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No man was ever cat down with the life is calm and serene, because it is inno. injuries of fortune, unless he had bufore cent. suffered himsilf to be deceived by her fa- A good man will love himself too well vours.

to lose, and all his neighbours too well to Anger may glance into the breast of a win, an ettate by gaming. The bve of wile man, but rests only in the borom of gaining will corrupt the best priacipies in fools.

the world. None more impatiently suffer injuries, An angry man who suppresses his palthan those that are molt forward in doing fions, thinks worse than he speaks; and an them.

angry man that will chide, speaks worse By taking revenge, a man is but even than he thinks. with his enemy; but in pafiiug it over he A good word is an easy obligation; but is fuperior.

not to ipek ill, requires only our silence, To err is human; to forgive, divine. which costs us nothing. A more glorious victory cannot be gain- It is to affectation the world owes its ed over another man, than this, that when whole race of coxcombs. Nature in her the injury began on his part, the kindness whole draina never drew such a part; Me hould begin on curs.

has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcom) The prodigal robs his heir, the miser is always of his own making. robs himielf.

It is the infirmity of little minds, to be We should take a prudent care for the taken with every appearance, and dazzled future, but so as to enjoy the present. It with every thing that sparkles; but great is no part of wi:Jom, to be miserable to- minds have but little admiration, because day, because we may happen to be fo to- few things appear new to them. morrow.

It happens to men of learning, as to ears To mourn without measure, is folly; of corn: they shoot up, and raise their not to mourn at a'l, iníenfibility.

heads high, while they are em ty: but Some would be thought to do great when full and swelled with grain, they things, who are but tools and instruments; begin to flag and droop. like the fol who fancied he played upon He that is truly polite, knows how to the org.in, when he only blew the bellow's, contradict with respect, and to please with

'Though a man may become learned by Out adulation; and is equally remote from another's learning, he can never be wise an infipid complaisance, and a low famibut by his own wisdom.

liarity. He who wants good sense is unhappy in The failings of good men are commonly having learning ; for he has thereby more more published in the world than their good ways of expofing himfelf.

deeds; and one fault of a deserving man It is ungenerous to give a man occafion shall meet with more reproaches, than all to blush at his own ignorance in one thing, his virtues praile: such is the force of illwho perhaps may excel us in many. will and ill-nature.

No object is more pleasing to the eye, It is harder to avoid cenfure, than to than the fight of a man whom you have gain applause; for this may be done by one obliged; nor any music fo agreeable to the great or wile action in an age; but to ear, as the voice of one that owns you for escape censure, a man must país his whole his benefactor.

lite without saying or doing oncillor foolish The coin that is most current among thing. mankind is flattery; the only benefit of When Darius offered Alexander ten which is, that by hearing what we are thousand talents to divide Alia equally with not, we may be instructed what we ought him, he answered, The earth cannot bear to be.

two funs, nor Asia two kings.--Parmenio, The character of the person who com- a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great mends you, is to be considered before you offers Darius hat made, faid, were I Alexfet a value on his eticem. The wise man ander I would accept them. So would I, applauds him whom he thinks molt vir- replied Alexander, were I Parmenio. tuous; the rcit of the world, him who is Nobility is to be considered only as an mot wealthy.

imaginary distinction, unless accompanied The temperate man's pleasures are dur- with the practice of those generous virtues able, becaule they are regular; and all his by which it ought to be obtainei. Titles

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of honour conferred upon such as have no from it, and hath not passed through the personal merit, are at best but the royal venom thereof; who hath not drawn the famp set upon base metal.

yoke thereof, nor been bound in her bonds; Though an honourable title may be con- for the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and veyed to pofterity, yet the ennobling qua- the bands thereof are bands of brass; the lities which are the soul of greatness are a death thereof is an evil death. sort of incommunicable perfections, and My son, blemish not thy good deeds, cannot be transferred. If a man could be- neither use uncomfortable words, when queath his virtues by will, and settle his thou givest any thing, Shall not the dew sense and learning upon his heirs, as cer- assuage the heat? ro is a word better than a tainly as he can his lands, a noble descent gift. Lo, is not a word better than a gift? would then indeed be a valuable privilege. but both are with a gracious man.

