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IT is hard to personate and act a part long; for where Truth is not at the bottom, Nature will always be endeavouring to return, and will peep out and betray herself one time or other.
DELIBERATE with Caution, but act with Decision;
and yield with Graciousness, or oppose with Firmness.
As we should adapt the style of our writing to the
Capacity of the Person it is addressed to, so should we our manner of acting! for as Persons of inferior Understandings will misconceive, and perhaps suspect some sophistry from an Elegance of Expression which they cannot comprehend, so Persons of inferior Sentiment will probably mistake the intention, or even suspect a fraud from a delicacy of acting which they want capacity to feel.
Adaptation. From the Latin.
E alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all
Hthe contingencies of Life, but the fool contends,
and is struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream. Adaptation. St. Evremond.
As long as you are engaged in the World, you must
comply with its maxims; because nothing is more unprofitable, than the Wisdom of those persons who set up for Reformers of the Age. 'Tis a part a man cannot act long, without offending his friends and rendering himself ridiculous.
THE Eagle of one House is the Fool in another.
A MAN who knows the World, will not only make the
most of everything he does know, but of many things he does not know, and will gain more credit by his adroit mode of hiding his Ignorance, than the Pedant by his awkward attempt to exhibit his Erudition.
IN this wild world the fondest and the best
Are the most tried, most troubled, and distress'd.
DVERSITY has the effect of eliciting Talents, which,
You were used
To say, Extremity was the trier of Spirits;
Ye noble few! who here unbending stand
THE good are better made by ill :-
Adversity. - Greville.
SK the man of Adversity how other men act towards
Adversity is the true touchstone of Merit in both; happy if it does not produce the dishonesty of Meanness ir one, and that of Insolence and Pride in the other.
SWEET are the uses of Adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
THE Gods in bounty work up Storms about as,
That give Mankind occasion to exert
Their hidden Strength, and throw out into practica
AFFLICTION is the good Man's shining scene:
HE who can take Advice, is sometimes superior to him
who can give it.
Man or Woman, but far most in Man,
And serves the Altar, in my Soul I loathe
Affectation. - From the French.
W which we possess, as by those which we aim at, or
E are never rendered so ridiculous by Qualities
affect to have.
WILL not call Vanity and Affectation twins, because, more properly, Vanity is the Mother, and Affectation is the darling Daughter; Vanity is the Sin, and Affectation is the Punishment; the first may be called the Root of Self-love, the other the Fruit. Vanity is never at its full growth, till it spreadeth into Affectation; and then it is complete.
Affectation. St. Evremond. FFECTATION is a greater enemy to the Face than the small-pox.
THE unaffected of every Country nearly resemble each other, and a page of our Confucius and your Tillotson have scarce any material difference. Paltry Affectation, strained Allusions, and disgusting Finery, are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of Ignorance, or of Stupidity, whenever it would endeavour to please.
THE poor Wren,
The most diminutive of birds, will fight,
Her young ones in her nest, against the Owl.
UNREASONABLE Creatures feed their young :
And though Man's face be fearful to their eyes,
Who hath not seen them (even with those wings
GENEROUS as brave,
Affection, Kindness, the sweet offices
the Intercourse of social Life, it is by little acts of watchful Kindness, recurring daily and hourly,-and opportunities of doing Kindnesses, if sought for, are for ever starting up,-it is by Words, by Tones, by Gestures, by Looks, that Affection is won and preserved.
A GRANDAM's name is little less in Love
O, SIR, you are old;
A healthy old Fellow, that is not a Fool, is the happiest creature living. It is at that Time of Life only Men enjoy their faculties with pleasure and satisfaction. It is then we have nothing to manage, as the phrase is; we speak the downright Truth, and whether the rest of the World will give us the privilege or not, we have so little to ask of them, that we can take it.
THE aim of all is but to nurse the Life
in waning Age:
And in this aim there is such thwarting strife,
That one for all, or all for one we gage:
As Life for Honour in fell Battles rage,
Honour for Wealth, and oft that Wealth doth cost
The death of all, and altogether lost.
So that in vent'ring all, we leave to be
The things we are for that which we expect:
And this ambitious foul Infirmity,
In having much, torments us with defect
YET Time, who changes all, had alter'd him
In Soul and Aspect as in Age: Years steal Fire from the Mind as vigour from the Limb: And Life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.
THESE old Fellows have
EARN to live well, or fairly make your will;
Walk sober off, before a sprightlier Age
Comes titt'ring on, and shoves you from the stage:
Leave such to trifle with more grace and ease
Whom folly pleases, and whose follies please.
THE careful cold hath nipt my rugged rind,
My Head besprent with hoary frost I find,