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ness, are a fort of incommunicable perfections, and cannot bę transferred. , If a nran could bequeath his virtues by will, and settle his sense and learning upon his heirs, as certainly as he can his lands, a noble defcent would then indeed be a very valuable privilege.

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware: whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.

The pleasure, which affects the human mind with the inoít lively and transporting touches, is the sense that we act in the eye of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness, that will crown our virtuous endeavours here with a happi. ness hereafter, large as our desires, and lafting as our im. mortal fouls : without this the highest state of life is insipid, and with it the lowest is a Paradise.



ABLE age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years : but wisdom is the gray hair unto man, and unspotted life is

old age.

WICKEDNESS, condemned by her own witness, is

very timorous, and being pressed with conscience, always furecafteth evil things : for fear is nothing else but a betraying of the succours which reason offereth.

A WIS& man will fear in every thing. He that contemnech small things shall fall by little and little.

A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends; but a poor man being down is thruft away by his friends ;when a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers; he speaketh things not to be fpoken, and yet men justify him: the poor man flipped, and they rebuked him: he spoke wisely,and


could have no place. When a rich man fpeaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and look, what he faith they ex, tol it to the clouds : but if a poor man speak, they say what fellow is this i

MANY have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not fo many as have fallen by the tongue. Well is he that is defended from it, and hath not passed through the venom diereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor beer, bound in her bonds; for the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, , and the bands thereof are bands of brafs; tlie death thereof is an evil death.

My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncomfortable words when thou givest any thing, Shall not the cew assuage the heat; fo is a word better than a gift. Lol is pot a word better than a gift? but both are with a gram cious man.

BLAME not before thou hast examined the truth; under. faod firít, and then rebuke.

IF thou woulde& get a friend, provę him first, and be noc hafty to eredit him ; for fome men are friends for their own occafions, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble.

Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him ; a new friend is as new wine ; when it is eld thou inalt drink it with pleasure.

A FRIEND cannot be known in prosperity; and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity,

ADMONISH thy friend ; it may be he hath nnt done it; and if he have, that he doit no more. Admonish thy friend it may be he hath not faid it; or if he have, that he speak it not again. Admonish a friend ; for many times it is a hander; and believe not every tale. There is one that. Nippeth in his speech, but not from his heart : and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue ?

Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit, and fhall never find a friend to his mind, B



Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother ; how canst thou recompense them the things they have done for thee?

There is nothing so much worth as a mind well ina Atructed.

The lips of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto them : but the words of such as have understand. ing are weighed in the balance. The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of the wife is in their heart.

To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life. Be in peace

with many; nevertheless, have but one counsellor of a thousand.

Be not confident in a plain way.

LET reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every action.

CHAP, VỊ. The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions, he had contracted in the former.

CENSURE is the tax a maa pays to the public for being eminent,

Very few men, properly speaking, live at present. but are providing to five another time.

PARTY is the madness of many for the gain of a few.

To endeavour to work upon the volgar with fine fenfe, is like attempting to hew blocks of marble with a razor.

SUPERSTITION is the spleen of the soul.

He who tells a lie is not sensible how great a task he undertakes : for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.

Some people will never learn any thing; for this reason, because they understand every thing too foon. There is nothing wanting to make all rational and dif.


interested people in the world of one religion, but that they fhould talk together every day.

Men are grateful in the fame degree that they are re. sentful.

YOUNG men are subtle arguers: the cloak of honour covers all their faults ; as that of passion all their foliies.

Economy is no disgrace; it is better living on a little., than out living a great deal.

Next to the satisfaction I receive in the prosperity of an -honest man, I am best pleased with the confusion of a rascal.

What is often termed shyness, is nothing more than refined fense, and an indifference to common obfervations.

The higher character a person fupports, the more he fhould regard his minutest actions.

Every person infenfibly fixes upon fome degree of refinement in his discourse, some meafure of thought which he thinks worth exhibiting. It is wife to fix this

pretty high, although it occasions one to talk the less.

To endeavour all one's days to fortify our minds with: learning and philofophy, is to fpend so much in arınour, that one has nothing left to defend.

DEFERENCE often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy, as the sensitive plant does upon. the touch of one's finger,

Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves if they were in

their places.

People frequently use this expression, I am inclined to think so and so,' not considering that they are then {peaking the most literal of all truths,

Modesty makes large amends for the pain it gives the persons who labour under is, by the prejudice it affords every worthy person in their favour. The difference there is betwixt honour and honesty


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seems to be chiefly in the motive. The honest man does that from duty, which the man of honour does for the sake of character.

ALIAR begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.

VIRTUE shopld be confidered as a part of taste; and we should as much avoid deceit, or finifter meanings in dis. course, as we would puns, bad language, or false grammar.

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CHAP. VII. DEFERENCE is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.

He that lies in bed all a summer's morning, loses the chief pleasure of the day: he that gives up his youth to indolence undergoes a loss of the same kind.

SHINING characters are not always the most agreeable opes. The mild radiance of an emerald is by no means less pleasing than the glare of the ruby.

To be at once a rake, and to glory in the character, ditcovers at the same time, a bad difpofition, and a bad taste.

How is it poflible to expect that mankind will take ad. vice, when they will not fo much as take warning?

ALTHOUGH men are accused for not knowing their own weaknefs, yet perhaps as few know their own ftrength. It is in men as in foils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.

Fin e fense and exalted sense are not half fo valuable as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense ; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of ready change.

LEARNING is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skilful hands; in un. kilful, most mischievous. A MAN Mould never be alaamed to own he has been in


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