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It is certain that age itself makes many things pass well enough, which would have been at laughed from one much younger.

Nothing, however, is more infupportable to men of fenfe,. than an empty, formal man, who speaks in proverbs, and decides all controverfies with a fhort fentence. This piece of stupidity is the more infufferable, as it puts on the air of wisdom.

Whenever you commend, add your reafons for fo doing : it is this which diftinguishes the approbation of a man of sense, from the flattery of fycophants, and admiration of fools.

Raillery is no longer agreeable than while the whole company is pleafed with it. I would, leaft of all, be understood to except the perfon rallied.-Guardian.

OBSERVE this rule in general: whenfoever it lies in your power to lead the converfation, let it be directed to fome profitable point of knowledge or practice, fo far as may be done with decency: and let not the difcourfe and the hours be fuffered to run loofe without aim or defign; and when a fubject is farted, pafs not haftily to another, before you have brought the prefent theme of difcourfe to fome tolerable iffue, or a joint confent to drop it.-Watts.


-YET no attribute

So well befits th' exalted feat fupreme,
And power's difpofing hand, as clemency.
Each crime muft from its quality be judg'd;
And pity there fhould interpofe, where malice
Is not the aggreffor.-Jones.


WHEN most my heart was lifted with delight,
If I withheld the morfel from the hungry,
Forgot the widow's want and orphan's cry,
If I have known a good they have not fhar'd,
Nor call'd the poor to take his portion with me;
Let my reproachful enemies ftand forth, and now
Deny the fuccour which I gave not then.--Rowe.

HOW few, like thee, enquire the wretched out,
And court the offices of foft humanity!

Like thee, referve their raiment for the naked,
Reach out their bread, to feed the crying orphan,
Or mix the pitying tears with those that weep!-Idem.

COMPASSION proper to mankind appears,
Which nature witness'd, when she lent us tears.
Of tender fentiments we only give

Thofe proofs; to weep is our prerogative;
To fhew by pitying looks and melting eyes,
How with a fuffering friend we fympathize.
Who can all fenfe of others' ills escape,
Is but a brute at best in human shape.-Tate.


RESTRAIN your needlefs curiofity, and all folicitous enquiries into things which were better unknown. How many plentiful fprings of fear, forrow, anger, and hatred, have been found out and broken up, by this laborious digging? Have a care of an over-curious fearch into fuch things as might have fafely remained for ever fecret, and the ignorance of them had prevented many foolish and hurtful paffions. A fond folicitude to know all that our friends or foes fay of us, is often recompenfed with vexing difquietude and anguifh of foul.-Watts.

CURIOSITY is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect. Every advance into knowledge opens new profpects, -and produces new incitements to further progress.-Rambler.


CHILDREN fhould never be allowed to practice thofe diverfions that carry an idea of barbarity and cruelty in them, though it be but to brute creatures. They fhould not set up cocks to be tormented with cudgels thrown at them about Shrovetide; nor delight in giving a tedious, lingering death to a young litter of dogs or cats, that may be appointed to be drowned, left they multiply too much in a houfe: nor fhould they take pleafure in pricking, cutting, or mangling young birds which they have caught, nor in ufing any favage and bloody practices towards any creatures whatfoever left their hearts grow hard and unrelenting, and they learn in time to practice thefe cruelties on their own kind, and to murder and torture their fellow-mortals; or at leaft to be indifferent to their pain and diftrefs, fo as to occafion it without remorfe.-Waits.


IN vain affected raptures flush the cheek, And fongs of pleafure warble from the tongue,



When fear and anguish labor in the breast,
And all within is darknefs and confufion.
Thus on deceitful Ætna's flow'ry fide
Unfading verdure glads the roving eye,

While fecret flames, with unextinguished rage,
Infatiate on her wafted entrails prey,

And melt her treach'rous beauties into ruins.-Johnson.

THE good or evil we confer on others, very often, Ĭ believe, recoils on ourfelves; for as men of a benign difpofition enjoy their own acts of beneficence equally with thofe to whom they are done; fo there are scarce any natures fo entirely diabolical, as to be capable of doing injuries without paying themselves fome pangs for the ruin which they bring on their fellow-creatures.-Fielding.


CONTENT is wealth, the riches of the mind;
And happy he who can that treafure find!
But the base miser starves amidst his flore,
Broods on his gold; and, griping ftill at more,
Sits fadly pining, and believes he's poor.-Dryden.
CONTEN I alone can all our wrongs redress,
Content, that other name for happiness.
'Tis equal if our fortunes fhould augment,
And ftretch themselves to the fame vaft extent
With our defires; or thofe defires abate,
Shrink and contract themfelves to fit our flate.
Th' unhappy man, flave to his wild defire,
By feeding it, foments the raging fire:

His gains augment his unextinguish'd thirst,

With plenty poor, and with abundance curft.-Blackmore.

