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النشر الإلكتروني

BOOK 1.

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To be ever active in laudable pursuits, is the distinguishing characteristic of a iran of inerit.

There is an heroic innocence, as well as an heroic courage.

There is a mean in all things. Even virtue itself has its stated limits; which not being ítrictly 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.

'The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Money, like manure, does no good till it is spread. There is no real use of riches, except in the distribution ; the rest is all.conceit.

A wise man will defire 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 foul againit ali B

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gloomy presages and terrours of mind; and that is, by fe. curing to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being, who disposes of events, and governs futurity.

PAILOSOPHY is then only valuable, when it serves for the law of life, and not for the oftentation of science,

CHAP. II.

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 ofren changing them.

PROSPERITY gains friends, and adversity tries them.

NOTHING more engages the affections of men, than a handsome address, and graceful conversation.

COMPLAISANCE renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable.

Excess of ceremony shows want of breeding. That civility is best which excludes all superiluous formality.

INGRATITUDE is a crime lo shameful, that the man was never yet sound, who would acknowledge himfelf gu:lty 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 firft to raise a confidence, and then deceive it.

By others faults, wise men correct their own.

No man has a thorough taste of profperity, to whom adversity never happened.

When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them. 4

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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 ex. cellent, and habit will render it the most delightful.

CHAP. III.

Custom is the plague of wife men, and the idol of fools.

As to be perfectly just, is an attribute of the divine na: ture; 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.

Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rests only in the bofom of fools.

None more impatiently fuffer injuries, than those that are most forward in doing them.

By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in paffing it over, he is superior.

To err is human : to forgive, divine.

A MORE glorious victory cannot be gained over another man, than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.

The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robs himself.

We should take a prudent care for the future, but so as to enjoy the present. It is no part of wisdom to be mise. rable to day, because we may happen to be fo to morrow.

To mourn without measure is fully; not to mourn at all, infenfibility.

Some would be thought to do great things, who are but tools and instruments ; like the fool who fancied he played upon

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organ, when he only blew the bellows.

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Though a man may become learned by another's learn. ing, he never can be wise but by his own wisdom,

He who wants good sense, is unhappy in having learn. ing, 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 inay excel us in many.

No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the fight of a man whom you have obliged ; nor any music fe agreeable to the ear, as the voice of one that owns you for his benefactor.

The coin that is most current arnong mankind is flattery; the only benefit of which is, that hy 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 wife man applauds him whom he thinks moft virtuous, the rest of the world him who is moft wealthy.

The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular; and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innccent.

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.

CHAP. IV.

An angry man who suppresses his paflions, 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 ini requires only our filence, which costs as nothing.

It is to affectation the world owes its whole race of cox., combs. Nature in her whole dra ma never drew such a

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part; she has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of his own making.

It is the infirmity of litile minds, to be liken with every appearance, and dazzled with every thing that sparkles; but great minds have but liule admiration, because few things appear new to them.

It happens to men of learning, as to ears of corn; they thoot

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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 poli:e, knows how to contradi&t 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 ore fault of a de serving maa Mall meet with more reproaches, than all his virtues, praise : such is the force of il will and ill nature.

It is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause ; for this may

be done by one great or wife action in an age : but to escape cenfure, a man must pass his whole lile without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.

When Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Alia equally with him, he answered, the earth cannot bear two suns, nor Afia two kings. Parinenio, a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great offers Darius had made, faid, Were I Alexander I would accept them. So would I, replied Alexander, were I Parmenio.

NOBILITY is to be considered only as an imaginary dirtinction, unless accompanied with the practice of those generous virtues by which it ought to be obtained. Titles of honour, conferred upon fach as have no personal merit, are at best but the royal stainp fet upon

base metal. THOUGH an honourable title may be conveyed to pofterity, yet the ennobling qualities, which are the soul of great

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