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the commodity at full, then consumeth part and part, and still holdeth up the price.---Lord Bacon.
DCCXLIV. When men are become accomplished knaves, they are past crying for their cake.-Shaftesbury.
DCCXLV. The firm, without pliancy; and the pliant, without firmness; resemble vessels without water, and water without vessels.-Lavater.
DCCXLVI. An atheist is but a mad ridiculous derider of piety; but a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and religion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to rise to a good action: like an impudent debtor, who goes every day to talk familiarly to his creditor without ever paying what he owes.-Pope.
I have no patience for a longer stay,
I will the country see,
Though hid in gray,
Doth look more gay
Farewell, you city wits that are
Almost at civil war! 'Tis time that I grow wise, when all the world grows mad.
Randolph. DCCXLVIII. What is so hateful to a poor man as the purse proud arrogance of a rich one? Let fortune shift the scene, and make the poor man rich; he runs at once into the vice that he declaimed against so feelingly: these are strange contradictions in the human character.-Cumberland.
DCCXLIX. That all who are happy are equally happy, is not true.
Å peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but .not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness. A peasant has not capacity for having equal happiness with a philosopher. This question was very happily illustrated by the Rev. Mr. Robert Brown, at Utrecht: “A small drinking glass and a large one,” said he, “may be equally full, but a large one holds more than the small."-Johnson.
DCCL. Philosophy has a fine saying for every thing for Death it has an entire set.
“'Tis an inevitable chance--the first statute in Magna Charta- -it is an everlasting act of parliament- All must die.”
“Monarchs and princes dance in the same ring with us.”-Sterne.
DCCLI. Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. They are sensitive plants, that will not bear too familiar approaches. --Shenstone.
DCCLII. Cunning leads to knavery; it is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery; lying only makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.Bruyere.
DCCLIII. Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us the weaker ever after.—Pope.
DCCLIV. Gambling houses are temples where the most sordid and turbulent passions contend; there no spectator can be indifferent: a card, or a small square of ivory, interests more than the loss of an empire, or the ruin of an unoffending group of infants, and their nearest relatives. - Zimmerman.
DCCLV. Most men's learning is nothing but history duly taken up. If I quote Thomas Aquinas for some tenet, and be
lieve it, because the schoolmen say so, that is but histo ry. Few men make themselves masters of things they write or speak.-Selden.
DCCLVI. The common fluency of speech in many men, and most women, is owing to a scarcity of matter, and a scarcity of words; for whoever is a master of language and has a mind full of ideas, will be apt in speaking to hesitate upon the choice of both; whereas common speakers have only one set of ideas, and one set of words to clothe them in; and these are always ready at the mouth: so people come faster out of a church when it it is almost empty, than when a crowd is at the door.—Swift.
DCCLVII. I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is efficiently destroyed, though the appetite of the brute may survive.--Chesterfield.
DCCLVIII. If we look into the profession of physic, we shall find a most formidable body of men, the sight of them is enough to make a man serious; for we may lay it down as a maxim, that when a nation abounds in physicians, it grows thin of people. This body of men in our own country may be described like the British army in Cæsar's time. Some of them slay in chariots, and some on foot. If the infantry do less execution than the charioteers, it is because they cannot be carried so soon into all quarters of the town, and despatch so much business in so short a time. Besides this body of regular troops, there are stragglers, who, without being duly enlisted and enrolled, do infinite mischief to those who are so unlucky as to fall into their hands. There are, besides the abovementioned, innumerable retainers to physic, who, for want of other patients, amuse themselves with the stifling of cats in an air-pump, cutting up dog's alive, or impaling of insects upon the point of a needle for microscopical observations; besides those that are employed in the gathering of weeds, and the chase of butterflies; not to mention the cockle-shell merchants and spider-catchers. -Addison.
DCCLIX. Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry, and is as often trundling in a wheelbarrow as lolling in a coach and six.-Goldsmith.
DCCLX. Education is incompatible with self-indulgence, and the impulse of vanity is too often mistaken for the impulse of nature: when Miss is a wit, I am apt to suspect that her mother is not over-wise.—Cumberland.
Young DCCLXII. The improvement of the understanding is fortwo ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, enable us to deliver and make out that knowledge to others.Locke.
Churchill. DCCLXIV. It is a kind of acting to go in masquerade, and a man should be able to say or do things proper for the dress in which he appears. The misfortune of the thing is, that people dress themselves in what they have a mind to be, and not what they are fit for.-Steele.
DCCLXV. We have more words than notions, and half a dozen words for the same thing. Sometimes we put a new sig
nification to an old word; as when we call a piece a gun. The word gun was used in England for an engine to cast a thing from a man, long before there was any gunpowder found out. --Selden.
DCCLXVI. The caution authors now proceed with shows the refinement of the times; still they can contrive in a modest way to say civil things of themselves, and it would be hard indeed to disappoint them of so slight a gratifica. tion, for what praise is so little to be envied as that which a man bestows on himself.-Cumberland.
DCCLXVII. The common people do not accurately adapt their thoughts to the objects; nor, secondly, do they accurately adapt their words to their thoughts: they do not mean to lie: but, taking no pains to be exact, they give you very false accounts. A great part of their language is proverbial: if any thing rocks at all, they say it rocks like à cradle; and in this way they go on.—Johnson.
DCCLXVIII. There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and, therefore, men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions in smother.--Lord Bacon.
DCCLXIX. The chamelion, who is said to feed upon nothing but air, has of all animals the nimblest tongue.--Swift.
DCCLXX. Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much gene- rosity if he were a rich man.-Pope.
DCCLXXI. Folks will always listen when the tale is their own; and of many who say they do not believe in fortunetelling, I have known few on whom it had not a very sensible effect. ---Mackenzie.