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To be good is to be happy; angels

Are happier than men, because they're better—
Guilt is the source of sorrow; 'tis the fiend,

Th' avenging fiend that follows us behind

With whips and stings: the bless'd know none of this,

But rest in everlasting peace of mind,

And find the height of all their heaven, is goodness.



Learn hence, ye Romans, on how sure a base
The patriot builds his happiness; no stroke,
No keenest, deadliest, shaft of adverse fate,
Can make his generous bosom quite despair,
But that alone by which his country falls.
Grief may to grief in endless round succeed,
And nature suffer when our children bleed:
Yet still superior must that hero prove,



Philosophy consists not


In airy schemes, or idle speculations.
The rule and conduct of all social life
Is her great province. Not in lonely cells
Obscure she lurks, but holds her heavenly light,
To senates and to kings, to guide their councils,
And teach them to reform and bless mankind:
All policy but her's is false, and rotten;
All valour, not conducted by her precepts,
Is a destroying fury sent from hell,
To plague unhappy man, and ruin nations.



And therefore wer't thou bred to virtuous knowledge,
And wisdom early planted in thy soul,

That thou migh'st know to rule thy fiery passions:
To bind their rage, and stay their headlong course;
To bear with accidents, and every change
Of various life; to struggle with adversity;
To wait the leisure of the righteous gods,
Till they, in their own good appointed hour,
Shall bid thy better days come forth at once;
A long and shining train; till thou, well pleased,
Shalt bow, and bless thy fate, and say the gods are


Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy, as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burthen of villainy; affectation, part of the chosen trappings of folly.-Johnson.


All singular and far-fetched fashions are rather marks of folly and vain affectation than of right reason. The wise man ought in his own mind to retire from the crowd, and there keep his soul at liberty and in full vigour, to judge freely of things; while nevertheless as to outward appearance, he ought entirely to conform to fashions and forms of the times; for it is a rule of all rules, and the general law of all laws, that every person should observe those of the place where he is.—Montaigne.


"Le sot fait des loix; le sage s'y soumet."


The fool enacts, the wise observe the law.


Nothing is so contemptible as that affectation of wisdom, which some display, by universal incredulity.-Goldsmith.


Perhaps we must estimate the change of religion (unjustifiable for private interest) by the immensity of its political results.-Las Casas.


Bourmont! This name shall be in execration as long as the French people shall be a nation.


Relation de Waterloo.

Ambition is the stamp, impressed by Heav'n
To mark the noblest minds; with active heat
Inform'd, they mount the precipice of power,
Grasp at command, and tow'r in quest of empire;
While vulgar souls compassionate their cares,
Gaze at their height, and tremble at their danger.
Thus meaner spirits with amazement mark
The varying seasons and revolving skies,
And ask, what guilty pow'r's rebellious hand
Rolls with eternal toil the pond'rous orbs;
While some archangel nearer to perfection,
In easy state presides o'er all their motions,
Directs the planets with a careless nod,
Conducts the sun, and regulates the spheres.
S. Johnson.


"Men model themselves according to their circumstances; their enjoyments are fashioned according to their troubles and situation."-Rousseau.



England's senate! ministers of a liberal nation, guardians and depositories of the people's rights; always ready to welcome a Coriolanus, but having nothing but chains for a Camillus."-Chateaubriand.


With such unshaken temper of the soul
To bear the swelling tide of prosperous fortune,
Is to deserve that fortune. In adversity,

The mind grows tough by buffeting the tempest:
But in success dissolving, sinks to ease,
And loses all her firmness.



"A man ought to overcome grief, and the despondency of the passions. There is as much true courage in suffering with fortitude the pains of the soul in adversity, as in braving the cannon's mouth. To yield to grief without resistance; to rid oneself of it, by self-destruction, is to desert the field of battle before victory. Dignity in misfortune, resignation to necessity, have their glory-the glory of great men laid low by a weight of calamity."-De Staël.


Tho' plunged in ills and exercised in care,
Yet never let the noble mind despair:
When prest by dangers and beset by foes,
The Gods their timely succour interpose;
And when our virtue sinks, o'erwhelmed with


By unforeseen expedients bring relief. Philips.


Les criminels tremblans sont trainés au supplice Les mortels genereux disposent de leur sort.



They drag the convict to the gibbet's drop Where gen'rous mortals settle on his fate."


He who contends for freedom

Can ne'er be justly deemed his Sovereign's foe: No, 'tis the wretch that tempts him to subvert it, The soothing slave, the traitor in the bosom, Who best deserves that name; he is a worm That eats out all the happiness of kingdoms. Thomson.


Honor, my Lord, is much too proud to catch
At every slender twig of nice distinctions.
These for th' unfeeling vulgar may do well:
But those whose souls are by the nicer rule
Of virtuous delicacy only sway'd,

Stand at another bar than that of laws.-Ib.


"During the crusades, the pilgrims themselves pillaged, committed rape, and returned laden with crimes, numerous in proportion."-Voltaire.


Let's take the instant by the forward top;
For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
Th' inaudible and noiseless foot of time
Steals, ere we can effect them.


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