Whea once you profess yourself a friend, Anger may glance into the breaft of a wise endeavour to be always such. He can never man, but refts only in the borons of fools. have any true friends, that will be often chang None more in patiently luffer injuries, ing thera.

than those who are moft forward in doing Profperity gains friends, and adversity trics them. them.

By taking rchenge, a man is but even with Nothing more en zares the affections of men his enciny; but in palling it over he is fupethan a handsome addrets, and graceful con rior. versation.

To err is human: to forgive, divine. Complaifance renders a fuperior anille, A more glorious victory cannot be gained an equal agreeable, and an inferior accepte over another man, than this, that when the abic.

injury began on his part, the kindness should Excess of ceremony shews want of breeding. I boy in on ours. That civility is beat, which cxcludes all super. The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robe fuous formality.

himielt. Ingratitude is a crime so tharneful, that the Ive ihall take a prudent care for the man was never yet found, who would ac- future, but so as to injoy the present. Is knowledge himself guilty of it.

is no part of wisdom to be miserable to-dayTruth is born with us; and we must do because we may happen to be to 'to-morviolence to nature to thake off our veracity.

.There cannot be a greater treachery, than To mourn without mcafure, is folly; not frtorale a confidence, and then deceive it. to mourn at all, infundibility,

By others faults wile men correct their own. Some would be thought to do great things

No man hath a thorough taste of profpcrity, who are but tools and inftruments; like the to whom adversity never happened.

fool who fancied he played upon the organ: When our vices leave us, we flatter our when he only blow the bellows. {elves that we leave them.

Though a mun may become learned by anIt is fas great a point of wisdom to hide ig- other's learning, he can never be witc but by Dorance, as to discovered knowledge. his own wisdom.

Pirch upon that coure of life which is the He who wants good sense is unhappy in must excellent: and habit will sender iz the having bearning; for he has thereby more most delightful,

ways of exposing hiinfolf. Cultom is the plague of wise men, and the It is ungenerous to give a man occafion to idol of fuols.

bluth at hisownignorance in one thing, who As, to be perfectly just, is an attribute of perhaps may excet us in many." the Divine nature; to be fo to the utmost of No objcét is more plealing to the eye, our abilities, is the glory of man.

than the tight of a man whon you have No man was ever caut down with the inju. obliged; nor any music to agreeable to the ries of fortune, unlets die had before fuffcred car, as the voice of one that.owas you for brisa Ejmself to be deceived by ber favours... benefactor.



The coin that is most current among He that is truly polite, knows how to conmankind is flattery; the only benefit of tradict with respect, and to plcase without which is, that by hearing what we are not, adulation; and is equally remote from sa we may be inftrućted what'we ought to insipid complaisance, and a low familiari be.

ty. The character of the person who com The failings of good men are commonly mends you, is to be considered before you more published in the world than their good fet. a value on his cftcem. The wise man deeds; and one fault of a deserving man ihall applauds him whom he thinks moft virtuous; meet with more reproaches, than all his virthe rest of the world, him who is most weal- rucs praise : luch is the force of ill-will and iny.

ill-nature. The temperate man's plcafures are durable, It is harder to avoid censure, than to gain because they are regular; and all his life is applause ; for this may be done by one great calm and serene, because it is innocent. or wise action in an age; but to escape cen

A good man will love himself too well to fure, a man must pass his whole life without lufe, and ail his ncighbours too well to win, saying or doing one ill or foolish thing. an cftate by gaming. The love of gaming When Darius offered Alexander ten thouwill corrupt the belt principles

in the world. fand talents to divide Alia equally with him, An angry man who suppresses his paflions, he answered, The earth cannot bear two suns, thinks worse than he speaks; and an angry nor Afia two kings.Parmenio, a friend of mai that will chide, speaks worse than hc | Alexander's, hearing the great offers-Darius thinks.

had made, said, Were I Alexander I would A good word is an casy obligation ; but accept them. So would I, replied Alexander, Bot to speak ill, rcquires only our filenee, were I Parmenio. which costs us nothing.

