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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 heavens, and if he had power would pull the Almighty from his throne.
79. Convince the world that you are devout
and true, Be just in all you say, and all you do.—Stepney.
80. Do not consider how things may be prettily said, rather than how they may be prudently spoken; neither hazard being thought wrong, or rash, or vain, for the chance of being reckoned pleasant.Mrs. More.
81. State facts with clearness, urge arguments with calmness, and relate stories with truth and brevity.
82. There is no greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse; it always shews great disrespect, and cannot but be offensive. --Locke.
83. Let your manner of speaking be serious, but not sour; easy, but not careless; deliberate, but not dravling; affectionate, but not fawn
84. Use not many words when any thing important is to be done. Long and curious speeches are as fit for dispatch, as a robe with a long train is for a race.-Lord Bacon.
85. He who clips away a little truth, and puts
in a patch of falsehood to make measure, is likely to become a skilful manufacturer of lies.
85. He who circulates base coin, is as bad as the coiner; and he who retails, slander, as the slanderer.
86. Thro' mean complacence ne'er betray your
trust, Or be so civil as to prove unjust.-Pope.
Books and Reading
87. Books are the treasuries of knowledge and experience : They contain whatever genius has invented, labour discovered, learning collected, and judgment arranged.
88. We never find a richly cultivated understanding in one who is averse to reading.
89. The proper choice and right use of books are the two main hinges on which your improvement turns.
90. Thousands of volumes which bear good titles are full of deadly errors, dangerous allurements to folly, and fine spun apologies for vice.
91. Novels, plays, and romances, are generally so written, as to captivate the imagination and corrupt the heart, and should therefore be avoided.
92. The want of a taste for reading, forces many young people into vain and vicious company to get rid of their tedious leisure hours.
93. Good books are instructive companions, that can be entertained without ceremony, and dismissed without offence, whenever you please.
94. Books were formerly so scarce and deat as to be beyond the reach of common people. A small library cost a great estate. The Countess of Anjou paid for a copy of the homilies of Haimon, two hundred sheep, five quarters of wheat, and the same quantity of rye and millet.- Dr. Robertson.
95. Be not desirous of having it to say, that you have perused a vast number of volumes. One book read with laborious attention will tend more to enrich your understanding, than skimming over the surface of twenty authors.—Dr. Watts. +
96. Let meditation accompany reading, and a proper course of action follow meditation.
97. If not to some peculiar end assign'd. Study's the specious trifling of the mind.