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We were one mass, we could not give or take,
Dryden. LXXXIII. Of all things, wisdom is the most terrified with epidemical fanaticism, because, of all enemies, it is that against which she is the least able to furnish any kind of resource.—Burke.
LXXXIV. Reason! how many eyes hast thou to see evils, and how dim, nay, blind, thou art in preventing them.Sir P. Sidney.
To die is so small a matter to the English, that they want images more ghastly than death itself to effect them. Hence it is that, upon very good ground, we object to them, that they allow too much to their senses upon the stage.--St. Evremond-on Tragedy.
You'd scorn proud towers,
And seek them in these bowers,
Nor murmurs e'er come nigh us,
LXXXVI. I never relished Acts of Grace, nor ever submitted to them but from despair of better. They are a dishonourable invention, by which, not from humanity, not from policy, but merely because we have not room enough to hold these victims of the absurdity of our laws, we turn loose upon the public three or four thousand naked
wretches, corrupted by the habits-debased by the ignominy of a prison. If the creditor had a right to those carcasses, as a natural claim for his property, I am sure we have no right to deprive him of that security. But if the few pounds of flesh were not necessary to his security, we had not a right to detain the unfortunate debtor, without any benefit to the person that confined him.--Burke.
LXXXVII. In war, people judge, for the most part, by the success, whatever is the opinion of the wiser sort. Let a man show all the good conduct that is possible, if the event does not answer, ill fortune passes for a fault, and is justified but by a very few persons.--St. Evremond.
LXXXVIII. · A knight of the long robe is more honourable than a knight made in the field; for furs are dearer than spurs. -Šir T. Overbury.
Our life, Fame pieceth longer at the end,
Sir T, Overbury.
XC. The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness. --Anacharsis.
XCI. · As for that part of chemistry, which is applied to the transmutation of metals, and the search of the philosopher's stone, which has enchanted, not to say turned, so many brains in the latter ages--though some men cannot comprehend how there should have been so much smoke, for so many ages in the world about it, without some fire-it is easy, I think, to conceive, that there has been a great deal of fire, without producing any thing but smoke. If it be a science, it is certainly one of the liberal ones; for the professors or followers of it have spent more money upon it than those of all other sciences together; and more than they ever will recover, without the philosopher's stone.- Sir W. Temple.
XCII. When a man's heart is the gage of his debt; when a man's own thoughts are willing witnesses to his promise; lastly, when a man is the jailor over himself, there is little doubt of breaking credit, and less of escape.-Sir P. Sidney.
XCIII. Frugality is founded on the principle, that all riches have limits.--Burke.
XCIV. Anger is the most impotent passion that accompanies the mind of man; it effects nothing it goes about; and hurts the man who is possessed by it more than any | other against whom it is directed.-Clarendon.
F. Osborn-Epitaph on himself.
XCVI. The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity...Sir. P. Sidney.
. XCVII. It is no excuse for presumptuous ignorance, that it is directed by insolence or passion. The poorest being that crawls on earth, contending to save itself from notice and oppression, is an object respectable in the eyes of God and man; but I cannot conceive any exist
ence under heaven (which in the depth of its wisdom tolerates all sorts of things,) that is more odious and disgusting than an impotent helpless creature, without civil wisdom or military skill, without a consciousness of any other qualification for power, but his servility to it; bloated with pride and arrogance, calling for battles which he is not to fight, contending for a violent dominion, which he can never exercise, and satisfied to be himself mean and miserable, in order to render others contemptible and wretched.-Burke-on the Ministry during the American war.
XCVIII. The great, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm-tree, to strive most upwards, when it is most burthened. Sir. P. Sidney.
And when by marriage both in one concur,
Sir T. Overbury..
C. Humanity cannot be degraded by humiliation. It is its very character to submit to such things. There is a consanguinity between benevolence and humility. They are virtues of the same stock.—Burke.
CI. To be ambitious of true honour, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, of place, of ceremonial respects and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court.
Sir P. Sidney
CII. Gaming finds man a cully, and leaves him a knaye.-Tom Brown.
CIII. If the Divines do rightly infer from the sixth commandment, Thou shalt not kill-scandalizing one's neighbour with false and malicious reports, whereby I vex his spirit, and consequently impair his health, is a degree of murder.—Sir W. Raleigh.
The critics are a race of scholars I am very little acquainted with; having always esteemed them but like brokers, who, having no stock of their own, set up a trade with that of other men; buying here, and selling there, and commonly abusing both sides, to make out à little paltry gain, either of money or of credit, for them. selves, and care not at whose cost.---Sir W. Temple.
Consider that the trade of a vintner is a perfect myse tery (for that is the term the law bestows on it;) now, as all mysteries in the world are wholly supported by hard and unintelligible terms, so you must take care to christen your wines by some hard names, the farther fetch'd so much the better; and this policy will serve to recommend the most execrable stumm in all your cellar. A plausible name to an indifferent wine, is what a gaudy title is to a fop, or fine clothes to a woman; it helps to conceal the defects it has, and bespeaks the world in its favour. Men naturally love to be cheated, particularly those of our own nation, for the honour of old England be it spoken; and provided the imposition is not too bare-faced, will meet you half-way with all their hearts.-Letter to a Vintner-Tom Brown
When it is not despicable to be poor, we want fewer things to live in poverty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently with riches.- St, Evremond.