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SECTION 7.

Exercises, p. 110. Constantinople was the point, in which were concentrated the learning and science of the world.

Disgrace not your station, by that grossness of sensuality, that levity of dissipation, or that insolence of rank, which bespeaks a little mind.

A circle, a square, a triangle, or a hexagon, pleases the eye by its regularity, as a beautiful figure,

His conduct was equally unjust and dishonourable. Or~-was as unjust as it was dishonourable.

Though, at first, he began to defend himself, yet, when the proofs appeared against him, he durst not any longer contend.

Many persons will not believe that they are influenced by prejudices. Or many persons believe that they are free from prejudices.

The pleasure or pain of one passion, differs from that of another.

The rise and fall of the tides, in this place, make a difference of about twelve feet.

Five and seven make twelve, and one make thirteen.

He did not know whom to suspect.

I intended yesterday to walk out, but I was again disappointed. • The court of Spain, which gave the order, was not aware of the consequence.

If the acquisitions which he has made, and which have qualified him to be a useful member of society, should be misapplied, he will be highly culpable.

There was much spoken and written on each side of the question; but I have chosen to suspend my decision.

Were there no bad men in the world, to vex and distress the good, these might appear in the light of harmless innocence; but they could have no opportunity of displaying fidelity, magnanimity, patience, and fortitude.

The most ignorant and savage tribes of men, when they looked round on the earth, and the heavens, could not avoid ascribing their origin to some invisible, designing cause, and feeling a propensity to adore their Creator.

Let us not forget, that something more than genileness and modesty, than complacency of temper and affability of manners, is requisite to form a worthy man, or a true Christian.

One of the first, and the most common extremes in moral conduct, is that of placing all virtue either in justice, on the one hand, or in generosity, on the other.

It is an inflexible regard to principle, which has ever marked the characters of those who have eminently distinguished themselves in public life; who have patronised the cause of justice against powerful oppressors; who, in critical times, have supported the falling rights and liberties of

men ;

and have reflected honour on their nation and country.

When it is with regard to trifles, that diversity or contrariety of opinions shows itself, it is childish in the last degree, if this become the ground of estranged affection. When, from such a cause, there arises any

breach of friendship, human weakness is discovered in a mortifying light. In matters of serious moment, the sentiments of the best and worthiest may vary from those of their friends, according as their lines of life diverge, or as their temper, and habits of thought, present objects under different points of view. But by candid and liberal minds, unity of affection will still be preserved.

Desires and wishes are the first springs of action. When they become exorbitant, the whole character is likely to be tainted. If we suffer our fancy to create to itself worlds of ideal happiness; if we feed our imagination with plans of opulence and splendour ; if we fix to our wishes certain stages of high

advancement, or certain degrees of uncommon reputation, as the sole stations of felicity; the assured consequence will be, that we shall become unhappy, in our present state; unfit for acting the part, and discharging the duties that belong to it; we shall discompose the peace and order of our minds, and shall foment many hurtful passions.

Maria always appears amiable. She never speaks severely or contemptuously.

PART IV.

PUNCTUATION.

CHAP. I.

Containing applications of the Comma, disposed under the

particular Rules.

Grammar, p. 235. Exercisos, p. 114.

RULE I.

The tear of repentance brings its own relief.

Manhood is disgraced by the consequences of neglected youth.

Idleness is the great fomenter of all corruptions in the human heart.

It is honourable to be a friend to the unfortunate. All finery is a sign of littleness.

Slovenliness and indelicacy of character commonJy go hand in hand.

The friend of order has made half his way to virtue.

Too many of the pretended friendships of youth, are mere combinations in pleasure.

The indulgence of harsh dispositions, is the introduction to future misery.

The intermixture of evil in human society, serves to exercise the suffering graces and virtues of the good.

RULE II.

Grammar, p. 235. Exercises, p. 114. Gentleness is, in truth, the great avenue to mutual enjoyment.

Charity, like the sun, brightens all its objects.

The tutor, by instruction and discipline, lays the foundation of the pupil's future honour.

Trials, in this stage of being, are the lot of man.

No assumed behaviour can always hide the real character.

The best men often experience disappointments, Advice should be seasonably administered.

RULE III.

Grammar, p. 235. Exercises, p. 115. Self-conceit, presumption, and obstinacy, blast the prospect of many a youth.

In our health, life, possessions, connexions, pleasures, there are causes of decay imperceptibly working

Discomposed thoughts, agitated passions, and a ruffled temper, poison every pleasure of life.

Vicissitudes of good and evil, of trials and consolations, fill up the life of man.

Health and peace, a moderate fortune, and a few friends, sum up all the undoubted articles of temporal felicity.

We have no reason to complain of the lot of man, or of the world's mutability.

RULE IV.

Grammar, p. 236. Exercises, p. 115. An idle, trifling society, is near akin to such as is corrupting.

Conscious guilt renders us mean-spirited, timerous, and base.

An upright mind will never be at a loss to discern

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