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locks the gates.

Lawyers houses are built on the heads Take heed you find not what you do of fools.

not seek.
Among good men two suffice.

The highway is never about.
The belt bred have the best portion. Helives long enough who hath lived well.

To live peaceably with all breeds good Metal is dangerous in a blind horse. blood.

Winter never rots in the sky. He who hath the charge of souls tran God help the rich, the poor can beg. sports them not in bundles.

He that speaks me fair, and loves me not, Pains to get, care to keep, fear to lose. I will speak him fair, and trust him not. When a lackey comes to hell, the devil He who preaches war is the devil's chap

lain. He that tells his wife news is but newly The truest wealth is contentment with a married.

little. He who will make a door of gold, must A man's best fortune, or his worst, is a knock in a nail every day.

wife. If the brain sows not corn, it plants Marry in haste, and repent at leisure. thistles.

Sir John Barley-Corn is the strongest A woman conceals what she knows not.

knight. Some evils are cured by contempt.

Like blood, like good, and like age, God deals his wrath by weight, but Make the happiest marriage. without weight his mercy.

Every ass thinks himself worthy to stand Follow not truth too near at the heels, with the king's horses. left it dash out your teeth.

A good beginning makes a good ending. Say to pleasure, gentle Eve, I will have One ounce of discretion, or of wisdom, none of your apple.

is worth two pounds of wit.
Marry your daughters betimes, left they The devil is good, or kind, when he is
marry themselves.

Every man's cenfure is usually first A fair face is half a portion.
moulded in his own nature.

To forget a wrong is the best revenge.
Suspicion is the virtue of a coward.

Manners make the man. Stay a while, that we may make an end Man doth what he can, God doth what the sooner.

he pleases. Let us ride fair and softly that we may


goes in at any gate except that of get home the sooner. Debtors are liers.

Knaves and fools divide the world. Knowledge (or cunning) is no burthen, great loss but may bring some little Dearths foreseen come not.

profit. A penny spared is twice got.

When poverty comes in at the door, love Pension never enriched young men. leaps out at the window.

If things were to be done twice, all That suit is best that best fits me. would be wise.

If I had revenged every wrong, If the mother had never been in the I had not worn my skirts so long. oven, she would not have looked for her Self-love is a mote in every man's eye. daughter there.

That which is well done is twice done. The body is sooner well dressed than the Use loft words and hard arguments. soul.

There is no coward to an ill conscience. Every one is a master, and a servant. He who makes other men afraid of his

No profit to honour, no honour to vir. wit, had need be afraid of their memories. tue or religion.

Riches are but the baggage of virtue. Every sin brings its punishment along He who defers his charities till his death, with it.

is rather liberal of another man's than of The devil divides the world between his own. atheism and fuperftition.

A wise man hath more ballast than fail. Good husbandry is good divinity. Great men's promises, courtiers' oaths, Be reasonable and you will be happy. and dead men's shoes, a man may look

It is better to please a fool than to anger for, but not trust to. him.

Be wise on this side heaven. A fool, if he faith he will have a crab, The devil tempts others, an idle man he will not have an apple.

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Good looks buy nothing in the market. When Aatterers meet, the devil goes to

He who will be his own master often dinner. hath a fool for his scholar.

'Tis a small family that hath neither That man is well bought who costs you a thief nor an harlot in it. but a compliment.

To give and to keep there is need of The greatest king mu!t at last go to bed wit. with a fhovel or spade.

A man never surfeits of too much hoHe only truly lives who lives in peace. nesty.

If wise men never erred, it would go Honour and ease are seldom bedfellows, hard with the fool.

Thoic husbands are in heaven whole Great virtue feldom descends.

wives do not chide. One wise (in marriage) and He can want nothing who hath God for happy.

his friend. Almigiving never made any man poor, Young men's knocks cid men feel. nor robbery rich, nor prosperity wise. He who is poor when he is married,

A fool and his money are soon parted. thall be rich when he is buried.

Fear of hell is the true valour of a Of all tame beats, I have sluts. christian.

Giving much to the poor doth increase For ill do well, then fear not heil.

a man's store. The best thing in this world is to live That is my good that doth me good. above i:.

An idle brain is the devil's Mop. Happy is he who knows his follies in his God send us somewhat of our own when youth.

rich men go to dinner. A thousand pounds and a bottle of hay, Let your purse still be your master. Will be all one at Doomsday.

