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material part of prudence it is to judge rightly of them, and make the best of them. If you have, for example, a favour to ask of a phlegmatic, gloomy man, take him, if you can, over his bottle. If you want to deal with a covetous man, by no means propose your business to him immediately after he has been paying away money, but rather after he has been receiving. If you know a person, for whose interest you have occasion, who is unhappy in his family, put yourself in his way abroad, rather than wait on him at his own house. A statesman will not be likely to give you a favourable audience immediately after meeting with a disappointment in any of his schemes. There are even many people who are always sour and ill-humoured from their rising till they have dined. And as in persons, so it is in things, opportunity is of the utmost consequence.Ibid.

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LXXVI.

ONTRADICTIONS IN THE HUMAN CHARACTER.—What is so hateful to a poor man as the purse-proud arrogance

of a rich one? Let fortune shift the scene, and make the poor man rich, he runs at once into the vice that he declaimed against so feelingly; these are strange contradictions in the human character.Cumberland.

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