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“La vraye

sc. ii.

It is a good remark of Johnson's, “ that famiæ, cujus apud prodigos novissima vothe naval and military professions have the luptas est.”—Tacitus. Annal. l. xi. c. 26. dignity of danger, and that mankind reverence those who have got over fear, which “ L'HOMME est le morceau le plus dificile is so general a weakness.”

à digerér qui se presente à tous les systèmes.

Je ne sai si la nature peut presenter un ob“ XERXES contemplant ses dix-sept cents jet plus étrange, et plus dificile a demêler mille hommes, s'escria de douleur, sur ce que à la raison toute seule que ce que nous apela | dans cent ans il n'en resteroit un seul en lons un animal raisonnable."-BAILE, Pvie. Il nous faudroit tous les jours faire un 536-7. cri bien divers, sur pareil nombre; de ce qu'il ne s'y trouveroit pas à l'adventure un

-Thus bas he (and many more of the sage, ni qui pis est, un juste.”—La DEMOIS- same breed, that, I know, the drossy age SELLE DE GOURnay, in her Preface to Mon- dotes on), only got the tune of the time, taigne.

and outward habit of encounter; a kind of

yesty collection, which carries them through touche des esprits, c'est l'exa. and through the most fond and winnowed men d'un nouvel auteur; et celuy qui le lit, opinions; and do but blow them to their se met à l'espreuve plus qu'il ne l'y met.” | trial, the bubbles are out."—Hamlet, act r. -Ibid. A very good remark.

“ Wien rank Thersites opes his mastire “ Plus une loi se maintient sans altéra

jaws, tion, plus aussi fait-elle connoitre le grand

We shall hear musick, wit, and oracle." sens et les grandes vuës de celui qui l'a

Troilus and Cressida, act i. sc. üi. faite."- Pensées sur le Comete, vol. 1, p. 457.

“ VRAY moyne, si onques en fut, depuis When the Italians would give a man the que le monde moynant moyna de Moynerie."

-RABELAIS, vol. 2, p. 3. highest praise for prudence, they say of him Capo da far statuti.”—Ibid.

“ JAMAIS homme noble ne haït le bon We have few such heads!

vin ; c'est un apothègme monacal.”—Ibid. “ Les grandes et les importantes veritez p. 5. ont des caractères interieurs qui les soutiennent ; c'est à ces signes que nous les devons avoir formé aureilles ouvertes, n'y apposant

"NATURE me semble non sans cause nous discerner."-Ibid. vol. 2, p. 9.

porte ne cloture aucune, comme a fait és

yeux, langue, et autres issuës du corps."– “La verité perdroit hautement sa cause,

Ibid. vol. 4, p. 165.
si elle étoit decidée à la pluralité des voix.”
-Ibid.

que
Dieu garde est bien gardé."

MONTLUC, vol. 1, p. 368. “Tritissima quæque via et celeberrima maximè decipit. Nihil ergo magis præstan

Ceste peur vous desrobe le sens et dum est quam ne pecorum ritu, sequantur l'entendement qui est la meilleure piece de antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua vostre harnois.”—Ibid. vol. 2, p. 298. eundum est, sed qua itur."-SENECA.

" QUESTI piaceri - This they do “ ob magnitudinem in- Son altro, che di duol ferma radice?

66 CE

G

DA, p. 42.

Non è stato felice

your horns."— STRYPE's Annals, vol. 1, p. Alcun, se'l può turbar Fortuna o Morte." 560. Ber. Tasso, vol. 1, p. 98.

“ Nemo non aliquem habet cui tantum “M'ayez pour excuse, si je ne rithme en credat, quantum ipsi creditum est.”—STRAcramoisi."-RABELAIS, vol. 8, p. 396.

Is this true? A Jesuit is good authoCICERO says of the scholars of Heraclides, rity on such a point.

quos duplò reddidit stultiores quam acceperit; ubi nihil poterant discere nisi igno

“ Etenim Religionem rarò solam mutarantiam."-Orat.

pro
Flacco.

vere civitates : sed quoties mota est sacra

hæc Anchora, toties fluctuavit simul Rei. It was a remark of Sir P. SIDNEY, “ that publicæ navis. Nec mirum : est Hæresis he never found wisdom, where he found not

contumaciæ rudimentum : dumque ex hocourage."

minum mentibus sensim excutit Dei jugum,

detrectare atque excutere humana imperia Bishop Hacket calls “ conscience and similiter docet.”—Ibid. p. 71. honour the Urim and Thummim, with which the noblest whom God hath made should

CARDINAL GRANVILLE.-—" Pleraque feliconsult in all things." Life of Archbishop citer confecit eloquentiæ beneficio, sed mirâ Williams, p. 164.

solertiâ temperatæ, sine quâ parsimoniâ,

omnis facundia importuna demum profilu“ Secundæ res felicem, magnum faciunt entia est, et morbus haud se retinentis inadversæ"- very well said by Hermolaus

genii.”—Ibid. 77.

p. Barbarus.-Ibid. part ii. p. 4.

