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good Deeds, and being content with the Liberty to let the World go as it will.
8. It is never profitable to commit Sin, because it is always disgraceful; and because Honesty is always commendable, is always profitable.
9. It is dangerous rashly to affirm any Thing of another, on account of the secret Inclinations and various Dispositions of Men.
10. It is a Pleasure freely to despite some Persons, and not to cringe to all alike.
11. It is hard to change the Mind of Man, and root out on a sudden what is implanted in the Morals.
12. We must take care no.t to lend an ear to Flatterers, nor be imposed upon by Adulation: in which it is easy to be deceived; because we are apt to think ourselves such as may deservedly be praised, which gives rise to innumerable Errors in our Conduct. ,
1. Now is the Time to plough, and to sow Linseed, while the Soil is dry, and the Sky loureth.
2. When the Snow lies deep, then is the Time to lay Snares for Larks, and with Toils to inclose the Stag.
Ponitur interdum sola, &c.
.Sometime* Verbs of the Infinitive Mood are put alone by themselves, •without a principal Verb, something being understood by the Figure Ellipsis; either with or without a Question.—I. With a Question, when Indignation is expressed; in which
case, it is more lively and natural to speak abruptly, tluin at full length; as Haeccine fieri flagitia! where aequum est, par est, oportet, or some such Words, are understood: II. Without a Question, when an Autlwr in a Narration omits the principal Verb for Brevity's sake; as Spargere voces in vulgum: in which case, caepit, instituit, aggressus est, are understood.
1. That there should be such boundless Desires i n that little Creature called Man! that he should do such great Things!
2. This was his way of Life: He still fore with, and gave way to all Men: with whomsoever he was in Company, to them he entirely gave up himself: he complied with their Ways, setting himself against no Man, nor preferring himself before others.
Construction of Ge?-unds and Supines.
Gerundia et Supina, &c.
GERUNDS and Supines govern such Cases as do the Verbs themselves from whence they are formed.
1. A religious Care to please God in all Things, gives A Man the firmest Resolution and the strongest Confidence of Security and Protection in all
2. A prudent Person, whatever he thinks of others, says nothing to their Reproach, nor will he speak contemptuously of any one; because no Man is so mean but be is sensible of Contempt, and may find means to shew his Resentment.
3. The Pleasure there is in Friendship and Familiarities, we rather learn from the Want of them, than by the Enjoyment of them.
4. Men in nothing approach nearer to the Gods,. than in giving Happiness to their FeUow- Creatures.
5. To those whom you have unwillingly offesded, you must'use the best Apology you can, and shew that what you did was by Necessity, you could not act otherwise, and that you are ready to make amends for any Injury, by subsequent Acts of Justice and Duty.
6. To preserve Health, we must use moderate Exercise, and so much Meat and Drink as may repair the Strength, and not oppress it: but we must not support the Body alone, but the Mind and Spirits also; for these are extinguished by old Age, like a Lamp when it is not supplied with Oil.
1. There are some who come not so much to see a Play, as to be seen themselves.
2. We had much Company at our house last Week: they came to hunt the long-ear'd Hares, and transfix with their Arrows the timorous Doe.
Gerundia in di, &c.
GERUNDS in di have tlve same Coustruclion tcith the Genitiue Case, and are used when the English of the Infinitive Mood. comes after the Substantives, studium, causa, tcmpus, gratia, otium, occasio, libido, spes, opportunitas, voluntas, modus, ratio, satietas, potestas, licentia, vis, amor, locus, &c. They are also used after certain Adjec-' tives, particularly those six sorts of Adjectives, tliat govern a Genitive Case by the Rule Adjectiva quae desiderium, &c.
I. He that lays hold on all Occasions to exercise justice and Mercy, out of a'Desire to do good, will lead a most happy Life.
*' 2. They who have contemned the Desire of living, Vhich is innate, and planted in the Minds of all Mortajgjrtwt.had,rather die nobly than see their Country enslaved, arc certainly worthy the highest Encomiums.
3. Youth is the time for learning: an old Man at his ABC, is a ridiculous Sight.
4. Some think it an excellent Thing to be never silent; though it is a certain sign of Foolishness: as, on the other hand, Silence, when it is not a proper Time to speak, is a sign of Prudence.
5i It seldom happens that Men born with an<|r exalted Genius, or improved by the Advantage of Education, have Time to deliberate what Course of Xiifc they ought chiefly to follow: and in such
a Deliberation, every Scheme ought to be determined by a Man's consulting his own Genius.
6. It happens, I know not how, but we more readily perceive any Blemish in others, than we do # in ourselves: therefore when Masters mimic the Faults of Boys, that they may amend them, they are ua^ more easily set right. ,""
7. All the means of Iking well are placed in Virtue; because Virtue alone is in our own Power: all Things, beside her, are subject to the Government of Fortune.
8. The Difference is small, whether you suffer Adversity, or expect it; except that here may be an end of grieving, but not of fearing: for our Griefs are fixed to what we know has happened; but our Fears arise from what possibly may happen.
. 9. Not only the Man who hath received a Fa- , vour ought to be grateful, but even he who has had ^ the Offer of one.
10. Impunity is the greatest Encouragement to Sin : and the Habit of sinning removes ;.V1 Doubt.
11. The Humour of deriding all Things, springs from Pride, and Conceit of our own Wit; than which nothing makes a Man more ridiculous.
12. The best way of Life is to be chosen: Habit will soon render it agreeable.
13. As Medicine is the Art of curing, and as Piloting is that of sailing, so Prudence is the Art of Life.
14. The most expeditious way of increasing an Estate, is to retrench your -Expcnces.
15. There is no End of investigating Truth until you find it: and the being tired with seeking is scandalous, when that which is sought is most desirable.