Truth is always confittent with itself, and Blame not, before thou hast examined needs nothing to help it out. It is always the truth; understand first, and then renear at hand, and lits upon our lips, and buke. is ready to drop out before we are aware : If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him whereas a lye is troublesome, and sets a first, and be not hafty to credit him; for man's invention upon the rack; and one fome men are friends for their own occatrick needs a great many more to make it fions, and will not abide in the day of thy good.

trouble. The pleasure which affects the human Forsake rot an old friend, for the new is mind with the most lively and transporting not comparable to him: a new friend is as touches, is the sense that we act in the eye new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness, it with pleasure. that will crown our virtuous endeavours A friend cannot be known in prosperity; here with a happiness hereafter, large as and an enemy cannot be hidden in ad verour desires, and lasting as our immortal fity. fouls: without this the highest state of life Admonish thy friend: it may be he hath is infipid, and with it the lowest is a para- not done it; and if he have, that he do it dise.

no more. Admonish thy friend; it may Honourable age is not that which stand-be he hath not faid it ; or if he have that eth in length of time, nor that is measured he speak it not again. Admonish a friend; by number of years ; but wisdom is the for many times it is a ílander; and believe grey hair unto man, and unspotted life is not every tale. There is one that flippeth

in his speech, but not from his heart; and Wickedness, condemned by her own wit. who is he that hath not offended with his ness, is very timorous, and being pressed tongue ? with conscience, always forecafleth evil Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his things; for fear is nothing else but a be. credit, and hall never find a friend to his traying of the succours which reason of- mind. fereth.

Honour thy father with thy whole heart, A wise man will fear in every thing, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother; He that contemneth small things, shall fall how can't thou recompense them the things by little and little.

that they have done for thee ? A rich man beginning to fall, is held up There is nothing so much worth as 2 of his friends; but a poor man being down, mind well instructed. is thruft away by his friends : when a rich The lips of talkers will be telling such man is fallen, he hath many helpers; he things as pertain not unto them; but the speaketh things not to be spoken, and yet words of such as have understanding are men justify him: the poor man slipt, and weighed in the balance. The heart of they rebuked him ; he spoke wisely, and fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of could have no place. When a rich man the wise is in their heart. speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, To labour, and to be content with tha: and, look, what he saith they extol it to the a man hath, is a tweet life. clouds; but if a poor man speaks, they say, Be at peace with many; nevertheless

, What fellow is this?

have but one counsellor of a thousand. Many have fallen by the edge of the Be not confident in a plain way. sword, but not so many as have fallen by Let reason go before every enterpris' the tongue. Well is he that is defended and counsel before every action.

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old age.

The latter part of a wise man's life is proud themselves if they were in their taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, places. and falle opinions he had contracted in the People frequently use this expreffioheir former.

am inclined to think so and 10, not conCensure is the tax a man pays to the fidering that they are then speaking the public for being eminent.

most literal of all truths. Very few tren, properly speaking, live Modeity makes large amends for the at present; but are providing to live ano. pain it gives the persons who labour under ther time.

it, by the prejudice it affords every worthy Party is the madress of many, for the person in their favour. gain of a few.

The difference there is betwixt honour To endeavour to work upon the vulgar and honesty feems to be chiefly in the mowith fine tense, is like attempting to hew tive. The honest man does that from dutý, blocks of marble with a razor.

which the man of honour does for the fake Superftition is the spleen of the foul. of character.

He who tells a lye is not sensible how A liar begins with making a falsehood great a task he undertakes ; for he must be appear like truth, and ends with making forced to invent twenty more to maintain truth itself appear like falsehood. that one.

Virtue should be considered as a part of Some people will never learn any thing, taite : and we should as much avoid defor this reason, because they underiland ceit, or finifter meanings in discourle, as every thing too soon.

we would puns, bad language, or falle There is nothing wanting, to make all grammar. rational and disinterested people in the Deference is the most complicate, the world of one religion, but that they thould moit indirect, and the most elegant of all talk together every day.

compliments. Men are grateful, in the fame degree He that lies in bed all a summer's mornthat they are relentful.

ing, loses the chief pleasure of the day: Young men are subtle arguers; the he that gives up his youth to indolence, uncloak of honour covers all their faults, as dergoes a lots of the same kind. that of paflion all their follies.

