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E have just Religion enough to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

REFLECT on Things past, as Wars, Negotiations, Factions, Cyc. We enter so little into those Interests, that we wonder how Men could possibly be so busy and concerned for things to Tranfitory, look on the present Times, we find the fame Humour, yet wonder not at all.

A Wise Man endeavours by considering all Circumstances to make Conje&tures, and form Conclusions, but the smallest Accident interven. ing (and in the course of Affairs it is impoffi. ble toq, foresee all) does often produce such Turns and Changes, that at last he is just as much in doubt of Events, as the most ignorant and unexperienced Persons.

Positiveness is a good Quality for Preachers and Orators, because he that would ob

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trade his 'Thoughts and Reasons upon a Muititude, will convince others, the more as he ap' pears convinced himselfs

How is it possible to expect that Mankind will take Advice, when they will not so much as take Warning:

I forget whether Advice be among the loft Things, which Ariosto, says are to be found in the Moon, that and Time ought to have been there.

No Preacher is lift'ned to bue: Time, which gives us the fame Train and Turn of Thought, that elder People have tried in vain to put into our Heads before.

When we defire or solicit any Thing, our Minds run wholy on the good Side or Circumffances of it, when 'tis obtained, :: our Minds run only on the bad ones.

IN a Glass-Housethe Workmen often fling in a small quantity of fresh Coals, which seems to disturb the Fire; but very much enlivens it. This seems to allude to a gentle stirring of the Paffions, that the Mind may not ilan guish,

RELIGION seems to have grown an Infant with Age, and requires Miracles to nurse it, as it had in its Infancy.

ALL Fits of Pleasure are ballanced by an egual degree of Pain or Languor ; 'tis like Spending this Year, part of the next Years Revenue.

The latter Part of a Wise Man's Life is taken up in, curing the Follies, Prejudices and false Opinions, he had contracted in the former.

WOULD a Writer know how to behave himself with relation to Pofterity, let him confider in old Books, what he finds that he is glad sto know, and what. Omiffione he most laments.

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WHATEVER the Poets pretend, 'tis plain they give Immortality to none but themselves; "Tiś Homer and Virgil we reverence and admire, not Achilles, or Æneas. With Hiftorians it is quite the contrary, our Thoughts are taken up with the Actions, Persons, and Events we read, and we little regard the Authors.

WHEN a true Genius appears in the World, you may know him by this Sign, that the Dunces are all in Confederacy againft him.

Men, who possess all the Advantages of Life, are in a state where there are many Accidents to disorder and discompose, but few to please them.

"Tis unwise to punish Cowards with Ignominy; for if they had regared that, they would not have been Čowards: Death is their proper Punishment, because they fear it most.

The greatest Inventions were produced in the Times of Ignorance, as the Use of the Boris pass, Gun-pauder, and Printing, and by the dulleft Nation, as the Germans.

ONE Argument to prove, that the common Relations of Gbofs and Specteres are generally false, may be drawn from the Opinion held, that Spirits are never seen by more chan one Person at a time, that is 'to fay, it seldom happens to above one Person in a Company to be poflefi'e with any high degree of Spleen pr Melancholy.

I am apt to think, that in the Day of Judg. ment, there will be small Allowance given to the Wife for their want of Morals, nor to the Ignorant for their want of Faith, because both are withouc Excuse. This renders the 'Aid van tages equal of Ignorance and Knowledge. But, tome Scruples in the Wife, and some Vices in the

Ignorant

Ignorant, will perhaps be forgiven upon the * strength of Temptation to each.

THE Value of several Circumstances in Story lefilens very much by distance of Time, though some minute Circumftances are very valuable, and it requires great Judgment in a Writer to distinguish.

'Tis grown a Word of Course for Writers to lag. Ibis Critical Aggas Divinęs fay, This Sinful Age. Tis pleafant to observe, how free the Present Age ja in laying Taxes on the next. Future. Ages soall talk of this This ball be famous to all Pofterity; whereds their time and Thoughts will be taken up about present things, as ours are now.

The Camelion, who is faid to feed upon pothing but Ais, bath of all Animals the nimbleft Fongues

WHEN a Man is made a Spiritual Peer, he lafes bis Sir-name; when a Temporal, his ChriAian Names

IT is in Disputes as in Armies, where the weaker fide fets up false Lights, and makes a great Nose to make the Enemy believe them more Numerous and Strong than they really are. SOME. Men under the Notions of weeding

out Prejudices, eradicate Virtue, Honesty and Religion tipies

In all well inftituted Commonwealthş, çare has been taken to limit Mens Poffeffions, which is done for many Reasons, and among the rest, for one which perhaps is not often considered That when Bounds are set to Mens Defires, after they have acquired as much as the Laws will permit them, their private Intereßt is at an end, and there have nothing to do but to take care of thé Publick. La

THERE THERE are but Three ways for a Man to re venge himself of the Sensure of the World, to despise it, to return the like, or to endeavour to live so as to avoid it. The first of these is usually pretended, the laft is almost impoffible, the universal Pra&tice is for the second.

Herodotus tells us, that in Cold Countries Beafts very seldon have Horns, but in Hot they have very large ones. This might bear a pleasant Application.

I never heard a finer piece of Satyr against Lawyers, than that of Astrologers, when they pretend by Rules of Art to tell when a Suit will end, and whether to the Advantage of the Plaintiff or Defendant ; thus making the Matter depend entirely upon the Influence of the Stars, without the least Regard to the Merits of the Cause.

The Expression in Apocrypha about Tobit and his Dog following him, I have often heard ridicul'd; yet Homer has the fame Words of Telemachus more than once, and Virgil says something like it of Evander. And I take the Book of Tobit to be partly Poetical

I have known some Men poffeffed of good Qualities, which were very Serviceable to others, but useless to themselves'; like a Sun-Dial on the Front of a House, to inform the Neighbours and Passengers, but not the Owner within.

If a Man would register all his Opinions upon Love, Politicks, Religion, Learning, St. beginning from his Youth, and fo go on to old Age, what a Bundle of Inconfiftencies and Contradictions would appear at laft.

What they do in Heaven, we are ignorant of; what they do not, we are told I exprefly, That they neither Marry, nor are given in Mar. riage."

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