Young men think old men fools; but One pair of heels is sometimes worth old men know that young men are fools

. two pair of hands.

Wit once bought is worth twice taught. 'Tis good fleeping in a whole ikin. A wise head makes a close mouth. Enough is as good as a feast.

All foolish fancies are bought much 100 A fool's bolt is soon thot.

dear. All is well that ends well.

Women's and children's wishes are the Ever drink, ever dry:

aim and happiness of the more weak men. He who hath an ill name is half-hanged. Ignorance is better than pride with greais Harm watch, harm catch.

er knowledge. A friend's frown is better than a fool's The charitable man gives out at the smile.

door, and God puts in at the window. The easiest work and way is, To beware. Every man is a fool where he hath not

If the beit man's faults were written in considered or thought. his forehead, it would make him pull his He who angers others is not himself at hat over his eyes.

cale. A man may be great by chance; but He dies like a beast who hath done no never wife, or good, without taking pains good while he lived. for it.

Heaven is not to be had by men's bareSuccess makes a fool seem wise,

ly withing for it. All worldly joys go less

Patch and long fit, build and soon flit. To that one joy of doing kindnesses. One bour's fleep before midnight is Wlut fools say doth not much trouble worth two hours sleep after it. wife men.

Wranglers never want words. Money is a good servant, but an ill War is death's feast. master.

Idle lazy folks have most labour. Pleasure gives law to fools, God to the Knavery may serve a turn, but honely wire.

is best at the long-run. He lives indeed who lives not to himself A quick landlord makes a careful tenant. alone.

Look ever to the main chance. Good to begin well, better to end well. Will is the cause of woe.

There would be no ill langaage if it Welcome is the bett chear. were not ill taken. Induftry is Fortune's right-hand, and catch mice.

I will keep no more cats than what wil frugality is her left. We thall lie all alike in our graves.

Reprove others, but correct thyself. ce a kaave and ever a knave.



Planting of trees is England's old thrift. whither goeft thouř and, Penny, whe"

It is more painful to do nothing than wilt thou come again? something

'Tis worse to be an ill man than to be Any thing for a quiet life.

thought to be one. 'Tis great folly to want when we have A fool comes always short of his reckon. it, and when we have it not too.

ing. Fly pleasure, and it will follow thee. A young faint an old saint; and a young

God's Providence is the furest and best devil an old devil. inheritance.

Wit is folly unless a wise man hath che That is not good language which all un- keeping of it, derland nor.

Knowledge of God and of ourselves ig Much better lose a jest than a friend. the mother of true devotion, and the perIll-will never faid well.

fellion of wisdom. He that hath fome land must have some Adictions are sent us from God for our labour.

good. Shew me a lier, and I will thew you a Confeßion of a fault makes half amends. thief.

Every man can tame a shrew but he We must wink at small fauits,

who hath her. Ure legs and have legs.

'Tis better to die poor than to live poor. Keep your shop and your shop will keep Craft brings nothing home at the last. you.

Diseases are the interest of pleasures. Every one should sweep before his own All covet, all lose. door.

Plain dealing is a jewel; but he who Much coin usually much care.

ufeth it will die a beggar. Good take-heed doth always speed. Honour bought is temporal fimony.

He who gets doth much, but he who Live, and let live, i.e. be a kind landlord. keeps doth more!

Children are certain cares, but very une A pound of gold is better than an ounce certain comforts. of honour.

Giving begets love, lending usually lef. We think lawyers to be wise men, and sens it. they know us to be fools.

He is the wise, who is the honest man. Eaten bread is soon forgotten.

Take part with reason against thy own When you see your friend, trust to youre will or humour. felf.

Wit is a fine thing in a wise man's hand. Let my friend tell my tale.

Speak not of my debts except you mean Mention not a rope in the house of one

to pay them. whose father was hanged.

Words instruct, but examples persuade Speak the truth and shame the devil. effectually God help the fool, quoth Pedly.( An Ideot.) He who lives in hopes dies a fool. Lend, and lose my money; so play fools. He who gives wisely sells to advantage. Early to go to bed, and then early to Years know more than books, rise, makes men more holy, more healthy, Live so as you do mean to die. wealthy, and wise.

