Kate and her brother; or, The young orphans

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1881
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Page 74 - Very good!" replied the pendulum, "it is vastly easy for you, Mistress Dial, who have always, as every body knows, set yourself up above me, — it is vastly easy for you, I say, to accuse other people of laziness! You, who have had nothing to do all the days of your life but to stare people in the face, and to amuse yourself with watching all that goes on in the kitchen! Think, I beseech you, how you would like to be shut up for life in this dark closet, and to wag backwards and forwards year after...
Page 76 - Not in the least," replied the pendulum. "It is not of six strokes that I complain, nor of sixty, but of millions." "Very good," replied the dial; "but recollect that though you may think of a million strokes in an instant, you are required to execute but one; and that, however often you may hereafter have to swing, a moment will always be given you to swing in.
Page 78 - Thus, in looking forward to future life, let us recollect that we have not to sustain all its toil, to endure all its sufferings, or encounter all its crosses at once. One moment comes laden with its own little...
Page 73 - An old clock, that had stood for fifty years in a farmer's kitchen, without giving its owner any cause of complaint, early one summer's morning, before the family was stirring, suddenly stopped. Upon this, the dial-plate (if we may credit the fable,) changed countenance with alarm; the hands made a vain effort to continue their course ; the wheels remained motionless with surprise ; the weights hung speechless; each member felt disposed to lay the blame on the others. At length the dial instituted...
Page 74 - I am willing, for the general satisfaction, to assign my reasons. The truth is, that I am tired of ticking.
Page 76 - The dial could scarcely keep its countenance during this harangue; but, resuming its gravity, thus replied : — " Dear Mr. Pendulum, I am really astonished that such a useful industrious person as yourself should have been overcome by this sudden action.
Page 78 - This is an admirable remark, and might be very seasonably recollected when we begin to be " weary in well-doing," from the thought of having much to do. The present moment is all we have to do with in any sense ; the past is irrecoverable ; the future is uncertain ; nor is it fair to burden one moment with the weight of the next. Sufficient unto the moment is the trouble thereof. If we had to walk a hundred miles, we...
Page 77 - ... shining full upon the dial-plate, it brightened up as if nothing had been the matter. When the farmer came down to breakfast that morning, upon looking at the clock he declared that his watch had gained half an hour in the night. IT is said by a celebrated modern writer, " Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.
Page 76 - Exactly so," replied the pendulum: "well, I appeal to you all, if the thought of this was not enough to fatigue one? and when I began to multiply the strokes of one day by those of months and years, really it is no wonder if I felt discouraged at the prospect: so after a great deal .of reasoning and hesitation, thinks I to myself — I'll stop.
Page 77 - Upon this, the weights, who had never been accused of light conduct, used all their influence in urging him to proceed; when, as with one consent, the wheels began to turn, the hands began to move, the pendulum began to swing, and, to its credit, ticked as loud as ever; while a...

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