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USEFUL AND ENTERTAINING
PASSAGES IN PROSE,
SELECTED from the most eminent English
writers, and designed for the use and
TIL SECOND EDITION.
Floriferis ut apes in saltibus omnia libant ,
'V BRGANI , Editor of the present
Selection, Quai de l'Horloge du Pa-
lais , no. 28, près le Pont-au-Change.
Bois , no. 220 , aux neuf Muses.
The kind reception with which the Public has honoured the work under the title of The Beauties of the Spectator, has induced the Editor to undertake this second collection, consisting of Fables Moral Tales, Histories, Allegories , and Reflexions selected from the most eminent English authors, with a view to afford farther assistance to those who are desirous of becoming thoroughly acquainted with the elegance and beauty of the English Language. However, though the present collection be chiefly intended for Learners, the Editor doubts not, but, for the variety of useful and entertaining subjects contained therein , it may be pe
rused by all sorts of readers with pleasure and improvement. If this expectation should , in any degree, be answered, the Editor will think his labour amply rewarded.
HERE is a mean in all things. Even virtue itself has its stated limits; which not being strictly observed, it ceases to be virtue.
A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly , distribute cheerfully, and live upon contentedly.
Philosophy is then only valuable , when it serves for the law of life, and not for the ostentation of science.
Without a friend the world is but a wilderness.
A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend among them all. If you have one friend, think yourself happy.
Prosperity gains friends, and adversity tries them.
Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior ac ceptable.