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ef honour conferred upon such as have no personal merit, are at best but the royal iamp set upon base metal.
Though an honourable title may be conveyed to posterity, yet the ennobling qualities, which are the foul of greatness are a fort of incommunicable perfections, and cannot be transferred. If a man could bequeath his virtues by will, and settle his fense and learning upon his heirs, as certainly as he can his lands, a noble descent would then indeed be a valuable privilege.
Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always »ear at hand, and fits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware: whereas a lye is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many moie to make it good.
The pleasure which affects the human jnrnd with the most lively and transporting touches, is the fense that we act in the eye •f infinite wisdona, power, and goodness, <hat will crown our virtuous endeavours Here with a happiness hereafter, large as eur desires, and lasting as our immortal Jbuls: without this the highest state of life is insipid, and with it the lowest is a paradise.
Honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years; but wisdom is the grey hair unto man, and unspotted life is old age:
Wickedness, condemned by her own witness, is very timorous, and being pressed with, conscience, always forecasteth evil thrag3; for fear is nothing else but a betraying of the succours which reason effereth.
A wife man will fear in every thing. He that contemneth small things, shall fall by littre and little.
A rich man beginning to fall, is held up cf his friends; but a poor man being down, is thrust away by his friends: when a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers; he fpeaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him: the poor man dipt, and they rebuked him; he spoke wisely, and could have no place. When a rich man fpeaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and, look, what he faith they extol it to the clouds} but if a poor man speaks, they Ciy, What fellow is this?
Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have fallen by. the Tongue. Well is he that is defended
from it, and hath not passed through tntf venom thereof; who hath not drawn th« yoke thereof, nor been bound in her bonds; for the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, ami the bands thereof are bands of brass; the death thereof is an evil death.
My son, blemish not thy good deedi, neither use pncomf&rtable words, when thou givest any thing. Shall not the dew assuage the heat r so is a word better than a gift. Lo, is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a gracious man.
Blame not, before thou hast examined the truth; understand first', and then rebuke.
If thou wouldest get a friend, prove him first, and be not halty to credit him; for some men arc friends for their own occasions, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
A friend cannot be known-in prosperity} and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
Admonish thy friend: i< may be he hath not done it; and if he have, that he do it no more. Admonish thy friend; it may be he hath not said it; or if he have that he speak it not again. Admonish a friend; for many times it is a (lander; and believe not every tale. There is one that flippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with hist tongue?
Whoso discovereth secrets Iofeth his credit, and shall never find a friend to his mind.
Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother; how canst thou recompense them the things that they have done for thee?
There is nothing so much worth as 4 mind well instructed.
The lip* of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto them; but the words of such as have understanding are weighed in the balance. The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of the wife is in their heart.
To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a sweet life.
Be at peace with many; nevertheless, have but one counsellor of a thousand.
Be not confident in a plain way.
Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.
The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in caring the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the Former.
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Very few men, properly speaking, live at present; but are providing to live another time.
Party is the madness of many, for the gain of a few.
To endeavour to work upon the vulgar with fine fense, is like attempting to hew blocks of marble with a razor.
Superstition is the spleen of the seal.
He who tells a lye is not sensible how great a talk he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
Some people will never learn any thing, for this reason, because they understand every thing too soon.
There is nothing wanting, to make all rational and disinterested people in the world of one religion, but that they fliould talk together every day;
Men are grateful, in the same degree that they are resentful.
Young men are subtle arguers; the cloak of honour covers all their faults, as that of passion all their follies.
Œconomy is no disgrace; it is better living on a little, than outliving a great deal.
Next to the satisfaction I receive in the prosperity of an honest man, I am belt pleased with the confusion of a rascal.
What is often termed lhyness, is nothing more than refined fense, and an indifference to common observations.
The higher character a person supports, the more he should regard his minutest actions.
Every person insensibly fixes upon some degree of refinement in his discourse, some measure of thought which he thinks worth exhibiting. It is wise to fix this pretty high, although it occasions one to talk the lets.
To endeavour all one's days to fortify our minds with learning and philosophy, is to spend so much in armour, that one has nothing left to defend.
Deference often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy, as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one's finger.
Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be
proud themselves if they were in their places.
People frequently use this expressioheir am inclined to think so and so, not considering that they are then sneaking the most literal of all truths.
Modesty makes large amends for the pain it gives the persons who labour under it, by the prejudice it affords every worthy person in their favour.
The difference there is betwixt honour and honesty seems to be chiefly in the motive. The honest man does that from duty, ■ which the man of honour does for the fake of character.
A liar begins with making a falsehool appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
Virtue should be considered as a part of taste: and we should as much avoid deceit, or sinister meanings in discourse, at we would puns, bad language, or fall* grammar.
