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vern a wife and family, so, if thou stay long, shou shals hardly see the education of thy children, who, being left to strangers, are in effect lost: and better were it to be unborn than ill-bred; for thereby thy posterity shall either perish, or remain a shame to thy name and family. -Sir W. Raleigh-to his Son.
DXXXVII. It is a strange thing, to see the care and solicitude that is used to strengthen and cherish the body; the study, and industry and skill to form and shape every member and limb to beauty and comeliness; to teach the hands and feet and eyes the order and gracefulness of motion; to cure any defects of nature or accident, with any hazard and pain, insomuch as we oftentimes see
even those of the weaker sex, and less inclined to suffering, willingly endure the breaking of a bone that cannot otherwise be made straight; and all this ado but to make a handsome and beautiful person, which at best is but the picture of a man or woman, without a wise soul: when to the information and improvement of that jewel, which is the essence of man; and which unconsidered, even that which we so labour for and are proud of, our beauty and handsomeness, is by many degrees inferior to that of a thousand beasts and other creatures; to the cultivating and shaping and directing of the mind, we give scarce a thought, not an hour of our life; never suppress a passion, never reform an affection; insomuch as (though never age had fewer wise men to show to the world) we may justly wonder We are not all fools and idiots, when we consider how little we have contributed to make ourselves other: and doubtiess, if nature (whom we are ready to accuse of all our weakness and perverseness, had not out of her store bountifully supplied us, our own art and industry would never have kept up our faculties to that little vile height they are at.- Clarendon.
DXXXVIII. When fix'd to one, love safe at anchor rides, But dares the fury of the wind and tides; But losing once that hold, to the wide ocean borne, It drives at will, to every wave or scorn. Dryden.
DXXXIX. Age is a powerful distemper, which naturally and imperceptibly steals in upon us, and therefore a vast provision of study and great precaution are absolutely necessary to avoid the imperfections it loads us with, or at least to weaken their progress. Notwithstandling all my retrenchments and redoubts, I find age gaining upon me inch by inch; I make as stout a defence as I can, but I am entirely ignorant whither it will drive me at last. At all hazards I am satisfied, that when I tall, the world may know from whence I fell.--Montaigne.
DXLI. In company 'tis a very great fault to be more forward in setting one's self off, and talking to show one's parts than to learn the worth, and to be truly acquainted with the abilities of other men. He that makes it his business not to know, but to be known, is like a foolish tradesmen, who makes all the harte he can to sell off his old stock, but takes no thought of laying in any new. Charron.
DXLII. The small reckoning I have known (especially in their life-time) of excellent wits, bids me advise you, that if you find any delight in writing, to go on; but in hope to please or satisfy others, I would not black the end of a quill; for long experience has taught me, that builders always, and writers for the most part, spend their money and time in the purchase of reproof and censure from envious contemporaries, or self-conceited posterity.-F. Osborn-to his Son.
DXLIII. What a deform'd thief fashion is? How giddily he turns about all the hot bloods, between fourteen and fiveand-thirty? Sometime, fashioning them like Pharoah's soldiers in the reechy painting; sometime, like god Bel's priests in the old church window; sometime, like the shaven Hercules in the smirch'd worm-eaten tapestry.--Shakspeare.
DXLIV Run not into debt, either for wares sold, or money borrowed; be content to want things that are not of absolute necessity, rather than to run up the score: such a man pays at the latter end a third part more than the principal comes to, and is in perpetual servitude to his creditors; lives uncomfortably; is necessitated to increase bis debts, to stop his creditors mouths; and many times falls into desperate courses.- Sir M. Hale.
It chanced they had words and fell out;
But could not, for both were so stout.
And with pride to your laws I submit;
All critics of taste will admit.
Cries Nature (quite touch'd to the soul;)
But what from any records he stole.
Whenever I paint or I draw,
For which thou shalt suffer the law.
To me all the praise shall be given:
DXLVI. The spring, that bringeth out flies and fools, maketh some ladies inhabitants in Hyde Park; and in the winter they are an incumbrance to the play-house, and the ballast of the drawing-room.-Saville, 1751.
They abuse our scene,
Laugh'd into wit, and virtue, than hath been
Rand. Muses' Looking-Glass. i
DXLVIII. Gentility is nothing but ancient riches.-Lord Bur. leigh.
It is but a chill and insipid pleasure to have always to do with such supple and well-bred fools, as consent, and flatter, and applaud all you say, be it true or false, right or wrong, indifferently.-Charron.
DXLIX. The sight of a drunkard is a better sermon against that vice, than the best that was ever preached upon that subject-Saville.
The base measure all men's marches by their own pace.---Sir P. Sidney.