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It is easy for men to talk one thing and think another,

Maxim 322. . When two do the same thing, it is not the same thing after all.

Maxim 338. A cock has great influence on his own dunghill.'

Marim 357. Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.?

Maxim 358. No tears are shed when an enemy dies. Maxim 376. The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.

Marim 388 Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

Marim 401. No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.8

Marim 406. The judge is condemned when the criminal is acquitted.*

Maxim 407. Practice is the best of all instructors.5 Marim 439.

He who is bent on doing evil can never want occasion.

Marim 459. One man's wickedness may easily become all men's curse.

Maxim 463 Never find your delight in another's misfortune.

Maxim 467. It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.

Maxim 469. It is better to have a little than nothing. Maxim 484. It is an unhappy lot which finds no enemies.

Maxim 499. 1 See Heywood, page 14.

2 The sea being smooth, How many shallow bauble boats dare sail Upon her patient breast.

SHAKESPEARE : Troilus and Cressida, act i. sc. 3. 8 See Cowper, page 419. 4 Judex damnatur cum nocens absolvitur, – the motto adopted for the * Edinburgh Review." 6 Practice makes perfect. — Proverb.

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself.1

Maxim 511.


Maxim 524.

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A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Never promise more than you can perform. Maxim 528.
A wise man never refuses anything to necessity.

Maxim 540.
No one should be judge in his own cause. *
Necessity knows no law except to conquer. Maxim 553.
Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.*

Maxim 545.

Maxim 557.

We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to


Maxim 559.

Maxim 571.

Maxim 580.

Maxim 581.

It is only the ignorant who despise education.
Do not turn back when you are just at the goal."
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Never thrust your own sickle into another's corn.
You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.

Maxim 584.

Maxim 593.

Maxim 596.

1 See Shakespeare, page 48.

5 See Milton, page 232.

2 See Heywood, page 14. Yet do I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity. - EURIPIDES: Hercules Furens, line 281.

* It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause. — PASCAL: Thoughts, chap. iv. 1.

6 See Chaucer, page 3. When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back. – PLUTARCH: Of the Training of Children.

9. No man can enjoy happiness without thinking that he enjoys it. -
We Did thrust as now in others' corn bis sickle. – Du Bartas: Divine
Weekes and Workes, part ü. Second Weeke.
Yonge: Musica Transalpini. Epistle Dedicatory. 1588.

Not presuming to put my sickle in another man's corn.

JOHNsox: The Rambler, p. 150.


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He bids fair to grow wise who has discovered that he is not so.

Mazim 598. A guilty conscience rer feels secure. 1

Maxim 617. Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last."

Maxim 633, Familiarity breeds contempt.

Marim 640. Money alone sets all the world in motion. Maxim 656. He who has plenty of pepper will pepper his cabbage.

Mazim 673. You should go to a pear-tree for pears, not to an elm.'

Maxim 674. It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please every. body.

Marim 675. We should provide in peace what we need in war.

Marim 709. Look for a tough wedge for a tough log. Marim 723,

How happy the life unembarrassed by the cares of business!

Maxim 725. . They who plough the sea do not carry the winds in their hands.

Maxim 759. He gets through too late who goes too fast. Mazim 767. In every enterprise consider where you would come

Mazim 777.


1 See Shakespeare, page 136.

2 Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. — MARCUS AURELIUS: Medilations, ii, 5.

8 See Shakespeare, page 45.

4 You may as well expect pears from an elm. - CERVANTES: Don Quiroley part ii. book ii. chap. xl.

6 See Washington, page 425.

6 The pilot cannot mitigate the billows or calm the winds. - PLUTARCH : of the Tranquillity of the Mind.

7 In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then un dertake it. — EPICTETUS : That everything is to be undertaken with circum spection, chap. xv.



It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

Maxiin 780. The highest condition takes rise in the lowest.

Maxim 781, It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are.

Maxim 785. No one knows what he can do till he tries.

Maxim 786. The next day is never so good as the day before.

Maxim 815. He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another's

Maxim 825. Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest

Maxim 827. It matters not how long you live, but how well


Maxim 829. It is vain to look for a defence against lightning.'

Maxim 835. No good man ever grew rich all at once.? Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it."

Maxim 847. It is better to learn late than never.'

Marim 864. Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.

Marim 865. Better use medicines at the outset than at the last moment,

Maxim 866. Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Maxim 837.

Maxim 872.

Maxim 911.

Whom Fortune wishes to destroy. she first makes mad. Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage, He knows not when to be silent who knows not when

Maxim 914,

Marim 930

to speak.

1 Syrus was not a contemporary of Franklin.
? No just man ever became rich all at once.
8 See Butler, page 213.
6 See Bacon, page 166.

- MENANDER: Fragment. 4 See Shakespeare, page 64. 6 See Dryden, page 269.

You need not hang up the ivy-branch over the wine that will sell."

Marim 968.

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.

Hazim 995.

Unless degree is preserved, the first place is safe for no one.3

Maxim 1042.

Confession of our faults is the next thing to innoceney.

Mazim 1060. I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.'

Maxim 1070. Keep the golden mean 6 between saying too much and too little.

Maxim 1072. Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.

Marim 1073.

SENECA. 8 B. C.-65 A. D.

Not lost, but gone before.

Epistola, 63, 16. Whom they have injured they also hate.?

De Ira. ii. 33. Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.'

De Providentia. 5,9 There is no great genius without a tincture of madness.

De Tranquillitate Animi. 17. Do you seek Alcides' equal ? None is, except himself.10

Hercules Furens. i. 1, 84.


i See Shakespeare page 72.

2 See Maxim 144. 8 See Shakespeare, page 102. 4 Simonides said " that he never repented that he held his tongue, but often that he had spoken.” – PLUTARCH: Rules for the Preservation of Health, 6 See Cowper, page 424.

6 See Rogers, page 455. 7 See Dryden, page 275.

8 See Beaumont and Fletcher, page 197 9 See Dryden, page 267. 10 See Theobald, page 352.

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