THERE is fcarce any lot fo low, but there is fomething in it to fatisfy the man whom it has befallen; Providence having fo ordered things, that in every man's cup, how bitter foever, there are fome cordial drops fome good circumstances, which, if wifely extracted, are fufficient for the purpose he wants them—that is, to make him contented, and, if not happy, at least refigned.-Sterne.

THERE are thousands fo extravagant in their ideas of contentment, as to imagine that it must confist in having every thing in this world turn out the way they wish-that they are to fit down in happiness, and feel themselves fo at ease at all points, as to defire nothing better and nothing more. I own,

there are inftances of fome, who feem to pass through the world as if all their paths had been strewed with rofe-buds of delight;but a little experience will convince us, 'tis á fatal expectation to go upon.-We are born to trouble; and we may depend upon it whilft we live in this world we shall have it, though with intermiffions-that is, in whatever state we are, we shall find a mixture of good and evil; and therefore, the true way to contentment is to know how to receive thefe certain viciffitudes of life,-the returns of good and evil, so as neither to be exalted by the one, nor overthrown by the other, but to bear ourselves towards every thing which happens with fuch ease and indifference of mind, as to hazard as little as may be. This is the true temperate climate fitted for us by nature, and in which every wife man would wish to live.-Idem.

THE foundation of content must spring up in a man's own' mind and he who has fo little knowledge of human nature as to feek happiness by changing any thing but his own difpofition, will wafte his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he purpofes to remove. -Rambler.

ENQUIRIES after happinefs, and rules for attaining it, are not fo neceffary and useful to mankind, as the arts of confolation, and of fupporting one's felf under affliction. The utmost we can hope for in this world, is contentment; if we aim at any thing higher, we fhall meet with nothing but grief and difappointment. A man fhould direct all his ftudies and endeavours at making himself eafy now, and happy hereafter.

The truth of it is, if all the happiness that is difperfed through the whole race of mankind in this world, were drawn together, and put into the poffeffion of any fingle man, it would not make a very happy being: though, on the contrary, if the miseries of the whole fpecies were fixed in a fingle perfon, they would make a very miferable one.-Spectator.

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A man fhould always confider how much he has more than he wants. I am wonderfully pleafed with the reply which Ariftippus made to one who condoled him upon the lofs of a farm Why, faid he, I have three farms fill, and you have but one; fo that I ought rather to be afflicted for you than you for me. On the contrary, foolish men are more apt to confider what they have loft than what they poffefs; and to fix their eyes upon those who are richer than themselves, rather than on those who are under greater difficulties. All the real treafures and conveniences of life lie in a narrow compafs;

Content-Continence of Scipio.


but it is the humour of mankind to be always looking forward, and ftraining after one who has got the ftart of them in wealth and honour.-Idem.

I envy not the mighty great,
Thofe powerful rulers of the ftate,
Who fettle nations as they pleafe,
And govern at th' expence of ease.
Far happier the fhepherd fwain,
Who daily drudges on the plain,
And nightly, in fome humble fhed,
On rushy pillows lays his head.
No curs'd ambition breaks his reft,
No factious wars divide his breast:
His flock, his pipe, and artlefs fair,

Are all his hope, and all his care.-Hildebrand Jacob,


WHAT with admiration

Struck every heart, was this.-A noble virgin
Confpicuous far o'er all the captive dames,

Was mark'd the general's prize. She wept and blush'd,
Young, fresh, and bloomy like the morn.

An eye

As when the blue fky trembles through a cloud
Of pureft white. A fecret charm combin'd

Her features, and infus'd enchantment through them,
Her shape was harmony.But eloquence

Beneath her beauty fails; which feem'd on purpose,
By nature lavish'd on her, that mankind
Might fee the virtue of a hero try'd

Almost beyond the stretch of human force.
Soft as the pafs'd along, with downcaft eyes,
Where gentle forrow fwell'd, and now and then
Dropt o'er her modest cheek a trickling tear,
The Roman legions languifh'd, and hard War
Felt more than pity. Ev'n their chief himself
As on his high tribunal rais'd, he fat,

Turn'd from the dangerous fight; and, chiding, ask'd
His officers, if by this gift they meant

To cloud his virtue in its very dawn.

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She, question'd of her birth, in trembling accents,
With tears and blushes broken, told her tale.
But when he found her royally defcended,

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