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I find one book of observations, begun in the year 1646, wherein I have noted many useful things, having the word ETERNITY at the top of many pages, by the thought of which I was quickened to spend my time well. It is a great comfort to me now, in my old age, to find that I was so diligent in my youth ;-for in those books I have noted how I spent my time.
BISHOP PATRICK, Autobiography.
There is no saying shocks me so much as that which I hear very often:
- That a man does not know how to pass his time. "Twould have been ill spoken by Methusalem in the nine hundred and sixty-ninth year of his life. ... But if any man be so unlearned as to want entertainment of the little intervals of accidental solitude which frequently occur in almost all conditions, it is truly a great shame both to his parents and himself. For a very small portion of any ingenious art will stop up all those gaps of our time; either music, or painting, or history, or gardening, or twenty other things, will do it usefully and pleasantly.
COWLEY, Of Solitude.
Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen,
COWPER, Task, B. III.