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which can make itself immediately known; time and of portunity are necessary to it, and a person who can assist us with his favour, and be a Mæcenas to us. -Pliny.
DCCCXLVII. 'Tis the property of all true knowledge, especially spiritual, to enlarge the soul by filling it; to enlarge it without swelling it; to make it more capable, and more earnest to know, the more it knows.-Sprat.
DCCCXLVIII. Laughter is indeed the propriety of a man, but just enough to distinguish him from his elder brother with four legs. It is a kind of bastard pleasure too, taken in at the eyes of the vulgar gazers, and at the ears of the beastly audience. Church-painters use it to divert the honest countryman at public prayers, and keep his eyes open at a heavy sermon; and farce scribblers make use of the same noble invention, to entertain citizens, country gentlemen, and Covent Garden fops.-Dryden.
DCCCXLIX. No gold can bring pleasure, if not that for the loss of which we are beforehand prepared: the grief of loving a thing, and the fear of loving it are equal. -Seneca.
DCCCLI. 0, that estates, degrees, and offices, Were not derived corruptly! And that clear honour Were purchased by the merit of the wearer! How many then should cover, that stand bare? How many be commanded, that command? How much low peasantry would then be glean'd From the true seed of honour? And how much honour
Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times,
Shakspeare. DCCCLII. This I always religiously observed, as a rule, never to chide my husband before company, nor to prattle abroad of miscarriages at home. What passes between two people is much easier made up, than when once it has taken air. - Xantippe.-Erasmus.
Ben Jonson DCCCLIV. Truth is never to be expected from authors, whose understandings are warped with enthusiasm; for they judge all actions and their causes by their own perverse principles, and a crooked line can never be the measure of a straight one.-Dryden.
DCCCLV. The being void of errors is the first great step to the greatest knowledge; and that understanding, in which, though little is written, yet nothing is blotted; that which is not disfigured by ill impressions, is a subject most capable of the best. There nothing is required but plain teaching; whereas, the mind that is either perverted by false knowledge, or made crooked by deceitful prejudices, must not only be taught, but first untaught that ill it had learned: and to unteach is a more difficult work than to teach.--Sprat.
DCCCLVI. As the must fermenting in a vessel, works up to the top whatever it has in the bottom, so wine, in those who have drank beyond the measure, vents the most inward secrets.-Montaigne.
DCCCLVII. 'Tis not so hard to counterfeit joy in the depth of afAiction, as to dissemble mirth in company of fools! Why should I call them fools? The world thinks better of them; for these have quality and education, wit, and fine conversation, are received and admired by the world: if not, they like and admire themselves.--And why is not that true wisdom? for 'tis happiness; and, for aught I know, we have misapplied the name all this while, and mistaken the thing: since
If happiness in self-content is plac'd,
Congreve. DCCCLVIII. Love, that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health, is short-lived, and apt to have ague fits.-Erasmus.
DCCCLIX. He who studies the life, yet bungles, may draw some faint imitation of it, but he who purposely avoids nature, must fall into grotesque, and make no likeness. -- Dryden.
Young. DCCCLXI. When a man's desires are boundless, his labour is endless; they will set him a task he can never go through, and cut him out work he can never finish. The satisfaction which he seeks, is always absent, and the happiness which he aims at, ever at a distance. He has perpetually many things to do, and many things to provide;
and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. Balguy.
DCCCLXII. Covetousness, by a greediness of getting more, deprives itself of the true end of getting: it loses the enjoyment of what it had got. -- Sprat.
DCCCLXIII. Love is better than a pair of spectacles to make every thing seem greater, which is seen through it.-Sir P.
As lick up every idle vanity.
DCCCLXV. A wise man ought to take counsel, for fear of mixing his will with his wit.- Socrates.
DCCCLXVI. If a man get a fever, or a pain in the head with over drinking, we are subject to curse the wine, when we should rather impute it to ourselves for the excess.Erasmus.
In bulke, doth make man better be:
A lillie of a day,
Is fairer farre in May,
In such proportions we just beauties see:
DCCCLXVIII. Mr. Hobbes was used to say,—that a man was always against reason, when reason was against a man:-SO (some) authors are for obscuring truth, because truth would discover them. They are not historians of an action, but lawyers of a party; they are retained by their principles, and bribed by their interests; their narrations are an opening of their case; and in the front of their histories there ought to be written the prologue of a pleading, "I am for the plaintiff,”-or, “I am for the defendant."-Dryden.
DCCCLXIX. He that does not know those things which are of use and necessity for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides. — Tillotson.
How can he show his manhood, if you bind him
Dryden. DCCCLXXI. A restless mind, like a rolling stone, gathers nothing but dirt and mire. Little or no good will cleave to it; and it is sure to leave peace and quietness behind it. Balguy.