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MCCLXI. He that expects to get, must relish all commodities alike, and admit no difference between oade (woad) and frankincense, or the most precious balsamum and a tar-barrel.-Ben Jonson.
MCCLXII. Of all the impertinent wishes which we hear expressed in conversation, there is not one more unworthy a gentleman or a man of liberal education, than that of wishing one's self younger. I have observed this wish is usually made upon sight of some object which gives the idea of a past action, that it is no dishonour to us that we cannot now repeat; or else on what was in itself shameful when we performed it.--Steele.
MCCLXIII. To deal freely with you counsellors, it is a matter that they who are strangers to your profession, can scarce put any fair construction upon; that the worst cause for a little money should find an advocate among
you! This driveth the standers-by upon this harsh dilemma, to think that either your understandings, or your consciences, are very bad. If indeed you so little know a good cause from a bad, then it must needs tempt men to think you very unskilful in your profes sion. But when almost every cause, even the worst that comes to the bar, shall have some of you for it, and some against it; and in the palpablest cases you are some on one side, and some on the other, the strange difference of your judgments doth seem to betray their weakness: but if you know the causes to be bad which you defend, and to be good which you oppose, it more evidently betrays a deplorable conscience. I speak not of your innocent or excusable mistakes in cases of great difficulty, nor yet of excusing a cause bad in the main, from unjust aggravations: but when money will hire you to plead for injustice against your own knowledge, and to use your wits to defraud the righteous, and spoil his cause, or vex him with delays, for the advantage of your unrighteous client: I would not have your conscience for all your gains, nor your accompt to make for all the world.-Baxter.
MCCLXIV. He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends. --Shakspeare.
MCCLXV. Two friends that met would give each other wine, And made their entrance at next bush and sign: Calling for claret, which they did agree, (The season hot) should qualified be With water and sugar; so the same being brought By a new boy, in vintner's tricks untaught; They quickly bid him bring fair water in, Who look'd as strange as he amaz'd had bin. “ Why dost not stir," quoth they, “ with nimble feet?": “ Cause, gentlemen,” said he, " it is not meet To put in too much water in your drink, For there's enough, already, sure I think; Richard the drawer, by my troth I vow, Put in great store of water even now." Rowland.
MCCLXVI. Some men are brave in battle who are weak in counsel, which daily experience sets before our eyes; others deliberate wisely, but are weak in the performing part; and even no man is the same to-day, which he was yesterday or may be to-morrow. On this account, says Polybius, “a good man is sometimes liable to blame; and a bad man, though not often, may possibly deserve to be commended."-Dryden.
MCCLXVIII. Ceremonies are different in every country; but true politeness is every where the same. Ceremonies which take up so much of our attention, are only artificial helps which ignorance assumes in order to imitate politeness, which is the result of good sense and good nature. A person possessed of those qualities, though he had never seen a court, is truly agreeable; and if without them, would continue a clown, though he had been all his life a gentleman usher.—Goldsmith.
But, knowing heaven his home, to shun delay,
On young Mr. Rogers-Dryden.
MCCLXXI. Natural history is no work for one that loves his chair or his bed. Speculation may be pursued on a soft couch, but Nature must be observed in the open air. I have collected materials with indefatigable pertinacy. I have gathered glow-worms in the evening, and snails in the morning; I have seen the daisy close and open; I have heard the owl shriek at midnight, and hunted insects in the heat of noon.-Johnson,
The next, should heav'n allow,
So all our life is but one instant now.
To be a mighty treasure won:
And cannot live too soon.
Which from decrepid age will fly;
Congreve. MCCLXXIII. Time travels in divers paces with divers persons: I'll tell you who time ambles withal, who time trots withal, who time gallops withal, and who he stands still withal.
- Marry, he trots hard with a young maid, between the contract of her marriage and the day it is solemnized: if the interim be but a se'ennight, time's pace is so hard that it seems the length of seven years. He ambles withal with a priest that lacks latin, and a rich man that hath not the gout: for the one that sleeps, easily, because he cannot study; and the other lives merrily, because he feels no pain; the one lacking the burden of lean and wasteful learning; the other knowing no burden of heavy tedious penury: these time ambles withal. - He gallops withal with a thief to the gallows: for though he go as softly as foot can fall, he thinks himself too soon there.--He stays still withal, with lawyers in the vacation: for they sleep between term and term, and then they perceive not how time moves.- -Shakspeare.
Ceremony Was but devised at first, to set a gloss On faint deeds, hollow welcomes, Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shewn; But where there is true friendship, there needs none.
Shakspeare. MCCLXXV. If we were to form an image of dignity in a man, we should give him wisdom and valour, as being essential to the character of manhood. In like manner, if you describe a right woman in a laudable sense, she should have gentle softness, tender fear, and all those parts of life which distinguish her from the other sex; with some subordination to it, but such an inferiority that makes her still more lovely.Steele.
Cynthia's Revels-Ben Jonson. VOL. II.