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
He that lies in bed all a summer's morning, loses the chief p'easure of the day: he that gives up his youth to indolence, undergoes a loss of the same kind.
Shining characters are not always the* most agreeable ones; the mild radiance of an emerald is by no means less pleiGng than the glare of the ruby.
To be at once a rake, and to glory in thecharacter, discovers at the fame time a bad disposition and a bad taste.
How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice, when they will not Sm much as take warning i
Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there isa vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
Fine sense, and exalted fense, are not half so valuable as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of ready change.
Learning is like mercury, one of the molt powerful and excellent things in the world in skilful hands; in unskilful, most mischievous.
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong; which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were a rich man.
blowers of rhetoric in sermons or serious discourses, are like the blue and red flowers in corn, pleasing to those who come only for amusement, but prejudicial to him who would reap the profit.
It often happens that those are the best people, whose characters have been most injured by slanderers: as we usually find that to be the sweetest fruit which the birds have been pecking at.
The eye of a critic is often like a microscope, made so very sine and nice, that it discovers the atoms, grains, and minutest articles, without ever comprehending the whole, comparing the parts, or seeing all at once the harmony.
Men's zeal for religion is much of the fame kind as that which they shew for a foot-ball; whenever it is contested for, every one is ready to venture their lives and limbs in the dispute; but when that is once at an end, it is no more thought on, but deeps in oblivion, buried in rubbish, which no one thinks it worth his pains to take into, much less to remove.
Honour is but a fictious kind of honesty; a mean but a necessary substitute for it, in societies who have none; it is a fort of paper-credit, with which men are obliged to trade who are deficient in the sterling cash of true morality and religion.
Persons of great delicacy (hould know the certainty of the following truth There are abundance of cafes which occasion suspence, in which, whatever they determine, they will repent of their determination; and this through a propensity of human nature to fancy happiness in those schemes which it does not pursue.
The chief advantage that ancient writers can boast over modern ones, seems owing to simplicity. Every noble truth and sentiment was expressed by the former in a natural manner, in word and phrase simple, perspicuous, and incapable of improvement. What then remained for later writers, but affectation, witticism, and conceit?
What a piece of work is man ! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable '. in action, how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a God!
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes palaces. He U a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than to be one of the twenty to follow my own teaching.
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherilhed by our virtues.
The fense of death ii most in apprehension:
and the poor beetle that we tread upon.
In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great,
$ 15*. PROVERBS. As Proverbs are allo-vjedto contain a gnat deal of Wisdom forcibly expressed, it bai been judged proper to and a ColleSlion es English, Italian, and Spanijb Proverbs. They •will tend to exercise the pvwers es Judgment and Reflection. They may aije furnisy Subjects for Themes, Letters, i£c. at Schools. 7 hey are so easily retained ii the memory that they may often occur im an emergency, and serve a young man sn;rl effedually than more formal and eltgaui Jentencti.
Old Englijh Proverbs.
In every work begin and end with God.
The grace of God is worth a fair.
He is a fool who cannot be angry ; but he is a wife man who will not.
So much of passion, so much of nothing to the purpose.
'I is wit to pick a lock, and steal a horse; but 'tis wisdom to let it alone.
Sorrow is good foiB^bthing but for fin.
Love thy neighbour;'yet pull not dow» thy hedge.
Half an acre is good land.
Chear up, man, God is still where be was.
Of little meddling comes great ease.
Do well, and have well.
He who perishes in a needless dangc* is the devil's martyr.
Better spare at the brim, than at the bottom.
He who serves God is the true wife as.ata.
There is God ift the almonry.
Prayer brines down the first bleslJng, and praise the second.
He plays best who wins.
He is a proper man who hath proper conditions.
Better half a loaf than no bread.
Beware of Had-l-isift.
Frost and fraud have always foul ends.
Good words cost nought.
A good word is as loon said as a bad one.
Little said soon amended.
Pair words butter no parsnips.
That penny is well spent that saves a groat to its master.
Penny in pocket is a good companion.
For all your kindred make much of your friends,
He who hath money in his purse, cannot want an head for his moulders.
Great cry and little wool, quoth the devil when he (hear'd his hogs.
'Tis ill gaping before an oven.
Where the hedge is lowest all men go over.
When sorrow is asleep wake it not. Up starts a churl that gathereth good, From whence did spring his noble blood. Provide for the worst, the best will save itself.
A covetous man, like a dog in a wheel, roasts meat for others to eat.
Speak me fair, and think what you will.
Serve God in thy calling; 'tis better than always praying.
A child may have too much of his mother's blessing.
He who gives alms makes the very best Use of his money.
