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•\. To be careless what any one may think of him, is the Part not only of an arrogant Man, but of one altogether dissolute.
2. It is the Part of a young Man to reverence hii Elders, and to chuse the best and most approved of them, on whose Counsel and Authority he may rely."
3; It is right even for us old Men to obey old Men.
4. To unteach is more difficult than to teach.
5. To fear God is the Beginning of Wisdom.
6. If in speaking there is Gravity mixed with Modesty, nothing can he more admirable, especially in a young Man.
7. To sec not only what it before vs, but even to foresee tJvose Things that are future, is Wisdom.
8. It is not enough to know, unless we do what we know.
- 9. The great Difficulty is to begin; for weak Minds dread new Experiments;'
10. Wluit shall fall out, is not in our Power to chuse: but it is in our Power to manage and imjrrove that which happens, and turn it to our Advantage.
11. Such a Virtue it is to be silent, that he, who understands nothing, is deemed wise so long as he holds his Poace. '' • i
12. To live, it common to Men with Brutes ; hut to live well is our main Business. .
13. Jt is- no Shame not to overtake a Man, if we fallow him as fast as we can.
11. It is a great Pleasure to see a Friend pleased, but a greater to make him so.
15. If it be great Wisdom in a private Man, it is still greater in a Nation, to know itsef.
. 16. It will cure no Man to fell him his Neighbour icas cured.
Aliquartdo Adverbium, &c.
AND sometimes an Adverb, with a Genitive Case, is the Nominative Case to the Verb.
1. A small Part of the Booty satisfied me.
2. For a great Fault, a small Punishment is enough from a Father. *• .
3. Not a little Art is necessary, if a Man desires to please a Fool. . ,'
VERBS of the Infinitive Mood only have an Accusative Case before them, as the rest have a Nominative: so that if a Noun or Pronoun, with the Conjunction that before it, either expressed or understood, comes .before a Verb, you may in Latin leave out the Conjunction, and put the Noun, or Pronoun, in the Accusative Case, and the Verb in the Infinitive Mood, which is governed of that 'Accusative Case.
. 1. Nothing can be more foolish than those wbom they call Buffoons : they pretend that they knoio all Things, and yet they know nothing. -i .
2. I hail rather my Enemies should envy me, than I envy my Enemies;.
3. It is to be observed, that there is no greater Pest in Friendship, than Flattery.
4. It is certain} that Man, obedient to Nature, cannot injure Man.
5. No one thinks that he owes us any Thing, who hath borrowed our Time; when this is the only Thing, which even a grateful Man cannot repay.
6. I do not say / have that Portion, which is commonly called a Portion; but Chastity and Modesty, the Love of my Parents, and the Fear of God.
7. Banishment is not terrible to those who think the whole Earth to be one City.
8. No Man can think that fie did any Thing towards procuring his natural Beauty or Wit; and therefore he ought not to value himself for them.
9. He that deals sincerely in all his Actions, is both safe and secure: but he that relies upon Fraud and Tricks of deceiving, shall find his Cunning fail him at last.
10. All who are a little down in the World are very suspicious: they take every thing as an Affront, and always think themselves slighted on Account of their Misfortunes.
11.. If any Thing be said in Jest, it is not right for you to take it seriously.
12. It becomes him, who hath not done amiss, to be bold and speak confidently for himself.
II. Verbum inter duos nominativos, &c.
WHEN a Verb comes between two Nominative Cases, one of which is singular, the other plural, the Verb may agree with either of them: (Because the Subject and Predicate may be used reciprocally; as, Mihi Patria est Athenae, My Country is Athens; or, Athens is my Country :) but the Verb generally agrees with the former.
1. All Things were Sea.
2. Joys iccre the Beginning of our Sorrow.
3. Great Riches, by the Law of Nature, are a calm and composed Poverty.
4. To be content with our own, is the greatest and most sure Riches.
5. Her Portion is ten Talents.
6. T7ie Delights of a Fool are Folly and Madness: Letters to him are q, Thing of nought; and Virtue seems a Trifle: his Eloquence is .Cursing, and Threatening is the Dialect of his Commands.
III. Nomen Multitudlnis, &c.
A NOUN signifying Many, or more than One, such as vulgus, populus, turba, civitas, pars, man us, caterva, proles, uterque, aliquis, quisque, neuter, &c. have sometimes (not always) a Verb Plural after them, though the Noun be of the Singular Number.
1. What the Vulgar make lightand easy by long suffering, the wise Man softens to himself by long Meditation; . - .
2. Some Men in all their Actions court and hunt after Fame ; which Sort of Men arc commonly much talked of, but inwardly little reverenced.
3. Beware even of false Accusations; for U:e common People, being ignorant of the Truth, judge by Opinion and Report.
4. How happy am I, when whoever, sees me, they congratulate my good Fortune!
5. Both were at home.
6. Both are imposed upon in an extraordinary Manner.
7. Part sought to encounter Dangers from Magnanimity; and others from Impetuosity, or for tile Rewards of Victory.
8. All the Youth were met together.
The Agreement of the Substantive and the Adjective, Participle, &c.
Adjectiva, Partlcipia, et Pronomina, &c.
Aijectwes, Participles, and Pro.noum, must agree. with the Substantive in Gender, Number^ and Case.
1. What does it profit a Man to hide himself, and to shun the Eyes and Ears of Men? A good Conscience summons a Crowd ; and a bad one, even in Solitude, is anxious and uneasy.
2. To me the Remembrance of Friends is pleasing and agreeable: I enjoyed them while living, as if I was about to lose them; and I parted from them, as if I was to meet them again.