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HONOR and shame from no condition rise :-
AMONG the Symer.ns, or fugitive negroes in the South Seas, being in a state that does not set them above continual cares for the immediate necessaries of life, he that can temper iron belt, is among them molt esteemed: and, perhaps, it would be happy for every nation, if honors and applauses were as justly distributed, and he were moft distinguished whose abilities were most useful to society. How many chimerical titles to precedence, how many false pretences to respect, would this rule bring to the ground !-Fohnson.
The Handsome and Deformed LEG. THERE are two sorts of people in the world, who with equal degrees of health and wealth, and the other comforts of life, become the one happy, and the other miserable. This arises
very much from the different views in which they consider things, persons, and events; and the effect of those different views upon their own minds.
IN whatever fituation men can be placed, they may find conveniencies and inconveniencies : in whatever company, they may find persons and conversation more or less plealing: at whatever table, they may meet with meats and drinks of better and worse talte, dishes better and worse dressed ; in whatever climate, they will find good and bad weather: under whatever government, they may find good and bad laws, and good and bad administration of those laws: in whatever poem, or work of genius, they may fee faults and beauties : in almost every face, and every person, they may discover fine features ard defects, good and bad qualities.
Under thete circumstances, the two forts of people abovementioned, fix their at-eation--those who are disposed to be happy, on the convenieacies of things, the pleasant parts of The Handsome and Deformed Leg.
133 conversation, the well dressed dishes, the goodness of the wines, the fine weather, &c. and enjoy all with cheerfulness. Those who are to be unhappy, think and speak only of the contraries. Hence they are continually dilcontented themfelves, and, by their remarks, four the pleafures of society; offend personally many people, and make themselves every where disagreeable. If this turn of mind was founded in nature, such unhappy persons would be the more to be pitied. But as the disposition to criticise, and to be disgusted, is perhaps taken up originally by imitation, and is, unawares, grown into a habit, which, though at present strong, may Devertheless be cured, when those who have it are convinced of its bad effects on their felicity; I hope this little admonition may be of service to theni, and put them on changing a habit, which, though in the exercise it is chiefly an act of imagination, yet has serious consequences in lifing as it brings on real griefs and misfortunes, For as many are offended by, and nobody loves this sort of people; no one snews them more than the most common civility and respect, and scarcely that; and this frequently puts them out of humour, and draws them into disputes and contentions. If they aim at obcaining fome advantage in rank or fortune, nobody wilhes them success, or will ftir a step, or speak a word to favor their pretensions. If they incur public censure or disgrace, no one will defend or excuse, and many join to aggravate their misconduct, and render them completely odious. If these people will not change this bad habit, and condescend to be pleased with what is pleasing, without fretting themselves and others about the contraries, it is good for o:hers to avoid an acquaintance with them; which is always disagreeable, and sometimes very inconvenient, especially when one finds one's self entangled in their quarrels.
An old philosophical friend of mine was grown from experience, very cautious in this particular, and carefully avoided any intimacy with such people. He had, like other philofophers, a thermometer to thew him the heat of the weather ; and a baronicter, to mark when it was likely to prove good or bad; but there being no instrument invented to discover, at first fight, this unpleating disposition in a person, he, for that purpose, made use of his leys; one of which was remarkably handsome, the other, by fome accident, crooked and deformed. If a ftranger, at the first interview, regarded his ugly leg more than his handsone one, he doubted bim.
If he spoke of it, and took no notice of the handsome ley, that was sufficient to determine my philosopher to have no further acquaintance with him. Every body has not this two legged instrument: but every one, with a little attention, may observe signs of that carping, fault-finding disposition, end take the fame resolution of avoiding the acquaintance of those infected with it. I therefore advise those critical, queru. lous, discontented, unhappy people, that if they wish to be relpected and beloved by others, and happy in themselves, they should leave of looking at the ugly leg.--Franklin.
up in silent joy, he is not there.--Dryden.
-TO be good is to be happy: Angels
WHAT art thou, happiness, fo fought by all,
Tho'he with armies strew the hostile plain,
THERE is nothing more difficult than to lay down any fixed and certain rules for happiness, or indeed to judge with
Happiness. — Hupand. - Heaver.
135 any precision of the happiness of others from the knowledge of external circumitances. There is sometimes a little speck of black in the brightest and gayelt colours of fortune, whicha contaminates and deadens the whole. On the contrary, when all without looks dark and dismal, there is often a fieret rey of light within the mind, which turns every thing 10 real joy and gladness._Fieliling.
ALL natural and almost all political evils are incident alike to the bad or good. They are confounded in the misery of a famine, and not much distinguished in the fury of a faction, They link togeiher in a tempest, and are diireo logother fiola their country by invaders. All that virtue can afford is quieiness of conscience, a leady prospect of a happier flate, which will enable us to endure every calamity with patience.---Johnson
THE happiness of the generality of people is nothing if it is not known, and very litile if it is not envied. ---dir.
IT is impoffible to form a philofophic tem of happiness which is adapted to every condition in life ; fince every perival who travels in this great pursuit, takes a separate road. The different colours which suit different complexioos, are not more various than the different pleasures appropriated to particular minds. The various sects who have pretended to give lessons to instruct men in happiness, have described their own particular sensations without considering ours, have only loaded their disciples with constraint, without adding to their real felicity.--Goldsmith.
HUSBAND. THE Gilliest fellows are in general the worst of husbands : and it may be asserted as a fact, that a man of sense rarely
ill to a wife who deserves very well. --- Fielding, .
HOPE, with a goodly prospect feeds the eye,
CALL up your better reason to your aid,
O HOPE! fiveet flatirer! whose delusive touch
Stili, ali on hope relies;
Bids expectation rise.
THERE are some that use