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do we sit down to enjoy our acquisitions, than we find them insufficient to fill up the vacuities of life.
Idler, v. 11.p. 115.
COMPARISON between RICHES . and UNDERSTANDING.
AS many more can discover that a man is richer than themselves, superiority of understanding is not so readily acknowledged, as that of fortune; nor is that haughtiness, which the consciousness of great abilities incites, borne with the same submislion, as the tyranny of aMuence.
Life of Savage.
COMPARISON between RICHES and
POWER. POWER and wealth supply the place of each cther. Power confers the ability of gratifying our desires without the consent of others; wealth enables us to obtain the conlent of others to our gratification. Power, fimply considered, whateyer it confers on
one, must take from another. Wealth enables its owner to give to others, by taking only from himself. Power pleases the violent and the proud; wealth delights the placid and the timorous. Youth therefore fies at power, and age grovels after riches,
Western Islands, p. 216.
RIDICULE. THE assertion of Shaftesbury, that ridicule is the test of truth, is foolish. If ridicule be applied to any position as the test of truth, it will then become a question, whether such ridicule be just, and this can only be decided by the application of truth, as the test of ridicule. Two men fearing, one a real, and the other a fancied danger, will be, for a while, equally exposed to the inevitable consequences of cowardice, contemptuous censure, and ludicrous representation; and the true estate of both cases must be known, before it can be decided whose terror is rational, and whose is ridi. culous, who is to be pitied, and who to be defpised.
Life of Akenfide.
HC He chat indulges himself in ridiculing the little imperfections and weaknesses of his friends, will, in time, find mankind united against him. The man who sees another ridiculed before him, though he may, for the present, concur in the general laugh, yet in a cooler hour, will consider the same trick might be played against himself ; but when there is no sense of this danger, the natural pride of human nature rises against him, who by general censures, lays claim to general superiority.
Rambler, v. 4. p. 81.
REFLECTION. IT may be laid down as a position which will seldom deceive, that when a man can. not bear his own company, there is something wrong. He must fly from himself, either because he finds a tediousness in the equipoise of an empty mind, which having no tendency to one motion more than another, but as it is impelled by some external power, must always have recourse to foreign objects; or he must be afraid of the intrusion of some unpleasing ideas, and perhaps is Itruggling to escape from the remembrance
of a loss, the fear of a calamity, or some other thought of greater horror.
Rambler, v. 1. p. 27.
There are fewer higher gratifications than that of reflection on surmounted evils, when they were not incurred nor protracted by our fault, and neither reproach us with cowardice nor guilt.
Ditto, v. 4. p. 233.
All useless misery is certainly folly, and he that feels evils before they come, may be deservedly censured; yet surely to dread the future, is more reafonable than to lament the past. The business of life is to go forward; he who sees evils in prospect, reets it in his way ; but he who catches it by retrospection, turns back to find it.
Idler, v. 11• p. 111. There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed; to trace our own progress in existence, by such tokens as excite neither shame, nor sorrow. It ought therefore to be the care of those who wish to pass the last hours with comfort, to lay up such a treasure of pleasing ideas, as
shall support the expences of that time, which is to depend wholly upon the fund already acquired.
Ranbler, v. I, p. 250 & 252.
REBELLION. TO bring misery on those who have not deserved it, is part of the aggregated guilt of rebellion.
Taxation no Tyranny, p. 61.
Nothing can be more noxious to fociety, than that erroneous clemency, which, when a rebellion is suppressed, exacts no forfeiture, and establishes no securities, but leaves the rebels in their former state.
Ditto, p. 87.
REFINEM EN T. HE that pleases himself 100 much with minute exactness, and submits to endure nothing in accommodations, attendance, or address, below the point of perfection, will, whenever he enters the croud of life,