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Who to the dean and silver bell can swear,
Pope. DCCCCXIX. Old age is a lease nature only signs by particular favour, and it may be, to one only, in the space of two or three ages;
and then with a pass to boot, to carry him through all the traverses and difficulties she has strewed in the way of his long career.-Montaigne.
DCCCCXX. Pride is never more offensive than when it condescends to be civil; whereas, vanity, whenever it forgets itself, naturally assumes good humour.--Cumberland.
DCCCCXXI. Wit will never make a man rich, but there are places where riches will always make a wit.-Johnson.
DCCCCXXII. If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is, he keeps his at the same time.--Swift.
Churchill. DCCCCXXIV. We take our ideas from sounds which folly has invented: fashion, bon ton, and virtù, are the names of certain idols, to which we sacrifice the genuine pleasures
of the soul: in this world of resemblance, we are con tented with personating happiness, to feel it is an art beyond us.-Mackenzie.
DCCCCXXV. Suspicion is a heavy armour, and With its own weight impedes, more than it protects.
Byron. DCCCCXXVI. Marriage is a desperate thing: the frogs in Æsop were extremely wise, they had a great mind to some water, but they would not leap into the well, because they could not get out again.-Selden.
DCCCCXXVII. The good-will of the benefactor is the fountain of all benefits; nay, it is the benefit itself; or, at least, the stamp that makes it valuable and current. Some there are that take the matter for the benefit, and tax the obligation by weight and measure.-Seneca.
DCCCCXXVIII. Sincerity is like travelling in a plain beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey's end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves. -Tillotson.
DCCCCXXIX. Never build after you are five-and-forty; have five years' income in hand before you lay a brick; and always calculate the expense at double the estimate. - Kett.
DCCCCXXX. Even as a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellence with one tongue.Roger Ascham.
DCCCCXXXI. A man, whose great qualities want the ornament of exterior attractions, is like a naked mountain with mines of gold, which will be frequented only till the treasure is exhausted.-Johnson.
DCCCCXXXII. What worth have all the charms our pride can boast, If all in envious solitude are lost? Where none admire, 'tis useless to excel; Where none are beaux 'tis vain to be a belle: Beauty, like wit, to judges should be shown; Both are most valued where they best are known.
Soliloquy of a Country Beauty.
DCCCCXXXIII . The great rule of moral conduct is, next to God, to respect time.-Lavater.
DCCCCXXXIV. The difference between rising at five and seven o'clock in the morning, for the space of forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man's life.Doddridge.
DCCCCXXXV. The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think-rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.Beattie.
Young DCCCCXXXVII. A virtuous mind in a fair body is indeed a fine picture in a good light, and therefore it is no wonder that it makes the beautiful sex all over charms. --Addison.
DCCCCXXXVIII. You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are characters decidedly bad. --Lavater.
DCCCCXXXIX. The greatest wits have their ebbs and flows; they are sometimes as it were exhausted; then let them neither write nor talk, nor aim at entertaining. Should a man sing when he has a cold? should he not rather wait till he recovers his voice?-Bruyere.
DCCCCXL. Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy, when great ones are not in the way: for want of a block, he will stumble at a straw.–Swift.
DCCCCXLI. He that hath a handsome wife, by other men is thought happy; 'tis a pleasure to look upon her, and be in her company; but the husband is cloyed with her. We are never contented with what we have.
A man that will have a wife should be at the charge of her trinkets, and pay all the scores she sits upon them. He that will keep a monkey should pay for the glasses he breaks. Selden.
DCCCCXLIII. The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great, because their associates are little.-
Johnson. DCCCCXLIV. Those who attempt to level, never equalize. In all societies, consisting of various descriptions of citizens, some description must be uppermost. The levellers, therefore, only change and pervert the natural order of things: they load the edifice of society, by setting up in the air what the solidity of the structure requires to be on the ground. -Burke.
DCCCCXLV. True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self; and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions: it loves shade and solitude, and naturally haunts groves and fountains, fields and meadows: in short, it feels every thing it wants within itself, and receives no addition from multitudes of witnesses and spectators. On the contrary, false happiness loves to be in a crowd, and to draw the eyes of the world upon her. She does not receive any satisfaction from the applauses which she gives herself, but from the admiration which she raises. in others. She flourishes in courts and palaces, theatres and assemblies, and has no existence but when she is looked ripon. --Addison.
DCCCCXLVI. The greatest part of mankind employ their first years to make their last miserable.-Bruyere.
DCCCCXLVII. A play-writer has very great reason to prefer verse before prose in his composition; for rhyme is like lace, that serves excellently well to hide the pieceing and coarseness of a bad stuff, contributes mightily to the bulk, and makes the less serve by the many impertinencies it commonly requires to make a way for it; for very few