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11. There cannot be a more glorious object in creation, than a huinan being replete with benevolence, meditating in what manner he may render himself most acceptable to his Creator, by doing most good to his creatures.
12. 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 to-day than he was yesterday.
13. Knowledge will not be acquired without pains and application. It is troublesome digging for deep, pure waters; but when once you come to the spring, they rise up and meet you.
14. The most unhappy effect of fashionable politeness is that it teaches us the art of dispensing with the virtues which it imitates. Let us be educated to cherish the principles of benevolence and humanity, and we shall have politeness enough, or shall stand in no need of it.
15. If we should not have that which is accompanied by the graces, we should have that which bespeaks the honest man and the good citizen. We should stand in no need of having recourse to the falsehood of appearances.
16. Man is the only being endowed with the power of laughter, and perlaps he is the only one who deserves to be laughed at.
17. It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy unenvied, to be healthful without physick, and secure without a guard; to obtain from the bounty of nature, what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of artists, and the attendance of flatterers and spies.
18. Prudence is a duty which we owe ourselves, and if we will be so much our own enemies as to neglect it, we are not to wonder if the world is deficient in discharging their duty to us; for when a man lays the foundation of his own ruin, others, too often, are apt to build upon it.
19. There are no principles but those of religion, to be depended on in cases of real distress; and these are able to encounter the worst emergencies, and to bear us up under all the changes and chances to which our lives are subject.
20. Riches without charity are worth nothing. They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others.
21. The congue of a viper is less hurtful than that of a slanderer; and the gilded scales of a rattlesnake less dreadful than the purse
22. As benevolence is the most sociable of all the virtues, so it is of the largest extent; for there is not any man, either so great or so little, but he is yet capable of giving or receiving benefits.
23. When thou dost good, do it because it is good; not because men esteem it so. When thou avoidest evil, flee from it because it is evil; not because men speak against it. Be honest for the love of honesty, and thou shalt be uniformly so. He who doth it without principle is wavering.
24. Wish rather to be reproved by the wise, than to be applauded by him who hath no understanding. When they tell thee of a fault, they suppose thou canst improve; the other when he praiseth thee, thinketh thee like unto himself.
25. Set not thy judgement above that of all the earth; neither condemn as falsehoud what agreeth not with thine own apprehension. Who gave thee the power of determining for others ? Or who from the world the right of choice?
26. How many things have been rejected, which now are received as truths; how many, now received as truths, will in their turn be despised? Of what then can man be certain ?
27. An immoderate desire of riches is a poison lodged in the soul. It contaminates and destroys every thing which was good in it. It is no sooner rooted there, than all virtue, all honesty, all natural affection fly before the face of it.
28. Drunkenness is but voluntary madness; it emboldens men io do all sorts of mischiefs ; it both irritates wickedness and discovers it; it does not merely make men vi. cious, but it shows them to be so.
29. Every man should mind his own business; for he who torments himself with other people's good or ill fortune, will never be at rest.
30. To set about acquiring the habit of meditation and .study late in life, is like getting into a go-cart with a grey beard, and learning to walk when we have lost the use of our legs. In general, the foundation of a happy old age must be laid in youth ; and he who has not cultivated his reason young, will be uiterly unable to improve it when old.
31. Endeavour to be first in your profession, and let no one go before you in doing well. Nevertheless, do not envy the merits of another; but improve your own talents.
32. Never reveal your secrets io any, except it be as much their interest to keep them, as it is yours they should be kept. Entrust only thyself, and thou canst not be betrayed.
33. Glory, like a shadow, flieth him who pursueth it; but it followeth at the heels of him who would fly from it. If thou court it without merit, thou shalt never attain unto it; if thou deserve it, though thou hide thyself, it will never forsake thee.
34. Pursue that which is honourable, do that which is right; and the applause of thine own conscience will be more joy to thee, than the shouts of millions, who know not that thou deservest them.