Go not to hell for company,
Anger dies soon with a wise and good All earthly joys are empty bubbles, and

do make men boys.
He who will not be counselled, cannot be Better unborn than untaught.

If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the God hath provided no remedy for wil. pains: if well, the pains do fade, the joy ful obstinacy.

remains. All vice infatuates and corrupts the Always refuse the advice which passion judgment.

He who converses with nobody, knows Nor say nor do that thing which anger nothing.

prompts you to. There is no fool to the old fool.

Bear and forbear is short and good phiA good wife makes a good husband. losophy.

'Tis much better to be thought a fool Set out wisely at first; custom will make than to be a knave.

every virtue more easy and pleasant to you One fool makes many.

than any vice can be. Penny, whence camelt thou ? Penny, The best and noblest conquest is that of

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a man's own reason over his pafiions and make a man rich on a sudden; little wit, follies.

little shame, and little honesty. He who Religion hath true lafting joys; weigh hath good health is a rich man, and doth all, and so

not know it. Give a wise man a hint, and If any thing have more, or such, let he will do the business well enough. A bad

agreement is better than a good law-suit. Whatever good thou dost, give God the The best watering is that which comes praise;

from heaven. When yoar neighbour's Who both the power and will first gave house is on fire carry water to your to thee.

own. Spare diet and no trouble keep

man in good health. He that will § 152. Old Italian Proverbs, have no trouble in this world most not

be born in it. The maid is such as the He who serves God hath the best maf- is bred, and tow as it is spun. He that ter in the world. Where God is there would believe he hath a great many nothing is wanting. No man is greater friends, must try but few of them. Love in truth than he is in God's esteem. He bemires young men, and drowns the old. hath a good judgment who doth not rely Once in every ten years every man needs on his own. Wealth is not his who gets it, his neighbouri Aristotle faith, When you but his who enjoys it. He who converses can have any good thing take it : and Plato with nobody, is either a brute or an angel. saith, if you do not take it, you are a great Go not over the water where you cannot coxcomb. From an ass you can get no. see the bottom. He who lives disorderly thing but kicks and stench. Either say one year, doth not enjoy himself for nothing of the absent, or speak like a five years after. Friendships are cheap, friend. One man forewarned (or appoiled when they are to be bought with pulling of a thing) is worth two. He is truly off your hat. Speak well of your friend, happy who can make others happy too. A of your enemy neither well nor ill. The fair woman without virtue is like palled friendship of a great man is a lion at the wine. Tell a woman Me is wondrous fair, next door. The money you refuse will and she will soon turn fool. Paint and never do you good. A beggar's wallet is patches give offence to the husband, hopes a mile to the bottom. I once had, is a poor to her gallant. He that would be well spoken man. There are a great many asses without of himself, must not speak ill of others. He long ears. Aniron anvil hould have a ham- that doth the kindness hath the nobleit mer of feathers. He keeps his road well pleasure of the two. He who doth a kindenough who gets rid of bad company. You nefs to a good man, doth a greater to himare in debt, and run in farther; if

you are

felf. 'A man's hat in his hand never did not a lier yet, you will be one. The best him harm. One cap or hat more or less, throw upon the dice is to throw them away. and one quire of paper in a year, coft but "Tis horribly dangerous to fieep near the little, and will make you many friends. gates of hell. He who thinks to cheat an He who blames grandees endangers his other,cheats himself moft. Giving is going head, and he who prailes them muft te!! a fishing. Too much prosperity makes molt many a lie. A wise man goes not on men fools. Dead men open the eyes of the board without due provision. Keep your living. No man's head aches while he mouth. Mut, and your eyes open. comforts another. Bold and shamelefs who will stop every man's mouth mult men are masters of half the world. Every have a great deal of meal. Wise men one hath enough to do to govern himself have their mouth in their hearts, fools their well. He who is an ass, and takes heart in their mouth. Shew not to all the himself to be a stag, when he comes to bottom eiiher of your purse or of your leap the ditch finds his mistake. Praise mind. I heard one say fo, is half a lie. doth a wise man good, but a fool harm. Lies have very short legs. One lie No sooner is a law made but an eva. draws ten more after it. Keep company sion of it is found out. He who gives fair with good men, and you'll increale their words, feeds you with an empty spoon. number. He is a good man who is good for Three things cost dear; the caresses of himself, but he is good indeed who is a dog, the love of a miss, and the in- fo for others too. When you meet with a vitation of an hoit. Hunger never fails of virtuous man, draw his picture. He who a good cook.