Shining characters are not always the Economy is no disgrace; it is better mott agreeable ones ; the mild radiance of living on a little, than outliving a great an emerald is by no means leis pleasing deal.

than the glare of the ruby. Next to the satisfaction I receive in the To be at once a rake, and to glory in prosperity of an honcft man, I am bait the chararter, di covers at the same time a pleased with the confusion of a rascal. bad disposition and a bad taste.

What is often termed thyness, is rothing How is it poftible to expect that mankind more than refined sense, and an indifference will take advice, when they will not so to common observations,

much as take warning? The higher character a person fupports, Although men are accused for not knowthe more he thouid regard his minutes ing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few actions.

know their own strength. It is in men as Every person insensibly fixes upon some in foils, where sometimes there is a vein of degree of refinement in his discourse, tome gold which the owner knows not of. measure of thought which he thinks worth Fine jense, and exalied fine, are not exhibiting. It is wise to fix this pretty half fo valuable as corimon sense. There high, although it occasions one to talk the are foriy men of wit for one man of sense; leis.

and he that will carry nothing about him To endeavour all one's days to fortify but goil, will be every day at a loss for our minds with learning and philofophy, want of ready change. is to spend so much in armour, that one has Learning is like mercury, one of the nothiog left to defend.

moit powerful and excellent things in the Deference often thrinks and withers as world in skilful hands; in unskiltul, most much upon the approach of intimacy, as mischievous. the sensitive plant does upon the touch of A man ihould never be ashamed to own one's finger.

he has been in the wrong; which is but Men are sometimes accused of pride, saying in other words, that he is wiser tomercly because their accusers would be day than he was yesterday.

Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude If to do were as easy as to know what in a poor man, I take it for granted there were good to do, chapels had been churchwould be as much generosity if he were a es, and poor men's cottages princes parich man.

laces. He is a good divine that follow Flowers of rhetoric in sermons or serious his own instructions: I can eaher teach discourses, are like the blue and red flow- twenty what were good to be done, thai ers in corn, pleafing to those who come only to be one of the twenty to follow my own for amui ment, but prejudicial to him who teaching, would reap the profit.

Men's evil manners' live in brass ; their It often happens that those are the best virtues we write in water. people, whose characters have been most The web of our life is of a mingled yarı injured by flanderers: as we ufually find good and ill together; our virtues would that to be the sweetelt fruit which the birds be proud, if our faults whipped tben have been pecking at.

not; and our crimes would despair

, if they The eye of a critic is often like a mi- were not cherished by our virtues. croscope, made fo very fine and nice, that it discovers the atoms, grains, and minuteft

The sense of death is moft in apprehenfion : articles, without ever comprehending the and the poor beetle that we tread upon whole, comparing the parts, or seeing all

In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great, at once the harmony.

As when a giant dies. Men's zeal for religion is much of the same kind as that which they thew for a foo:-ball; whenever it is contefted for,

$ 151. PROVERB S. every one is ready to venture their lives As Proverbs are allowed to contain a

agres and limbs in the dispute; but when that is

deal of Wificm forcibly expressed, it has once at an end, it is no more thought on, bien judged proper to and a Collezion of but feeps in oblivion, buried in rubbish, English, Italian, and Spanifa Prove.. which no one thinks it worth his pains to

They will tend to exercise the pervers & take into, much less to remove.

Judgment and Reflection. Tbey may as Honour is but a fictious kind of ho- furnish Subjerts for Themes, Letters, S. nefty; a mean but a nccessary substitute at Schools. They are so easily retained a for it, in societies who have none; it is ibe memory that they may often occurre a sort of paser-credit, with which men an emergency, and serve a young man #e? are obliged to trade who are deficient in etfi ctually ihan more formal and elegas. the fterling cash of true morality and re- jentences. ligion.

