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in the world as knowledge, but that, in any particular case, virtue would be insured by a clear and comprehensive discernment of the truth relating to the subject. “Certain it is,” says Lord Bacon, " that veritas and bonitas differ but as the seal and the print; for truth prints goodness; and they be the clouds of error, which descend in the storms of passions and perturbations.”—W. B. Clulow.
538. A man in whose manners there is no simplicity, and whose every word seems to have been studied, is more to be shunned than a viper.—Theophrastus.
If the habit of falsehood be once contracted, the whole moral system is immediately endangered. Dr Parr.
540. Men, in general, are pleased in finding out excuses for their own faults.—Epictetus.
541. He that is good will infallibly become better, and he that is bad will as certainly become worse ; for vice, virtue, and time, are three things that never stand still.—Lacon.
542. None can tell what that man will do, who dares to vary from right: for by the same authority, that he varies from it in one instance, he may in all.Dr Whichcote.
543. The discipline of the mind, by a right conduct in ordinary cases, is the best security against error and defect in those which are extraordinary.-Dr Parr.
544. Do not consider any vice as trivial, and therefore practise it : do not consider any virtue as unimportant, and therefore neglect it.-Chinese maxim.
545. A propensity to scandal may partly proceed from an inability to distinguish the proper objects of censure: the many occasions there are for this might very well save us the trouble of seeking for objects of scandal. Judicious censure is no more than just discrimination ; scandal confounds all distinctions, in disabling us from making them; and it destroys all the value both of our praise and our blame.-W. Danby.
Does not detraction originate in the common observation, that “the censure of others is a tacit approbation of ourselves"? Is not the spirit of detraction peculiar to narrow minds,—to wisdom in its own conceit? - Basil Montagu.
547. Caprice is a vice of the temper which increases faster than any other by indulgence; it often spoils the best qualities of the heart; and, in particular situations, degenerates into the most insufferable tyranny.
548. There is a troublesome humour some men have, that if they may not lead, they will not follow; but had rather a thing were never done, than not done their own way, though otherwise very desirable. This comes of an over fulness of ourselves, and shews we are more concerned for praise, than the success of what we think a good thing.–Dr T. Fuller.
549. Impatience of contradiction is both weak and wicked. Instead of facilitating decision, it perpetuates contention: it darkens the evidences and obstructs the efficacy of truth itself. It originates in a radical defect of judgment, and too often terminates in a most incorrigible intolerance of temper. -Dr Parr.
Our interest is wonderfully instrumental in warping our views to our inclinations. The most equitably disposed man in the world ought not to be a judge in his own cause. I have known some, who, in order not to fall into this temptation of selflove, have committed acts of the greatest injustice in the contrary direction. The surest way with them to ruin à cause, however just, has been to give it the recommendation of some near relative. Justice and truth are so subtile in their nature, that our instruments are too blunt exactly to touch them. If they succeed in reaching the points, they crush them; and find their restingplace rather on falsehood than on reality.—Pascal.
551. Our fallibility and the shortness of our knowledge should make us peaceable and gentle: because I may be mistaken, I must not be dogmatical and confident, peremptory and imperious. I will not break the certain laws of charity for a doubtful doctrine, or for an uncertain truth. -Dr Whichcote.
552. In conversation, speak reason rather than authors, rather sense than a syllogism, rather thy own thoughts than another's. If thou continually quotest others, it will argue a poverty in thyself, which forces thee to be ever a borrowing; it will be a greater commendation to say—thou art wise, than that thou art well read.Dr T. Fuller.
553. How delicious that conversation is, which is accompanied with mutual confidence, freedom, courtesy, and complaisance; how calm the mind, how composed the affections, how serene the countenance, how melodious the voice, how sweet the sleep, how contented the whole life is of him that neither deviseth mischief against others, nor suspects any
to be contrived against himself; and, contrariwise, how ungrateful and loathsome a thing it is to abide in a state of enmity, wrath, dissension ; having the thoughts distracted with solicitous care, anxious suspicion, envious regret; the heart boiling with choler, the face overclouded with discontent, the tongue jarring and out of tune, the ears filled with discordant noises of contradiction, clamour and reproach; the whole frame of body and soul distempered and disturbed with the worst of passions. -Dr Barrow.
554. The more we know of ourselves, the more easy we shall be in our intercourse with others, and they with us : for mutual allowances will be made, and mutual credit given.-W. Danby.
555. Always endeavour to learn something from the information of those thou conversest with, and to put thy company upon those subjects they are best able to speak of. Dr T. Fuller.
556. Frequent the company of excellent men more than of excellent books. Thou mayest learn more of them than all thy study can teach thee: for conversation lets things into the mind more particularly than reading can.-Dr T. Fuller.
557. Some, in their discourse desire rather commendation of wit, in being able to hold all arguments, than of judgment, in discerning what is true ; as if it were a praise to know what might be said, and not what should be thought. Some have certain common places and themes, wherein they are good, and want variety; which kind of poverty is for the most part tedious, and, when it is once perceived, ridiculous.—Bacon.
558. Topics of conversation among the multitude are generally persons—sometimes things-scarcely ever principles.-W. B. Clulow.
He that useth himself only to books is fit for nothing but a book: and he that converses with nobody is fit to converse with nobody.-Dr T. Fuller.
560. Some persons are insensible to flattering words ; but who can resist the flattery of modest imitation ?
agrees with him : the only looking-glass we admire is the one which reflects us.-E. W.
562. The man will be variable and fickle, who lives entirely upon the approbation of men.-E. W.
563. We should judge of men by the manifest tendency of their actions, and by the notorious character of their minds.—Letters of Junius.
564. Our opinion of our fellow-creatures should be a mixed sentiment, neither too severe nor too lenient; and our conduct towards them should be the result of it; and all our observation of others should have for its end the correction of ourselves.-W. Danby.
565. The foundation of domestic happiness is faith in the virtue of woman. The foundation of political happiness is faith in the integrity of man. The foundation of all happiness, temporal and eternal, is faith in the goodness, the righteousness, the mercy, and the love of God. Guesses at Truth.