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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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the tempers of the people whom he ad-
dresses. He asserts that gaiety is one great
obstacle to the prudent conduct of women.
Mr. Hobbes, a celebrated philosopher of
his nation, maintains that laughing proceeds
from our pride alone. This is only a pa-
radox, if asserted of laughing in general,
and only argues that misanthropical dispo-
sition for which he was remarkable.
To bring the causes he assigns for laugh-
ing under suspicion, it is sufficient to re-
mark that proud people are commonly those
who laugh least. Gravity is the inseparable
companion of pride. To say that a man is
vain, because the humour of a writer, or
the buffooneries of an harlequin excite his
laughter, would bo advancing a great ab-
surdity. We should distinguish between
laughter inspired by joy, and that which
arises from mockery. The malicious sneer
is improperly called laughter. It must bo
owned that pride is the parent of such
laughter as this; but this is in itself vici-
ous; whereas, the other sort has nothing
in its principles or defects that deserves
condemnation. We find this amiable in
others, and is it unhappiness to feel a dis-
position towards it in ourselves?
When I see an Englishman laugh, I fancy
[ rather see him hunting after joy than
having caught it; and this is more particu-
larly remarkable in their women, whose
tempers are inclined to melancholy. .V
laugh leaves no more traces on their coun-
tenance than a Hash of lightning on the
face of the heavens. The most laughing
air is instantly succeeded by the most
gloomy. One would be apt to think that
their souls open with difficulty to joy, or
at least that joy is not pleased with its ha-
bitation there.
In regard to fine raillery, it must be al-
lowed that it is not natural to the Enghsh,
and therefore those who endeavour at it
make but an ill figure.
Some of their authors have candidly con-
fessed, that pleasantry is quite foreign to
their character; but according to the rea-
son they give, they lose nothing by this
confession. Bishop Sprat gives the follow-
ing one: 'The English,' says he, 'have too
much bravery to be derided, and too much
virtue and honoTir to mock others.'
(Goldsmith.)
187. PROVERBS AND MAXIMS.
A good maxim is never out of season.
Beginnings are always hard.
Pray and work.
A tree is known by ifs fruit.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a
man healthy, wealthy and wise.
He that will thrive, must rise at five; he
that has thriven, may lie till seven.
Every man is the architect of his own
fortune.
It is never too late to learn.
In order to mend, we must attend.
Of all prodigality that of time is the
worst.
Time is money.
Past labour is present delight.
Birth is much, but breeding is more.
Good education is the foundation of hap-
piness.
Poverty is the reward of idleness.
What you sow, you must mow.
Of saving comes having.
No gains without pains.
Idleness is the root of al! evil.
Idleness is the greatest prodigality.
First deserve, and then desire.
Who will not keep a penny, shall never
have many.
Few things are impossible to skill and
industry.
Idleness is the parent of want and shame.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
A rolling stone never gathers moss.
Still waters have deep bottoms.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Good words without deeds are rushes
and weeds.
A faithful friend is a strong defence.
Misfortune is a touchstone of friendship.
False friends are worse than open ene-
mies.
Better to be alone, than in bad com-
pany.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Tell me what company you keep, and I
will tell you what you are.
Speak well of your friend, of your ene-
my say nothing.
Evil communications corrupt good man-
ners.
Without a friend the world is but a wil-
derness.
Many hands make light work.
Fly pleasures, and they will follow you.
Look before you leap.
Strike while the iron is hot.
What is done in the night appears in
the day.
Nothing is so secret, but time and truth
will reveal it.
Good intentions will not justify evil ac-
tions.
Before you attempt, consider whether
you can perform.
Prayer prevails against temptation.