Nobility is to be considered only as an ima: It is to affectation the world gwes its whole ginary distinction, unless accompanied with racc of coxcombs. Nature in her whole the practice of those generous virtues by which drama never drew such a part; she has fome- it ough to be obtained. Titles of honour times made a fool, but a coxcomb is always conferred upon such as have no personal mes of his own making:

rit, are at best but the royal stamp set upon It is the infirmity of little minds, to be base metal. raken with cvery appearance, and dazzled Though an honourable title may be conwith ctery thing that sparkles; but great voyed to posterity, yet the ennobling qualities minds have but little admiration; because few which are the soul of greatness, are a fort of things appear new to them.

incommunicable perfe&tions, and cannot be li happens to men of learning, as to ears transferred. If a man could bequeath his of corn: they thout up, and raile their heads virtues by will, and settle his fenfe and learn. by while they are cinpty: but when full ing upon his heirs, as certainly as he can his a: lwilled with grain, they begin to flag and lands, a noble descent would then indeed be

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Truth is always confiftent with itself, and Well is he that is defended from it, and hath Becus nothing to help it out. It is always not passed through the venon thereof; who ncar at hand, and fits upon our lips, and is hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor been Icady to drop out before we are aware: where- bound in her bonds ; for the yoke thereof is as a lve is troublesome, and fets a man's in a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are fention upon the rack, and cne trick needs a bands of brass ; the death thereof is an evil great many more to make it good.

death. The pleasure which affccts the human My son, blemish not thy good deeds, mind with the most lively and transporting neither use uncomfortable words, when thou touches, is the sense that we act in the eye of givest any thing. Shall not the dew assuage infinite wisdom, power, and goodness, that the heat fo is a word better than a gift. Li, will crown our virtuous endeavours here with is not a word better than a gift? but both are a happiness hereafter, large as our desires, and with a gracious man. lafting as our immortal Touls: without this Blame not, before thou hast examince the highest state of life is insipid, and with it the truth; underftand first, and then rethic lowest is a paradise.

buke. Honourablc age is not that which standeth If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him in length of time, nor that is ineasured by first, and be not halty to credit him; for number of years ; but wisdom is the grey hair fome inen arc friends for their own occa, woto man, and unspotted life is old age. Lions, and will not abide in the day of thy

Wickedness, condcmncd by her own wit trouble. ness, is very timorous, and being pressed with Forsake not an old friend, for the new 13 conscience, always forecaseth evil things; for not comparable to him: a new friend is as fear is nothing else but a betraying of the new wine;'when it is old, thou shalt drink fuccours which reason offcrcth.

it with pleasure. A wise man will fear in every thing. He A friend cannot be known in prosperity; that contemneth fmall things, thall fall by and an enemy cannot be hidden in adverlilittle and little.

ty: A rich man beginning to fall, is held up

of Admonish thy friend; it may bc he hath his friends : but a pour man being down, is not done it; and if he have, that he do it ne chruf away by his friends: when a rich man Admonish thy friend; it may be he is fallen, he hath many helpers; he speaketh hath not said it; or if he have, that he spcal things not to be spoken, and yet men justify it not again. Admonith a friend; for

mang him: the poor man flipt, and they rebuked times it is, a Nander; and belicvc not every huu; hc fpuke wisely, and could havenoplace. tale. There is one that slippeth in his speech, When a rich man speaketh, ercryman holdeth but not from his heart; and who is he that his tongue, and, look, what he faith they ex hath not offended with his tongue? tol it to the clouds; but if a poor man speaks, Whofo discovereth secrets loseth his credit they fay, What fellow is this?

and shall never find a friend io his mind. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, Honour thy father with thy whule heart but not lo many as have fallen by the tongue. and forget not the forcows of thy mother?



how canst thou recompence them the things forte religion, but that they should talk together that they have done for thee.

cvery day. • There is nothing so much worth as a mind Men are grateful, in the fame degrce that well instructed.

they are relentful. : The lips of talkers will be telling such Young men are subtle arguers; the cloak things as pertain not unto them; but the of honour covers all their faults, as that of words of such as have understanding are patlion all their follics. weighed in the balance The heart of fools Oeconomy is no disgrace; it is better is in their mouth, but the tongue of the wife living on a littlc, than ourliving a great is in their heart.

deal. To labour, and to be content with that a Next to the satisfaction I receive in the man hath, is a sweet lifc.

prosperity of an honeft man, I am best pleased Be at peace with many; nevertheless, have with the confution of a rascal. but one counsellor of a thoufand.

