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2. Nothing can be of greater service to a young mau who has any degree of understanding, than an intimate-con-versation with one of riper years, who is not only able to advise; but who knows the manner of advising: By this means youth can enjoy the benefit of the experience of age; and that, at a time of life when fuch experierice will he of more service to a man, than when he has lived long; encuglå to acquire it of himself.:
3. The kindneffes, which most men receive from others,, ace like traces drawn in the fand. The breach of every passion: sweeps them away, and they are remembered no more. But: injuries are like inseriptions on monuments of brass or pillars; of marble, which endure, unimpaired, the revolutions of time.
View the groves in autumn, and observe the con-stant fucccision of falling leaves ; in like manner the gene-rations of men silently drop from the stage of life, and are blended with the dust from whence they sprang
Perfect Trappiness is not the growth of a terrestrial! fuil'; it buds in the gardens of the virtuous on earth, but blooms with unfading verdure only in the celestial regions.
6. He who would pass the latter part of his life with honor and decency, must, when he is young, consider that he shall one day be old ; and remembers when he is older that he has once been young.
He who governs his paffions does more than he who comma:ids armies. Socrates, being one day offended with his servant, said, “I would beat you if I were not angry."
8. We too often judge of men by the splendor, and not by the merit' of their actions. Alexander demanded of a pirate whom he had taken, by what right he-infested the feas? By the fame right, replied he boldly, that you enflave the world. I am called a robber, because I have ono ly one small vessel; but you are styled a conqueror, because you command great fleets and armies.
9. Beauty, as the flowery blossom, foon fades; but the divine excellencies of the mind, like the medicinal virtues of! the plant, remain in it when all those charms are withered.
There are two confiderations which always embitter the heart of an avaricious man : the one is a perpetual thirit after more riches; the other, the prospect of leaving what he hath already acquired.
There cannot be a more glorious object in creation, than a human being replete with benevolence, meditating in what manner he may render himself most acceptable ta his Creator, by doing most good to his creatures.
A man should 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.
13. Knowledge will not be acquired without pains and application. It is troublesome digging for deep, pure waters ; but when once you come to the spring, they rise up and meet you.
14. The most unhappy effect of fashionable politeness is, that it teaches us the art of difpensing with virtues. which it imitates. Let us be educated to cherish the principles of benevolence and humanity, and we shall have politeness enough, or shall stand is no need of it.. is.
If we should not have that which is accompanied by the graces, we should have that which bespeaks the bonest man, and the good citizen. We should stand in na need of having recourse to the falsehood of appearances.
16. Man is the only being endowed with the power of laughter, aod perhaps he is the only one who deserves to be laughed ata
17. It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy unenvied, to be healthful without phyfic, and secure without a guard: to obtain from the bounty of nature, what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of artists, and the attendance of flatterers and spies.
18. Prudence is a duty which we owe ourselves, and if we will be fo much ou own enemies as to neglect it, we are not to wonder if the world is deficient in discharging their duty to us ; for when a man lays the foundation of his owo suin, others, too often, are apt to build upon
19. There are no principles but those of religion, to be depended on in cafes of real distrefs; and these are able to encoudter the worst energencies, and to bear us up under al the changes and chances to which our lives are subject.
210. Riches without charity are worth nothing. They are a bicing only to him who makes them a blessing to others.
The tongue of a viper is less hurtful ihan that of * liarderer ; and the gilded scales of a rattleske, less dreadful than the purse of the oppressor.
22. As benevolence is the most sociable of all the vir. tues, so it is of the largeft extent; for there is not any man, either fo great of lo little, but he is yet capable of giving and of receiving benefits.
23. When thou dost good, do it because it is good ; not because men esteem it fo. When thou avoidest evil, flee from it because it is evil ; . not because men speak against it. Be - honelt for the love of honesty, and thou fhalt be uniformly fo. He, who doth it without principle, is wavering.
24. With rather to be reproved by the wise, than to be applauded by him who hath do understanding. When they tell thee of a fault, they suppose thou canst improve ; the other, when he praiseth thee, thinketh thee like unto himself.
25. Set not thy judgment above that of all the earth ; neither condemn as falsehood, what agreeth not with thine own apprehension. Who gave thee the power of determining for others? or who took from the world the right of choice ?
