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30. There Is nothing more vile than a lazy Fellow, that lives by cheating; who seldom, if he catches, is ahle to keep his Prey: but he is a valuable Man, who by honest Diligence getteth Wealth, which shall durably remain with him.
31. The meanest Fare, with the Love of him that invites, and with Agreement among the Guests, is much better than tfie most sumptuous Entertainment of him that hates us; or among those that quarrel and contend even then, when all Differences should be forgotten.
32. Of all gainful Professions, nothing is better, nothing' more delightful, nothing more worthy a Man, even a Gentleman, than Agriculture.
33. Than a well improved Field, nothing can be more profitable for Use, or more beautiful in Shew; and old Age is so far from debarring us from, that it invites us to rural Enjoyments.
34. The Duties of Justice are to be preferred to the Studies and Duties of Knowledge; because they belong to the Welfare and Love of the human Race, than which nothing ought to be dearer to Mankind.
35. Of all the Things, which Wisdom has provided for a happy Life, none is more powerful, none more profitable, and none more delectable, than Friendship.
36'. Nature, or rather God, hath given us a Soul, than which nothing is more excellent, nothing more divine.
Tanto, quanto, &c.
THESE Ablatives, tanto, quants, hoc, eo, und quo, with some others, which signify the Dcgree of Excess; also the Ablatives, rotate and natu, are joined with Adjectives of ttie Comparative and Superlative Degree.
Note. The Comparative may have any Ablative Case after, it; but the Superlative admits only these three, tanto, quanto, multo: the Sign by, which is sometimes expressed in English, but oftener understood.
1. By how much the more and greater Things a Man hath done heyond his State and Condition, so much the more admirable is he esteemed among all Men.
2. They direct us well, who advise, that the greater we are, to behave ourselves the more submissively.
3. It is a great Atchievement to gain a Kingdom; but a much greater to keep it.
4. It is .much easier to contend with any Thing, than with Hunger.
5. The more we struggle with our Necessities, we draw the Knot the harder, and the worse it is with us: anil the more the Bird flaps and flutters in the Snare, the surer she is caught: so that the best way is to submit.
6. The Benefit is nerer the greater for the making a Bustle and Noise about it; but the Benefactor is much the less for the Ostentation of his good Deeds.
7. Men will think, that he is no better' Physician than the rest, who has no better Success in his Cures.
8. The more difficidt any Thing is, the more ho~ norable.
!). The longer my Friend is absent, so muck the more I desire to see bim.
10, It is vile to speak one Thing and think another; but how inuch the viler is it, to write one Thing and think another!
11. He that will dare to tell a Lye, and deceive his Father, by so much the more will he deceive others.
\i. When we have no Opinion of a Man's Probity, the more canning and crafty he seems, the more he is hated and suspected.
1,3. Praise is nothing but a little Air, a Blast, th« Breath of Man: it brings nothing of real Advantr age; for I am made never the wiser, nor the better, for a Man's saying I am wise and good.
14. Jt is not for a prudent Man to grow proud upon any Success of Fortune, since he is never the greater for it.
15. The Mind is ever in Motion, and by how much the more vehement, by so much the more lively and active: Happy is the Man, that applies this Impulse to good Things.
16. As a State cannot be happy amidst civil Broils, nor a House amidst the Dissehtions of the Masters; far less can the Mind, if at Variance with itself, taste the least Particle of pure and unconfined Pleasure.
17. If the Pleasure of Life be interrupted by the afflicting Pains of the Body, how much more shall it be interrupted by the Diseases of the Mind!
18. If Pleasure, which has so many Advocates, is not however to be ranked among good Things; and if the greater it is, the more it discomposes and disorders the Mind ; surely to live well and happily, is nothing more than to lead a virtuous and sober Life.
19. 4 Man can with a much better Grace be anxious in the pecuniary Concerns of his Friends, than in his own.
20. / am older than you by twenty Years;
21. The older we grow, the wiser, one would think, we should be. ,
22. There is commonly such a Pride and Stubbornness in Youth, that they cannot abide to submit to the Counsels and Directions of their Elders.
23. As you are wiser by Age, you ought to be of a more forgiving Temper; that in your Goodness my Simplicity may find Protection.
24. As I am the eldest, I think I should be served first; tho' it is no great Concern to me.
Construction of Pronouns.
Mei, tui, sui, &c.
THESE Genitive Cases, mei, tui, sui, nostri, vestri, of their Primitives, ego, tu, &c. are used toAen a Person is signified thereby.
1. Having always done my Duty, I do not know wherein I have deserved that he should have any disgust against me.
2. His Disposition to Literature was the Consequence of his Affection towards me.
3. My Studies languish for Want of your Assistance.
4. My not writing to you so often as usual, is not owing to any Forgetfulness of you, but to my bad State of Health, which however is now somewhat mended: and you may be assured, I shall always keep the Remembrance of you with great Affection.
5. I only wish you the Command of yourself, that the Mind, long agitated with vain Thoughts, may at last find Rest, and please itself.
6. I know you want no Admonitions, but my Affection for you calls upon me to encourage you even in your Race.
7. He was preparing some great Work to perpetuate his Memory.
8. Your Remembrance of me, which you have intimated by your Letters, is very grateful; and not doubting the Constancy of your Friendship, but merely in Compliance of a customary Form, I entreat you to preserve it.
9. Were we to entertain any Suspicion of Fear of you, we should act unlike ourselves.
10. It seems better to seek Glory by the Works of Genius than of Strength; and, as the Life we enjoy is short, to make the Remembrance of us as long as possible.
11. Since we have such an incredible Desire ta see you, we shall no longer defer our Journey.
12. All good Men, like you, in giving Judgment, prefer Clemency to Severity.
Meus, tuus, suus, &c.
THESE Pronouns Possessive, meus, tuus, suus, noster, vester, are used when Action, w the Possession of a Thing is signified thereby.