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©onbersatum. — Swift
"\TOTHING is more generally exploded than the folly of talking too much; yet I rarely remember to have seen five people together, where some one among them has not been predominant in that kind, to the great constraint and disgust of all the rest. But among such as deal in Multitudes of Words, none are comparable to the sober deliberate Talker, who proceeds with much thought and caution, makes his preface, branches out into several digressions, finds a hint that puts him in mind of another Story, which he promises to tell you when this is done; comes back regularly to his subject, cannot readily call to mind some person's name, holding his head, complains of his memory: the whole Company all this while is in suspense; at length, he says it is no matter, and so goes on. And, to crown the business, it perhaps proves at last a Story the Company has heard fifty times before.
fflonber^attOn. — Sir William Temple. T'HE first ingredient in Conversation is Truth, the next Good Sense, the third Good Humour, and the fourth Wit.
ffimtbergatteitt*— La Rochefoucauld. 'THE extreme pleasure we take in talking of ourselves should make us fear that we give very little to those who listen to us.
(ftonbetsatum* — Swift
(~)NE of the best Kules in Conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the Company can reasonably wish we had rather left unsaid: nor can there any thing be well more contrary to the ends for which people meet together, than to part unsatisfied with each other or themselves.
atCttberSattCtt. — Voltaire. HTHE secret of tiring is to say every thing that can be said on the subject.
(£onbetSattmiL — La Rochefoucauld. ONE thing which makes us find so few people who appear reasonable and agreeable in Conversation is, that there is scarcely any one who does not think more of what he is about to say than of answering precisely what is said to him. The cleverest and most complaisant people content themselves with merely showing an attentive Countenance, while we can see in their eyes and mind a wandering from what is said to them, and an impatience to return to what they wish to say; instead of reflecting that it is a bad method of pleasing or persuading others, to be so studious of pleasing oneself; and that listening well and answering well is one of the greatest Perfections that can be attained in Conversation.
ffionbergatum. — Coiton.
V\/"HEN I meet with any that write obscurely, or converse confusedly, I am apt to suspect two things; first, that such persons do not understand themselves; and, secondly, that they are not worthy of being understood by others.
(EonbtXZion. — Cotton. HTHE most zealous Converters are always the most rancorous, when they fail of producing Conviction; but when they succeed, they love their new Disciples far better than those whose establishment in the Faith neither excited their zeal to the combat, nor rewarded their prowess with victory.
AS to the value of Conversions, God alone can judge. God alone
can know how wide are the steps which the soul has to take
before it can approach to a Community with him, to the dwelling
of the Perfect, or to the Intercourse and Friendship of higher
(ttOttbtbtalttS. — Charles Johnson.
0 When we swallow down
CJe (&0%Mttt.—Joanna Baillie.
OlOtmptrtJ Caintt — ShaJcspeare.
That he may furnish and instruct great teachers,
And never seek for aid out of himself.
When these so noble benefits shall prove
Not well disposed, the mind growing once corrupt,
They turn to vicious forms, ten times more ugly
Than ever they were fair.
Corruption.— Burke. 'THE age unquestionably produces, (whether in a greater or less number than in former times, I know not,) daring Profligates and insidious Hypocrites. What then? Am I not to avail myself of whatever good is to be found in the world, because of the mixture of evil that will always be in it? The smallness of the quantity in currency only heightens the value.
Corruption. — ShaJcspeare.
Were not derived corruptly! and that clear Honour
Corruption, — Coiton.
A/TEN, by associating in large masses, as in camps, and in cities, improve their Talents, but impair their Virtues, and strengthen their Minds, but weaken their Morals; thus a retrocession in the one, is too often the price they pay for a refinement in the other.
Corruption. — Shakspeare.
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
And husband Nature's riches from expense;
Others but stewards of their excellence.
Though to itself it only live and die;
The basest weed outbraves his dignity;
©OrrupttOn^ — Shakspeare.
Humanity must perforce prey on itself,
OtOUngeL — Fuller.
ffiOUttSeL — Seneca. /^ONSULT your Friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His Counsel may then be useful, where your own self-love might impair your Judgment.
(KOUnCtl— Shalcspeare. T ET our Alliance be combined,
Our best Friends made, and our best Means stretch'd out;
J^ WILDERNESS of sweets; for Nature here
Wanton'd as in her prime, and play'd at will
ffiOUntrg Utfe, — Cowper.
Calls idle, and who justly in return
(ftOUttttg ILtfo — Thomson.
Now from the town Buried in smoke, and sleep, and noisome damps, Oft let me wander o'er the dewy Fields, Where freshness breathes, and dash the trembling drops From the bent Bush, as through the verdant Maze Of Sweet-brier Hedges I pursue my walk.
Otoimtrg Etfe, — Cowper.
''TIS pleasant through the loop-holes of Retreat,
To peep at such a world.
For their own sake its Silence and its Shade:
(ttountrg %iU. — Cowper.
CjOT> made the Country, and man made the Town.
Some boundless Contiguity of Shade,
CtrjUttttg ILtfe, — Cowper.