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selves that which they fear, by those very Means whereby they study to avoid it.
J 1. The greatest Art that a truly wise Man studies, is to understand what he ought to do, and what to avoid, upon all Occasions.
12. The more any Man knows, the less he is apt to talk : for his Wisdom makes him coolly deliberate what, and when it is fit to speak.
13. I have paid the Money to the Man I owed it.
Or of some other Word in, the Sentence; as,
1. What Happiness, what an honorable old Age awaits him, who hath given himself up to the Patronage and Direction of wise Men ! He will have those with whom he may deliberate concerning the least and the greatest Affairs; whem he may consult daily concerning himself; from whom he may hear the Truth without Contumely, and be praised without Flattery; and to whose likeness he may form himself. , \ , .
2. We must first inspect ourselves, and examine our own Strength; then the Business we are going upon; then those for whose sake,' or with whom, it is to be transacted; and undertake that only, the End of which we can accomplish, or at least hope to do so.
3. Nothing so mufth delights the Mind, as sweet and faithful Friendship: how great a Good is it, to find a Breast in which you may 'safely lodge every Secret; whose Conversation may ease your Anxiety; whose Judgment may give you Counsel; and whose Cheerfulness may dissipate all Sorrow I
4. As there is nothing more necessary than a Friend, so a principal Point of Wisdom consists in the Choice of him: concerning which, observe this Rule among others: Enter not into Familiarity with ■ Man prone to Anger.
5. Every one loves, or pretends to love him, whose Liberality is so well known every where, that it hath procured him the Name of a bountiful Giver.
6. Beauty is a Good, than which nothing is more frail.
7. Next unto Virtue, let Children be bred up to Industry; without which indeed they cannot be virtuous: for both Poverty and Fraud are commonly the Fruit of Negligence and Sloth; when an active Diligence is wont to enrich Men, without the Help of Deceit.
Construction of Substantives.
Q.uum duo Substantia, &c.
'. WHEN two Substantives of different Signification meet together, with the Particle of between them, (or implied,) the latter shall be put in the Genitive Case.
1. What profits it to point out things already manifest? A great deal: For sometimes, though we know a Thing, yet we regard it not. Admonition perhaps does not instruct, but it makes the Mind intent; it excites Diligence, and strengthens the Memory. The Mind also sometimes pretends not to comprehend Things that are evident:. It is necessary therefore to inculcate the Knowledge-evea of stick Things as are most known.
2. The Joy ofthe wise Man is firm and lasting; it has no Connection with Chance or Accidents; it is always calm and easy j for it depends not upon any Thing foreign, nor wants the Applause of Men.
3. The Mind of the wise Man is never free from Joy: but this Joy cometh not but from the Consciousness of Virtue: No one can truly rejoice, but the brave, the just, the temperate.
4. If you would be happy, pray that none of those Things, which Men generally pray for, may be your Portion. There is but one Good, the Cause and Foundation of an happy Life; and that is, a sure Confidence in Virtue.
5. The Knowledge of a Crime is the first Step of Reformation: for he that knows not that he hath sinned, will not desire to be reformed.
6. Wickedness will never get to such an Height, will never so conspire against Virtue, as not to leave the Name of Philosophy venerable and sacred.
7- Without a Companion, the Possession of no Good can be agreeable.
8. Calamity is the Occasion of Virtue: We justly call them miserable, who grow listless with too much Happiness, whom a sluggish Tranquillity detains, as it were, in a calm Sea.
9. Let neither Love of Friends, nor Hatred of Enemies, neither Hope of Pleasure or Gain, nor Fear of Pain or . Damage, neither prosperous nor cross Events, ever move thee to turn aside from the Rule of Virtue.
10. Persons of eminent Virtue, when they are advanced, are less envied: for their Promotion seems but due unto them; and no• Man envies the Payment of a Debt.
11. Children increase the Cares of Life, but they mitigate the Remembrance of Death.
12. Men in great Place are thrice Servants: Servants of the King, Servants of Fame, and Servants of Business.
13. Indignation is a Grief for the Prosperity of a Man unworthy.
14. Shame is a Disorder'of the Mind, arising from the Apprehension of Evils past, present, or to come, to the Prejudice of a Man's own, or his Friend's Reputation.
15. Let the Father's Care in educating his Children, especially his Son, the Heir of the Family, be equal to the Joy he will have in their welldoing: And let the Mother beware that her Indulgence doth not spoil them.'
16. Stripes, Fetters, Weariness, Hunger, Cold, are the Rewards of Idleness.
1?. If we should distinguish the Causes of our Fear, we shall find that some are real, and others only in Appearance: We fear not Death, but only the'Thought of Death; lor we are not farther from it at one Time than another.
Adjectivum in neutro Genere, &c.
4N Adjective, (such as, httle, more, less, how much, any, none, and tlte like,) in the Neuter Gender, put absolutely (i. e. without a Substantice), sometimes requires a Genitive Case.
1. Avarice in old Age is most scandalous; for what can be more absurd, than, by how much the less Way remains in Life, to seek so much the more Provision?
2. There is so much Good in Friendship, that the Gifts, both of the Gods and Men, seem to join in the Perfection of it.
3. The less Delight a Man hath known in Life, the less he fears Death.
4. It is not right to judge of Things, before you know ichat Truth there is in them.
5. In War, Prudence and Skill is of more Consequence than Strength void of Counsel.
6. In War, it is of more Consequence, what Sort of Soldiers you command, than how many.
7. No one likes to ride an unbridled Horse: but there is more Danger from an unbridled Tongue.
8. When old Age comes, if it brings no other Evil with it, this one is sufficient: that by living long a Man sees many Things, he would wish not to see.
9. All our Care ought always to be thus applied: to do some Good, if we can ; if not, to do no Evil.
10> Malicious Men will do Things by which, themselves reap no Good; nay, often muck Harm; only that they may vex and grieve others. >
1 I. You will find i(o Truth, no Certuiuty in the Things, which are extolled by common Fame.
12. What Advantage is there in Life? nay rather, ichat Labor and Trouble is there not in it?
13. All Things pass away, but to return again: I see nothing new.
14. This is no Time for Idleness and Sloth.
15. How much Time and Leisure doth he gain, who is not curious to know what his Neighbour