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consciou!ness of having done poor things, and a shame of hearing of them, often make the compofition we call pride.
LXXIV. An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, kur an excuse is a lie guarded.
LXXV. Praise is like ambergrea'e : a little whiff of it, and by Iwatches, is very agreeable ; but when a man holds a whole lump of it to your nose, it is a ttii:k, aiid strikes
LXXVI. The general cry is against ingratitude, but sure the complaint is misplaced, it Mould be against vanity. None but direct villains are capable of wilful ingratitude ; but almost every body is capable of thinking he hath done more than another deserves, while the other thinks he hath received less than lie delerves.
LXXVII. I never knew any man in my life, who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.'
LXXVIII. Several explanations of ca'uists, to multiply the catalogue of fins, may be called annendments to the tex commandments.
LXXIX. It is observable that the ladies frequent tragedies more than comedies: the reason inay be, that in tragedy their fex is deified and adored, in comedy exposed and ridiculed.
LXXX. The character of covetoufi.efs is what a man generally acquires more through fome niggardiinets, or ill grace, in liitle and inconsiderable things, than in e peces of
ariy conlequence. A very fe'w pouties d-year would eafe siat man of the scandal of avariie. Vol. V.
EXXXI. Some men's wit is like a dark lanthorn, which ferves their own turn, and guides them their own way: but is never known (according to the scripture phrase) either to shine forth before men, or to glorify their father in heaven.
LXXXII. It often happens, that those are the best people, whose characters bave been most injured by fanderers, as we usually find that to be the sweetest fruit which the birds have been picking at.
LXXXIII. The people all running to the capital city, is like a coge Auence of all the animal spirits to the heart; a symptom that the constitution is in danger.
LXXXIV. The wonder we often express at our neighbours keep. ing dull company, would lefsen, if we reflected, that most people seek companions lels to be talked to, than to talk.
LXXXV. Amusement is the happiness of those that cannot think.
LXXXVI. Never stay dinner for a clergyman, who is to make a morning visit ere he coines; for he will think it his duty to dine with any greater man that asks him.
LXXXVII. A contented man is like a good tennis-player, who never fatigues and confounds himself with running eter. nally after the ball, but itays till it comes to him.
LXXXVIII. Two things are equally unaccountable to reason, and not the olijeet of reasoning : the wisdom of God and the madness of man.
LXXXIX. Many men, prejudiced early in disfavour of mankind by bad maxims, never aim at making friendships; and while they only think of avoiding the evil, mils of the good that would meet them. They begin the world knaves, for prevention, while others only end so, alter disappointment.
XC. No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her; but many a woman hates a man for being a friend to ber.
XCI. The eye of a critic is often like a microscope, made lo very fine and nice, that it discovers the atoms, grains, and miputest particles, without ever comprehending the whole, comparing the partsg. or seeing all at once the harmony.
XCII. A king may be a tool, a thing of straw ; but if he ferves to frighten our enemies, and secure our property, it is well enough : a scare. crow is a thing of straw, but it protects the wro.
ХСІІІ. . The greatest things and the most praise-worthy, that can be done for the public good, are not what require great parts; but great honesty: therefore for a king to make an amiable character, he needs only to be a man of common benesty well advited.
XCIT. Notwithstanding the common complaint of the knavery of men in power, I have known no great ministers or men of parts in business so wicked as their inferiors ; their sense and knowledge preserve thein from a handred common rogueries, and when they become bad, it is generally more froin a necessity of their situation, than from a natural bent to evil.
XCV. Whatever may be said against a premier or fole mi. nister, the evil of such an one, in an absolute government, may not be great: for it is possible, that almost any mi. nister may be a better min than a king born and bred.
XCVI. A man coming to the water-lide is surrounded by all the crew; every one is officious, every one making ap. plications, every one offering his services; the whole buitle of the place seems to be only for him. The fame man going from the water-side, no noise is made about him, no creiture takes notice of him, all let him pafs with utter neglet! the picture of a minister when he comes into power; and when he goes out.
Published from a manuscript found in the cabinet
of the famous Sir H. Polesworth, in the year 171 2.
HEN I was first called to the office of historio.
grapher to John Bull, he expressed himself to this purpose : “ Sir Humphrey Polesworth *, I know you are ** a plain-dealer ; it is for that reason I have cholen you ks for this important trust; speak the truth,and spare not.” That I mighi fulfil those his honourable intentions, I obtained leave to repair tó, and attend him in his most secret retirements; and I put the journals of all transactions into a strong box, to be opened at a fitting occasion, after the manner of the historiographers of some easiern monarchs : this I thought was the lifest way; though I declare I was never afraid to be choped t by my master for telling of truth. It is from those journals chat my memoirs are compiled: therefore les not pofterity, a thousand years bence, look for truth in the voluminous annals of pedants, who are entirely ignorant of the secret springs of great actions; if itey do, let me tell them they will be nebufed I. With incredible paios have I endeavoured to copy the
• A member of parliament, eminent for a certain cant in his Conversation; of which there is a good deal in obis book.
+ A cant word of Sir Humphrey's.