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IT is a sign of great prudence, to be willing to receive instruction; the most intelligent person, sometimes Atands in need of it.
THERE is nothing more disagreeable than cona tinual jesting. By endeavouring to purchase the reputation of being pleasant, a man loses the advantage of being thought wise.
IT is ungenerous to give a person occafion to blush at his own ignorance in any one thing, who perhaps may excel us in many.
THE greatest wisdom of speech, is to know when, and what, and where to speak; the time, matter, and
The next to it, is filence. AS we should never construe that in earnest, which is spoken in jeft; so we should not speak that in jeft, which may be construed in earneft.
THE talent of turning men into ridicule, and expofing those we converse with, is the qualification of little, ungenerous tempers. What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities; to observe his imperfections more than his virtues !
AS, amongst wise men, he is the wiseft who thinks he knows leaft; fo, amongst fools, he is the greatest who thinks he knows most.
THERE is far more satisfaction in doing than receiving good. To relieve the oppressed, is the most glorious a&t a man is capable of; it is in some mcafure doing the business of God and Providence; and is attended with a Heavenly pleasure, unknown but to those that are beneficent and liberal.
LET worldly minds the world pursue,
It has no charms for me ;
Once I admir'd its triftes too,
But grace has set me free.
No more content afford.
Now I have known the Lord.
The stars are all conceal'd;
When Jesus is reveal’d.
And wholly live to thee;
A worthless worm like me?
I cannot doubt thy will ;
I had refus'd thee ftill.
so much away:
ALPHONSUS, king of Sicily, being aked what he would reserve for himself, who gave Even those things, said he, that I do give, for the rest I esteem as nothing.
NO character is more attractive of universal respect, than that of helping those who are in no condition of helping themselves.
THE temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular ; and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.
SOCRATES said, « All the treasures of the earth were not to be compared to the least virtue of the foul."
THE gifts of the mind are able to cover the defects of the body; but the perfections of the body cannot hide the imperfections of the mind.
THOUG H prudence may oblige a man to secure a competency, yet never was any one by right reason in. duced to seek superfluities.
RICHNESS of dress contributes nothing to a man of sense, but rather makes his sense inquired into. The more the body is set off, the mind appears the less.
THE greatest pleasure wealth can afford us, is that of doing good.
of all the things this world affords us, the posfer fion and enjoyment of wisdom alone is immortal. A ftrict adherence to virtue, and a well regulated life, renders our pleasures more solid and lasting.
If we apply ourselves seriously to wisdom, we shall never live without true pleasure, but learn to be pleased with every thing. We shall be pleased fo far with wealth, as it makes us beneficial to others ; with poverty,
not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
The Angler and the Philosopher,
BESIDE a gentle murm’ring brook,
An angler took his patient stand : He ey'd the stream with anxious look,
And wav'd his rod with cautious hand. The bait with nicest art was drest,
The fishes left their fafe retreat, And one more eager than the reft,
Look'd, long’d, and swallow'd the deceit. Too late the felt the poignant smart,
Her pitying friends her fate deplore,
Hook'd, play'd, and drew her to the fore.
A fage pursu'd his walk that way,
And saw the bleeding victim lie. Far in the vale of years declin'd,
He watch'd the course of nature's law; And thus with philofophic mind,
He moraliz'd on what he saw. Indulge, a while, the pensive vein,
And fix this image in your mind, You've hook'd a filh-observe its pain,
And view the state of human kind. Fate gives us line, we shift the scene,
And jocund traverse to and fro, Pain, fickness, still will intervene,
We feel the hook where'er we go. If proudly, we our schemes extend,
And look beyond the present hour, We find our straiten’d prospects end,
And own an over ruling pow's. Awhile we sport, awhile lament,
Fate checks the line, and we are gone; Dragg’d from our wonted element
To diftant climes, untry'd, unknown.
IT is no common blessing to meet with a faithful, fenfible, and discreet friend; faithful to conceal nothing. from us ; fensible to remark our faults; and discreet to reprehend us for them. But to be able to believe and follow his advice, is indeed a real happiness. It frequently happens, that we take a pride in following our own conceits ; like those travellers that lose their way for want of taking a guide, or inquiring after the road.
SLANDER is the revenge of a coward, and diffimulation is his defence.
BEWARE what earth calls happiness; beware All joys, but joys that never can expire.
Who builds on less than an immortal base,
Inscription over the Door of a Gentleman's Retreat..
RENEATH this moss-grown roof, within this cell,
VIRTUE's the friend of life, the foul of health, The poor man's comfort, and the rich man's wealth.
IT is not fufficient, that the Christian avoid only the commission of known actual fins ; for more is certainly required of him who is commanded to abstain from all appearance of evil ; who is to speak the truth to his neighbour, and so to walk that he may be pronounced blameless and without rebuke in the midst of this crooked and perverfe generation. Circumspection in the ordering of our speech, is, in some respects, perhaps, as necessary for the ornament of religion, as the outward dea portment of our conduct in the world; or, at least, as necessary for the approbation of him, who, as one expresses, “ Views effects in their causes, and actions in « their motives ;” or, to use words ftill more awful, who hath declared, that “ Every idle word which men. “ fall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the
'day of judgment."
DISCRETION does not only thew itself in words, but in all the circumstances of action, and is like an under agent of Providence, to guide and direct. us in the ordinary concerns of life..
IMPRINT this maxim deeply in your mind, that there is nothing certain in this human and mortal state; by which means you will avoid being transported with prosperity, and being dejected in adversity..