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COURTIERS. -- An old courtier, with veracity, good sense, and a faithful memory, is an inestimable treasure; he is full of transactions and maxims; in him one may find the history of the age enriched with a great many curious circum. stances, which we never meet with in books; from him we may learn rules for our conduct and manners, of the more weight, because founded on facts, and illustrated by striking examples.--Bruyere.
Courtship.—The pleasantest part of a man's life is generally that which passes in courtship, provided his passion be sincere, and the party beloved, kind, with discretion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing motions of the soul, rise in the pursuit.--Addison.
COVETOUSNESS.—If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous 'man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.—Lord Bacon.
COVETOUSNESS.—The only gratification a covetous man gives his neighbors is, to let them see that he himself is as little better for what he has, as they are.—Penn.
COVETOUSNESS.—Covetousness, by a greediness of getting more, deprives itself of the true end of getting : it loses the enjoyment of what it had got. --Sprat.
CoveroUS, THE.--Covetous men are fools, miserable wretches, buzzards, madmen, who live by themselves, in perpetual slavery, fear, suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more of gall than honey in their enjoyments, who are rather possessed by their money than possessors of it; mancipati pecuniis, bound 'prentices to their property; and, servi divitiarum, mean slaves and drudges to their substance. Burton.
CoveroUS, THE.—The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world; to take in everything, and part with nothing. --South.
COVETOUS, THE.--The covetous man heaps up riches, not to enjoy them, but to have them; and starves himself in the midst of plenty; and most unnaturally cheats and robs himself of that which is his own; and makes a hard shift to be as poor and miserable with a great estate, as any man can be without it.—Tillotson.
COVETOUS, THE.— The covetous man is a downright servant, a draught-horse without bells or feathers; a man condemned to work in mines, which is the lowest and hardest condition of servitude; and, to increase his misery, a worker there for he knows not whom. "He heapeth up riches, and knows not who shall enjoy them.” It is only sure, that he himself neither shall nor can enjoy them. He is an indigent needy slave; he will hardly allow himself clothes and boardwages. He defrauds not only other men, but his own genius; he cheats himself for money. But the servile and miserable condition of this wretch is so apparent, that I leave it, as evident to every man's sight, as well as judgment.— Couley.
CoveTOUS, THE, AND PROFUSE.—Some men are as covetous as if they were to live forever; and others as profuse, as if they were to die the next moment.— Aristotle.
CoxcoMBS.—None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves.- Colton.
CREDIT.—Credit is like a looking-glass, which when only sullied by a breath, may be wiped clear again, but if once cracked can never be repaired. -Scott.
CREDIT, A BOND OF SOCIETY.- Nothing so cements and holds together in union all the parts of a society, as faito or credit; which can never be kept up, unless men are under some forse or necessity of honestly paying what they owe to one another.— Cicero.
CREDIT, EASILY AFFECTED.- -The most trifling actions that affect a man's credit are to be regarded. The sound of your hammer at five in the morning, or nine at night, heard by a creditor, makes him easy six months longer; but if he sees you at a billiard table, or hears your voice at a tavern, when you should be at work, he sends for his money the next day; demands it before he can receive it in a lump.- Franklin.
CREDIT, TOO LARGE.—Too large a credit has made many a bankrupt, but taking even less than a man can answer with ease, is a sure fund for extending it whenever his occasions require.—Preface to the Guardian.
CREDITORS. —Creditors have better memories than debtors; and creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.Franklin.
CREDULITY.— Credulity is belief on slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence. In this sense it is the infidel, not the believer, who is credulous. “The simple," says Solomon, " believeth every word.”
CREDULITY AND CURIOSITY.—In proportion that credulity is a more peaceful possession of the mind than curiosity, so far preferable is that wisdom which converses about the surface, to that pretended philosophy which enters into the depth of things, and then comes back gravely with the informations and discoveries, that in the inside they are good for nothing. --Swift. CREDULITY OF
-Charles the Second, hearing Vossius, a celebrated free-thinker, repeating some incredible stories about the Chinese, said, “This is a very strange man. He believes everything but the Bible !"
CREDULOUSNESS.-Credulousness is the concomitant of the
first stages of life; and is indeed the principle on which all instruction must be founded; but it lays the mind open to impressions of error, as well as of truth; and, when suffered to combine itself with that passion for the marvellous which all children discover, it fosters the rankest weeds of vbimera and superstition. Hence, the awful solemnity of “ darkness visible," and of what the poet has denominated a dim religious light;" together with the terrors of evil omens, or haunted places, and of ghastly spectres.--Percival.
Cross, THE.—The cross of Christ, on which he was extended, points in the length of it, to heaven and earth, reconciling them together, and in the breadth of it, to former and following ages, as being equally salvation to both.
CUNNING.—Cunning is none of the best nor worst qualities; it floats between virtue and vice: there is scarce any exigence where it may not, and perhaps ought not to be supplied by prudence.—Bruyere.
CUNNING.–Cunning pays no regard to virtue, and is but the low mimic of wisdom.—Bolingbroke.
CUNNING AND DISCRETION.—Cunning has only private selfish aims, and sticks at nothing which may make them succeed. Discretion has large and extended views, and, like a well-formed
eye, commands a whole horizon: cunning is a kind of short-sightedness, that discovers the minutest objects which are near at hand, but is not able to discern things at a distance. Discretion, the more it is discovered, gives a greater authority to the person who possesses it; cunning, when it is once detected, loses its force, and makes a man incapable of bringing about even those events which he might have done, had he passed only for a plain man. Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life: cunning is a kind of instinct, that only looks out after our immediate interest and welfare. Discretion is only found
in men of strong sense and good understandings: cunning is often to be met with in brutes themselves, and in persong who are but the fewest removes from them. In short, cunning is only the mimic of discretion, and may pass upon weak
men, in the same manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom.--Addison.
CUNNING, CONCEIT OF.—The certain way to be cheated, is to fancy one's self more cunning than others. - Charron.
CUNNING, ITS TENDENCY.-Cunning leads to knavery; it is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery; lying only makes the difference; add that to cunning and it is knavery.-Bruyere.
Curiosity.—No heart is empty of the humor of curiosity; the beggar being as attentive, in his station, to an improve ment of knowledge, as the prince.- Osborn.
Curiosity.— Avoid him who, from mere curiosity, asks three questions running about a thing that cannot interest him.-Lavater.
CURIOSITY ABOUT OTHERS. — -What a vast deal of time and ease that man gains, who is not troubled with the spirit of impertinent curiosity about others; who lets his neighbor's thoughts and behavior alone; who confines his inspections to himself, and cares chiefly for his own duty and conscience.
DAY, A FINE. There is nothing more universally com. mended than a fine day; the reason is, that people can com. mend it without envy.--Shenstone.
DEATH.—Death is like thunder in two particulars : we are