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spect the interests of others, often make us unmindful of our own; while they instruct the youthful reader to grasp at so cial happiness, he grows miserable in detail, and, attentive to universal harmony, often forgets that he himself has a part to sustain in the concert.Goldsmith.

Books, THEIR INFLUENCE.—Books are company; and the company of bad books is as dangerous as the

company of bad associates, while that of good books is like that of good


Books, THEIR MULTIPLICATION.—The continued multiplication of books not only distracts choice, but disappoints inquiry. To him that hath moderately stored his mind with images, few writers afford any novelty; or what little they have to add to the common stock of learning is so buried in the mass of general notions, that like silver mingled with the ore of lead, it is too little to pay for the labor of separation ; and he that has been often deceived by the promise of a title, at last grows weary of examining, and is tempted to consider all as equally fallacious.Johnson.

Books, THEIR TEACHINGS TO BE PRACTISED.—Books, (says Lord Bacon) can never teach the use of books; the student must learn by commerce with mankind to reduce his speculations to practice. No man should think so highly of bimself, as to think he can receive but little light from books, nor so meanly as to believe he can discover nothing but what is to be learned from them.Johnson.

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Books, THEIR USE.—Books, to judicious compilers, are useful—to particular arts and professions absolutely necessary to men of real science they are tools : but more are tools to them.—Joineriana, 1772.

Books, TIIEIR VALUE.—There is not so poor a book in the world, that would not be a prodigious effort, were it wrought

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Books, TO BE CAREFULLY SELECTED.—Few are sufficiently sensible of the importance of that economy in reading which selects, almost exclusively, the very first order of books. Why, except for some special reason, read an inferior book, at the very time you might be reading one of the highest or. der ? -Foster.


Books, TO BE ESTEEMED AS FRIENDS.- -Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again—for, like true friends, they will never fail us—never cease to instruct-never cloy.— Joineriana, 1772.

Books, USEFUL.— Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books. — Colton.

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BRIBERY.—A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint, will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy. Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant; accommodates itself to the meanest capacities; silences the loud and clamorous, and brings over the most obstinate and inflexible. Philip of Macedon was a man of most invincible reason this


He refuted by it all the wisdom of Athens, confounded their statesmen, struck their orators dumb, and at length argued them out of all their liberties.-Addison.

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BUILDING. - Never build after you are five-and-forty; have five years' income in hand before you lay a brick; and always calculate the expense at double the estimate.—Kett.

BUSINESS.—To men addicted to delights, business is an interruption : to such as are cold to delights, business is

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CALUMNY.—“ Boerhaave," says Johnson,“ was never soured by calumny and detraction, nor ever thought it necessary to confute them ; for, said he, they are sparks, which if you

do not blow them, will go out of themselves.” And, says Cato, “We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but a good life enables us to despise them.”

Cant.—When a man's fancy gets astride on his reason, when his imagination is at cuffs with his senses, and common understanding, as well as.common sense, is kicked out of doors, the first proselyte he makes is himself; and when that is once compassed, the difficulty is not so great in bringing over others; a strong delusion always operating from without, as vigorously as from within. For cant and vision are to the ear and the eye, the same that tickling is to the touch.-Swift.

CARD-PLAYING.—It is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense, passing away a dozen hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards, with no other conversation but what is made up of a few game phrases, and no other ideas but those of black or red spots ranged together in different figures. Would not a man laugh to hear any one of his species complaining that life is short ?--Spectator. CAUTION.-Caution in crediting, reserve in speaking, and



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in revealing one's self to very fcw, are the best securities both of peace and a good understanding with the world, and of the inward peace of our own minds.— Thomas à Kempis.

CENSORIOUSNESS.—The most censorious, are generally the least judicious, who, having nothing to recommend themselves, will be finding fault with others. No man envies the merit of another, who has enough of his own.-Rule of Life.

CENSURE.— The censure of our fellow-men, which we are so prone to esteem a proof of our superior wisdom, is too often only the evidence of the conceit that would magnify self, and of the malignity or envy that would detract from others.-T. Edwards.

CENSURE.—Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.--Swift.

CENSURE AND ADMONITION.—To arrive at perfection, a man should have very sincere friends, or inveterate enemies; because he would be made sensible of his good or ill conduct, either by the censures of the one, or the admonitions of the others.--Diogenes.

CENSURE, HOW RECEIVED. - There are but three ways for a man to revenge himself of the censure of the world; to despise it, to return the like, or to endeavor to live so as to avoid it: the first of these is usually pretended, the last is almost impossible, the universal practice is for the second. Swift.

CENSURE, HOW TO AVOID.—The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.— Demosthenes.

CENSURE OF OPPONENTS.—The censure of those that are opposite to us, is the nicest commendation that can be given us.—St. Evremond.

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CENSURE OF OTHERS.—All censure of others, is obliquu praise of self. It is uttered in order to show how much the speaker can bear. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the reproach of falsehood.

CENSURE, THE EMINENT EXPOSED TO.—It is a folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defence against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.— Addison.

CEREMONY.-Ceremony resembles that base coin which circulates through a country by the royal mandate; it serves every purpose of real money at home; but it is entirely useless if carried abroad: a person who should attempt to circulate his native trash in another country would be thought either ridiculous or culpable. He is truly well bred who knows when to value and when to despise those national peculiarities which are regarded by some with so much observance. A traveller of taste, at once perceives that the wise are polite all the world over; but that fools are only polite at home. - Goldsmith.






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CEREMONY AND GOOD BREEDING.—As ceremony is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance, so good breeding is an expedient to make fools and wise men equals.-Steele.

CEREMONY IN GOVERNMENT. — Politics resemble religion; attempting to divest either of ceremony is the most certain method of bringing either into contempt. The weak must have their inducements to admiration as well as the wise; and it is the business of a sensible government to impress all ranks with a sense of subordination, whether this be effected

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