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produce anxiety and contention. Among favage nations imaginary wants find, indeed, no place ; but their strength exhausted by necessary toils, and their passions agitated, not by contests about superiority, amuence, or precedence, but by perpetual care for the present day, arıd by fear of perishing for want of common food.
Life of Drake, p. 211. Whatever be the cause of happiness, may be made likewise the cause of misery. The medicine which, rightly applied, has power to cure, has, when rashness or ignorance prescribes it, the same power to destroy
Dissertation on Authors, p. 21. The happiness of the generality of people is nothing if it is not known, and very little if it is not envied.
Idler, v. 2, p. 155. It has been observed in all ages, that the advantages of nature, or of fortune, have contributed very little to the promotion of happiness; and that those whom the splendour of their rank, or the extent of their capacity, have placed upon the summits of human life, have not often given any just occafion to envy in those who look up to them from a lower station. Whether it be, that apparent superiority incites great designs,
and great designs are naturally liable to fatal miscarriages, or that the general lot of mankind is misery, and the misfortunes of those whose eminence drew upon them an universal attention, have been more faithfully recorded, because they were more generally observed, and have, in reality, been only more conspicuous than those of others, more frequent or more severe.
Life of Savage.
DOMESTIC HAPPINESS. The great end of prudence is to give chearfulness to those hours which splendor cannot gild, and acclamation cannot exhilarate. Those soft intervals of unbended amusement, in which a man shrinks to his natural dimenfions, and throws aside the ornaments, or disguises which he feels, in privacy, to be useful incumbrances, and to lose all effect when they become familar. To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition; the end to which every enterprize and labour tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution. It is indeed at home that every man must be known, by those who would make a just estimate either of his virtue, or felicity; for smiles and embroidery
are alike occasional, and the mind is often dressed for show in painted honour, and fictitious benevolence.
Rambler, v. 2, p. 82. The highest panegyric that domestic virtue can receive, is the praise of servants; for however vanity or insolence may look down with contempt on the suffrage of men undignified by wealth, and unenlightened by education, it very seldom happens that they commend or blame without justice.
Ditto, diete, p. 84.
H A BIT S. No man forgets his original trade ; the rights of nations and of kings sink into questions of grammar, if grainmarians discuss them.
Life of Milton.
HOPE. Our powers owe much of their energy to our hopes ;—posunt quia posse videntur.
Ditto. The understanding of a man, naturally sanguine, may be easily vitiated by the luxurious indulgence of hope, however necessary to
the production of every thing great, or excellent, as some plants are destroyed by too open an exposure to that fun, which gives life and beauty to the vegetable world.
Rambler, v. I, p. 10. Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, of sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable ; nor does it appear that the happiest lot of terrestrial existence, can set us above the want of this general blessing; or that life, when the gifts of nature and fortune are accumulated upon it, would not still be wretched, were it not elevated and delighted by the expectation of some new possession, of some enjoyment yet behind, by which the wish shall be at last satisfied, and the heart filled up to its utmost extent. Yet hope is very fallacious, and promises what it feldom gives; but its proinises are more valuable than the gifts of fortune, and it seldom fruftrates us without assuring us of recompensing the delay by a great bounty.
Ditto, v. 2, P. 75. Where there is no hope, there can be no endeavour,
Ditto, V. 3, p. 26.
Hope is the chief blessing of man, and that hope only is rational, of which we are certain that it cannot deceive us.
Ditto, v. 4, p. 236.
HE docs nothing who endeavours to do more than is allowed to humanity.
Prince of Abyffinia, p.179.
Η Ε Α Σ Τ Η. SUCH is the power of health, that witha out its co-operation, every other comfort is torpid and lifeless, as the power of vegetation, without the sun.
Rambler, v. I, p. 291.
HISTORY. HE that records transactions in which himself was engaged, has not only an opportunity of knowing innumerable particulars