35. Love labour. If you do not want it for food, you may for physick. The idle man is more perplexed to know what to do, than the industrious in doing what he ought. There are few who know how to be idle and innocent. By doing nothing, we learn to do ill.
36. Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother.
How canst thou recompense them the things which they have done for thee?
37. It is a mark of a depraved mind, to sneer at decrepit old age, or to ridicule any one who is deformed in his person or lacketh understanding. Who maketh one to differ from another?
38. The merciful man is merciful to his beast; and he, who takes pleasure in tormenting any of God's creatures, although ever so inferiour, ought to be banished from human society, and ranked among the brutes.
39. Admonish thy friend ; it may be he hath not done it; and if he hath, that he do it no more. Admonish thy friend; it may be he hath not said it; or if he hath, that he speak it not again. Admonish a friend; for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.
40. Be not forward in leading the conversation. This belongs to the oldest persons in company. Display your learning only on particular occasions. Never oppose the opinion of another but with great modesty.
41. On all occasions, avoid speaking of yourself, if possible. Nothing that we can say ourselves will varnish our desects, or add lustre to our virtues; on the contrary, it will often make the former more visible, and the latter obscure.
42. Without a friend, the world is but a wilderness. A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend among them all. If you have one friend, think yourself happy.
43. There is but one way of fortifying the soul against all gloomy presages and terrours of the mind; and that is, by securing to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being who disposes of events and governs futurity.
A HINT TO PARENTS.
It is to be wished that parents would consider what a variety of circumstances tend to render the evil reports of their children, respecting their teachers, false and exaggerated.
2. They judge hastily, partially, imperfectly, and improperly, from the natural defects and weakness of their age. They, likewise, ton often intentionally misrepresent things. They hate those who restrain them; they feel resentment for correction; they love change; they love idleness, and the indulgences of their home.
3. Like all human creatures, they are apt not to know when they are well, and to complain. Let parents then consider these things impartially, and be cautious of aspersing the character, and disturbing the happiness of those who may probably deserve thanks rather than ill usage; whose office is at best full of care and anxiety; and when it is interrupted by the injudicious interference or complaints of the parents, becomes intolerably burdensome.
4. If a father suspect his confidence to have been misplaced, it is best to withdraw it immediately, without altercation and without reproaches. I have often heard old and experienced instructers declare, that the whole business of managing a large school, and training pupils to learning and virtue, was nothing in comparison with the trouble which was given by whimsical, ignorant and discontented parents.
A.PARABLE AGAINST RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION.
AND it came to pass after these things, that Abraham sát at the door of his tent, about the going down of the sun.
And behold! a man bent with age, coming from the way of the wilderness, leaning on a staff. And Abra
met him, and said unto him, Turn in, I pray thee, and wash thy feet, and tarry all night, and thou shalt arise early in the morning, and go on thy way,
2. And the man said, Nay, for I will abide under this trec. But Abraham pressed him greatly; so he turned, and they went into the tent. And Abraham baked unleavened bread, and they did eat.
And when Abraham saw that the man blessed not God, he said unto hin, Wherefore dost thou not worship the most high God, Creator of heaven and earth?
3. And the man answered and said, I worship the God of my fathers, in the way which they have appointed. And Abraham's zeal was kindled against the man, and he arose and fell upon him, and drove him forth with blows into the wilderness. And God called unto Abraham, saying, Abraham, where is the stranger?
4. And Abraham answered and said, Lord, he would not worship thee, neither would he call upon thy name, therefore ave I driven him out before my face into the wilder
And God said, Have I borne with him these hundred and ninety years, and nourished him, and clothed him, notwithstanding his rebellion against me, and couldst not thou, who art thyself a sinner, bear with him one night?
5. And Abraham said, Let not the anger of my Lord wax hot against his servant; 10, I have sinned, forgive me, I pray thee. And Abraham arose, and went forth into the wilderness, and sought diligently for the man, and found him, and returned with him to the tent, and when he had treated him kindly, he sent him away on the morrow with gifts.