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How amiable is gratitude, especially when it has the supreme benefactor for its object; gratitude is the most exalted principle that can actuate the heart of man, it has something noble, disinterested, and, if I may be allowed the expression, generously devout; repentance indicates our nature fallen, and prayer turns chiefly upon a regard to one's self, but the ex, ercises of gratitude subsisted in Paradise when. there was no fault to deplore; and will be perpetuated in heaven, when 6 God shall be all in all.”
contained in domestic life; first her piety toward God, and, next in the duties of a daughter, a wife, a mother, and a sister.
A prudent woman is in the same class of honour as a wise man.
Nothing can atone for the want of moa desty and innocence; without which, beauty is ungraceful, and quality contemptible.
Beauty of form has often betrayed its posar sessor; the flower is easily blasted--it is short lived at the best, and trifling in comparison with the higher and more lasting beauties of the mind.
Love cannot long be concealed where it is ; nor dissembled where it is not.
Many of the misfortunes in families arise from the triíling way women have in spending their time, and gratifying only their eyes and ears, instead of their reason and understanding.
It requires but little acquaintance with the heart, to know that a woman's first wish is to be handsome; and that consequently the readiest method of obtaining her kindness is to praise her beauty.
The plainer the dress, with greater lustre: does beauty appear. Virtue is the greatest ornament, and good sense the best equipage.
An inviolable fidelity, good humour, and complacency of temper, in a wife, outlive all the charms of a fine face, and make the decays of it invisible.
A woman of great spirit, and little under. standing, exposes herself to derision and reproach, and is despised wherever she appears.
Solid love, whose root is virtue, can no more die, than virtue itself.
Without constancy, there is neither love, friendship, or virtue, in the world.
The reputation of a statesman, the credit of a merchant, and the modesty of a woman, prevail more than their power, riches, or beauty.
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
The infelicities of marriage are not to be urged against its institution, as the miseries of life would prove equally, that life cannot be the gift of heaven.
He who gets a good husband for his daughter, has gained a son; and he who meets with a bad one, has lost daugh ter.
Marriage should be considered as the most solemn league of perpetual friendship, a state from which artifice and concealment are to be banished for ever; and in which, cvery act of dissimulation is a breach of faith.
Conjugal fidelity is always greater in proportion as marriages are more numerous and less difficult; but when the interest or pride of families, or parental authority, not the inclination of the parties, unites the sexes, gallantry soon breaks the slender ties, in spite of common moralists, who exclaim against the effect, whilst they pardon the cause.
Women may be considered like fruit; those that fall to the ground, of their own accord, are generally tainted, and good for now