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23. No one trusts another unless he thinks him faithful: it is the part of a consummate Villain to deceive those, who had not beeu hurt, unless they hud trusted him.
24. When Men seem to speak'more earnestly on the account of some Advantage, it is not convenient to believe them
25. A Friend should neither be pleased with the Pursuit of, nor easy to believe a Calumny.. .
VII. Verba Obsequendi, &c.
VERBS signifying to obey, yield to, or comply with, (as obseuuor, obedio, pareo, cedo, morigeror, servio, &e.) or the contrary Verbs, (as repugno, resi.to, contradico, &c.) require the Noun following, tvhether it be the Person or Thing, to be put in the Dative Case.
1. Whom Men believe to be more prudent in consulting for their Good than themselves, him. they w;ill cheerfully obey.
2. Nothing can be more safe, nothing more commi ndable, than to obey and submit to (he Will of God,
, 3. It has been ever deemed a part of Wisdom, to yield to fhe Circumstances of the Times: that is,
_<ft cowji'y with Necessity.
.' .4.Zl'.^ Body ought to be kept in such Action and Order^ as that it may be always ready to obey Hie Dictates of Reason and Wisilom in the Execution of Business, and in persevering under Hardships.
5. Even Robbers have their Laws, which they obey and observe.
6. Bears and Lions, by good Usage, will be brought to fawn upon their Masters.
7- Even Anger will yield to a Gift: nay, a rich Present, prudently placed, will extinguish that Wrath, which was thought implacable.
8. He that rebukes a Man for his Faults, may perhaps displease him: but when he considers, he could have no other end in it but his Good, he will think himself more obliged to him, than to one who humours him in every Thing.
9. The Drunkard thinks him his Friend that will keep him Company, and the proud Man him that will flatter Mm.
10. We can never sufficiently admire Philosophy, which if a Man obey, he may pass every Stage of Life without Trouble.
11. Let us give way to wise Men, and not squabble with Fools.
12. If we would deny ourselves sometimes in unnecessary Desires, even when it is in our power to humour ourselves, and gratify our Desires, it would be of excellent Use.
13. He that gratifies any Man with that which is rather to his Detriment than to his Benefit, is. so far from deserving to be called liberal, that he is to be accounted the most pernicious of Flatterers, -i i •
14. We must take care not to look upon Things unknown as known, and too hastily assent to them: we must not assent to cny Thing rashly, nor arrogantly.
15; Ye were free at home, and if Servitude be your Lot here, your best Way will be to submit to it.
16. As the adding Weight to a Scale necessarily depresses that Scale in a Balance, so ihc Mind necessarily yields to what is self-evident.
17- No Man can serve Pleasures and Virtue at the same Time. .'}
18. There are some Men who will bear any Thing, and be Skives to any Man, if they can thereby compass what they desire.
IS. There are certainly no greater Slaves than they who serve Anger. ,
20. If your Mind gets the better of you, you serve that, and not yourself: they are better Men who conquer the Will, than those whom the Will conquers.
21. It is sometimes as necessary to comply with the Times, as not to lose an Opportunity when given.
22. He is to be accounted free,,who is a Slave io no Vice.
28. It is not right for the Elder to serve the Younger. _ . •
24. I pray you take care of your Health, and use not too violent Exercise when you have the Liberty to play. . i
1. He that resists his own evil inclinations, is more worthy of Laurel-, than the Captain who conquers a stubborn Enemy.
2. The Virtue of the Mind is of greater Force than Strength of Body: for a whole City of
mighty Men are not able to risiit a wise and pious Cornmander.
3. As you are so far superior to rui in . >. !ence and'Wisdom, I shall not pretind to guik.y your Opinion.
4. Do nothing that is repugnant either to Honor Ot Conscience'. '.' ('
5. I thought it in vain to oppose so powerful a Man either in Word or Deed.
6. Let me entreat you to remember tl.at you are a Man; to support with Resolution such Accidents as no Prudence can prevent, and for which no Mort.il is'answerable; and to bear up against the Power ofFottune and the Pangs of Griij.
7. 11 is much easier to prevent ill Ha bits, than to master them.
8. Strive not peremptorily with a Superior in Discourse, tho' his Opinion differs from yours.
9. Philosophy teaches us to act, not to speak; and requires that every one should so live accord* ing to the Law prescribed, that their Works may not differ from their Words.
10. As Deceit is in all respects execr..ble, so it is particularly repugnant to Friendship; because it abolishes Truth, without which Friendship must lose its Name.
VIII. Verba minandi, &c.
VERBS that signify to threaten, (as minor, minitor, interminor,) or to be angry with, (as irascor, succenseo,) govern a Dative Case.
Note. The former govern a Dative oj the Person, and an Accusative of the Thing threatened, 8$'c.
l».Tho' a Tyrant threatens you with Death, yet dare to be just: you must die once, and you can die but once.
2. God threatens Kings, Kings threaten Lords, and Lords threaten uf: he that is a Tyrant over one Man, is a Slave to another.
3. It is scarce human to threaten Friends.
4. They who proudly threaten others, either fancy themselves Gods, or do not think that what they threaten to others may fall upon themselves.
5. My House being on fire, threatens a Conflagration to the whole City.
6. The Example of an Injury unpunished, threatens the same to all Men: for if it is permitted to injure any one without Punishment, who can be safe from the Violence of the Wicked?
7. Such an Enemy is he to his Country, that he now threatens it with Fire and Sword.
8. The old Gentleman took me aside, and threatens both you and me with Elm Rods.
2. Being Angry.
1. Melancholy Men seem to be angry, not only with others, but with themselves.
2. Some Men throw away their Money, as if they were angry with it; which is commonly the Error ol weak Minds and large Fortunes.
3. The prodigal Man sometimes counterfeits the liberal: but there is a great Difference between knowing how to give, and not knowing how to keep Money: I do not call him liberal,