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wisdom: but, after all, do not depend too much upon your own industry, and frugality, and prudence, though excellent things; for they may all be blasted, without the blessing of Heaven: and, therefore, ask that blessing humbly, and be not uncharitable to those that at present seem to want it, but comfort and help then. Remember, Job suffered, and was afterwards prosperous.
• And now to conclude, “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other," as Poor Richard says, and scarce in that: for it is true, “ We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.” However, remember this, “ They that will not be counselled cannot be helped ;" and further, that, “ If you will not hear Reason, she will surely rap your knuckles," as Poor Richard says.'
Thus the old gentleman ended his harangue. The people heard it and approved the doctrine, and immediately practised the contrary, just as if it had been a common sermon; for the auction opened, and they began to buy extravagantly.-I found the good man had thoroughly studied my almanacks, and digested all I had dropped on those topics during the course of twenty-five years. The frequent mention he made of me must have tired any one else; but my vanity was wonderfully delighted with it, though I was conscious that not a tenth part of the wisdom was my own, which he ascribed to me; but rather the gleanings that I had made of the sense of all ages and nations. However, I resolved to be the better for the echo of it, and though I had at first determined to buy stuff for a new coat, I went away, resolved to wear my old one a little longer. Reader, if thou wilt do the same, thy profit will be as great as mine.--I am, as ever, thine to serve thee,
DETACHED SENTENCES. To be ever active in laudable pursuits, is the distinguish characteristic of a man of merit.
There is an heroic innocence, as well as an
There is a mean in all things. Even virtue itself hath its stated limits; which not being strictly observed, it ceases to be virtue.
It is wiser to prevent a quarrel before-hand, than to revenge it afterwards.
It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly.
No revenge is more heroic, than that which torments envy by doing good.
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Money, like manure, does no good till it is spread. There is no real use of riches, except in the distribution; the rest is all conceit.
A wise man will desire no more, than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and live upon contentedly.
A contented mind, and a good conscience, will make a man happy in all conditions. He knows not how to fear, who dares to die.
There is but one way of fortifying the soul
against all gloomy presages and terrours of mind; and that is, by securing to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being, who disposes of events, and governs futurity.
Philosophy is then only valuable, when it serves for the law of life, and not for the ostentation of science.
Without a friend, the world is but a wilderness.
A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend among them. all. If yon have one friend, think yourself happy.
When once you profess yourself a friend, endeavour to be always such. He can never have any true friends, that will be often changing them.
Prosperity gains friends, and adversity tries them.
Nothing more engages the affections of men, than a handsome address, and graceful conversation.
Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable.
Excess of ceremony shows want of breeding. That civility is best, which excludes all superfluous formality.
Ingratitude is a crime so sbameful, that the man was never yet found, who would acknowledge himself guilty of it.
Truth is born with us; and we must do violence to nature, to shake off our veracity.
There cannot be a greater treachery, than first to raise a confidence and then deceive it.
By others' faults wise men correct their own.
No man hath a thorough taste of prosperity, to whom adversity never happened.
When our vices leave us, we fatter ourselves that we leave them.
It is as great a point of wisdom to hide igno rance, as to discover knowledge.
Pitch upon that course of life which is the most excellent, and liabit will render it the most delightful.
Custom is the plague of wise men, and the idol of fools.
As, to be perfectly just, is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
No man was ever cast down with the injuries of fortune, unless he had before suffered himself to be deceived by her favours.
Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rests only in the bosom of fools.
None more impatiently suffer injuries, than those that are most forward in doing them.
By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior,
To err, is human; to forgive, divine.
A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man, than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.
The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robs himself.
We should take a prudent care for the future, but so as to enjoy the present. It is no part of wisdom, to be miserable to day, because we may happen to be so to morrow.
To mourn without measure, is folly; not to mourn at all, insensibility.
Some would be thought to do great things, who are but tools and instruments; like the fool who fancied he played upon the organ, when lie only blew the bellows.
Though a man may become learned by another's learning, he can never be wise but by his owu wisdom.
He who wants good sense is unhappy in having learning; for he lias thereby more ways of exposing himself.
It is ungenerous to give a man occasion to blusk at his own ignorance in one thing, who perhaps may excel us in many.
No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the sight of a man whom you have obliged; nor any music so agreeable to the ear, as the voice of one that owns you for his benefactor.
The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery; the only benefit of which is, that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed what we ought to be.
The character of the person who commends you, is to be considered before you set a value on his esteem. The wise man applauds him whom he thinks most virtuous; the rest of the world, him who is most wealthy.
The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular : and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.
A good man will love himself too well to lose, and all his neighbours too well to win, an estate