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ther he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.-Steele.

To smatter ends of Greek
Or Latin to the rhetorique
Of pedants counted, and vain-glorious,
To smatter French is meritorious;
And to forget their mother-tongue,
Or purposely to spcak it wrong
A hopeful sign of parts and wit,
And that they improve and benefit:
As those that have been taught amiss
In lib'ral arts and sciences,
Must all they ’ad learnt before in vain
Forget quite, and begin again.


CLI. He who attempts to make others believe in means which he himself despises, is a puffer; he who makes use of more means than he knows to be necessary, is a quack; and he who ascribes to those means a greater efficacy than his own experience warrants, is an impostor.-Lavater.

CLII. Appetite, which is elder brother to reason, being the lad of stronger growth, is sure, on every contest, to take the advantage of drawing all to his own side. And will, so highly boasted, is, at best, merely a top or football between these youngsters, who prove very unfortunately matched; till the youngest, instead of now and then a kick or lash bestowed to little purpose, forsakes the ball or top itself, and begins to lay about his elder brother! 'Tis then that the scene changes. For the elder like an arrant coward, upon this treatment, presently grows civil, and affords the younger as fair play af. terwards as he can desire.-Shaftesbury.

CLIII. They that cry down moral honesty, cry down that which is a great part of my religion, my duty towards God, and my duty towards man. What care I whether a man run after a sermon, if he cozens and cheats as soon as he comes home. On the other side, morality must not be without religion; for if so, it may change, as I see convenience. Religion must govern it. He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you, as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.—Selden.

CLIV. St. Paul to the Colossians, chap. iii. ver. 1, first advi. seth women to submit themselves to their husbands, and then counselleth men to love their wives. And since it was fitting that women should first have their lesson gi. ven them, because it is hardest to be learned, and there. fore they need have the more time to conne it.-Fuller.

CLV. Avoid connecting yourself with characters whose good and bad sides are unmix'd, and have not fermented together; they resemble vials of vinegar and oil; or pallets set with colours; they are either excellent at home and intolerable abroad, or insufferable within doors and excellent in public: they are unfit for friendship, merely because their stamina, their ingredients of character are too single, too much apart; let them be finely ground up with each other, and they will be incomparable.Lavater.

CLVI. Of all the actions of a man's life his marriage does least concern other people, yet of all actions of our life, 'tis most meddled with by other people.-Selden.

Our pains are real things, and all
Our pleasures but fantastical;
Diseases of their own accord
But cures come difficult and hard.

Our noblest piles, and stateliest rooms,
Are but out-houses to our tombs;
Cities, though e'er so great and brave,
But mere warehouses to the grave.
Our brav'ry's but a vain disguise,
To hide us from the world's dull eyes.

Butler. CLVIII. An idol may be undeified by many accidental causes. Marriage in particular is a kind of counter-apotheosis, or a deification inverted.—When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman.-Addison.

CLIX. In all cases of slander currency, whenever the forger of the lie is not to be found, the injured parties should have a right to come on any of the indorsers.--Sheri. dan.

CLX. It is, it seems, a great inconvenience, that those of the meanest capacities will pretend to make visits, though indeed they are qualified rather to add to the furniture of the house by (filling an empty chair) than to the conversation they come into when they visit.-Steele.

CLXI. Pastime is a word that should never be used but in a bad sense; it is vile to say such a thing is agreeable, because it helps to pass the time away.--Shenstone.

CLXII. Temperance indeed is a bridle of gold; and he who uses it rightly, is more like a god than a man: but the English, who are the most subject, of all other people, to melancholy, are, in general, very liberal and excellent feeders. --Burton.

CLXIII. It was said of one who preached very well, and lived very ill, “ that when he was out of the pulpit, it was pity he should ever go into it: and when he was in the pul

pit, it was pity he should ever come out of it.” But the faithful minister lives sermons. And yet, I deny not, but dissolute men, like unskilful horsemen, which open a gate on the wrong side, may, by the virtue of their office, open heaven for others, and shut themselves out. -Fuller. ;

CLXIV. If we did not take great pains, and were not at great expense to corrupt our nature, our nature would never corrupt us.-Clarendon.

CLXV. One would think that the larger the company is in which we are engaged, the greater variety of thoughts and subjects would be started into discourse; but instead of this, we find that conversation is never so much straitened and confined as in numerous assemblies. --Addison.

CLXVI. He who gives himself airs of importance, exhibits the credentials of impotence.--Lavater.

CLXVII. There is no instance of a miser becoming a prodigal without losing his intellects; but there are thousands of prodigals becoming misers. If, therefore, your turn be profuse, nothing is so much to be avoided as avarice; and, if you be a miser, procure a physician who can cure an irremediable disorder.--Lavater:

CLXVIII. There is nothing that wears out a fine face like the vigils of the card-table, and those cutting passions which naturally attend them. Hollow eyes, haggard looks, and pale complexions, are the natural indications of a female gamester. Her morning sleeps are not able to repay her midnight watchings. I have known a woman carried off half dead from Bassette, and have many a time grieved to see a person of quality gliding by me in her chair at two o'clock in the morning, and looking like a spectre amidst a glare of flambeaux. In short, I never

knew a thorough-paced female gamester hold her beauty two winters together.-Guardian.

CLXIX. - If husbandmen preserve not the innocence of rural life, they are much to blame, for no men are so free from the temptations of iniquity. They live by what they can get by industry from the earth; and others, by what they can catch by craft from men. They live upon an estate given them by their mother; and others, upon an estate cheated from their brethren. They live, like sheep and kine, by the allowances of nature; and others, like wolves and foxes, by the acquisitions of ra. pine.-Cowley.

- That friendship's raised on sand,
Which every sudden gust of discontent,
Or flowing of our passions, can change
As if it ne'er had been


CLXXI. Had I a careful and pleasant companion, that should show me my angry face in a glass, I should not at all take it ill; some are wont to have a looking-glass held to them while they wash, tho' to little purpose; but to behold a man's self so unnaturally disguised and disordered, will conduce not a little to the impeachment of anger. - Plutarch.

CLXXII. Though judgment must collect the materials of the goodly structure of friendship, it is affection that gives the cement; and passion as well as reason should concur in forming a firm and lasting coalition. Hence, perhaps, it is, that not only the most powerful, but the most lasting friendships are usually the produce of the early season of our lives, when we are most susceptible of the warm and affectionate impressions. The connections into which we enter into any after period, decrease in strength, as our passions abate in heat; and there is not, I believe, a single instance of a vigorous friendship that

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