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TRUTH is born with us; and we must do violence to nature, to shake off our veracity.

THËRe cannot be a greater treachery, than first to raise a confidence, and then deceive it.

By others faults, wise men correct their own.

No man hath a thorough taste of prosperity, to whom adversity never happened.

When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them.

It is as great a point of wisdom to hide ignorance, as to discover knowledge.

Pitch upon that course of life which is the most excellent; and habit will render it the most delightful.

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USTOM is the plague of wise men, and the idol of

fools. As to be perfe&ly just, is an attribute of the divine nature; to be fo to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.

No man was ever cast down with the injuries of fortune, unless he had before suffered himself to be deceived by her favours.

Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but reits only in the bosom of fools.

None more impatiently suffer injuries, than those that are most forward in doing them.

By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in paffing it over, he is superior.

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another


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man, than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.

The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robs himself.

We should take a prudent care for the future, but so as to enjoy the present. It is no part of wisdom to be miserable to-day, because we may happen to be so to-morrow.

To mourn without measure is folly; not to mourn at all, infenfibility.

Some would be thought to do great things, who are but tools and instruments ; like the fool who fancied he played upon the organ, when he only blew the bellows.

Though a man may become learned by another?s learning; he never can be wise but by his own wisdom.

He who wants good sense, is unhappy in having learn, ing, for he has thereby more ways of exposing himself.

It is ungenerous to give a man occasion to blush at his own ignorance in one thing, who perhaps may excel us in many.

No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the fight ofą, man whom you have obliged; nor any music fo agreeable to the ear, as the yoice of one that owns you for his bene, factor,

The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery; the only benefit of which is, that by hearing what we are ņot, we may be instructed what we ought to be.

The character of the person who commends you, is to be considered, before you set a value on his esteem. The wise man applauds him whom he thinks most virtuous, the rest of the world him who is most wealthy.

The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular; and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.


A GOOD man will love himself too well to lose, and his neighbour too well to win, an estate by gaming. The love of gaming will corrupt the best principles in the world.

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A N angry man who suppresses his pasions, thinks worse

than he speaks; and an angry man that will chide, fpeaks worse than he thinks.

A GOOD word is an easy obligation ; but not to speak ill requires only our filence, which costs us nothing.

It is to affectation the world owes its whole race of coxcombs. . Nature in her whole drama never drew such a part; she has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of his own making.

It is the infirmity of little minds to be taken with every appearance, and dazzled with every thing that sparkles; but great minds have but little admiration, because few things appear new to them.

It happens to men of learning, as to ears of corn ; they fhoot up, and raise their heads high, while they are empty; but when full, and swelled with grain, they begin to flag and droop.

He that is truly polite, knows how to contradict with respect, and to please without adulation ; and is equally remote from an infipid complaisance, and a low familiarity.

The failings of good men are commonly more published in the world than their good deeds; and one fault of a deserving man, shall meet with more reproaches, than all his virtues, praise : such is the force of ill-will, and ill-nature.

It is harder to avoid censure, than to gain applause ; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age; but to escape censure, a man must pass his whole life without Saying or doing one ill or foolisla thing.

WHEN Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Afia equally with him, he answered, the earth cannot bear two suns, nor Asia two kings. Parmenio, a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great offers Darius had made, faid, were I Alexander I would accept them. So would ļ, replied Alexander, were I Parmenio.

NOBILITY is to be confidered only as an imaginary distinction, unless accompanied with the practice of those generous virtues by which it ought to be obtained. Titles of honour conferred upon such as have no personal merit, are at best but the royal stamp set upon base metal.

THOUGĦ an honourable title may be conveyed to pofterity, yet the ennobling qualities which are the soul of greatness, are a fort of incommunicable perfections, and cannot be transferred. If a man could bequeath his virtues by will, and settle his fense and learning upon his heirs, as certainly as he can his lands, a noble descent would then indeed be a very valuable privilege.

TRUTH is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware: whereas a lie is troublesome, and fets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good,

The pleasure which affects the human mind with the most lively and transporting touches, is the sense that we act in the eye of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness, that will crown our virtuous endeavours here with a happiness here. after, large as our desires, and lasting as our immortal fouls; without this the highest state of life is insipid, and with it the lowest is a paradise.



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is not that which standeth in length of time, nor that is measured by number of years; but wisdom is the grey hair unto man, and unspotted life is old age.

WICkedness, condemned by her own witness, is very timorous, and being pressed with conscience, always forecasteth evil things: for fear is nothing else, but a betraying of the succours which reason offereth.

A wise man will fear in every thing. He that contemna eth small things, shall fall by little and little.

A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends, but a poor man being down is thrust away by his friends; when a rich man is fallen he hath many helpers; he speaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him : the poor man slipt and they rebuked him; he spoke wisely, and could have no place. When a rich man speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and look, what he faith they extol it to the clouds; but if a poor man speak, they say, what fellow is this i

Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not so many as have fallen by the tongue. Well is he that is defended from it, and hath not passed through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor been bound in her bonds; for the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass, the death thereof is an evil death.

My son, blemish not thy good deeds, neither use uncom. fortable words, when thou givest any thing. Shall not the dew assuage the heat? fo is a word better than a gift. Lo;

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