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CHAP. V. HONOURABLE
ONOURABLE age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years ; but wisdom is the grey hair unto man, and unspotted life
is old age.
WICKEDNESS, condemned by her own witness, is very timorous, and being pressed with conscirnce, always forecafteth evil things : for fear is nothing else, but a betraying of the succours which reason offereth.
A wise man will fear in every thing. He that contemneth small things, shall fall by little and little. ·
A rich man beginning to fall is held-up of his friends : but a poor man being down, is thrust away by his friends. When a rich man is fallen he hath many helpers : he speaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor man Nipt, and they rebuked him; he spoke wisely, and could have no place. When a rich man speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue; and look, what he faith they.extol it to the clouds ;- but if a poor man speak, they say, what fellow is this?
Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have fallen by the tongue : Well is he that is defended from it, and hath not passed through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor been bound in her bonds ;- for the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass : the death thereof is an evil death.
My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words, when thou givest any thing. Shall not the dew afluage the heat? so is a word better than a gift. Lo,
is not a word better than a gift ? but both are with a gracious man.
Blame not, before thou hast examined the truth; un. derstand first, and then rebuke.
If thou wouldst get a friend, prove him first, and be not hasty to credit him; for some men are friends for their own occasions, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not compa-. rable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou [kalt drink it with pleasure.
A FRIEND cannot be known in prosperity; and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
ADMONISH thy friend; it may be he hath not done it;: and if he have, that he do it no more. Admonish thy friend; it may be he hath not said it, or if he have, that he speak it not again., , Admonish a friend; for many times it is a slander; and believe not every tale. There is one that. flippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue :
Whoso discovereth secrets, loseth his credit, and shall never find a friend to his mind.
Honour, thy father with thy whole heart, and forget: not the forrows of thy mother: how canst thou recompense them the things they have done for thee?
THERE is nothing so much worth as a mind well inItructed.
The lips of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto them; but the words of such as have understand. ing are weigbed in the balance. T'he heart of fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of the wise is in their heart.
To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life.
Be in peace with many; nevertheless, have but one counfellor of a thoufand.
Be not confident in a plain way.
C H A P. VI.
The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing
the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.
CENSUR & is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time.
PARTY is the madness of many, for the gain of a few.
To endeavour to work upon the vulgar with fine sense, is like attempting to hew blocks of marble with a razor.
SUPERSTITION is the spleen of the foul.
He who tells a lie is not sensible how great a talk he undertakes: for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain chat one..
Some people will never learn any thing, for this reason, because they understand every thing too soon.
There is nothing wanting to make all rational and difinterested people in the world of one religion, but that they should talk together every day.
Men are grateful in the same degree that they are resentful.
Young men are subtle arguers: the cloke of honour covers all their faults, as that of passion, all their follies.
ECONOMY is no disgrace; it is better living on a little, than out-living a great deal.
Next to the satisfaction I receive in the prosperity of an honeft man,
I am beft pleased with the confusion of a rascal, What is often termed' shyness, is nothing more than refined sense, and an indifference to common observations.
The higher character a person fupports, the more he hould regard his minutest actions.
EVERY person insensibly fixes upon fome degree of refinement in his discourse, fome measure of thought which he thinks worth exhibiting. It is wise to fix this pretty high, although it occasions one to talk the less.
To endeavour all one's days to fortify our minds with learning and philosophy, is to spend so much in armour, that one has nothing left to defend.
DeFERENCE often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy, as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one's finger.
Men are sometimes accufed of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves if they were in their places.
People frequently use this expreflion, I am inclined to to think so and fo, not considering that they are then speaking the most literal of all truths.
MODESTY makes large amends for the pain it gives the persons who labour under it, by the prejudice it affords every worthy person in their favour.
The difference there is between honour and honesty, seems to be chiefly in the motive. The honest man does that from duty, which the man of honour does for the sake of character.
A LIAR begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. : Virtue should be considered a part of taste ; and we should as much avoid deceit, or finifter meanings in discourse, as we would puns, bad language, or false grammar.
EFERENCE is the most complicate, the most ina : direct, and the most elegant of all compliments.
He that lies in bed all a summer's' morning, loses the chief pleasure of the day: he that gives up his youth to indolence, undergoes a loss of the same kind. SHINING characters are not always the most agreeable
The mild radiance of an emerald, is by no means less pleafing than the glare of the ruby.
To be at once a rake, and to glory in the character, discovers at the same time a bad difpofition, and a bad taste.
How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice, when they will not so much as take warning ?
ALTHOUG# men are accufed for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in foils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
FINE sense and exalted sense are not half fo valuable as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense: and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of ready change.
LEARNING is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in kilful hands; in unskilful, most mischievous. A Man fhould never be ashamed to own he has been in CS