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And even when we speak without any of the more violent emotions , some kind of
feeling usually accompanies our words , and this , whatever it be , hath its proper
exterpál expression . Expression háth indeed been so little studied in public ...
Even virtue itself hath its stated limits ; which not being strictly observed , it
ceases to be virtue . It is wiser to prevent a quarrel beforehand , than to revenge it
afterwards . It is much better to reprove , than to be angry secretly . No revenge is
No man hath a thorough taste of prosperity , to whom adversity never happened .
When our vices leave us , we flatter ourselves that we leave them . It is as great a
point of wisdom to hide ignorance , as to discover knowledge . Pitch upon that ...
Well is he that is defended from it , and hath not passed through the venom
thereof ; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof , nor been bound in her bonds ; for
the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron , and the bands thereof are bands of brass ; the
A friend cannot be known in prosperity ; and an enemy cannot be hidden in
adversity . Admonish thy friend ; it may be he hath not done it ; and if he havc . ,
that he do it no more . Admonish thy friend ; it may be he hath not said it ; or if he
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This reader was initially published as a British reader, and then imported to America. According to Henry W. Simon, it was first published in America in Philadelphia in 1799. He was unaware of this second American printing. There is also another printing -- from New York in 1812 -- of which he too was unaware. Thus far, these are the only three American printings of which I am aware. In a visit to the Harvard archives, I noticed in their records that the Institute of 1770, an early literary society there, often read aloud from Enfield in their meetings in the 1770s and 1780s (though this would have been a British version of the text, not the American one depicted here).