The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
The inappropriate cannot be beautiful.
When the music changes, so does the dance.
If you enter a goat stable, bleat; if you enter a water buffalo stable, bellow.
Carve the peg by looking at the hole.
Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold.
Don’t use an axe to embroider.
Hatred, n.: A sentiment appropriate to the occasion of another’s superiority.
Wrath, n. Anger of a superior quality and degree, appropriate to exalted characters and momentous occasions; as, “the wrath of God,” – “the day of wrath,” etc.
It is said that an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words “and this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour […]