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PR He Value of Time.—The proverbial oracles of our |
parsimonious ancestors, have informed us, that the
fatal waste of fortune is by small expenses, by the profusion of sums too little singly to alarm our caution, and which we never suffer ourselves to consider together. Of the same kind is prodigality of life; he that hopes to look back hereafter with satisfaction upon past years, must learn to know the present value of single minutes, and endeavour to let no particle of time fall useless to the ground.
An Italian philosopher expressed in his motto, that time was his estate: an estate indeed, that will produce nothing without cultivation, but will always abundantly repay the labours of industry, and satisfy the most extensive desires, if no part of it be suffered to lie waste by negligence, to be over-run by noxious plants, or laid out for show rather than for use.-Johnson.
If he has the symptoms never so strong upon him, which he would pronounce infallible in another, they are indications of no such malady in himself: he sees what no one else sees, some secret and flattering circumstances in his favour, which no doubt make a wide difference betwixt his case and the parties which he condemns.
What other man speaks so often and vehemently against the vice of pride, sets the weakness of it in a more odious light, or is more hurt with it in another, than the proud man himself? It is the same with the passionate, the designing, the ambitious, and some other characters in life, and being a consequence of the nature of such vices, and almost inseparable from them, the effects of it are generally so gross and absurd, that where pity does not forbid, it is pleasant to observe and trace the cheat through the several turnings and windings of the heart, and detect it through all the shapes and appearances which it puts on.-Sterne.
REEDOM OF THOUGHT. I would recommend a free
commerce both of matter and mind. I would let
men enter their own churches with the same freedom as their own houses: and I would do it without a homily, or graciousness, or favour, for tyranny itself is to me a word less odious than toleration.-W. S. Landor.
leaLTH AND Liberty.—Health and liberty are, withA out dispute, the greatest natural blessings mankind
is capable of enjoying: I say natural, because the contrary states are purely accidental, and arise from nature debauched, depraved, or enforced. Yet these blessings are seldom sufficiently valued whilst enjoyed : like the daily advantages of the sun and air, they seem scarce regarded, because so common, by those that are in possession of them. But as an Italian, that passes a winter in Greenland, will soon be convinced through his want of the kind influences of that glorious planet, how much misery he endures in comparison of those who dwell in his native country; so he, that knows by experience the trouble of a languishing sickness, or the loss of his liberty, will presently begin to have a right esteem of that which formerly he scarce thought worth his notice. -Lord Molesworth.