A man is valued as he keeps good men company may very well Takes himl:lf valuable. Three little bear their charges. He begins to grow




bad who takes himself to be a good man know more than a doctor alone. Hard He is far from a good man who ilrives not upon hard never makes a good wall. to grow better. Keep good men com The example of good men is visible philopany, and fall not out with the bad. He fophy. One ill example spoils many good who throws away his estate with his hands, laws. Every thing may be, except a goes afterwards to pick it up on his feet. ditch without a bank. He who throws Tis a bad house that hath not an old man a stone against God, it falls upon his in it. To crow well and scrape ill is the own head. He who plays me one trick devil's trade. Be ready with your bat, hall not play me a second. Do what but flow with your purse. A burthen you ought, and let what will come on which one chufes is not felt. The dearer it. By making a fault you may learn such a thing is, the better pennyworth for to do better. The first faults are theirs me. Suppers kill more than the grcatest who commit them, all the following are doctor ever cured. All the wit in the his who doth not punish them. He who world is not in one head. Let us do what would be ill served, let him keep good we can and ought, and let God do his store of servants. To do good ftill pleasure. 'Tis better to be condemned by make no delay; for life and time slide the college of physicians than by one judge. fait away. A little time will serve to do Skill and assurance are an invincible ccu. ill. He who would have trouble in this ple. The fool kneels to the distaff. Know- life, let him get either a hip or a wife. ing is worth nothing, unless we do the good He who will take no pains, will never build we know. A man is half known when a house three stories high. The best of the you see him, when you hear him speak game is, to do one's business and talk little you know him all out. Write down the of it. The Italian is wise before he unadvice of him who loves you, tho' you like dertakes a thing, the German while he is it not at present. Be flow to give advice, doing it, and the Frenchman when it is ready to do any service. Both anger and over. In prosperity we need moderation, hafte hinder good counsel. Give neither in adversity patience. Prosperous men sacounsel nor falt till you are asked for it. crifice not, i. e. they forget God. Great The fool never thinks higher than the top prosperity and modesty seldom go togeof his house. A courtier is a Nave in a ther. Women, wine, and horses, are ware golden chain.

A little kitchen makes men are often deceived in. Give your a large house. Have money, and you friend a fig, and your enemy a peach. He will find kindred enough. He that lends who hath no children doth not know what his money hath a double loss. Of mo. love means. He who spins hath one thirt, ney, wit, and virtue, believe one-fourth he who spins not hath two. He who conpart of what you hear men fay. Money is siders the end, restrains all evil inclinabis servant who knows how to use it as he tions. He who hath the longest sword is should, his maiter who doth not. 'Tis always thought to be in the right. There better to give one filling than to lend lies no appeal from the decision of fortune. twenty. Wise distrust is the parent of Lucky men need no counsel. Three security. Mercy or goodness alone makes things only are well done in haste; flying us like to God. So much o::ly is mine, as from the plague, escaping quarrels, and I either use myself or give for God's fake. catching feas. 'Tis better it should be He who is about to speak evil of another, faid, Here he ran away, than Here he was lét him firit well consider himself. Speak lain. The sword from Heaven above falls not of me unless you know me well; think not down in haite. The best thing in gamof yourself ere aught of me you tell. ing is, that it be but little used. Play, woOne day of a wise man is worth the whole men, and wine, make a man laugh till he life of a fool. What you give mines dies of it. Play or gaming hath the devil Still, what you eat smells ill next day. Ak at the bottom. The devil goes shares in ing costs no great matter. A woman that gaming. He who doth not rise early never loves to be at the window is like a bunch does a good day's work. He who hath of grapes in the highway. A woman good health is young, and he is rich who and a glass are never out of danger. A owes nothing. If young men had wit, womaa and a cherry are painted for their and old men itrength, enough, every thing own harm. The best furniture in the might be well done. He who will have house is a virtuous woman. The first no judge but himself, condemns himself. wife is matrimony, the seco.d company, Learning is folly unless a good judgment the third heresy. A doctor and a clown hath the mangement of it. Every man


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