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Small things make mean men proud.
Preface to Shakspeare, p. 280.
Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself. Life of Sir T. Browne, p. 280.
PRIDE AND ENVY.
Pride is seldom delicate, it will please itself with very mean advantages; and envy feels not its own happiness, but when it may be compared with the misery of others.
Prince of Abyssinia, p. 60.
COMPARISON BETWEEN A DRAMATIC POET AND
Distrest alike the statesman with the wit,
When one a Borough courts-and one the Pit;
Must hear all taunts, and hear without reply:
Prologue to the Good-natured Man.
(Its proper Objects.)
Petitions yet remain,
Which Heav'n may hear- -nor deem Religion vain ;
Yet when the sense of sacred presence fires,
Vanity of Human Wishes.
Prosperity, as is truly asserted by Seneca, very much obstructs the knowledge of ourselves. No man can form a just estimate of his own powers, by inactive speculation. That fortitude which has encountered no dangers, that prudence which has surmounted no difficulties, that integrity which has been attacked by no temptations, can, at best, be considered but as gold not yet brought to the test, of which, therefore, the true value cannot be assigned. Equally necessary is some variety of for
tune to a nearer inspection of the manners ciples, and affections of mankind. buie the
Rambler,, vol. 3
Moderation in prosperity is a virtue veny cult to, all mortals.
Het prompt to
Memoirs of the King of Prussia, ped
Peevishness, though sometimes it arises from old age, or the consequence of some misery, it is. frequently one of the attendants on the prosperous, and is employed by insolence, in exacting homage; or by tyranny, in harrassing subjection. It is the offspring of idleness or pride; of idleness, anxious for trifles, or pride, unwilling to endure the least obstruction of her wishes. Such is the consequence of peevishness, it can be borne only when it is despised.
Rambler, vol. 2, p. 14.
It is not easy to imagine a more unhappy condition than that of dependence on a peevish man. In every other state of inferiority, the certainty of pleasing is perpetually increased by a fullor knowledge of our duty, and kindness and confidence are strengthened by every new act of trustand proof of fidelity. But peevishness sacrinces to a momentary offence, the obsequiousness, or usefulness of half a life, and, as more is. performed, increases her exactions,
Ibid, vol. 3, P. 39.
Peevishness is generally the vice of narrow winds, and, except when it is the effect of angnish
disease, by which the resolution is broken, and the mind made too feeble to bear the lightest addition to its miseries, proceeds from an unreasonable persuasion of the importance of trifles. The proper remedy against it is, to consider the dignity of human nature, and the folly of sufferperturbation and uneasiness, from causes worthy of our notice.
Ibid. p. 41.
He that resigns his peace to little casualties, and suffers the course of his life to be interrupted by fortuitous inadvertencies or offences, delivers up himself to the direction of the wind, and loses all that constancy and equanimity, which constitute the chief praise of a wise man
Jbid, vol. 3, p. 41..
No people can be great who have ceased to be virtuous.
Political State of Great Britain, p. 56.
The prosperity of a people is proportionate to the number of hands and minds usefully employed. To the community, sedition is a fever, 'corruption is a gangrene, and idleness an atrophy. Whatever body and whatever society wastes more than it requires, must gradually decay; and every being that continues to be fed, and ceases to labour, takes away something from the publick stock..
Idler, vol. 1, p. 121.
Great regard should be paid to the voice of the people in cases where knowledge has been forced
upon them by experience, without long deduc tions, or deep researches.
Rambler, vol. 1, p. 150.
It is as possible to become pedantic by fear of pedantry, as to be troublesome by ill-timed civility.
Ibid. vol. 4, p. 76.
Punctuality is a quality which the interest of mankind requires to be diffused through all the ranks of life, but which many seem to consider as a vulgar and ignoble virtue, below the ambition of greatness, or attention of wit, scarcely requisite amongst men of gaiety and spirit, and sold at its highest rate, when it is sacrificed to a frolic or a jest.
Ibid. p. 223.
Prudence is of more frequent use than any other intellectual quality; it is exerted on slight occasions, and called into act by the cursory business of common life.
Idler, vol. 2, p. 25.
Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rules on composition; it produces vigilance rather than elevation, rather prevents loss than procures advantage, and often escapes miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honour.