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Pagina 122 - Happy in this, she is not yet so old But she may learn; happier than this, She is not bred so dull but she can learn; Happiest of all is that her gentle spirit Commits itself to yours to be directed, As from her lord, her governor, her king.
Pagina 58 - The motives of the best actions will not bear too strict an inquiry. It is allowed, that the cause of most actions, good or bad, may be resolved into the love of ourselves ; but the self-love of some men, inclines them to please others ; and the self-love of others is wholly employed in pleasing themselves. This makes the great distinction between virtue and vice. Religion is the best motive of all actions, yet religion is allowed to be the highest instance of self-love.
Pagina 37 - It is a secret known but to few, yet of no small use in the conduct of life, that when you fall into a man's conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.
Pagina 36 - Forgive me this my virtue : For, in the fatness of these pursy times, Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg; Yea, curb and woo, for leave to do him good.
Pagina 244 - How is it possible to expect that Mankind will take Advice, when they will not so much as take Warning...
Pagina 161 - I lose Riches ; and a wise man poor Is like a sacred book that's never read ; To himself he lives and to all else seems dead. This age thinks better of a gilded fool, Than of a threadbare saint in Wisdom's school I...
Pagina 282 - Tis not the stoick's lessons got by rote, The pomp of words, and pedant dissertations, That can sustain thee in that hour of terror ; Books have taught cowards to talk nobly of it, But when the trial comes, they stand aghast ; Hast thou consider'd what may happen after it ? How thy account may stand, and what to answer f Cal.
Pagina 171 - I must tell you, sir, Virtue, if not in action, is a vice, And, when we move not forward, we go backward : Nor is this peace, the nurse of drones and cowards, Our health, but a disease.