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TO be ever active in laudable Pursuits, ia the distinguishing characteristic of a man of merit.
There is an heroic innocence, as well as an heroic courage.
There is a mean in all things. 'Even virtue itself hath its stated limits; which not being strictly observed, it ceases to be virtue.
It is wiser to prevent a quarrel beforehand, than to revenge it afterwards.
It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly.
No revenge is more heroic, than that which torments envy, by doing good.
l. The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is bis glory to pass over a transgression.
Money, like manure, does no good till it is spread.— There is no real use for riches, except in the distribution ; the rest is all conceit.
A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and live upon contentedly.
A contented mind, and a good conscience, will make a man happy in all conditions. He knows not how to fear, who dares to die.
There is but one way of fortifying the soul against all gloomy presages and terrors of mind; and that is, by securing to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being who disposes of events, and governs futurity.
Philosophy is then only valuable, when it serves for the law of life, and not for the ostentation of science.
WITHOUT a friend the world is but a wilderness.
A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend among them all. If you have one friend, think yourself happy.
When once you profess yourself a friend, endeavour to be always such. He can never have any true friends, that will be often changing them.
Prosperity gains friends, .and adversity tries them.
Nothing more engages the affections of men, than a handsome address, aod graceful conversation.
- Compliance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. ,., ,, i:,
Excess of ceremony shews wants of breeding. That civility is best, which excludes all superflupus formality.
Ingratitude is a crime so shameful, that the man was never yet found, who would acknowledge himself guilty Of it,
Truth is born with us; and we must do violence to nature, to shake off our veracity.
There cannot be a greater treachery, than firet to raise a confidence, and then deceive it.
By others faults, wise men correct their own.
No man hath a thorough taste of prosperity, to whom adversity never happened.
When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them.
It is as great a point of wisdom to hide ignorance, as to discover knowledge.
Pitch upon that course of life which is the most excellent; and habit will render it the most delightful.
CHAP. III. i
CUSTOM is the plague of wise men, and the idol of
As to be perfectly just, is an attribute of the divine aature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man. •
No man was ever cast down with the injuries of fortune, unless he had before suffered himself to be deceived by her favours. - -• - -.-i
Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rests only in the bosom of fools. , . *-,. -'
None more impatiently suffer injuries, than those that are most forward in doing them. , , . . i,
By taking revenge, a mat* is but even with his enemy ; but in passing it over, he is superior. * To err is human; to forgive, divine.
A more glorious victory cannot be gained over ariot'ieiman, than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.
The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robs himse.lf.
We should take a prudent care for the future, but so as to enjoy the present. It is no part of wisdom to be miserable to-day, because we may happen to be so tomorrow.
To mourn without measure is folly ; not to mourn at all insensibility.
Some would be thought to do great things, who are but tools and instruments ; lilce the fool who fancied he played upon the organ, when he only blew the bellows.
Though a man may become learned by anothers learning; he never can be wise but by his own wisdom.
He who wants good sense, is unhappy in having learning, for he has thereby more ways of exposing himself.
it is ungenerous to give a man occasion to blush at his own ignorance in one thing, who perhaps may exeel us in many.
No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the eight of a man whom you have obliged.; nor any music so agreeable to the ear, as the voice of one that owns you for his benefactor.
The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery ; the only benefit of which is, that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed what we ought to be.
The character of the person who commends you, is to be considered before you set a value on his esteem.— The \n\se man applauds him whom he thinks most virtuous, the rest of the world him who is most wealthy.
The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular; and all his life is calm and serene, be£ause it is innocent.
A good man will love himself too well to lose, and his neighbour too well to win, an estate by gaming.— The love of gaming will,corrupt the best principles in the world.
angry man who suppresses his passions, thinks worse than he speaks; and an.angry man that will chide, speaks worse than he thinks.
A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak 311 requires only our silence, which costs us nothing.
It is to affectation the world owes its whole race of coxcombs, tvature in her whole drama never drew such a part; she has fometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of his own .making.
It is the infirmity of little minds to be taken with every appearance, and dazzled with every thing that spar-, kles; but great minds have but little admiration, be-* cause few things appear new to them.
It happens to men of learning, as to ears of corn; they shoot up, and raise their heads high, while they are empty; but when full, and swelled with grain, they begin to flag and droop.
He that is truly polite, knows how to contradict with respect, and to please without adulation; and is equally remote from an insipid complaisance, and a low familiarity.
The failings of good men are commonly more published in the world than their good deeds; and one fault of a deserving man, shall meet with more reproaches,, than all his virtue*, praise; such is the force of i and ill-nature.