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DISSIMULATION.—Dissimulation is but a faint kind of policy or wisdom; for it asketh a strong wit and a strong heart to know when to tell the truth, and to do it: therefore it is the weaker sort of politicians that are the greatest dissemblers. Lord Bacon.

DISSIPATION.—Dissipation is absolutely a labor when the round of Vanity Fair has been once made; but fashion makes us think light of the toil, and we describe the circle as mechanically as a horse in a mill.—Zimmerman.

DISTINCTIONS.—When a doubt is propounded, you must learn to distinguish, and show wherein a thing holds, and wherein it doth not hold. The not distinguishing where things should be distinguished, and the not confounding, where things should be confounded, is the cause of all the mistakes in the world. Selden.

DIVERSIONS.—Diversions are the most properly applied, to ease and relieve those who are oppressed, by being too much employed. Those that are idle have no need of them, and yet they, above all others, give themselves up to them. To unbend our thoughts, when they are too much stretched by our cares, is not more natural than it is necessary; but to turn our whole life into a holiday, is not only ridiculous, but destroyeth pleasure instead of promoting it.—Saville.

DOING WELL.—Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.-Pythagoras.

Dowry, THE BEST.—The best dowry to advance the mar. riage of your child with one who will render her happy, is,

, that she have in her countenance sweetness and gentleness, in her speech wisdom, in her behavior modesty, and in her life virtue.

DRESS.—As the index tells us the contents of stories, and directs to the particular chapter, even so does the outward habit and superficial order of garments (in man or woman) give us a taste of the spirit, and demonstratively point (as it were a manual note from the margin) all the internal quality of the soul; and there cannot be a more evident, palpable, gross manifestation, of poor, degenerate, dunghilly blood and breeding, than a rude, unpolished, disordered, and slovenly outside.-Massinger.

Dress.—Had Tully himself pronounced one of his orations with a blanket about his shoulders, more people would have laughed at his dress than have admired his eloquence.Spectator.

Dress. — The medium between a fop and a sloven is what a man of sense would endeavor to keep; yet I remember Mr. Osborn advises his son to appear in his habit rather above than below his fortune; and tells him that he will find an handsome suit of clothes always procures some additional respect. I have indeed myself observed that my banker ever bows lowest to me when I wear my full-bottomed wig; and writes me 'Mr.' or ' Esq.' according as he sees me dressed.Budgell.



Dress, HOW TO BE worn.—Next to clothes being fine, they should be well made, and worn easily: for a man is only the less genteel for a fine coat, if in wearing it he shows a regard for it, and is not as easy in it as if it were a plain one. -- Chesterfield.

DRINKING.—The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.-Anacharsis.


DRINKING.—The maxim, 'in vino veritas—a man who is well warmed with wine, will speak truth,' may be an argument for drinking, if you suppose men in general to be liars: but, sir, I would not keep company with a fellow, who lies as long as he is sober, and whom you must make drunk before you can get a word of truth out of him.Johnson.

DRINKING.—Every moderate drinker could apandon the intoxicating cup, if he would ; every inebriate would if he could.-J. B. Gough.

DRINKING.—In the bottle, discontent seeks for comfort; cowardice, for courage ; bashfulness, for confidence; sadness, for joy; and all find ruin !

DRINKING.Some one commending Philip of Macedon, for drinking freely, " That,” said Demosthenes, " is a good quality in a sponge, but not in a king."

DRUNKENNESS.-Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath, hath not him. self, which whosoever doth commit, doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin.-St. Augustine.

DRUNKENNESS.—Drunkenness is the vice of a good constitution, or of a bad memory :—of a constitution so treacherously good, that it never bends till it breaks; or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains of getting sober.—Colton. DRUNKENNESS, ITS EFFECTS.- -All excess is ill; but drunk

. enness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. He that is drunk is not a man, because he is, for so long, void of reason that distinguishes a man from a beast.— Wm. Penn.


Some of the domestic evils of drunkencess are houses without windows, gardens without fences, fields without tillage, barns without roofs, children without clothing, principles, morals, or manners. Franklin. DULNESS –A duil man is so near a dead man that he is hardly to be ranked in the list of the living; and as he is not to be buried whilst he is half alive, so he is as little to be employed whilst he is half dead. --Saville.

DUTIES, ORDINARY.—We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly in the road before us. When we read, we fancy we could be martyrs: when we come to act we cannot bear a provoking word.—II. More.

DUTY, FILIAL.—There is no virtue that adds so noble a charm to the finest traits of beauty, as that which exerts itself in watching over the tranquillity of an aged parent. There are no tears that give so rich and sweet a lustre to the cheek of innocence, as the tears of filial sorrow.–St. Julian.



-The difference between rising at five and seven o'clock in the morning, for the space of forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man's life.-Doldridge.

ECONOMY.- A sound economy is a sound understanding brought into action. It is calculation realized; it is the doctrine of proportion reduced to practice; it is foreseeing contingencies and providing against them; it is expecting contingencies and being prepared for them.

ECONOMY AND WASTE. --Waste cannot be accurately told, though we are sensible how destructive it is. Economy on the on; hand, by which a certain income is made to main. tain a man genteelly; and waste on the other, by which, op the same income, another man lives shabbily, cannot be de fined. It is a very nice thing; as one man wears his coat out much sooner than another, we cannot tell how.Johnson.

ECONOMY, DOMESTIC.—Men talk in raptures of youth and beauty, wit and sprightliness; but after seven years of union, not one of them is to be compared to good family management, which is seen at every meal, and felt every hour in the husband's purse.— Witherspoon.

ECONOMY, DOMESTIC.-I think you ought to be well informed how much your husband's revenue amounts to, and be so good a computer as to keep within it that part of the management which falls to your share, and not to put yourself in the number of those politic ladies, who think they gain a great point when they have teased their husbands to buy them a new equipage, a laced head, or a fine petticoat, without once considering what long score remained unpaid to the butcher. ----Swift's Letter to a Young Lady.

ECONOMY, OUR REGARD TO.--The regard one shows econ. omy, is like that we show an old aunt, who is to leave us something at last.-Shenstone.

ECONOMY THE OPPOSITE OF PROFUSENESS.—Economy is the parent of integrity, of liberty, and of case; and the beauteous sister of temperance, of cheerfulness, and health: and profuseness is a cruel and crafty demon, that gradually involves her followers in dependence and debts; that is, fetters them with “ irons that enter into their souls.”—Ad. venturer.


EDUCATION.—What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul. The philosopher, the saint, the hero, the wise, and the good, or the great, very often lie

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