Old English Proverbs. Perfons of great delicacy should know the certainty of the following truth- In every work begin and end with Ge! There are abundance of cases which oc- The grace of God is worth a fair. cafion suspence, in which, whatever they He is a fool who cannot be angry; bir determine, they will repent of their de- he is a wise man who will not. termination ; and this through a propen- So much of paffion, fo much of nothing sity of human nature to fancy happi- to the purpose. ness in those schemes which it does not 'I is wit to pick a lock, and steal a bord; pursue.

but 'tis wisdom to let it alone. The chief advantage that ancient writ- Sorrow is good for nothing but for fin. ers can boast over modern ones, seems ow- Love thy neighbour; yet pull not dona ing to fimplicity. Every noble truth and thy hedge. sentiment was expressed by the former in Half an acre is good land. a natural manner, in word and phrase fim- Chear up, man, God is still where he ple, perspicuous, and incapable of im- was. provemen“. What then remained for later Of little meddling comes great oase. writers, but affectation, witticism, and con- Do well, and have well. ceit?

He who perishes in a needless danger i What a piece of work is man! how no- the devil's martyr. ble in reason! how infinite in faculties ! in Better spare at the brim, than at the besform and moving, how express and admir- tom. able! in action, how like an angel! in ap- He who serves God is the true wife mas prehenfion, how like a God!

The hafty man never wants woe.

There is God in the almonry.

He that would thrive must ak leave of He who will thrive must rile at five. his wife. He who hath thriven may sleep till se. A wonder lasts but nine days. ven.

The record ineal inakes the glutton : and Prayer brings down the firit blefling, The fecond blow, or second ill word, and praise the fecond.

makes the quarrel. He plays belt who wins.

A young serving man an old beggar. He is a proper man who hath proper A pennyworth of eate is worth a penny conditions.

at all times. Better half a loaf than no bread.

As proud comes behind as goes before. Beware of Had-1.wit.

Bachelors' wives and maids' children Frost and fraud have always foul ends. are well taught. Good words coit nought.

Beware of the geese when the fox A good word is as soon said as a bad preaches, one.

Rich men seem happy, great, and wise, Little said soon amended.

All which the good man only is. Fair words butter no parsnips.

Look not on pleasures as they come, but That penny is well spent that saves a go. groat to its master.

Love me little, and love me long. Penay in pocket is a good companion. He that buys an house ready wrought, For all your kindred make much of your Hath many a pin and nail for nought. friends,

Fools build houses, and wise men buy He who hath money in his purse, can- them, or live in them. not want an head for his shoulders.

Opportunity makes the thief. Great cry and little wool, quoth the de- Out of debt, out of deadly sin. vil when he fhear'd his hogs.

Pride goes before, and shame follows 'Tis ill gaping before an oven.

after. Wnere the hedge is lowest all men go That groat is ill saved that shames its over.

malter. When forrow is asleep wake it not. Quick believers need broad shoulders. Up ftarts a churl that gathereth good, 'I brce may keep counsel, if two be From whence did fpring his nobleblood. away.

Provide for the worit, the best will fave He who weddeth ere he be wise, shall itself.

die ere he thrives. A covetous man, like a dog in a whcel, Hic who most studies his content, wants roasts meat for others to eat.

it molt. Speak me fair, and think what you will. God hath often a great share in a little

Serve God in thy calling ; 'cis better house, and but a lit:le share in a great than always praying.

A child may have too much of his mo- When prayers are done my lady is ther's blefling.

ready. He who gives alms makes the very best He that is warm thinks all are so. use of his money:

If every man will mend one, we shall A wife man will neither speak, nor do, all be mended Whatever anger would provoke him to. Marry your son when you will, your

Heaven once named, all other things are daughter when you can. trifles.

None is a fool always, every one someThe patient man is always at home. times.

Peace with heaven is the best friend. Think of ease, but work on. thip.

He that lies long in bed his estate feelsit. The worst of crosses is never to have The child faith nothing but what it

one.

heard by the fire-fide. Croises are ladders that do lead up to A gentleman, a greyhound, and a faltheaven.

box, look for at the file-side. Honour buys no beef in the market, The fon full and tattered, the daughter Care-not would have.

empty and fine. When it rains pottage you must hold up Ile who rifeth betimes hath something your dinh,

in his head.

had any.

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