Practical Morality, Or, A Guide to Men and Manners: Consisting of Lord Chesterfield's Advice to His Son : to which is Added, a Supplement Containing Extracts from Various Books Recommended by Lord Chesterfield to Mr. Stanhope. Together with The Polite Philosopher, Or, An Essay on the Art which Makes a Man Happy in Himself, and Agreeable to Others [by James Forrester]. Dr. Blair's Advice to Youth. Dr. Fordyce On Honour as a Principle. Lord Burghley's Ten Precepts to His Son. Dr. Franklin's Way to Wealth. And Pope's Universal Prayer
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Page 274 - To know but this, that thou art good, And that myself am blind: Yet gave me, in this dark estate, To see the good from ill; And binding Nature fast in Fate, Left free the human will. What conscience dictates to be done, Or warns me not to do; This teach me more than Hell to shun, That more than Heaven pursue.
Page 267 - A little neglect may breed great mischief ; for want of a nail the shoe was lost ; for want of a shoe the horse was lost ; and for want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy ; all for want of a little care about a horse-shoe nail.
Page 265 - Lost Time is never found again; and what we call Time enough, always proves little enough: Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the Purpose; so by Diligence shall we do more with less Perplexity. Sloth makes all Things difficult, but Industry all easy...
Page 270 - And again, Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and a great deal more saucy. When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but Poor Dick says, 'Tis easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
Page 269 - He means, that perhaps the cheapness is apparent only, and not real; or the bargain, by straitening thee in thy business, may do thee more harm than good. For in another place he says, Many have been ruined by buying good pennyworths.
Page 264 - It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their time to be employed in its service : but idleness taxes many of us much more ; sloth, by bringing on diseases, absolutely shortens life. •"Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labour wears, while the used key is always bright,
Page 265 - What though you have found no treasure, nor has any rich relation left you a legacy, Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry. Then plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.
Page 266 - The cat in gloves catches no mice, as Poor Richard says. It is true there is much to be done, and perhaps you are weak-handed; but stick to it steadily, and you will see great effects; for, Constant dropping wears away stones; and, By diligence and patience the mouse ate in two the cable; and Little strokes fell great oaks, as Poor Richard says in his almanac, the year I cannot just now remember.
Page 267 - So much for Industry, my Friends, and Attention to one's own Business; but to these we must add Frugality, if we would make our Industry more certainly successful. A Man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his Nose all his Life to the Grindstone, and die not worth a Groat at last. A fat Kitchen makes a lean Will, as Poor Richard says; and Many Estates are spent in the Getting, Since Women for Tea forsook Spinning and Knitting, And Men for Punch forsook Hewing and Splitting.