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To be good is to be happy; angels
Are happier than men, because they're better—
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
WHOSE FIRST, BEST PASSION, IS HIS COUNTRY'S
Philosophy consists not
In airy schemes, or idle speculations.
And therefore wer't thou bred to virtuous knowledge,
That thou migh'st know to rule thy fiery passions:
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
"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
The mind grows tough by buffeting the tempest:
"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,
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
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;