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Attemots have been made with some success to analyse the language of ideas ;
but the language of sentiment and emotion has never yet been analysed ; and
perhaps it is not within the reách of human ability , to write a Philosophical ...
He can never have any true friends , that will be often changing them . ...
Ingratitude is a crime so shameful , that the man was never yet found , who would
acknowledge himself guilty of it , Truth is born with us ; and we must do 2
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 ...
Though a man may become learned by anothers learning ; he never can be wise
but by his own wisdom . He who wants good sense , is unhappy in having
learning , for he has thereby more ways of exposing himself . It is ungenerous to
give a ...
Nature in her whole drama never drew such a part ; she has fometimes made a
fool , but a coxcomb is always of his own making . It is the infirmity of little minds
to be taken with every appearance , and dazzled with every thing that sparkles ...
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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).