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awaken within the heart those latent suggestions, which the world had overpowered and suppressed.
Amusement often becomes the business, instead of the relaxation, of young persons : it is then highly pernicious.
He that waits for an opportunity, to do much at once, may breathe out his life in idle vishes ; and regret, in the last hour, his useless intentions and barren zeal.
The spirit of true religion. breathes mildness and affability. . It gives a native, unaffected ease to the behaviour. It is so cial, kini, and cheerful far removed from that gloomy and illiberal superstition, which clouds the brow, sharpens the temper, dejects the spirit; and teaches men to fit themselves for another world, by neglecting the concerns of this.
Rcreal none of the secreis of thy friend. Be faithful to his interests. Forsake him not in danger. Abhor the thought of acquiring any advantage by his prejudice.
Man, always prosperous, would be giddy and insolent ; always aillicted, would be sullen or despondent. Hopes and fears, joy and sorrow, are; therefore, so blended in his life, as both to give room for worldly pursuits, and to recall, from time to time, the admonitions of conscience.
SECTION IV, TIME once past never returns : the moment which is lost, ia lost forever.
There is nothing on earth so stable, as to assure us of endisturbed rest ; nor so powerful, as to afford us constant Protection.
The house of 1.6ting too often becomes in' avenue to he house of Canning Short, to the licentions, is the interval between them.
It is of great importance to us, to form a proper estimate of human lifi ; without either loading it with imaginary evils, or expecting from it greiter advantages than it is able to field.
Among all our corrupt passions, there is a strong and intimate connexion. Ilhen any one of them is adopted into our family, it seldom quits until it hus fithered upon.us all its kindred.
Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines; a censorious disposition casts every character into the darkest shade it will bear.
Many men mistake the love, for the practice of virtue ; ed are bot so much gooien, iw the friends of goodness
Genuine virtue has a language that speaks to every heart throughout the world. It is a language which is understood hy all. In every region, every climate, the homage paid to it is the same. In no one sentiment were ever mankind more generally agreed.
The appearances of our security are frequently deceitful
When our sky seems most settled and serene, in som unobserved quarter gathers the little black cloud in which the tempest ferments, and prepares to discharge itself ou our head.
The man of true fortitude may be compared to the cas. tle built on a rock, which defies the attacks of surrounding waters: the man of a feeble and timorous spirit, to a hut placed on the shore, which every wind shakes, and every wave overflows.
Nothing is so inconsistent with self-possession as violent anger. It overpowers reason ; confounds our ideas ; dis. torts the appearance, and blackens the colour of every object. By the storms which it raises within, and by the mischiefs which it occasions without, it generally brings on the passionate and revengeful man, greater misery than he can bring on the object of his resentment.
The palace of virtue has, in all ages, been represented as placed on the summit of a hill ; in the ascent of which, labour is requisite, and difficulties are to be surmounted; and where a conductor is needed, to direct our way, and to aid our steps.
In judging of others, let us always think the best, and employ the spirit of charity and candour. But in judging of ourselves, we ought to be exact and severe.
Let him, who desires to see others happy, make haste to give while his gift can be enjoyed; and remember, that eve. ry moment of delay takes away something from the value of his benefaction. And let him who proposes his own happiness retlect, that while he forms his purpose, the day rolle on, and “the night cometh, when no man can work."
To sensual persons, hardly any thing is what it appears to be : and what flatters most, is always farthest from reality. There are voices which sing around them ; but whose strains allure to ruin. There is a banquet spread, where poison is in every dish. There is a couch which invites them to repose ; but to slumber upon it, is death.
If we would judge whether a man is really happy, it is pot solely to his houses and lands, to his equipage and his
retinue we are to look. Unless we could see farther, and discern what joy, or what bitterness, his heart feels, we can pronounce little concerning him.
The book is well written ; and I have perused it with pleasure and profit. It shows, first, that true devotion is rational and well founded ; next, that it is of the highest importance to every other part of religion and virtue ; and, lastly, that it is most conducive to our happiness.
There is certainly no greater felicity, than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed ; to trace our own progress in existence, by such tokens as ex cite neither shame nor sorrow. It ought therefore to be che care of those who wish to pass the last hours with comfort, to lay up such a treasure of pleasing ideas, as shall support the expenses of that time, which is to depend wholly upon the fund already acquired.
SECTION V. What avails the show of external liberty, to one who bas lost the government of himself ?
He that cannot live well to-day, (says Martial,) will be less qualified to live well to-morrow.
Can we esteem that man prosperous, who is raised to a situation which flatters his passions, but which corrupts his principles, disorders his temper, and finally oversets his virtue ?