26. How many things have been rejected, which now are received as truth; how many, now received as truths, will in their turn be despised ? Of what then can man be certain ?
27. An immoderate desire of riches is a poison lodged in the soul. It contaminates and destroys every thing which was good in it. It is no fooner rooted there, than all virtue, all honesty, all natural affe&ion, fly before the face of its
28. Drunkenness is but voluntary madness ; it emboldens men to do all forts of mischiefs ; it both irritates wickedness and discovers it ; it does not merely make men vicious, but it fhows them to be fa.
29. Every man should mind his own business ; for he, who torments himself with other people's good or ill. fortune, mill never be at rest,
30. To set about acquiring the habit of meditation and study late in life, is like getting into a go-cart with a grey beard, and learning to walk when we have lost the use of our legs. In general, the foundation of a happy old age must be laid in youch ; and he, who has not cultivated his Icalun young, will be utterly unable to improve it when old.
:-31. Endeavor to be first in your profession, and let no one go before you in doing well. Nevertheless, do not envy the merits of another ; but improve your own talents. 32. Never reveal
secrets to any, except it be as much their interest to keep them, as it is yours they fhould be kept. Entruft only thyself, and thou can not be betrayed.
33. Glory, like a shadow, flieth him who pursueth it ; but it followeth at the heels of him who would fly from it. If thou court it without merit, thou inalt never attain un. to it ; if thou deserve it, though thou hide thyself, it will never forsake thee.
34. Pursue that which is honorable, do that which is right ; and the 'applause of thine own conscience will be more joy to thee, than the shouts of millions, who know not that thou defervest them. 35 Love labor. IF
do not want it for food, you may for physic. The idle man is more perplexed to know what to do, than the industrious in doing what he ought. There are few who know how to be idle and in
By doing nothing, we learn to do ill. 36. Honor thy father with thy whole heart, and forget not the sorrows of thy mother. How canst thou recompense them the things which they have done for thee?
37. It is a mark of a depraved mind, to sneer at decrepit old age, or to ridicule any one who is deformed in his person or lacketh understanding. Who maketh one, to differ from another ?
38. The merciful man is merciful to his beast: and he, who takes pleasure in tormenting any of God's creatures, although ever fo inferior, ought to be banished from human fociety, and ranked among the brutes.
39. Admonish thy friend; it may be he hath not donc it ; and if he hath, that he do it no more. Admonish thy friend ; it
be he hath not said it ; or if he hath, that he speak it not again. Admonish a friend.; for many times it is a slander ; and believe not every tale.
40. Be not forward in leading the conversation. This belongs to the oldest persons in company. Display your learning only on particular occasions. Never oppose the opinion of another, but with great modesty.
41. On all occasions, ávoid speaking of yourself, if poffible. Nothing that we can fay ourselves will varnish our defects, or add lustre to our virtues ; on the contrary, it will often make the former more visible, and the latter obscure.
42. Without a friend, the world is but a wilderness. A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend among them'all. If you have one friend, think yourself happy.
43. There is but one way of fortifying the soul against all gloomy presages and terrors of the mind ; and that is, by securing to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being who disposes of events, and governs futurity.
A HINT TO PARENTS.
It is to be wished that parents would consider what a variety of circumstances tend to render the evil reports of their children, respecting their teachers, false and exaggerated.
They judge hastily, partially, imperfectly, and improperly, from the natural defects and weakness of their
age. They, likewise, too often intentionally misrepresent things. They hate those who restrain them ; they feel reseatment for correction ; they love change; they love idleness, and the indulgencies of their home.
3. Like all human creatures, they are apt not to know when they are well, and to complain. Let parents then confider these things impartially, and be cautious of afperfing the character, and disturbing the happiness of those who may probably deserve thanks rather than ill usage; whose. office is at best full of care and anxiety; and when it is interrupted by the injudicious interference or complaints of the parents, becomes intolerably burdensome.
4. If a father suspect his confidence to have been misplaced, it is best to withdraw it inimediately, without alter* cation and without reproaches. It would also be an excellent method of consulting their own peace, and the welfare of their other scholars, if masters made a rule to exclude from their schools the children of those parents who are unjustly discontented..