A wise man will neither speak, nor do,
Whatever anger would provoke him to.
Heaven once named, all other things are trifles.
The patient man is always at home. Peace with heaven is the best friendship.
The worst of crosses is never to have had any.
Crosses are ladders that do lead up to heaven.
Honour buys no beef in the market. Care-not would have. When it rains pottage you must hold up your dish.
He that would thrive must alk leave of his wife.
A wonder lasts but nine days.
The second meal makes the glutton : and
The second blow, or second ill word, makes the quarrel.
A young serving man an old beggar.
A pennyworth of ease is worth a penny at all times.
As proud comes behind as goes before.
Bachelors' wives and maids' children are well taught.
Beware of the geese when the fox preaches,
Rich men seem happy, great, and wife.
them, or live in them.
Opportunity makes the thief.
That groat is ill saved that shames its master.
Quick believers need broad shoulders. Three may keep counsel, if two be away.
He who weddeth ere he be wise, shall die ere he thrives.
He who most studies his content, wants it most.
God hath often a great (hare in a little house, and but a little (hare in a great one.
When prayers are done my lady is ready.
He that is warm thinks all are so.
If every man will mend one, we (hall all be mended.
Marry your son when you will, your daughter when you can.
None is a fool always, every one sometimes.
Think of ease, but work on.
He that lies long in bed his estate feelsit.
The child faith nothing but what it heard by the fire-side.
A gentleman, a greyhound, and a saltbox, look for at the sire-side.
The son full and tattered, the daughter empty and fine.
He who riseth betimes hath something in his head.
Fine dressing is a foul house swept beFore the doors. .Discontent is a man's worst evil. He who lives well sees afar off. Love is not to be found in the marker. My house* my house, though thou art small,
Thou art to me the Escurial. He who seeks trouble never misseth it. Never was strumpet fair in a wise man's fcye.
He that hath little is the less dirty. Good counsel breaks no man's head. Fly the pleasure that will bite to-mor*ow.
Woe be to the house where there is no chiding.
The greatest step is that out of doors. Poverty is the mother of health. Wealth, like rheum, falls on the weakest parts.
If all fools wore white caps, we should look like a flock of geese.
Living well is the best revenge we can take on our enemies.
Fair words make me look to my purse.
The shortest answer is doing the thing.
He who would have what lie hath not, should do what he doth not.
He who hath horns in his bosom, needs ilot put them upon his head.
Good and quickly seldom meet.
God is at the end when we think he is farthest off.
He who contemplates hath a day without night.
Time is the rider that breaks youth.
Better suffer a great evil than do a little bne.
Talk much, and err much.
The persuasion of the fortunate sways the doubtful.
True praise takes root, and spreads.
Happy is the body which is blest with a lnind not needing.
Foolish tongues talk by the dozen.
Shew a good man his error, and he turns it into a virtue; a bad man doubles his fault.
When either side grows warm in arguing, the wisest man gives over first.
Wise men with pity do behold
Fools worship mul s that carry gold.
In the husband wisdom, in the wife gentleness.
A wise man cares not much for what he cannot have.
Pardon others but not thyself.
If a good man thrives, all thrive witty him.
Old praise dies unless you feed it. That which two will takes effect. He only is bright who shines by him* self.
Prosperity lets go the bridle. Take care to be what thou wouldst seem.
Great businesses turn on a little pin.
He that will not have peace, God gives him war.
None is so wise but the fool overtakes him.
That is the best gown that goes most up and down the house.
Silks and sattins put out the fire in the kitchen.
The first dish pleaseth all.
God's mill grinds flow, but sure.
Neither praise nor dispraise thyself, thjf actions serve the turn.
He who fears death lives not.
He who preaches gives alms.
He who pitieth another thinks on himself^
Night is the mother of counsels.
He who once hits will be ever shooting.
He that cockers his child provides for his enemy.
The faulty stands always on his guard;
He that is thrown would ever wrestle.
Good swimmers are drowned at last.
Courtesy on one side only lasts not long.
Wine counsels seldom prosper.
Set good against evil.
He goes not out of his way who goes to a good inn.
It is an ill air where we gain nothing.
Every one hath a fool in his fleeve.
Too much taking heed is someumei loss.
'Tis easier to build two chimnies than to maintain one.
He hath no leisure who useth it not.
The wife is the key of the house.
The life of man b a winter way.
The least foolish is accounted wise,
Life is half spent before we know wins it is to live.
Wine is a turn-coat j first a friend, then an enemy.
Wine ever pays for his lodging.
Time undermines us all.
Conversation makes a man what he «•
The dainties of the great are the tears qf the poor.
The great put the little on the hook.