What misery does the vicious man secretly endure ! Adversity! how bluut are all the arrows of thy quiver, in comparison with those of guilt !
When we have no pleasure in goodness, we may with certainty conclude the reason to be, that our pleasure is all derived from an opposite quarter.
How strangely are the opinions of men altered, by a change in their condition !
How many have had reason to be thankful, for being disappointed in designs which they earnestly pursued, but which, if successfully accomplished, they have afterwarda keen would have occasioned their ruin !
What are the actions which afford in the remembrance a rational satisfaction ? Are they the pursuits of sensual pleasure, the riots of jollity, or the displays of show and vanity ? No : I appeal to your hearts, my friends, if what you ro. collect with most pleasure, are not the innocent, the virtu ous, the honourable parts of your past lifo.
The present employment of time should frequently be an object of thought. About what are we now busied ? What is the ultimate scope of our present pursuits and cares? Can we justify them to ourselves ? Are they likely to produce any thing that will survive the moment, and bring forth some fruit for futurity ?
Is it not strange (says an ingenious writer,) that some persons should be so delicate as not to bear a disagrceable picture in the house, and yet, by their behaviour, force every face they see about them, to wear the gloons of unPasiness and discontent?
Il we are now in health, peace and safety ; without any particular or uncommon evils to afflict our condition ; what mui'e can we reasonably look for in this vain and uncertain world ? How iittle can the greatest prosperity add to such a state? Will any future situation ever make us bappy, it now, with so few causes of grief, we imagine ourselves miserable? The evil lies in the state of our mind, not in our condition of fortune ; and by no alteration of circumstances is likely to be remedied.
When the love of unwarrantable pleasures, and of vicious companions, is allowed to amuse young persons, to engross (heir time, and to stir up their passions; the day of ruin,--ler hem take heed, and beware! the day of irrecoverable ruin begins to draw nigh. Fortune is squandered; health is oroken ; friends are offended, affronted, estranged; aged parents, perhaps, sent afflicted and mourning to the dust.
On whom does time hang so heavily, is on the slothful and lazy? To whons are the hours so lingering ? Who are so often devoured with spleen, and obliged to tly to every expedient, which can help them to get rid of themselves? Instead of producing tranquillity, indolence produces a fretful restlessness of mind gives rise to cravings which are never satisfied ; nourishes a sickly, effeminate delicacy. which sours and corrupts every pleasure.
SECTION VI. We have seen the husiandman scattering his seed upon the furrowed ground! 11 springs up, is gathered into his barns, and crowns his labours with joy and plenty-Thrus the man who distributes his fortune with generusity and prudence, is amply repaid by the gratitude of those whom he obliges, by the approbation of his own unind and by the favour of Heaven.
Temperance, by' fortifying the mind and body, leads to happiness : intemperance, by enervating them, ends generally in misery
Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious ; but an ill one, more contemptible. Vice is infamous, though in a prince; and virtue honourable, though in a peasant.
An elevated genius, employed in little things, appears (to use the simile of Longinus) like the sun in his evening de. clination : he remits his splendour, but retains his magni. tude ; and pleases more, though he dazzles less.
If envious people were to ask themselves, whether they would exchange their entire situations with the persons enried, (I mean their minds, passions, notions, as well as their persons, fortunes, and dignities,)-I presume the self-love, common to human nature, would generally make them prefer their own condition.
We have obliged some persons :very well !--what would we have more ? Is not the consciousness of doing good, a suflicient reward ? Do not hurt yourselves or others, by the pursuit of plea
Consult your, whole nature. Consider yourselves not only is sensitive, but as rational beings ; not only as rational, but social; not only as social, but immortal.
Art thou poor ?-Show thyself active anił industrious, peaceable and contented. Art thou wealthy ?-Show thyself beneficent and charitable, condescending and humane.
Though religion removes not all the evils of life, though, it produses no continuance of undisturbed prosperity, (which weed it were not salutary for man always to enjoy,) yet, il il mitigates the evils which necessarily belong to our state, it mily justly be said to give “rest to them who labour and are heavy ladden."
ilhat a siniling aspect does the love of parents and chil. uren, of brothers and sisters, of friends and relations, give to every surrounding object, and every returning day! With what a lustre dues it gild even the small habitation, where his placid intercourse dwells ! where such scenes of heart. felt satisfaction succeed uninterruptedly to one another'
How many clear marks of benevolent intention appear every where around us! What a profusion of beanty and ornament is poured forth on the face of nature. What a Nugniticent spectacle presented to the view of man ! W bu supply contrived for his wants! What a variety of obje."