MORDAUNT, Charles, Lord Peterborough Quotes
(1658-1735), English general
How sacred and beautiful is the feeling of affection in the pure and guileless soul! The proud may sneer at it, the fashionable call it a fable, the selfish and dissipated affect to despise it, but the holy passion is surely from heaven, and is made evil only by the corruptions of those it was sent to preserve and bless.
It is easy to look down on others; to look down on ourselves is the difficulty.
The influence of temper upon tone deserves much consideration.—In the voice there is no deception; it is, to many, the index of the mind, denoting moral qualities; and it may be remarked that the low, soft tones of gentle and amiable beings, whatever their musical endowments may be, seldom fail to please; besides which the singing of ladies indicates the cultivation of their taste.