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Marvell. CLXXXVIII. To be mentioned with esteem by a fine writer, is a patent for esteem in all future ages, and an exemption from contempt and oblivion. This has been the good fortune of Mecænas, and of such other great men, who had taste enough, or art enough, to encourage genius and learning. The dexterity of their conduct in this respect has even hid or disguised the folly or deformity of their management in other instances; and it has been remembered
that they were generous patrons, when it was forgot that they were dishonest or dangerous politicians.
Life of St. Evremond.
CLXXXIX. Who knows the joys of friendship? The trust, security, and mutual tenderness, The double joys, where each is glad for both? Friendship, our only wealth, our last retreat and
strength, Secure against ill-fortune and the world.
Rowe. CXC. Until men find a pleasure in the exercise of the mind, great promises of much knowledge will little persuade them that know not the fruits of knowledge.—Sir Sidney.
. He that finds truth, without loving her, is like a bat; which, though it have eyes to discern that there is a sun, yet hath so evil eyes, that it cannot delight in the sun.-Sir P. Sidney.
CXCIII. . Despair is like froward children, who, when you take away one of their play things, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head. It refuses to live under disappointments and crosses, and chooses rather not to be at all, than to be without the thing which it hath once imagined necessary to its happiness.-Charron.
. The grave is the common treasury to which we must all be taxed.-Burke.
CXCVI. Avarice is of all passions the most sordid, the most clogged and covered with dirt and with dross, so that it cannot raise its wings beyond the smell of the earth: it is the pay of common soldiers, as honour is of commanders: and yet among those themselves, none ever went so far upon the hopes of prey or of spoils, as those that have been spirited by honour or religion. It is no wonder then, that learning has been so little advanced since it grew to be mercenary, and the progress of it has been fettered by the cares of the world, and disturbed by the desires of being rich, and the fears of being poor; from all which, the ancient philosophers, the Brachmans of India, the Chaldean Magi, the Egyptian priests, were disentangled.--Sir W. Temple,
CC. The law is the standard and guardian of our liberty; it circumscribes and defends it; but to imagine liberty without a law, is to imagine every man with his sword in his hand to destroy him who is weaker than himself; and that would be no pleasant prospect to those who cry out most for liberty.- Clarendon.
CCI. There is no art delivered unto mankind, that hath not the works of nature for its principal object, without which they could not consist, and on which they so depend, as they become actors and players, as it were, of what nature will have set forth. Only the poet, disdaining to be tied to any such subjection, lifted up with the vigour of his own invention, doth grow into effect, into another nature: in making things either better than nature brings forth, or quite anew, he forms such as never were in nature, as the Heroes, Demi-gods, Cyclops, Chimeras, Furies, and such like; so as he goeth hand in hand with nature, not enclosed within the narrow warrant of her gifts, but freely ranging within the zodiac of his own wit. Nature never set forth the earth in so rich a tapestry as diverse poets have done; neither with so pleasant rivers, fruitful trees, sweet smelling flowers, nor whatsoever else may make the too much loved earth more, lovely: her world is brazen, the poets only deliver a golden. Nei. ther let it be deemed too saucy a comparison, to balance the highest point of man's wit with the efficacy of nature; but rather give right honour to the heavenly Maker of that nature, who having made man to his own likeness, set him beyond, and over all the works of that second nature, which in nothing he showed so much as in poetry, when, with the force of a divine breath, he bringeth things forth surpassing her doings, with no small arguments to the incredulous of that first accursed fall of Adam, since our erected wit maketh us know what perfection is, and yet our infect
ed will keepeth us from reaching unto it.--Sir P. Sidney's Defence of Poesy.
CCII. Cunning pays no regard to virtue, and is but the low mimic of wisdom.-- Bolingbroke.
CCIII. Exceed not in tbe humour of rags and bravery, for these will soon wear out of fashion; but money in thy purse, will ever be in fashion; and no man is esteemed for gay garments but by fools.Sir W. Raleigh.
ССУ. I know, and have long felt, the difficulty of reconciling the unwieldy haughtiness of a great ruling nation, sabituated to command, pampered by enormous wealth, and confident from a long course of prosperity and victory, to the high spirit of free dependencies, animated with the first glow and activity of juvenile heat, and assuming to themselves as their birth-right, some part of that very pride which opresses them.-Burke-on the Americana War.
CCVI. One man will not, for any respect of fortune, lose his liberty so much, as to be obliged to step over a kennel every morning ; and yet to please a mistress, save a beloved child, serve his country or friend, will sacrifice all the ease of his life, nay his blood and life too, upon'occcasion.-Sir W. Temple.
CCVII. When things go wrong, each fool presumes t' advise, And if more happy, thinks himself more wise: All wretchedly deplore the present state; And that advice seems best which comes to late.
Sedley. CCVIII. The distinguished part of our constitution is its liberty. To preserve that liberty inviolate, seems the particular duty and proper trust of a member of the House of Commons. But the liberty, the only liberty I mean, is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue; but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.- Burke.
Prior. CCX. There is nothing more becoming any wise man, than to make choice of friends, for by them thou shalt be judged what thou art: let them therefore be wise and virtuous, and none of those that follow thee for gain; but make election rather of thy betters, than thy inferiors, shunning always such as are poor and needy; for if thou givest twenty gifts, and refuse to do the like but once, all that thou hast done will be lost, and such men will become thy mortal enemies.- Sir W. Raleigh-to his Son.