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K. Keep a thing seven years and you will find a use for it.

Gaelic. Keep out of a hasty man's way for a while; out of a sullen

man's, all the days of your life. Keep your thoughts to yourself ; let your mien be free and

open. Keep something for a sair fit.-Scotch. ' Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee. Keep aloof from quarrels ; be neither a witness nor a party.

Let choler be a common soldier, not a commander.
Let us be friends, and put out the devil's eyes.
Let your letter stay for the post, not the post for your letter.

Loquacity is the fistula of the soul, ever running and never

cured. Liberality is not in giving largely, but in giving wisely. Leave raillery when it is the most agreeable.

Ital.-Lascia la burla, quando piu piace.
Since long stories went out of fashion with the hoops and wire caps

of our grandmothers, a talent for raillery became the most engag-
ing social accomplishment. There is, certainly, nothing more
entertaining than a little bit of banter on the follies and vanities
of our friends and acquaintance; it often does them good,
and nobody in the world any harm, provided it is well carried on.
But, like the handling of a delicate lancet, it requires great skill
in the management, so that it only punctures the skin, without
wounding the flesh and leaving a rankling soreness behind.
Charles II. is represented to have possessed this fine tact to per-
fection. Nobody knew better how to hit the morbid parts of his
companions, yet, like a dexterous fencer, he used his weapon
with so much grace, good-breeding, and good-nature, that they
could never harbour any resentment for the punishment he in-
flicted. The rule in the proverb is a good one, and founded on
a just observance of colloquial jokery. The fact is, we are never
so well pleased with our smart sayings, as when we are doing the

most execution; when our jokes tell the best, or, as the saying is, the cap fits, we enjoy them the most, and then is the great danger, lest, in the tide of victory, we caricature the real (for it is only the truth that wounds) infirmities of our friends, in a way

even good tempers cannot bear, in jest or earnest. Listeners hear no good of themselves. Little said is soon amended. Little boats must keep near shore, large estates may venture

more. Lucky men need no counsel. Lying rides on debt's back. To put off our creditors we have recourse to subterfuges, which, if

not absolute lying, are a near approach to it. Long is the arm of the needy.-Gaelic.

M. Many there be that buy nothing with their money but re

pentance. Make hay while the sun shines. Make a wrong step and down you go. More nice than wise. Modest appearance, good humour, and prudence, make a

gentleman. Make yourself all honey, and the dies will devour you.

Italian. - Money will make the pot boil, though the devil p-in the

Money makes the man perfect.

Lat. Integer est judex, quisquis non indiget auro.
Many talk like philosophers, and live like fools.
Masters should be sometimes blind and sometimes deaf.
Men apt to promise, are apt to forget.


Nothing should be done in haste but gripping of fleas.-


Nature sets every thing for sale to labour.
There are only two sources of wealth--land and labour. The spon-

taneous produce of the earth is limited, but there is no limit to

the produce of industry. Neither give to all, nor contend with fools. Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open.' None so old that he hopes not for a year of life. Never lose a hog for a balfpenny worth of tar. No sweet without some sweat; without pains, no gains. Never sign a writing till you have read it, nor drink wine till

you have seen it.-Spanish.
No raillery is worse than that which is true.

Ital.-Non cē la peggior burla che la vera.
Neither great poverty, nor great riches, will hear reason.

Out of debt, out of danger.
One that is perfectly idle is perfectly weary too, and knows

not what he would have or do. Of money, wit, and virtue, believe one fourth of what you

hear. Overdoing is doing nothing to the purpose. One barber shaves not so close but another finds work, Of little meddling comes great ease. Of saving cometh having. Owe money to be paid at Easter, and Lent will seem short to

you. One ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit. One may live and learn.


Pay as you go, and keep from small score.
Pains to get, care to keep, fear to lose.
Past labour is pleasant.

Poor men may think well, but rich men may think well and

do well.
Play's gude while it is play.-Scotch.
Poverty is the mother of all arts.

Ital.-La poverta e la madre di tutti l'arti.
Provide for the worst, the best will save itself.
Poverty breaks covenants.
Poverty is an evil counsellor.
Poverty is no baseness, but it is a branch of knavery.
Spanish.-La probeza no es villeza, mas es ramo de picardia.

"He whom the dread of want ensnares,

With baseness acts, with meanness bears."
Poverty breeds strife.
Poverty craves many things, but avarice more.--Italian.
Poverty has no shame.

Spanish.—A pobreza, no hay verguenza.
Poverty makes a man acquainted with strange bed-fellows.
Poverty is social slavery.
The old sayings on the evils of poverty are numerous--and no wonder,

for it is a bitter calamity. Burke has justly observed, that riches
give a man the same aseendance in civilized society, which superior
strength does in a state of nature. Without money we are powerless;
we can neither have law, nor physic, nor good divinity. What
then is a man if he has not the means to protect property, pre-
serve health, nor procure salvation ? He is poor indeed! He is
a slave-doubly so, in body and in mind. He must toil for some-
body to live, and, though he may think, he must be wary how he
speaks, lest he offend his employers may be his PATRONS! Oh
the word! he had better be a negro and boil sugar than a needy
man in a great city. To walk about tongue-tied and chop-fallen,
the scorn of wealthy fools, and surrounded with enjoyments,
which, to him, only “ vex his eye and tease his heart !” He lies
under the double curse of Tantalus, and the gnawing of Prome-

Purposing without performing, is mere fooling.
Praise without profit, puts little in the pocket.
Praise a fair day at night.

Quality without quantity is little thought of.


Quarrelling dogs come halting home.
Quick landlords make careful tenants.
Quiet persons are welcome every where.
Quick returns make rich merchauts.—Scotch.

Rise early and you will see; wake and you will get wealth

- Spanish.
Riches, like manure, do no good till they are spread.
Riches may at any time be left, but not poverty.
Running hares do not need the spur.-Italian.


See, listen, and be silent, and you will live in peace.--Italian
Silks and satins put out the kitchen fire.
So much of passion, so much of nothing to the purpose.
Speak well of your friend, of your enemy say nothing.
Spare to speak, spare to speed.. .
Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to

run away. Sit in your place and none can make you rise. Spend not where you may save; spare not where you must

spend. Spend and be free, but make no waste. Speak little and to the purpose, and you will pass for some

body. Setting down in writing is a lasting memory. Some are very busy, and yet do nothing.


Take time while time is, for time will away.
Talking pays no toll.
Take heed will surely speed. ,'

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