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another, and by which mankind are knit together in a general correspondence; they are like the pegs and nals in a great building, which though they are but litte valued in themselves, are absolutely necessary to kee the whole frame together.-Spectator.
M. Nothing lowers a great man so much, as not seizing the decisive moment of raising his reputation. This s seldom neglected, but with a view to fortune: by which mistake, it is not unusual to miss both.-De Retz.
MII. The world is nothing but babble; and I hardlywever yet saw the man who did not prate too much, and speak too little: and yet half of our age is embezzled in this way. We are kept four or five years to learn words only, and to tack them together into clauses; as many more to make exercises, and to divide a continued discourse into so many parts; and other five years, at least, to learn succinctly to mix and interweave them after a subtle and intricate manner.-Montaigne.
MIII. There is nothing so bad for the face as party zeal. It gives an ill-natured cast to the eye, and a disagreeable
sourness to the look: besides that it makes the hues too strong, and flushes them worse than brandy. I have seen a woman's face break out in heats, as she has been talking against a great lord, whom she had never seen in her life; and indeed, I never knew a party woman that kept ker beauty for a twelvemonth. --Addison.
MIV. The seat of pride is in the heart, and only there; and if it be not there, it is neither in the look, nor in the clothes.-Lord Clarendon.
MVII. There is some rust about every man at the beginning: in Britain it often goes with a man to his grave; nay, he dares not even pen a hic jacet to speak out for him after his death.---Mackenzie.
MVIII. As it is barbarous in others to rally a man for natural defects, it is extremely agreeable when he can jest upon himself for them.---Steele.
MIX. By struggling with misfortunes, we are sure to receive some wounds in the conflict; but a sure method to come off victorious is by running away.--Goldsmith.
MX. No man can possibly improve in any company, for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint.-Chesterfield.
MXII. If any lucky wit chances to say what is called a good thing, and the table applauds it, it is damper's duty to ask an explanation of the joke; or whether that was all, and what t’other gentleman said, who was the butt of the jest, and other proper questions of the like sort. — Cumberland.
MXIII, Assure yourself that he has not the most distant scent of human nature, who weens that he is able to alter it, or thinks to obtain that easily of others, which he can never obtain of himself.-Lavater.
MXIV. o blessed health! thou art above all gold and treasure; 'tis thou who enlargest the soul, -- and openest all its powers to receive instruction, and to relish virtue.-He that has thee has little more to wish for! and he that is so wretched as to want thee, wants every thing with thee.-Sterne.
MXV. A good name will wear out: a bad one may be turned: a nickname lasts for ever.-Zimmerman,
age to age, or flowing from the crown
MXVII. Waste cannot be accurately told, though we are sensible how destructive it is. Economy on the one hand, by which a certain income is made to maintain a man genteelly; and waste on the other, by which, on the same income, another man lives shabbily, cannot be defined. It is a very nice thing; as one man wears his coat out much sooner than another, we cannot tell how.-John
MXVIII. It is not so hard to meet with wit, as with people that make a good use of their own, or countenance that of another man.-Bruyere.
MXIX. All politeness is owing to liberty. We polish one another, and rub off our corners and rough sides by a sort of amicable collision. To restrain this is inevitably to bring a rust upon men's understandings.—Shaftesbury.
Parrots themselves speak properly by rote,
MXXI. He who goes round about in his requests, wants commonly more than he chooses to appear to want.—Lavater.
MXXII. Idleness is a disease that must be combated; but I would not advise a rigid adherence to a particular plan of study. I myself have never persisted in any plan for two days together. A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good. A young man should read five hours in a day, and so may acquire a great deal of knowledge. ---Johnson.
MXXIII. There are few countries, which, if well cultivated, would not support double the number of their inhabitants, and yet fewer where one-third part of the people are not extremely stinted even in the necessaries of life. I send out twenty barrels of corn, which would maintain a family in bread for a year, and I bring back in return a vessel of wine, which half a dozen good fellows would drink in less than a month, at the expense of their health and reason.-Swift.
MXXIV. A man who tells nothing, or who tells all, will equally have nothing told him.-Chesterfield.