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A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend amongst them all. If you have one friend, think your- .
When once you profess yourself a friend, endeavor to be always
such. He can never have any true friends who is al. ways changing them.
Prosperity gains friends, and adversity tries them.
Nothing more engages the affections of men, than a hand. some address and graceful conversation.
Complasance renders a fuperior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable.
Excess of ceremony fhows wont of breeding. That civility is best, which excludes all superfluous formality.
Ingratitude is a crime so shameful, that the man was never yet found, who would acknowledge himself guilty of it.
Few things are imposible to industry and all.
There cannot be a greater trechery, than first to a raise a confidence, and then deceive it.
By others faults, wise men correct their own.
No man hath a thorough taste of prosperity, to whom adverAty never happened.
When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them.
It is as great a point of wisdom to hide ignorance, as to difcover knowledge.
Pitch upon that course of life which is the most excellent and habit will render it most delightful.
CHAP. III. CustoM is the plague of wise men, and the idol of fools.
As to be perfectly jaft, is an attribute of the divine nature ; to be fo to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
No man was ever cast down with the injuries of fortune, unless he had before suffered himself to be deceived by her favors.
Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rests only in the bosom of fools.
None more impatiently suffer injuries, 'than those that are most forward in doing them.
By revenging an injury, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior:
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness fhould begin on ours.
The prodigal tobs his heir, the mifer robs himself.
We Thould take a prudent care for the future, but so as to enjoy the present. It is no part of wisdom to be miserable to day, because we may happen to be more so to-morrow.
To mourn without measure, is folly ; not to mourn at all, infenfibility.
Some would be thought to do great things, who are but tools and instruments ; like the fool who fancied he played upon the organ, when he only blew the bellows.
Though a man may become learned by another's learning he never can be wise but by his own wisdom.
He who wants good fenfe is unhappy in having learning; he has thereby more ways of exposing himself.
It is ungenerous to give a man occasion to blush at his own ignorance in one thing, who perhaps may excel us in many.
No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the fight of a man whom you have obliged ; nor any music so agreeable to thc ear, as the voice of one that owns you for his benefactor.
The coin that is most current amongst mankind is flatcery ; the only benefit of which is, that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed what we ought to be.
The character of the person who commends you, is to be considered before you set a value on his esteem. The wise man applauds him whom he thinks most virtuous, the rest of the world, bim who is molt wealthy.
The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular ; and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.
A good man will love himself too well to lose, and his neighbor too well to win, an estate by gaming. The love of gaming will corrupt the best principles in the world.
CHAP. IV. AN
angry man who suppresses his paskons, thinks worse than he speaks ; and an angry man that will chide, speaks worso than he thinks.
A good word is an easy obligation ; but not to speak ill, requires only our silence, which costs us nothing.
It is to affe&ation the world owes its whole race of coxcombs. Nature, in her whole drama, never drew such a part; she has fometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of his own making
It is the infirmity of little minds to be taken with every appearance, and dazzled with every thing that fparkles; bit great minds have but little admiration, because feru things appear new to them.
It happens to men of learning as to ears of corn ; they shoot up, and raise their heads high, while they are empty but when full and swelled with graio, they begin to Hag and droop.
He that is truly polite, knows how to contradi&t with respect, and to please without adulation; and is equally remote from an infipid complafance, and a low familiarity,
The failings of good men are commonly more published in the world than their good deeds; and one fault of a deserving man will meet with more reproaches, than all his virtues, praise; Such is the force of ill-will, and ill-nature,
It is harder to avoid censure, than to gain applaufe ; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age ; but, to efcape cenfure, a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.
When Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Asia equally with him, he answered: The earth cannot bear two Suns, nor Alia two Kings. Parmenio, a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great offers that Darius had made, said, Were I Alexander, I would accept them. So would 1, replied Alexander, were I Permenio.
An old age unsupported with matter for discourse and meditation, is much to be dreaded. No state can be more destitute than that of him, who, when the delights of sense forsake him, has no pleasures of the mind.
Such is the condition of life, that something is always wanted to happiness. In youth, we have warm hopes, which are foon blasted by rashness and negligence ; and great designs, which are defeated by experience.
In age, we have knowl. edge and prudence, without spirit to exert, or motives to prompt them. We are able to plan schemes and regulate mel wres, butjhave not time remaining to bring them to completion, Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing te help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, aad is re.dy to drop out before we are aware: Whereas a lie is croubleiome, 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 most lively and transporting touches, is the sense that we act in the eye of infinite wisdom, power and goodness, that will crown our virtuous endeavors here, and happiness hereafter, large as our desires, and lasting as our immortal souls; without this the highest state of life is insipid, and with it, the lowest is a paradise.
CHAP. V. HONORABLE age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor which is measured by number of years ; but wisdom is the gray hair unto man, and an unspotted life is old age.
Wickedness, condemned by her own witness, is very timoorous, and being preffed with conscience, always forecasteth evil things ; for fear is nothing else, but a betraying of the suca cors which reason offereth.
A rich man, beginning to fall, is held up by his friends ; but a poor man, being down, is thrust away by his friends. When a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers; he fpeaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him; the poor man slipt, and they rebuked him; he spoke wisely and could have no place. When a rich man speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and lo! what he faith they extol to the clouds ; but if a poor man speaks, they say, What fellow is this?
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 passed through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor been bound to her bonds; for the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass; the death thereof is an evil death.
My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither ufe uncomfortable words when thou givest any thing. Shall not the dew affuage the* So is a word better than a gift. Lo, is not a word
? But both are with a gracious man. B halt examiner
If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him first, and be not hasty to credit him; for some men are friends for their own occasions, and will not abide in the day of trouble.
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him ; a new friend is as new wine ; when it is old chou fhalt 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 not done it ; and if he hath, that he should do it no more. Admonish thy friend;
be he hath not said it ; or if he hath, that he should speak it not again. Admonish a friend ; for many times it is a Nander ; and believe not every tale. There is one that slippeth 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 shall neve er find a friend to his mind.
Honor thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the forrows of thy mother. How canst thou recompense them the things which they have done for thee ?
There is nothing of so much worth as a mind well in. Itructed.
The lips of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto them ; but the words of such as have understanding are weiglaed in the balance. The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of the wise is in their heart.
To labor, and to be contented with what a man hạth, is ą, sweet life.
Be not confident eyen in a plain way,
with many ; nevertheless, have but one counsellor of a thousand.
Let reason go before every enterprise, and counfel, before every action.
CHAP. VI. 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 a tax a man pays to the public for being eminent,
Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are pro. yiding to live another time.