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ful to mankind, and especially to their own country. As to others it is no great matter, since they are a disgrace to mankind, and their death is rather a service to the public.-Cornaro.
CCCLII. Let us begin with the great man by break of day: for by that time he is besieged by two or three hundred suitors; and the hall and antechambers (all the outworks) possessed by the enemy: as soon as his chamber opens, they are ready to break into that, or to corrupt the guards, for entrance: This is so essential a part of greatness, that whosoever is' without it, looks like a fallen favourite, like a person disgraced, and condemned to do what he pleases all the morning. There are some who, rather than want this, are contented to have their rooms filled up every day with murmuring and cursing creditors, and to charge bravely through a body of them to get to their coach.-Cowley.
CCCLIII. Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.--Franklin.
CCCLIV. To be deprived of the person we love, is a happiness in comparison of living with one we hate. --Bruyere.
CCCLVI. Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal no one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you.-Chesterfield....
Shenstone. CCCLIX. A leap into the sea, or into any creek of salt waters, very often gives a new motion to the spirits, and a new turn to the blood; for which reason we prescribe it in distempers which no other medicine will reach.-Addison.
CCCLX. There is nothing sooner overthrows a weak head, than opinion of authority; like too strong a liquor for a frail glass.—Sir P. Sidney.
CCCLXI. Ye glittering towns, with wealth and splendour crown’d; Ye fields, where summer spreads profusion round; Ye lakes, whose vessels catch the busy gale; Ye bending swains that dress the flowery vale: For me your tributary stores combine: Creation's heir, the world, the world is mine.
Goldsmith. CCCLXII. Though sinking in decrepit age, he prematurely falls, whose memory records no benefit conferred on him by man. They only have lived long, who have lived virtuously. Sheridan.
CCCLXIII. Among the writers of all ages, some deserve fame, and have it; others neither haye nor deserve it; some
have it, not deserving; others, though deserving, yet totally miss it, or have it not equal to their deserts.
Milton. CCCLXIV. To think well of every other man's condition, and to dislike our own, is one of the misfortunes of human
Pleas'd with each other's lot, our own we hate.”
Burton. CCCLXV. There is something in the deportment of all our players infinitely more stiff and formal than among the actors of other nations. Their action sits uneasy upon them; for as the English use very little gesture in ordinary conversation, our English-bred actors are obliged to supply stage gestures by their imagination alone. A French comedian finds proper models of action in every company and in every coffee-house he enters.
An Englishman is obliged to take his models from the stage itself; he is obliged to imitate nature from an imitation of nature. I know of no set of men more likely to be improved by travelling than those of the theatrical profession. The inhabitants of the continent are less reserved than here; they may be seen through upon a first acquaintance; such are the proper models to draw from; they are at once striking, and are found in great abundance.-Goldsmith.
*Twixt ev'ry prayer he says, to name you once,
Araminta. O y' are a cunning boy, and taught to lie
CCCLXVII. A man who owes a little, can clear it off in a very little time, and, if he is a prudent man, will; whereas a man, who, by long negligence, owes a great deal, despairs of ever being able to pay: and therefore never looks into his accounts at all. -Chesterfield.
CCCLXVIII. Waat maintains one vice, would bring up two children. You may think that a little tea, or a little punch now and then, diet a little more costly, clothes perhaps a little finer, and a little entertainment now and then, can be no matter: but remember, many a little makes a meikle; and farther, beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.-Franklin.
CCCLXIX. The love of variety, or curiosity of seeing new things, which is the same, or at least sister passion to it-seems wove into the frame of every son and daughter of Adam; we usually speak of it as one of nature's levities, though planted within us for the solid purposes of carrying forwards the mind to fresh inquiry and knowledge: stříp us of it, the mind (I fear) would doze for ever over the present page; and we should all of us rest at ease with such objects as presented themselves in the parish or province where we first drew breath.
It is to this spur, which is ever in our sides, that we owe the impatience of the desire for travelling: the passion is no way bad—but as others are in its mismanagement or excess; order it rightly, the advantages are worth the pursuit; the chief of which are to learn
the languages, the laws and customs, and understand the government and interest of other nations—to acquire an urbanity and confidence of behaviour, and fit the mind more easily for conversation and discourse-to take us out of the company of our aunts and grandmothers, and from the track of nursery mistakes; and by showing ús new objects, or old ones in new lights, to reform our judgments--by tasting perpetually the varieties of nature, to know what is good-by observing the address and arts of men, to conceive what is sincere-and by seeing the difference of so many various humours and manners-to look into ourselves and form our own.-Sterne.
CCCLXX. Nothing is more frequent than to see women weep and tremble at the sight of a moving preacher, though he is placed quite out of their hearing: as in England we very frequently see people lulled asleep with solid and elaborate discourses of pietỹ, who would be warmed and transported out of themselves by the bellowing and distortions of enthusiasm.-Addison.
CCCLXXI. (Knowledge.) A climbing height it is, without a head, Depth without bottom, way without an end; A circle with no line environed, Not comprehended, all it comprehends, Worth infinite, yet satisfies no mind Till it that infinite of the Godhead find.
Sir Fulk Greville.
CCCLXXII. In criticism, to combat a simile is no more than to fight with a shadow, since a simile is no better than the shadow of an argument.-Pope