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XXXVI. Some people will never learn any thing, for this reas fon, because they understand every thing too soon.

XXXVII. A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the croud, like one who is too curious in observing the labour of the bees, will often be ftung for his curiosity.

XXXVIII. A man of business may talk of philosophy, a man who has none may practise it.

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XXXIX. There are some folitary wretches, who seem to have left the rest of mankind only as Eve left Adam, to meet the devil in private.

The vanity of human life is like a river,constantly paso
Ling away, and yet constantly coming on.

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XLI. I feldom fee a noble building, or any great piece of magnificence and pomp, but I think how little is all this to satisfy the ambition, or to fill the idea of an immortal foul !

It is a certain truth, that a man is never so eafy or fo
little imposed upon, as among people of the best sense:
it costs far more trouble to be admitted or continued in
il company than in good';. as the former have lefs under.
ftanding to be employed, so they have more vanity to be
pleased; and to keep a fool constantly in good humour
with himself and with others, is no: very ealy talk.

The difference betwixt what is commonly called ordi-
pary company and good company, is only hearing the
Same things said in a little room, or in a large falon, at


finall tables, or at great tables, before two candles of i wenty sconces.

XLIV. It is with narrow-fouled people as with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in chem, tlie more woile chey make in pouring it out.

XLV Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very te w a generous thing.

XLVI. Since it is reasonable to doubt molt things, we should most of all doubt that realon of ours which would de. monstrate all things.

XLVII. To buy books, as some do who no use of them, only because they were published by an eminent printer : is much as if a man should buy cloaths that did not fit bin, only because they were made by some famous taylor.

XLVIII. 'It is as offensive to speak wit in a fuol's company, as it would be ill-manners to wbilper in it, he is displeased at both for the same reafon, because he is ignorant of what is said.

XLIX. False critics rail at false wits, as quacks and impostors are still cautioning us to beware of counterfeits,and decry others cheats only to make more way for their own.

L. Old men, for the most part, are like old chronicles, that give you dull but true accounts of times past, and. are worth knowing only on that score.

LI. There should be, methinks, as little merit in loving a woman for her beauty, as in loving a man for his prosperity, both being equally subject to change.


LIT: We hould manage our thoughts in composing any work, as shepherds do their fowers in inaking a garland; first select the choicest, and then dispose them in the most proper places, where they give a luftre to each other.

LIIT: As handsome children are more a dishonour to a deformed father than ugly ones, because unlike himself; fo good. thoughts, owned by a plagiary, bring him more shame than his own ill ones. When a poor thief appears in rich garneirts, we immediately know they are done of his own..

LIV;:. Human beasts, like other beasts, find foares and poisoa in the provisions of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction..

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[V. The most positive men are the most credulous ; fince they.most believe themselves, and advise most with their. fallelt flatteror, and worst enemy, their own feltolove.

LVI. Get

your enemies to read your works in order to mepad them, for your friend is so much your second-felt that he will judge too like you.

LVII. Women use lovers as they do cards ;; they play witl: them a while,, and when they have got all they can by. them, throw them away, call for new ones, and inen pere haps lose by the new ones all they got by the old ones.

Honour in a woman's mouth, liko an oath in the mouth

of a gamefter, is ever most used as their truth is most questioned.

LIX. Women, as they are like riddles in being unintelligible, so generally resemble them in this, that they please us no longer when once we know them.

LX. A man who admires a fine woman, has yet no more reason to wish himself her husband, than one who admired the Hesperian fruit would have liad to with himself the dragon that kept it.

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LXI. He who marries a wife, because he cannot always live chaftly, is much like a man, who, finding a few humours in his body, resolves to wear a perpetual blister.

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LXII. Married people, for being so closely united, are but the apter to part; as knots the liarder they are pulled, break the sooner.

LXIII. A family is but too often a commonwealth of malige nants ; what we call the charities and ties of affinity, prove but so many separate and clashing interests: the son wishes the death of the father ; the younger brother that of the elder; the elder repines at the lifters portions; when any of them marry, there are new divisions, and new animofities. It is but natural and reasonable to expect all this, and yet we fancy do comfort but ip a family.

LXIV. Authors in France seldom (peak ill of each other, but when they have a personal pique ; authors in England seldom speak well of each other, but when they have a personal friendship.

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LXV. There is nothing wanting to make all rational and disinterested people in the world of one religion, but that they should calk together every day.

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LXVI. Men are grateful in the same degree that they are resentful.

LXVII. The longer we live, the more we shall be convinced, that it is reasonable to love God, and despite man, as far as we know either.

LXVIII. The character in conversation which commonly países for agreeable, is made up of civility and fallhood.

LXIX. A Mort and certain way to obtain the character of a reasonable and wise man, is, whenever any one tells you his opinion, to comply with it.

What is generally accepted as virtue in

women, is

very different from what is thought so in men ; a very good woman would make but a paltry man.

LXXI. Some people are commended for a giddy kind of good humour, which is as much a virtue as druokenuels.

LXXII. Thofe people only will constantly trouble you with doing litele offices for them who least deserve

you should

do them any

LXXIII. We are sometimes apt to wonder to see thofe people proud who have done the meanest things ; whereas a


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