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As far as happiness is to be found on earth, we must look for it, not in the world, or the things of the world ; but within ourselves, in our temper, and in our heart.

Though bad men attempt to turn virtue into ridicule, they honor it at the bottom of their hearts.

Of what small moment to our real happiness, are many of those injuries which draw forth our resentment!

In the moments of eager contention, every thing is magnified and distorted in its appearance.

Multitudes in the most obscure stations, are not less eager in their petty broils, nor less tormented by their passions, than if princely honors were the prize for which they contended.

The smooth stream, the serene atmosphere, the mild zephyr, are the proper emblems of a gentle temper, and a peaceful life. Among the sons of strife all is loud and tempestuous.

EXERCISES IN FALSE SYNTAX. The following Exercises, taken chiefly from the collection by Mr. Murray, are arranged according to the rules of this Grammar. Perhaps the best mode of correcting them will be to take them as lessons in parsing.

Exercises under Rule 1.
They slew Varus, he that was mentioned before.

I saw John and his sister, they who came to your house.

We must respect the good and the wise, they who en deavoured to enlighten us, and make us better.

I sent the book to my brother's house, him whom you saw here.

My two friends gave me this present, them that we visited yesterday.

Exercises on Rule II. . Disappointments sinks the heart of man ; but the renewal of hope give consolation.

The smiles that encourage severity of judgment, hides malice and insincerity.

He dare not act contrary to his instructions.
Fifty pounds of wheat contains forty pounds of flour.

The mechanism of clocks and watches, were totally unknown a few centuries ago.

The number of inhabitants in Great Britain and Ireland, do not exceed sixteen millions.

Nothing but vain and foolish pursuits delight some persons.

A variety of pleasing objects charm the eye.
So much both of ability and merit are seldom found.

In the conduct of Parmenio, a mixture of wisdom and folly were very conspicuous.

He is an author of more credit than Plutarch, or any other, that write lives too hastily.

The inquisitive and curious is generally talkative. Great pains has been taken to reconcile the parties.

I am sorry to say it, but there was more equivocators than one.

The sincere is always esteemed. Has the goods been sold to advantage ? and did thou embrace the proper season ?

There is many occasions in life, in which silence and simplicity is true wisdom.

The generous never recounts minutely the actions they have done ; nor the prudent those they will do.

He need not proceed in such haste.

The business that related to ecclesiastical meetings, matters and persons, were to be ordered according to the king's direction.

In him were happily blended true dignity with softness of manners.

The support of so many of his relations, were a heavy tax upon his industry ; but thou knows he paid it cheerfully.

What avails the best sentiments, if persons do not live suitably to them ?

Reconciliation was offered, on conditions as moderate as was consistent with a permanent union.

Not one of them whom thou sees clothed in purple, are completely happy. . And the fame of this person, and of his wonderful actions, were diffused throughout the country.

The variety of the productions of genius, like that of the operations of nature, are without limit. - In vain our flocks and fields increase our store,

When our abundance make us wish for inore. Thou should love thy neighbour as sincerely as thou loves thyself.

Has thou no better reason for censuring thy friend and companion ?

Thou who art the Author and bestower of life, can doubtless restore it also : but whether thou will please to restore it, or not, that thou only knows.

O thou my voice inspire, Who touched Isaial's hallowed lips with fire. Accept these grateful tears : for thee they flow; For thee that ever felt another's wo.. Just to thy word, in ev'ry thought sincere ; Who knew no wish but what the world might hear. Examples adapted to the Review under Rule II. If the privileges to which he has an undoubted right, and he has long enjoyed, should now be wrested from him, would be flagrant injustice.

These curiosities we have imported from China, and are similar to those which were some time ago brought from Africa.

Will martial flames forever fire thy mind,

And never, never be to Heaven resigned ? Two substantives, when they come together, and do not signify the same thing, the former must be in the genitive case,

Virtue, however it may be neglected for a time, men are so constituted as ultimately to acknowledge and respect genuine merit.

Exercises on Rule III. To do unto all men, as we would, that they, in similar circumstances, should do unto us, constitute the great principle of virtue.

From a fear of the world's censure, to be ashamed of the practice of precepts, which the heart approves and embraces, mark a feeble and imperfect character.

The erroneous opinions which we form concerning happiness and misery, gives rise to all the mistaken and dangerous passions that embroils our life.

To live soberly, righteously, and piously, are required of all men.

That it is our duty to promote the purity of our minds and bodies, to be just and kind to our fellow creatures, and to be pious and faithful to Him that made us, admit not of any doubt in a rational and well-informed mind.

To be of a pure and humble mind, to exercise benevolence towards others, to cultivate piety towards God, s the sure means of becoming peaceful and happy.

It is an important truth, that religion, vital religion, he religion of the heart, are the most powerful auxiliaries of reason, in waging war with the passions, and promoting that sweet composure which constitute the peace of God.

The possession of our senses entire, of our limbs uninjured, of our sound understanding, of friends and companions, are often overlooked ; though it would be the ultimate wish of many, who, as far as we can judge, deserves it as much as ourselves. · All that make a figure on the great theatre of the world, the employments of the busy, the enterprises of the ambitious, and the exploits of the warlike ; the virtues which forms the happiness, and the crimes which occasions the misery of mankind; originates in that silent and secret recess of thought, which are hidden from every human eye.

Exercises on Rule V. Solomon was of this mind ; and I have no doubt he made as wise and true proverbs, as any body has done since ; him only excepted, who was a much greater and wiser man than Solomon.

-Him destroy'd;
Or won to what may work his utter loss,
All this will soon follow.

Whose gay top
Shall tremble, him descending.
c. Exercises on Rules VI, and VII.
Idleness and ignorance is the parent of many vices.

Wisdom, virtue, happiness, dwells with the golden mediocrity.

In unity consists the welfare and security of every society.

Time and tide waits for no man. .

His politeness and good disposition was, on failure of their effect, entirely changed.

Patience and diligence, like faith, removes mountains.

Humility and knowledge, with poor apparel, excels pride and ignorance under costly attire.

The planetary system, boundless space, and the immense ocean, affects the mind with sensations of astonishment.

Humility and love, whatever obscurities may involve religious tenets, constitutes the essence of true religion.

Religion and virtue, our best support and highest honor, confers on the mind principles of noble independence.

What signifies the counsel and care of preceptors, when youth think they have no need of assistance?

Man's happiness, or misery, are, in a great measure, put into his own hands.

Man is not such a machine as a clock or a watch, which move merely as they are moved. . Despise no infirmity of mind or body, nor any condition of life; for they are, perhaps, to be your own lot.

Speaking impatiently to servants, or anything that betrays unkindness or ill-humor, are certainly criminal.

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