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should as mu<& avoid decsit, or sincster meanings in discourse, as we would puns, bad language, or false grammar.
DEFERENCE is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of aH compliments.
He that lies in bed all a summer's morning,loses the chief pleasure of the day: he that gives up his youth to indolence, undergoes a loss of the same kind.. 't''
Shining characters are not always the most agreeable ones. The mild radiance of an emerald, is by no means less pleasing than the glare of the ruby.
To be at once a rake, nand to glory in the character, discovers at the same time a bad disposition, and a bad taste. .
How is it possible to expect that mankind will take *d^ vice, when they will not so much as take warning?
Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of. .
Fine sense and exalted sense are not half-so valuable as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense j and he that wilf carry nothing about him but gold will be every day at a loss for want of ready changr.
.Learning is like meicury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skilful bands; Lu unskil(pljTOcrst mischievous. D 2 ,
A man should never be ashamed to own he ha« been in the wrong; which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were a rick man.
Flowers of rhetoric in sermons of serious discourses, aie like the blue and red flowers in corn, pleasing to those who come only for amusement, but prejudicial to him Wrho would reap the profit.
It often hapens that those are the best people, whose characters have been most injured bv slanderers: as we usually fmd that to be the sweetest fruit which the birds have been peeking at.
The eye of a critic is often like a microscope, made so very fine and nice that it discovers the atoms, grains, and minutest articles, without ever comprehending the whole, epmparing the parts, or seeing all at once the harmony.
Men's zeal for religion is much of the same kind as that • which they shew for a foot-ball: whenever it is contest-, ed for, every one is ready to venture their lives and limbs in the dispute; but when that is once at an end, it is no more thought on-but sleeps in oblivion, buried in rubish, which no one thinks it -:/orth his pains to rake into, much less to remove.
Honour is but a fictitious kind of honesty; a mean, but
a necessary substitute for it, in societies who have none:
it is a sort of paper-credit, with which men are obliged fo
trade, who are deficient in the sterling cash of true mot
ality and religion. s
Persons of gt eat delicacy should know the certainty of the following truth: there are afeundan-ce of cases which occasion suspense, in which.whatever they determine they will repent of the determination ; and this through a propensity of human nature to fancy happiness in those schemes which- it does not pursue.
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The chief advantage that ancient writers can boast over modern ones seems owing to simplicity. Every noble truth and sentiment was expressed by the former in a natural manner, in word and phrase simple, perspicuous, and incapable of improvement. What then remained for later writers, but affectation, witticism, and conceit?
WHAT a piece of work is man! how rioble in reason^" how infinite in faculties! hi form and moving how ex* press ami admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a God!
If to do,were as easy as to know what were good fo do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. He is a good divine who follows his-own instructions: I can easier teach Kventy what were good to be done, than to be one of the twenty to follow my own teaching.
Men's evil manners live in brass; th«ir virtues we write .in water.
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by our virtues.
The sense of death is most in apprehension;
How far the little candle throws his beams!
'Love all, trust a few,<
The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces,
Our indiscretion sometimes serves us When our deep plots do fail; and that should teach us,. There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how wle .will,
The Poet's eyes, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven ;^ And as imagination bodies forth ... The form of things unknown, the Poet's pen Turns them to shape, and gives-.to airy nothing; A local habile. 'ion and a name,
Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, But to fine issues: nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, „ .
Both thanks and use.
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What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted? Thrice is he arm'd that bath :his quarrel just: And be but naked (tho' lock'd up in steel) Whose conscience .with injustice is corrupted,
CHAP. IX. '""'
OH, world, thy slippery turns ! Friends now fast sworn. Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart, Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercise Are still together; who twine (as 'twere) in love Inseparable; shall within this hour, On a dissention of a doit, break out To bitterest enmity." So fellest foes, Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep To take the one the otbt r, by some chance. Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends, And iuterjoin thier issues.
So it falls out,
That what we have we priz•' hot to the worth,