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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Self-Examination
 
As I walk’d by myself, I talk’d to myself
  And myself replied to me;
And the questions myself then put to myself,
  With their answers I give to thee.
        Barnard Barton—Colloquy with Myself. Appeared in Youth’s Instructor, Dec., 1826.
  1
Summe up at night what thou hast done by day;
And in the morning what thou hast to do.
Dresse and undresse thy soul; mark the decay
And growth of it; if, with thy watch, that too
  Be down then winde up both; since we shall be
  Most surely judg’d, make thy accounts agree.
        Herbert—The Temple. The Church Porch. Next to last stanza.
  2
One self-approving hour whole years out-weighs
Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas.
        Pope—Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 249.
  3
            Speak no more:
Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul;
And there I see such black and grained spots
As will not leave their tinct.
        Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 88.
  4
                Go to your bosom;
Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
        Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 136.
  5
Let not soft slumber close your eyes,
Before you’ve collected thrice
The train of action through the day!
Where have my feet chose out their way?
What have I learnt, where’er I’ve been,
From all I’ve heard, from all I’ve seen?
What have I more that’s worth the knowing?
What have I done that’s worth the doing?
What have I sought that I should shun?
What duty have I left undone,
Or into what new follies run?
These self-inquiries are the road
That lead to virtue and to God.
        Isaac Watts—Self Examination.
  6
There is a luxury in self-dispraise;
And inward self-disparagement affords
To meditative spleen a grateful feast.
        WordsworthThe Excursion. Bk. IV.
  7
’Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours;
And ask them what report they bore to heaven:
And how they might have borne more welcome news.
        Young—Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 376.
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