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ROFANENESS in conversation parses for sprightliness and wit; whereas

'tis only a sign of wanting both Judgment and Manners.

BEING complemental and cringing on all occasions, passes with many for good breeding ; whereas ’tis just the contrary. For good

: breeding is judging well when to be formal, and when to be familiar. Too much of the first is as ridiculous on the one hand, as a Quaker's scrupling to put off his Hat, on the other ; and in my opinion the more troublesome extreme of the two.

SILENT sort of men are esteem'd generally the more judicious and thinking; but 'tis commonly only dulness and want of thought :


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for imagination will hardly let the tongue lie still: Tho' if a quick sort of man can overcome his eagerness of speaking so much, he will shine the more for his not appear, ing to aim at it.

PHYSICIANS are commonly believ'd to be of a profession both honest and skilful ; yet their art is little better than that of a Jugler or Astrologer ; which is no art at all, but couzening the ignorant. Their whole design (generally speaking) is to delay the Cure, as well as the Death of their patients : So that in truth, the last of these is no less an injury than the other; for what is Life worth, under the uneasiness of a languishing condition? I except particular friendships, which will sometimes influence them, and indeed even ill people :) but I think a Salary for life a better method than Fees, and wou'd more prevail upon these gentlemen to do their best; (tho' alas, how little does their best signify :) This is only the case in general; for I doubt not but some Physicians are abler and honester than the rest ; and I have my self had the experience of One, whose skill, honesty, and friendship, has recovered the most valuable

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despaired of success, and restored her to perfect health.

SURGEONS are something less respected than physicians, which is wrong; theirs being a real art, and one of the most useful ones, if practised faithfully, (which I doubt is very seldom.)

APOTHECARIES are under-valued, but yet, when men of judgment and practice, are as useful as physicians, who either have not time, or will not give it, to attend their

patients as they should do.

Divines are generally thought to be, and often are, Men of the best Lives; because indeed for shame they dare hardly be otherwise: but if their Morals are well observed, I doubt they will most of them appear like other men.

GREAT gravity passes with most for wifdom, but is often dulness, sometimes af. fectation, at the best disagreeable.

TELLING stories well, passed for the best sort of wit in the last age, and is sometimes approved of even in this; but 'tis more a talent of diversion than value.

A man's temper is more judg’d by his mien and outside, though very fallacious, than by his very behaviour it self. I have


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known a man thought haughty, only be

. cause he was short-fighted, and could not know people as he met them: but the same man, by mistake, would often bow to his own servants; who knew his defect, and therefore had as little reason to think him humble, as others had to think him proud.

The world is always inclined to think
those persons vain (though never so far from
it) who have either such talents, or such
good fortune, as would make a great many
others fo. For this reason, the first thing
women say of a new beauty, is, that she is
proud and conceited, even before they have
seen her; because they wou'd be so in her

WOMEN are thought generally by na-
*ture to be much inferior to man in Under-
standing; but I believe the difference lies
chiefly in education, by which they give us
very great odds; and yet I know some that
can hold up the game pretty well against

WOMEN are believed extremely timorous
too; indeed they are so of swords and guns,
because so little used to them; but in other
matters not less dangerous, we find them
fufficiently hazardous. Certainly their readi-


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ness in finding excuses on the sudden, is no small proof of their resolution ; with which sort of confidence nature has armed them for their necessary defence on all occasions, especially against those dangers to which she most inclines them.

A Wife sometimes, but a Mistress always, thinks her self undone and forsaken, if she finds a man has but once had an affair with another woman: As if a bit or two of fecond course were a sign that a man wou'd never love mutton again ; whereas, perhaps it is a reason not to be nauseated even with mutton it self, though it came from Bagshot, or Banstead-Downs.

MEMORY is accounted a talent opposite to Wit and Understanding, whereas indeed itis just the contrary. I believe the mistake arises from this : A man of sense will never tell a long story, tho' he should remem, ber it never so well; nor will such a man think many things worth his remembring, which a fool perhaps sets a value upon.

They are thought to have read much, who speak of it often; which is only a sign of not digesting what they read ; just as a Man's bringing up his supper, gives


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