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A wise man will defire no more than what he may get juftly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and live upon contentedly.
A contented mind, and a good conscience, will make a man happy in all conditions. He knows not how to fear, who dares to die...
There is but one way of fortifying the foul against all gloomy presages and terrors of mind; and that is, by fecuring to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being who disposes of events, and governs futurity.
PHILOSOPHY is then only valuable, when serves for the law of life, and not for the oftentation of science.
A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend among them all. If you have one friend, think yourself happy.
When once you profess yourself a friend, endeavour to be always such. He can never have any true friends, that will be often changing them.
Prosperity gains friends, and adversity tries them.
Nothing more engages the affections of men, handsome address, and graceful conversation.
COMPLAISANCE renders a fuperior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable.
Excess of ceremony Thews want of breeding. That civility is best, which excludes all fuperfluous formality.
INGRATITUDE is a crime so ihameful, that the man was never yet foud, who would acknowledge himself guilty of it.
TRUTH is born with us: and we must do violence to nature, to shake off our veracity.
There cannot be a greater treachery, than first to raise a confidence, and then deceive it.
By others' faults, wise men correct their own.
No man hath a thorough taste of profperity, to whom adversity never happened. WHEN
N our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them.
It is as great a point of wisdom to hide ignorance, as to discover knowledge.
Pitch upon that course of life which is the most excellent; and habit will render it the most delightful.
CUSTOM is the plague of wise men, and the idol of
As to be perfectly just, is an attribute of the Divine Na. ture; to be so to the utmoft of our abilities, is the glory of man.
No man was ever cast down with the injuries of fortune, unless he had before suffered himself to be deceived by her favours.
ANGER may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rests only in the bosom of fools.
None more impatiently suffer injuries, than those that are most forward in doing them.
By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in pafling it over, he is superior.
To err is human ; to forgive, divine.
man than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.
The prodigal robs his heir ; the miser robs himself.
We should take a prudent care for the future, but so as to enjoy the present. It is no part of wisdom to be miserable to-day, because we may happen to be fo to-morrow.;
To mourn without measure is folly ; not to mourn at all insensibility.
Some would be thought to do great things, who are but tools and instruments ; like the fool who fancied he played upon
organ, when he only blew the bellows. THOUGH a man may become learned by another's learning; he never can be wise but by his own wisdom.
He who wants good sense, is unhappy in having learning; for he has thereby more ways of exposing himself.
It is ungenerous to give a man occasion to blush at his own ignorance in one thing, who perhaps may excel us in many.
No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the fight of a man whom you have obliged; nor any music fo agreeable to the ear,
as the voice of one that owns you for his benefactor.
The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery; the only benefit of which is, that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed what we ought to be.
The character of the person who commends you, is to be considered before you set a value on his esteem. The wise man applauds him whom he thinks moft virtuous, the rest of the world, him who is most wealthy.
The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular; and all his life is calm and ferene, because it is innocent.
A Goon man will love himself too well to lose, and his neighbour too well to win, an estate by gaming. The love of gaming will corrupt the best principles in the world.
IN angry man who suppresses his paffions, thinks worse than he speaks'; and an angry man that will chide, Speaks worse than he thinks.
A GOOD word is an eafy obligation; but not to speak ill Tequires only our filence, which costs us nothing.
It is to affectation the world owes its whole race of cox. combs. Nature in her whole drama never drew such a part; she has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of his own making. It is the infirmity of little minds to be taken with
every appearance, and dazzled with every thing that sparkles ; but great minds have but little admiration, because few things appear new to them.
It happens to men of learning, as to ears of corn; they shoot up,
and raife their head's high, while they are empty; but when full, and swelled with grain, they begin to flag and droop.
He that is truly polite, knows how to contradict with respect, and to pleafe without adulation; and is equally remote from an infipid complaisance, and low familiarity.
The failings of good men are commonly more published in the world than their good deeds; and one fault of a deserving man, shall meet with more reproaches, than all his virtues, praise : such is the force of ill-will, and ill-nature.
It is harder to avoid censure, than to gain applause; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age; but
to escape censure, a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.
When Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Afia equally with him, he answered, the earth cannot bear two suns, nor Asia two kings. ,Parmenio, a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great offers Darius had made, said, were I Alexander I would accept ther. So would I, replied Alexander, were. I Parmenio.
Nobility is to be considered only.as an imaginary distinction, unless accompanied with the practice of those ge- nerous virtues by which it ought to be obtained. Titles of honour conferred upon-such as have no personal merit, are at best but the royal stamp set upon base metal.
THOUGH an honourable title may be conveyed to pofterity, yet the ennobling qualities which are the soul of greatness, are a fort of incommunicable perfections, and cannot be transferred. If a man could bequeath his virtues by will, and settle his sense, and learning upon his heirs, certainly as he can his lands, a noble descent would then indeed be a very valuable privilege.
Truth is always confiftent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware: whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.
The pleasure which affects the human mind, with the most lively and transporting touches, is the sense that we act in the eye of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness, that will crown our virtuous endeavours here with a happiness hereafter, large as our desires, and lasting as our immortal souls; without this the highest state of life is infipid, and with it the lowest is a paradise.