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CH A P. V. Of Vertue in generat; and particularly of Wisdom, Understanding, Wit, Learna ing, Knowledge, Goodness, Faith,Truth, Humility, Love, or Charity, Patience, Diligence, Liberality, Speech, Temperance, Chastity, Liberty and Praise. ERTUE is the proper Effect of
our Regeneration, by the Spirit of God dwelling in us; whereby it appeareth sufficiently unto us, that the Foundation of all Vertue is that Divine Reason, which floweth into our Souls from the free Goodness of God. Fr. Ac. ::: Know, that in the Studies of Greece we learn, not to command, but first to obey; not to speak, but to keep hlence; not to resist, but to humble our selves; not to get much; but to content our Telves with a little; not to revenge our Harms, but to pardon; not to take from others, but to. give our own; not to take care to be honoured, but to Jabour to be 'vertuous. Anacharsis to Crafus. . '
Vertue is a strong Castle, and can never be won; it is a River that need. eth no rowing, a Sea that moveth not; a Fire that quencheth not, a Treasure without end, an Army neVer overcome, a Burthen that never wearieth, a Spy that ever returneth, a sign that never deceiveth, a plain Way that never faileth, a Medicine that presently healeth, and a Renown that never perisheth. Mar. Aurel.
Vertue is the profitablest thing in the World, because it maketh allother things profitable, by causing Men to use them well. i Thdes.
Only Vertue attainęth to everlasting Bleflednefs. Aristartere !!!
Vertue principally, above all things, purchaseth to ManGood-will, FriendHip and Love. Socrates. I
It is better to fuffer Shame for Ver tuons Dealing, than to win Honour by vicious Living. Hermes. vbi 11)
The less time that a Man hath to live, the more earnestly ought he to tudy and proceed in Vertue.' Dio
2 -Prudence is the Gaide of all other Vertues. Seneca
(So live with Men, as if God faw thee , so converfe with God, as if Men heard thee. Seneca.
Sleep not before thou hast con: fider'd how thou hast spent the Day paft, if thou hast well done, thank God; if otherwise, repent and ask him forgiveness. Pythagoras.
To a vertuous and well-difposed Man vevery Day is high and holy. Diogenes.
ICTS Nothing can easily corrapt a Mind that is wholly dedicated to Vertues Anistippus.
Labour and take Pains to spend thy Life in Vertue, che Pain is but short, but thy Vertue Mall-ever ena dures, but if contrarily, thou halt take Pleafüre in doing that which is Evil, thy Pleasure ceaseth, but the Evil remaineth. Mufonius.
It is a great was to abstain from those things our selves, which we reprove in others. Plutarch.
He that liveth vertuoasly in this Life, his Spirit shall have reft with God. Mar. Aurél. 20:2;
Take no thought to live long, but to live well.
A good City should care more for Vertue than for. People.' Pontanus.
Silence in a Woman is a precious. Vertue, 'Hermes. 99.5 POTC
Vertue, sometime at the first, feema eth to be dark, hard, and unpleasant, altho' at length it appeareth most bright, amiable, lovely, and comfortable. Plotinus.fi
Refrain from Vice ; for Vertue is a precious Garment. Plato.
0. There is more Truft: in Honesty, than in an Oath. Thalesa!
Wisdom is a right Understanding, a Faculty of difcerning Good from Evil, what is to be chosen, and what rejected ; -1- It fets a Watch: overous Words and Deeds; it inform's us in all the Duties of Life, as Piety to our Parents, Faithfulness to our Friends, Charity to the Miserable, Judgment in Counsel : --- She searches Nature, gives Laws to Life, and tells us, that it is not enough to know God (or his Will), unless we obey him. Seneca.
A wise Man is never so busie, as in the solitary Contemplation of God, and the Works of Naturę.r Seneca.
Wisdom is the Knowledge of Divine Things, and the Head of all on ther Science. Aristotle. Wisdom is the Knowledge of
Things Divine and Humane, which consider eth the Causes of every thing, by reafon whereof, that which is Divine The followeth, and that which is Humane she esteemeth very light. Tullius.
Sapience (or Wisdom) is the Foundation and Root of all Noble and Laudable Things; by her we may win the good End, and keepourselves from everlasting Pain. Aristotle.
True Wisdom teacheth us as well to do as
to speak. Idem. The Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Socrates.
What more becomes Wisdom, than to discern what is worthy our Affe on? What more confonant to Good ness, than to love it to discerncd? and what to Magnanimity.of-Mind, than to be constant in it once loved ?
Honour Wisdom, and deny it not to them that would have it, but shew it not to them that despise it. Pj's shagoras.