What is often termed shyness, is nothing Be not confident in a plain way.

more than refined sense, and an indifference Let reason go before cvery enterprize, and to common observations. counsel before every action.

The higher character a perfon fupports, The latter part of a wise man's life is the more he should regard his ininutett actaken up in curing the follies, prejudices, tions. and falle opinions he had contracted in the Every person insensibly fixes upon some formur.

degree of refinement in his discoursc, foine Centure is the tax a man pays to the pub- measure of thought which lie thinks worth lic for being eminent.

exhibiting. It is wise to tix this pretty Very few men, properly fpcaking, live at high, although it occafions one to talk tie present, but arc providing to live another lels. time.

To endeavour all one's days to fortify our Party is the madness of many, for the gain minds with learning and philofuphy, 'is to of a few.

spend to much in armour, that one has noTo endeavour to work upon the vulgar thing left to defend. with fine sense, is like attempting to liew Deference often shrinks and withers as blocks of marble with a razor.

much upon the approach of intimacy, as the Superstition is the spleen of the soul. senlitive plant does upon the touch of one's

He who tells a lye is not sensible how finger. great a task hc undertakos; for he must be Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely forced to invent twenty more to maintain that because their accusers would pe proud them.

felves if they were in their places. Some people will never lcarn any thing, People frequently use this expresfion, I for this reaton, because they understand every am inclined to think so and so, not considering thing too toon.

that they are then speaking the most literal of There is nothing wanting, to make all ra- | all truths. cioral and disinteretted people in the world of Modesty makes large amends for the ran



1 gives the persons who labour under it, by forty men of wit for one man of sense ; and the prejudice it affords every worthy person he that will carry nothing about him but in their favour.

gold, will be every day at a loss for want of The difference there is betwixt honour and ready change. honesty feems to be chiefly in the motive. I.eini ing is like mercury, one of the most The honest man does that from duty, which powerful and excellent things in the world the man of honour dees for the sake of cha- | in skilful hands ; in unskilful, most mis. racter.

chievous. A liar begins with making falsehood ap A man should never be ashamed to own pear like truth, and ends with making truth he has been in the wrong; which is but fayitself appear like falsehood.

ing in other words, that he is wiser to-day Virtue thould be considered as a part of than he was yesterday. tafte ; and we should as much avoid de Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude ceit, or finifter meanings in discourse, as we in a poor man, I take it for granted there Wesld puns, bad language, or false gram. would be as much generosity if he were a mar.

rich man. Deference is the most complicate, the most Flowers of rhetoric in sermons or serious indirect, and the most elegant of all compli- discourses, are like the blue and red Aowers ments.

in corn, pleasing to those who come only for He that lies in bed all a fümmer's morning, amusement, but prejudicial to him who would loses the chief pleasure of the day; he that rcap the profit. gives up his youth to indolence, undergoes a It often happens, that those are the best loss of the fame kind.

people, whofc characters have been most inShining characters are not always the most jured by Nanderers : as we usually find that agreeable ones; the mild radiance of an eme- to be the sweetest fruit which the birds have rald is by no means less pieafing than the been pecking at. glare of the ruby.

The eye of a critic is often like a microfTo be at once a rake, and to glory in the cope, made so very fine and nice, that it difcharacter, discovers at the same time a bad covers the atoms, grains, and minutes particles, difpofition and a bad taste.

without ever comprehending the whole, com.. How is it possible to expect that mankind paring the parts, or secing all at once the will take advice; when they will not so much harinony. as take warning?

Men's zeal for religion is much of the same Although men are accused for not know-kind as that which they shew for a foot-ball; ing their own weakness, yet, perhaps, as few whenever it is contested for every one is ready know their own strength. It is in men as to venture thcir lives and limbs in the dispute; in foils, where sometimes there is a vein of but when that is once at an end, it is no more gold which the owner knows not of. thought on, but sleeps in oblivion, buried in

Fine lenfe, and cxalted fenfe, are not half rubtilh, which no one thinks it worth his so valuable as common sense. There are fains to sake into, much less to remove.


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