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1108. Despotism. It is as astonishing as it is melancholy to travel through a whole country, as one may through many in Europe, 'gasping under endless taxes, groaning under dragoons and poverty, and all to make a wantón and luxurious court, filled for the most part with the worst and vilest of all men. Good'God! What 'hard heartedness and barbarity, to *starve perhaps half a province, to make a gay garden! And yet sometimes this gross wickedness is called public spirit, because forsooth a few workmen and labourers are inaintained out of the bread and blood of half a'million-Gordon. Cato's Letters.
1109. Pursuit of Knowledge.--He who calls in the aid of an equal understanding, doubles his own; and he who profits of a superior underblanding, raises his powers to a level with the height of the superior understanding he unites with.—Burke.
1110. Invention.- Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age: 'so that our judgment grows harder to please, when we have fewer
things to offer it: this goes through the whole commerce of life. When we are old, our friends find it difficult to please us, and are less concerned whether we be pleased or not. -Swift.
1111. Anger.-Anger is the most impotent passion that accompanies the mind of man; it effects nothing it goes about; and hurts the man who is 'possessed by it more than any other against whom it is directed.
1112. Wisdom.- am of opinion that those who do not act right, are for that very reason neither wise nör virtuously tempered. Justice, together with every other virtue, is wisdom ; for all their actions being fair and good must be preferred as such by all who are possessed of right discernment; but ignorance and folly can perform nothing fair and good, because, if attempted, it would miscarry in their hands. Whence it follows, that as whatever is just and fair, must be the result of sound wisdom; and as nothing can be fair and just where virtue is wanting; therefore justice and every other virtue is wisdom. -Socrates in Xenophon.
1113. Truth.-Truth, like beauty, varies its' fashions, and is' best recommended by different dresses to different minds; and he that recalls the attention of mankind to any part of learning which time has left behind it, may be truly said to advance the literature of his own age.---Johnson.
1114. Decency.—That is decent which is agreeable to our state, cundition, or circumstances, whether it be in behaviour, discourse, or action.
1115. Life. There is nothing of which' men arel so fond of, and withal BO careless, as life.-Bruyere.
1116. Persecution for Opinion. One other practice in society remains to be noticed, which must necessarily have an evil effect upon the spirit and conduct of investigation; namely, the practice of persecution for opinions, that eternal blot on the reputation of humanity. It might be expected, perhaps, that as rewards encourage a partial attention to evidence in favour of those doctrines for the profession of wbich they are bestowed, the opposite treatment, persecution, would have the effect of inducing man. kind to shun the persecuted doctrines and the arguments in their favour. And it no doubt happens, that the lovers of peace and quietness, who do not greatly concern themselves about any opinions so long as their ordinary course of life is suffered to run smootbly, may be deterred by a fear of painful consequences from any attention to doctrines which can bring only danger and discredit on their votaries. But in general the effect is the reverse, and especially on the party who actually suffers in his own person. His passions are roused against his oppressors, and instead of seeking for what is true, his whole soul is bent on detecting the errors of his antagonists, and providing himself with every possible argument on his own side. He grasps not at truth, but at the means, whatever they may be, of self-defence, and at the power of annoyance. Thus punishment in fact like rewards, although in a different way, brings the mind into a state far from being favourable to impartiality of investigation - Essays on the Pursuit of Truth, f.c.
1117. Conversation.—The great secret in conversation is, to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much we can; to hearken to what is said, and to answer to the purpose.
1118. Cunning and Knavery.-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.
1119. Reason.—The law of Reason is founded in nature; it is universal, immutable, and eternal. It is subject to no change from any difference of place or time; it extends invariably to all ages and nations. .
1120. Kings.—The least fault a king commits produces infinite mischief; for it diffuses misery through a whole people, and sometimes for many generations.—Swift's Thoughts.
1121.-Truth is in a great measure concealed from the blind.-Seneca.
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