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41. Parents may expect from their children that obedience which they themselves paid to their parents.---Thales.
42. Solomon says, A foolish son is the grief of his father and the heaviness of his mother; and there is no grief so piercing, no heaviness that so often breaks the feeling heart.
43. The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs; they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other. Children sweeten labours; but they make misfortunes bitter.-Lord Bacon.
44. Fulfil the known commands, reward the tender cares, and relieve the growing infirmities of your parents.
45. “ Your parents reverence and obey,
Nor from their friendly counsel stray.”
46. He that will be his own master, saith the proverb, must often have a fool for his scholar.
47. He that would know how to command, must first learn how to obey.„Solon.
48. Yield to the judgment and advice of your teacher without a murmur. He that has gone over all the ground you have to tread, is better qualified to direct you in the paths of learning than you are to direct yourself.
On the Choice of Companions and Friends.
49. Seek intimacy with a few, rather than acquaintance with many.
50. As the circle of friends is enlarged, the bonds of friendship are relaxed and weakened. +
51. By engaging with a large acquaintance, you set open your gates to invaders of your time.-Cowley.
52. Your mind and your manners will be refined or corrupted, dignified or disgraced, according to your company.
53. Many young people choose the kind and colour of their clothes with far more nicety and care than they select their associates.
54. But since friends grow not thick on every
bough, Nor every
friend unrotten at the core; First on thy friend, deliberate with thyself; Pause, ponder, sift; not eager in thy choice, Nor jealous of the chosen; fixing, fix; Judge before friendship; then confide till death.
55. Take not as your companions either those who are too giddy to think, or too selfish to feel; those who are too reserved to speak, or too open to keep a secret.
56. Expect not constancy from him who is a feather driven by the winds of fashion; or that he can be your friend, whose oaths and blasphemies prove him to be an enemy to God.
57. The fickle croud with fortune comes and
goes, Wealth still finds followers, and misfortune foes.
58. Shun him who flatters where he should only commend, and slanders when he ought only
59. Link not yourself with those who venture on the smooth stream of sensual pleasure, lest you be gradually drawn into the whirlpool of excess, " Where
delusion darkens to despair.”
60. Friendship, says Cicero, divides our sorrows and doubles our joys.
61. Less are woes and lighter are the cares Which gentle, sympathizing friendship shares; In sorrow may I never want a friend, Nor when the wretched mourn a tear to lend.
62. Be kind to your friends that they may continue such, and to your enemies that they may become
63. Friendship has been called the sweetener of
life. It is a compound, made up of truth and kindness, prudence and piety.
64. Pursue the search, and you shall find,
Good sense and knowledge of mankind,
64. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, Prov. xviii. 21. It can wound or heal, drop honey or gall, kindle flames or quench them.
65. A constant talker tires, and a caviller torments every company.
66. Words are like leaves, and where they most
abound, Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
67. Levity and impertinence are the froth, lies and impurity the sediment of discourse.
68. Give a slow answer to a hasty question.
69. Speaking without thinking, is shooting without taking aim.
70. Vanity has many outlets in conversation, but great
I is the front door.
71. He who confounds with noise, instead of convincing with reason, who makes the modest blush and the meek tremble, causes pain where he comes and pleasure when he departs.
73. Scandal and flattery supply to many a constant current of discourse; if those springs were shut up the channel would be dry.
74. Slander, that worst of poisons, ever finds
An easy entrance to ignoble minds.—Hervey. 75. Wit malignantly employed is like a crackling fire that with every fresh blaze sends out sparks. Take care that you are not burnt.
76. Neither cast your pearls before swine, nor lock them up in reserve when a fair occasion offers to produce them.
77. A man who is ready to converse but has nothing to say, worth hearing, is a well without water ; he that is rich in knowledge but reserved, is a well without a bucket.
78. Let not a taint of prophaneness debase your speech. The swearer sets his mouth against the