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is not a word better than a gift? but both are with a gracious man.
BLAME not, before thou hast examined the truth ; understand first, and then rebuke.
Ip thou wouldest get a friend, prove him first, and be not hafty to credit him; for fome men are friends for their own occasions, and will not abide in the day of thy trouble.
FORSAKE not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him : a new friend is as new wine ; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
A FRIEND cannot be known in prosperity; and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
ADMONISH thy friend; it may be he hath not done it; and if he have, that he do it no more. Admonish thy friend;
be he hath not said it, or if he have, that he speak ît not again. Admonish a friend; for many times it is a flander; and believe not every tale. There is one that flippeth in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that hath not offended with his tongue ?
Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit, and shalt never find a friend to his mind.
Honour thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the forrows of thy mother: how canst thou recompenfe them the things they have done for thee?
There is nothing fo much worth as a mind well infructed,
The lips of talkers will be telling fuch things as pertain fot unto them; but the words of such as have understand. ing are weighed in the balance. The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of the wife is in their heart.
To labour, and to be content with that a man hath, is a Sweet life.
Be in peace with many; nevertheless, have but one counsellor of a thousand.
Be not confident in a plain way.
Ler reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.
HE latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in cu
ring the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.
CENSURE is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time.
Partr is the madness of many, for the gain of a few.
To endeavour to work upon the vulgar with fine fense, is like attempting to hew blocks of marble with a razor.
SUPERSTITION is the spleen of the soul.
He who tells a lye is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one,
SOME people will never learn any thing, for this reason, because they understand every thing too soon.
There is nothing wanting to make all rational and disinterested people in the world of one religion, but that they should talk together every day.
Men are grateful, in the fame degree that they are resentful.
Young men are subtle arguers ; the cloak of honour covers all their faults, as that of passion, all their follies.
ECONOMY is no disgrace; it is better living on a little, than out-living a great deal.
Next to the satisfaction I receive in the prosperity of an honest man, I am best pleased with the confusion of a rascal.
What is often termed shyness, is nothing more than refined sense, and an indifference to common observations.
The higher character a person supports, the more he should regard his minutest actions.
Every person insensibly fixes upon fome degree of refinement in his discourse, some measure of thought which he thinks worth exhibiting. It is wise to fix this pretty high, although it occasions one to talk the less.
To endeavour all one's days to fortify our minds with learning and philosophy, is to spend so much in armour, that one has nothing left to defend. DEFERENCE often shrinks and withers as much
upon approach of intimacy, as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one's finger.
Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves if they were in their places.
People frequently use this expression, I am inclined to think so and so, not considering that they are then speaking the most literal of all truths.
Modesty makes large amends for the pain it gives the persons who labour under it, by the prejudice it affords every worthy person in their favour.
The difference there is betwixt honour and honesty feems to be chiefly in the motive. The honest man does that from duty, which the man of honour does for the sake of character.
A LIAR begins with making falshood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falshood.
Virtue should be considered as a part of tafte ; and we fhould as much avoid deceit, or finifter meanings in discourse, as we would puns, bad language, or false grammar,
EFERENCE is the most complicate, the most in
direct, and the most elegant of all compliments. He that lies in bed all a summer's morning, loses the chief pleasure of the day: he that gives up his youth to indolence, undergoes a loss of the fame kind. SHINING characters are not always the most agreeable
The mild radiance of an emerald, is by no means less pleasing than the glare of the ruby.
To be at once a rake, and to glory in the character, difcovers at the same time a bad disposition, and a bad tafe.
How is it poffible to expect that mankind will take ad. vice, when they will not so much as take warning?
ALTHOUGH men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in foils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the author knows not of.
Fine sense and exalted sense are not half fo valuable as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of ready change.
LEARNING is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skilful hands ; in unskilful, molt mischievous. A MAN Tould 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.
WHEREVER I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generos fity if he were a rich man.
FLOWERS of rhetoric in sermons or ferious discourses, are like the blue and red flowers in corn, pleasing to those who come only for amusement, but prejudicial to him who would reap the profit.
It often happens that those are the best people, whose characters have been most injured by flanderers : as we usually find that to be the sweetest fruit, which the birds have been pecking at.
The eye of the critic is often like a microscope, made so very fine and nice, that it discovers the atoms, grains, and minutest articles, without ever comprehending the whole, comparing the parts, or seeing all at once the harmony.
Men's zeal for religion is much of the same kind as that which they shew for a foot-ball : whenever it is contested for, every one is ready to venture their lives and limbs in the dispute ; but when that is once at an end, it is no more thoughton, but sleeps in oblivion, buried in rubbish, which , no one thinks it worth his pains to rake into, much less to
Honour is but a fititious kind of honefty; a mean, but a necessary substitute for it, in societies who have yone : it is a fort of paper-credit,with which men are obliged to trade, who are deficient in the sterling cash of true morality and religion.
Persons of great delicacy should know the certainty of the following truth : there are abundance of cases wiich occafion fufpenfe, in which whatever they determine they will repent of the determination ; and this through a pro