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This is a juft Law of Friendship, that the Friend in all things trufteth to his Friend, firft regarding who is his Friend. Mar. Aurel.
Friendship is to be preferr'd before all Worldly Things, because there is nothing more agreeable with Nature, or that helpeth Men more, either in Profperity or in Adverfity. Tullius. Friendship is the Lover of Love.
It is the Property of Friends to live and love together. Ariftotle.
A true Friend is more to be esteemed than Kinsfolks. Seneca.
He is a good Friend, that doth his Friend good, and a great Friend, that defendeth his Friend from harm. Plato.
Get Friendship of them that follow Truth. Ariftotle.
He is a very good Friend, that lightly forgetteth his Friend's Of fence.
One Friend ought not to require any unjust thing of another. Mar. Aurel.
The Agreement together of evil Men in Mischief, is not Unity: For
Unity is of it felf fo pure, that it will not be used in Evil. Ariftotle.
True and perfect Unity or Friendfhip, is to make one Heart and Mind of many Hearts and Bodies. Pythag.
Friends in Adverfity are a Refuge, and in Prosperity a Pleasure and Delight to communicate our Pleasures withal. Ariftotle,
True Friendship cannot be framed, but by the Help and Grace of God, who draweth like to the love of his like: And that the end of Friendfhip was, that of two Souls, one fhould be made, in Will and Affecti on. Socrates.
If thou defireft to be thought a Friend, do the Works that belong to a Friend. Hermes.
If thy Friend misbehave himself towards thee, break not off Friendship therefore immediately, but rather endeavour by all means to reform him; fo fhalt thou not only retain thy old Friend, but fhalt double his Friendship. Pythagoras.
Do good to thy Friends, that they may be more Friendly; and to thine Enemies, that they may become thy Friende.
He that promifeth, and is long in fulfilling, is but a flack Friend. Mar. Aurel.
The Injury of a Friend is much more hard than the Injury of an Enemy. Socrates.
Be readier to go to thy Friend in the time of his Mifery, than in the time of his Prosperity.
Frequent not too much thy Friend's Houfe, for that begetteth no great Love, and be not too long from thence, for that begetteth Difrefpect: But ufe a mean in all things. Socrates.
A Man may be a Friend to another: But he must go no farther with his Friend, than the Altar; that is, he must not offend God, for his Friend's fake. Pericles.
To Friends afflicted with Sorrow, we ought to give Remedy to their Perfons, and Confolation and Comfort to their Hearts. Mar. Aurel. They who violate Friendship, tho they escape the Punishment of their Friends, fhall not escape the Vengeance of God. Socrates.
A Friendship of Interest cannot laft any longer, than the Intereft it felf;
and this is the reafon that Men in Profperity are fo much follow'd: And when a Man goes down the Wind, he is forfaken; but one true Friend is helpful to another in all Cafes, as well in Prosperity as Affliction. Seneca.
Perfect Friendship is to love our Friend more for his Benefit than our own. Ariftotle.
True Friends must not through Flattery feek to gain the Favour of their Friends, but reprove them rather, that for their Benefit they may reduce them to a better way. Socrates.
Friendship is ordain'd for a Help to Vertue, not for a Companion of Vices, as it is not good to joyn hands with every one. Plato and Pythag.
To admonish, and to be admonished, are proper to true Friendship. Seneca.
Friendship is the Companion of Juftice, the Bond of Nature, the Defence of a City, the Comfort of Old Age, and the quiet Harbour of Man's Life: By it all Things confift, and by Difcord decay. Charron.
CHA P. IV...
Of Riches and Poverty, Profperity and
ICHES are in the
R'Things that may be either good
or evil, according as the Poffeffor ufeth them. Xenophon.
He is Rich, that contenteth himfelf with his Poverty. Socrates.
The Richest thing to a Man, is his Soul and Reafon, by.which he keepeth Justice, and efcheweth Sin. Hermes. He is most Rich, that hath most Wisdom.
He that hath Vertue, poffeffeth the beft Goods, because that alone maketh 1 Men happy. Bion.
He that is contented, and fatisfied with himself, is born with great Riches.
Abftinence from Covetoufness is great Riches.
Riches, for the most part, are hurtful to thofe that poffefs them. Plutarch.
If thou seekest to be Rich, thou