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Good or bad habits, formed in youth, generally go with us through life.
We should be kind to all persons, even to those who are unkind to us.
When we acknowledge our misconduct, and are sorry for it, generous and good persons will pity and forgive us.
Our best friends are those who tell us of our faults, and teach us how to correct them.
If tales were not listened to, there would be no talebearers.
To take sincere pleasure in the blessings and excellences of others, is a sure mark of a good heart.
We can never treat a fellow-creature ill, without offending the gracious Creator and Father of all.
A kind word, nay, even a kind look, often affords comfort to the afflicted.
Every desire of the heart, every secret thought, is known to him who made us.
SECTION III. HE that cares only for himself, has but few pleasures ; and those few are of the lowest order.
We may escape the censure of others, when we do wrong privately ; but we cannot avoid the reproaches of our own mind.
Partiality to self often hides from us our own faults; we see very clearly the same faults in others.
Never sport with pain and distress in any of your amusements ; nor-treat even the meanest insect with wanton cruelty.
Vicious pursuits may yield a few scattered pleasures ; but piety and virtue will make our whole life happy.
Fancy paints pleasure at a distance, with beautiful colours ; but possession oflen takes away their beauty.
We should accustom ourselves to bear small injuries patiently ; we shall then be better able to support great ones. When provoked by the follies of others, think of your own imperfections ; be patient and humble.
Without frugality none can be rich; and with it very few would be poor.
The good or bad disposition of children, often shows it.
self, in their behaviour to servants and inferiours; it is seen even in their treatment of dumb animals.
They who ridicule the wise and good, are dangerous companions; they bring virtue itself into contempt.
We cannot be good as God is good, to all persons every where ; but we can rejoice, that every where there is a God to do them gond.
SECTION IV. When blessed with health and prosperity, cultivate an humble and compassionate disposition : think of the distresses of human life; of the solitary cottage, the dying parent and the weeping orphan.
Avoid all harshness in behaviour ; treat every one with that courtesy which springs from a mild and gentle heart.
Be slow in forming intimate connexions ; they may. bring dishonour and misery.
Almost all our desires are apt to wander into an improper course: to direct them properly requires care ; but that care will render us safe and happy through life.
The days that are past are gone for ever; those that are to come, may not come to us; the present time only is ours : let us, therefore, improve it as much as possible,
They who are moderate in their expectations, meet with few disappointments : the eager and presumptuous are continually disappointed.
Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well : but it is impossible to do any thing well, without attention.
Let us not expect too much pleasure in this life: no situation is exempt from trouble. The best persons are, no doubt, the happiest ; but they too have their trials and afflictions.
SECTION V. How greatly due the kind offices of a dutiful and affectionate child, gladden the heart of a parent, especially when sinking under age or infirmities !
What better proof can we give of wisdom and goodness, than to be content with the station in which Providence has placed us ?
An honest man, (as Pope expresses himself,) is the noblest work of God..
How pleasant it is, when we lie down at night, to reflect that we are at peace with all persons ! that we have carefully performed the duties of the day! that the Almighty beholds and love us !
How readily should we forgive those who offend us, if we consider how much our heavenly Father has forgiven us.
Who would exchange the humble peace which virtue gives, for all the honours and pleasures of a vain world!
Pride (to use the emphatical words of a sacred writer) was not made for man.
How can we spend our time foolishly, when we know that we must give an account hereafter, of our thoughts, words, and actions !
How glorious an object is the sun! but how much more glorious is that great and good Being, who made it for our use !
Behold, how rich and beautiful are the works of nature! What a bountiful provision is made for our wants and pleasures !-Surely, the author of so many blessings is worthy of our love and gratitude !
SECTION VI. CYRUS, when young, being asked what was the first thing which he learned, answered ;“ To speak the truth.”
Epaminondas, the celebrated Theban general, was remarkable for his love of truth. He never told a lie, even in jest.
All our moral duties are contained in these few words ;
« Do as you would be done by." The following was a favourite sentiment of the wise and good Socrates: “We should eat and drink; in order to live ; instead of living, as many do, to eat and drink."
Artaxerxes Mnemon, king of Persia, being, upon an extraordinary occasion, reduced to eat barley-bread and dried figs, and to drink water: “ What pleasure," said he “have I lost till now, by my delicacies and excess."
When Cato drew near the close of life, he made this most benevolent declaration to his friends: “ The greatest comfort of my old age, is, the pleasing remembrance of the friendly offices I have done to others. To see them easy and happy by my means, makes me truly so."
Mark Antony, when under adverse circumstances, made this interesting exclamation ; “ I have lost all, except what I have given away."
The Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a pious and goodman, expressed the benevolence of his heart, in these words: “I cannot relish a happiness which no one partakes of but myself.”
Edward the VI. king of England, being, when very young required by his uncle to sign a warrant for the execution of a poor woman, on account of her religious principles, said, with tears in his eyes: " I almost wish I had never learned to write."
SECTION VII. Pity the sorrows and sufferings of the poor. Disdain not to enter their wretched abodes; nor to listen to their moving lamentations.
Gratitude is a delightful emotion. The grateful heart at once performs its duty, and endears itself to others.
If we ought to be grateful for services received from our friends, how should our hearts glow with thankfulness to Him, who has given us being, and all the blessings we enjoy!
Young people too often set out in life, with too much confidence in themselves. Alas! how little do they know the dangers which await them !
To repine at the improvement of others, and wish to deprive them of the praise they have deserved, is an envious and odious disposition.
We ought not to be proud or vain of the advantages we possess ; but humbly endeavour to use them for the benefit of our fellow.creatures, and the glory of that great Being from whom we have received them.
If we consider how much the comfort, or the uneasiness of all around us, depends on the state of our own
temper, we should surely endeavour to render it sweet . and accommodating.
When we feel our inability to resist evil, and to do good, what a comfort it is, to know that our heavenly Father will, if we humbly apply to him, hcar our prayers, and graciously assist us!
When young persons are afflicted with illness, how
greatly do they endear themselves to all about them, by being tractable, considerate, gentle, and grateful ! but how painful it is, to see them peevish, self-willed, and unthankful! How much do the former qualities lessen the affliction ; and the latter increase it.
A family where the great Father of the universe is duly reverenced; where parents are honoured and obeyed; where brothers and sisters dwell together in love and harmony ; where peace and order reign ; where there is no law but the law of kindness and wisdom ; is surely a most delightful and interesting spectacle !.
SECTION VIII. God is the kindest and best of beings. He is our Father. He approves us when we do well: hep es us when we err: and he desires to make us happy for éyer. How greatly should we love so good and kind a Father ; and how careful should we be to serve and please him!
Never insult the unfortunate, especially when they implore relief or assistance. If you cannot grant their requesis, refuse them mildly and tenderly. If you feel compassion for them, (and what good heart can behold distress without feeling compassion?) be not ashamed to express it.
Listen to the affectionate counsels of your parents ; treasure up their precepts ; respect their riper judg. ment; and enjoy, with gratitude and delight, the advan... tages resulting from their society. Bind to your bosom, by the most endearing ties, your brothers and sisters cherish them as your best companions, through the variegated journey of life ; and suffer no jealousies and contentions to interrupt the harmony, which should ever reign amongst you.
They who are accustomed to view their companions in the most favourable light, are like persons who dwell admidst those beautiful scenes of nature, on which the eye rests with pleasure. Suspicious persons resemble the traveller in the wilderness, who sees no objects around bim, but what are either dreary or terrible.
SECTION IX. An amiable youth lamented, in terms of sincere grief, the death of a most affectionate parent.; His companion endeavoured to console him by the reflection, that he had