Davenant.

There are more people abusive to others than lie open to abuse themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me to-day will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.—Seneca.

I never yet heard man or woman mnch abused, that I was not inclined to think the better of them; and to transfer any suspicion or dulike to the person who appeared to take delight in pointing out the defects of a fellow- creature.—Jane Porter.

Remember that it is not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts, but the view we take of these things as insulting. When, therefore, any one provokes yon, be assured that it ii your own opinion which provokes yon.—


There is a time when men will not suffer bad things because their ancestors have suffered worse. There is a time when the hoary head of inveterate abuse will neither draw reverence nor obtain protection.—Burke.

When certain persons abuse ns, let as ask ourselves what description of characters it is that they admire; we snail often find this a very consolatory question.—Colton.

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