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confidential servants of our gracious Sovereign, who, to my certain knowledge, rates his honour so high, that he would rather part with his crown, than preserve it by deceit.—Burkemon American Taxation, 1774.
CLXIII. What is birth to a man, if it shall be a stain to his dead ancestors, to have left such an offspring!--Sir P. Sidney.
CLXIV. I make a distinction between knowledge and learning; taking knowledge to be properly meant of things that are generally agreed to be true, by consent of those that first found them out, or have since been instructed in them: but learning is the knowledge of the different and contested opinions of men in former ages, and about which they have perhaps never agreed in any and this makes so much of one and so little of the other, in the world. Sir W. Temple.
Dipt in all colours of the heav'nly bow,
Tickell's Kensington Gardens.
CLXVI. Men well governed should seek after no other liberty, for there can be no greater liberty than a good government: the truth is, the easiness of the government has made some so wanton as to kick against it; our own historians write, that most of our kings have been unthankfully used.--Sir W. Raleigh.
CLXX. · A man must first govern himself, ere he be fit to govern a family: and his family, ere he be fit to bear the government in the commonwealth.---Sir W. Raleigh.
CLXXII. Priendship is so rare, as it is doubted, whether it be a thing indeed, or but a word.--Sir P. Sidney.
CLXXIII. If the first corruption be not sucked in from the domestic manners, a little providence might secure inen in their first entrance into the world, at least, it parents took as much care to provide for their chila dren's conversation, as they do for their clothes, and to procure a good friend for them as a good tailor,Clarendon.
CLXXIV. The censure of those that are opposite to us, is the nicest commendation than can be given us.-St. Euremond.
CLXXVI. I cannot but observe, to the honour of our country, that the good qualities amongst us seem to be natural, and the ill ones more accidental, and such as would be easily changed by the examples of princes, and by the precepts of laws; such I mean, as should be designed
to form manners, to restrain excesses, to encourage industry, to prevent men's expenses beyond their fortunes, to countenance virtue, and to raise that esteem due to plain sense and common honesty.Sir W. Temple.
CLXXVII. Scandal is a never failing vehicle for dullness. The true-born Englishman had died silently among the grocers and trunk-makers, if the libeller had not help'd off the poet.- Tom Brown.
CLXXVIII. The journey of high honour lies not in smooth ways.-Sir P. Sidney.
CLXXIX. No heart is empty of the humour of curiosity, the beggar being as attentive in his station, to an improvement of knowledge, as the prince.--Osborn.
CLXXX. Pride, as it is compounded of the vanity and ill-nature that disposes men to admire themselves, and contemn other men (which is its genuine composition,) retains its vigour longer than any other vice, and rarely expires but with life itself.- Clarendon.
CLXXXI. Rage is the shortest passion of our souls. Like narrow brooks, that rise with sydden showr's, It swells in haste, and falls again as soon. Still as it ebbs the softer thoughts flow in, And the deceiver love supplies its place.
Rowe. CLXXXII. The beauty of the eye consists, first, in its clearness; what coloured eye shall please most, depends a good deal on particular fancies; but none are pleased with an eye whose water (to use that term) is dull and muddy. We are pleased with the eye in this view, on
the principle upon which we like diamonds, clear water, glass, and such like transparent substances. Secondly, the motion of the eye contributes to its beauty, by continually shifting its direction; but a slow and languid motion is more beautiful than a brisk one; the latter is enlivening, the former lovely. Thirdly, with regard to the union of the eye with the neighbouring parts, it is to hold the same rule that is given of other beautful ones; it is not to make a strong deviation from the line of the neighbouring parts; nor to verge into any exact geometrical figure. Burke.
CLXXXIII. With hunger, the necessity of eating is a sort of evil which causes another after the meal is over, by making us eat more than we should.–St. Evremond.
CLXXXIV. A just man hateth the evil, but not the evil doer,-Sir P. Sidney.
CLXXXV. There is a sort of variety amongst us which arises from our climate, and the dispositions it naturally produces. We are not only more unlike one another than any nation I know, but we are more unlike ourselves too, at several times, and owe to our very air, some ill qualities as well as good.—Sir W. Temple.
CLXXXVI. I know not how it comes to pass, but notorious it is, that men of depraved principles and practice are much more active and solicitous to make proselytes, and to corrupt others, than pious and wise men are to reduce and convert; as if the devil's talent were more operative and productive, than that which God entrusts in the hands of his children, which seems to be wrapped up in a napkin without being employed.--Clarendon.