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1. Knowledge is infinite; and it is impossible thoroughly to satisfy the Appetite in great and generous Minds.
2. Man was never made for Levity and Pleasure, but rather for grave and weighty Studies : not that we are debarred the Enjoyment of Diversions, provided that we use them moderately, when we have discharged our serious and more important Business.
S. When I found that-he would not deign to give me Satisfaction, I determined to apply to his Friends.
4. I beg you would consider of some Means to satisfy him, who, you are sensible, I am very desirous should first be satisfied.
5. So great are the Obligations you have laid upon me, that I find it much easier to satisfy the World than myself in making a Return.
1. Speak ill of no one; and it becometh you no more to hear Calumnies, than to report them.
2. Before you speak ill of any Man, consider whether he hath not obliged you by some real Kindness; and then it is a bad Return to speak ill of him, who hath done you good:
3. It is manifest, they who indiscriminately speak ill of all Men, do it from a Fault of Nature, not from the Demerit of those whom they abuse.
4. It is dangerous for that Man to reproach an
other, when the same, or the like, or the contrary, or a worse Crime, may be objected to himself.
5. Take care: you know not what Sort of a Man yen are reviling.
6. Who is there that cannot reproach one of that Age, if he is so inclined?
7- Some Men lye out of Malice, to injure others: some out of Covetousness, to defraud their Neighbour; and some out of Fear, to avoid Danger, or hide a Fault.
8. Think 'hot that you make me amends by Words, when in Fact you have treated me so ill.
1. You must prefer useful Things to pleasant, when both cannot be obtained.
2. A Man ought to prefer the Safety of the Commonwealth to his own Advantage.
3. A good Reputation is better than Money
4. It is difficult, when a Man desires to excel others, to preserve that Equanimity, which is the Characteristic of Justice.
5. The Eyes outshine the whale Body: nor is there any Virtue without Prudence.
G. It becomes those, who have the Command of others, or who excel them in Abilities, not to lead an inactive Life, but cheerfully to undertake what-' ever may advance the public Good.
7- Those Men who have any Desire to excel other Animals, must make it their principal Care, not to pass their Lives in Silence and Obscurity.
8. The first Stop to the right worshipping of God, is to believe that God is: and next, to ascribe unto him all Majesty and all Goodness: to know likewise, that it is He who presides over the World, and governs the Universe by his Power; who hath taken Mankind in general under his Protection, and on some is pleased to bestow particular Favors.
f). Ke made him Governor of the maritime Coasts.
10. Every Man's Love generally out-runs his Wislies.
i 1. The Masters go before the Scholars.
12. He hath done more for me than my Pa>ients.
1. He gate him good Counsel, if he would but have followed it.
2. My House lies contiguous to the River Thames.
3. When he drew near the Gates, Destruction approached the City.
4. Few Men are so happy in their Death, but that some of those, who stand by them when they die, will be ready to rejoice.
5. I call him ungrateful, who sits by a sick Man only because he is about to make his Will.
(i. No Wonder he stuck so close to him, when he coveted to be his Heir.
7. It is not of less Consequence, what Masters you apply yourself to, than of what Parents you are born. . •
8. There cannot be a greater Pleasure than that of Mariners, when they bring the Ship to Land: to some of them it could not be greater, if the Land they came to were to be their own.
1. I think this in no Case can happen to a Man of Resolution ;—to be under a necessity of failing in any point of Duty.
2. He that has got enough, let him ask no more.
3. Some Men are but little consistent with themselves in contrary Matters: they severely despise Pleasure, yet in Pain are quite effeminate; they neglect Glory, but are quite cast down at Infamy.
4. The most worthless live by the Favor of Nature; but to die with Honor happens to those only who are endued with Virtue.
5. True Praise is oftentimes the lot o/an humble Man.
6. No one's Genius can become so conspicuous immediately, as to gain Reputation: unless it has the good Fortune to have a Subject and Opportunity, together with a Friend to recommend and encourage it.
1. The Fables of Msop generally succeed the Fables of the Nurse.
2. Check a rising Passion, and add no Fuel thereto, by entertaining Thoughts that may increase it.
3. \ nood Man helps even the Wicked in Necessity; for his Duty is owing, if not to the Merit of the Terson relieved, yet certainly to Nature.
4. It behoves not a Man to yield to any. Perturbation of Mind, or to Fortune.
5. Me is as poor, whom what he hath docs not satisfy, as he that hath nothing: but if your Estate be not sufficient for you, see that by Frugality you make yourself sufficient to your Estate.
6. li is the highest Duty to succour our Parents in their old Age.
J. It is the Opinion of the wisest of Men, that we must prefer a good Name to precious Ointment.
2. The Virtues of the Mind are most deservedly preferred to the Virtues of the Body; and those that are voluntary, to those that are involuntary: the former are properly termed Virtues, and are most excellent, because they arise from Reason, than which there is nothing more divine in Man.
3. It is a commendable Ambition for a Man to think, that he ought principally to.labor, that in the only Thing wherein Men excel Beasts, he may excel Men themselves.
1, It shews a sordid Mind, to set less by Honor than Wealth.
2. Dost thou wonder, seeing thou valuest all Things less than Money, that nobody loves thee?
1. Youth creeps upon Children; old Age upon Youth.