“ Nam vilissimo cuique crescit auda

cia, si se timeri sentiat.”—Ibid. p. 230. “ A LIBERTY to be lawless is the greatest bondage.”—Ibid. p. 198.

“ VETERANO Duci repentinus magis quàm

improvisus occurrit hostis." — Ibid. Dec. 2, “God defend us from making experi- 1. 1, p. 22. ments of what would come to pass if the choice of a governor or governors were re

“ Facile veniunt in potestatem alienam, ferred to the thousands and millions of Eng- qui præ timore semel exiere de sua.". land! Beware a heptarchy again, beware | Ibid. a hecatontarchy. Things give better coun. sel to men, than men to things."— Ibid. p.

· Nemo adeo intractabilis est, cui suum 202.

denique manubrium non sit, quo capi, ac

teneri possit."-Ibid. p. 41.
JAMES I. said “men had a salmon-like in- Is this also a Jesuit maxim ?
stinct to visit the place of their breeding."
-Ibid. p. 208.

“ C'est mal connaître les hommes que de

s'imaginer qu'on leur plaira, en adoucissant “ In reading the scriptures," says Bishop le joug que la raison et la morale leur imCheny,“ be you like the snail : which is a posent. Les prédicateurs les plus sévères goodly figure. For when he feeleth a hard sont toujours ceux qui attirent la foule.”— thing against his horns, he pulleth them in LINGUET, Hist. Imp. des Jesuites, tom. 1, again. So do you.

Read Scripture a God's name; but when you come to mat- The latter sentence is certainly true. The ters of controversy, go back again ; pull informer with some qualification.

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p. 184.

* Les plus redoutables fanatiques aurai- Et mourir sans rendre l'esprit." ent certainement été bien innocens, s'ils This is printed in the worthless book edn'avaient confié leurs délires qu'au papier. titled Pensées, g'c. du Comte Ozensterr. Ce n'est jamais avec des in folio qu'on a tormé des sectes et executé des meurtres.

“ You dissentious rogues Laissez écrire, et empêchez de parler, les That rubbing the poor itch of your opinion etats seront toujours tranquilles. Voilà Make yourselves scabs.” peut-être la maxime la plus incontestable

Coriolanus, act i. se. i. de la politique."--Ibid. p. 215.

Linguet ought to have known better, * Tus maxim," says Sir Pa. WARWICE. even though he lived before the age of " is never to be forgot by the state physinewspapers.

cian, “Malum bene positum non est moven.

dum.' If the stone lie quiet in the body * Soy poeta,

provoke it not by diuretics." y assi ningunos me agradan, si no son mis proprios versos ;

* Sur P. W. quotes some good historian los demas no valen nada."

as saying, “ great improsperities deprive a Calderon. Cisma de Inglaterre. man of half his understanding at once." " PELIGROSO

“ He that ought to command seldom gets aleance signe el hombre que es graciosa ; any thing when he is reduced into a conpues llega en ocasion donde se enfria,

dition to supplicate.”—Ibid. quando dize una gracia, y no ay quien ria.”

Ibid. “ IMPROSPERITY is always in confusion."

Ibid. " L'HOMME digne d'être écouté, est celui qui ne se sert de la parole que pour la “ The scene between the taylor and pensée, et de la pensée que pour le vérité et gardener lies much in the same latitude of la vertu. Rien n'est plus méprisable qu'un understanding," JEREMY COLLIER says of a parleur de metier qui fait de ses paroles ce scene in one of Tom D'Urfey's plays. qu'un charlatan fait de ses remèdes." — Gouvet, tom. 1, p. 311.

Scougal speaks of religionists who

“would be the better thought of for speak“ BENE et præclarè, quamvis nobis sæpe, ing ill of themselves,—and would be very dicatur ; bellè et festivè nimium sæpe nolo." | ill pleased if you should believe them."-Cicero de Orat. 1. 3. c. 25.

Fourth Discourse, p. 147.

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“ Melius est nonnunquam, etsi non tam self, who has not sent his heart thither bebenè eligas, in proposito persistere, quàm fore him.”—Ibid. p. 374. optimè eligendo postmodum variare." CARDANUS de propria Vita, p. 36.

Well, indeed, does he vindicate his

strong language upon the rebellion, when Quæ est excusatio laus ab eis dicitur, he asks,“ Can things peculiar and unheard

of be treated with the toothless generalities tam magnum putant non esse scelestum."Ibid. p. 42.

of a common place ?”—Ibid. p. 445.

“ What a poor thing is preparation to “ In some things it is much more difficult for a man, upon a very ordinary use of be trusted to in opposition to accident. his judgement, to be ignorant of his duty And what a pitiful defence is multitude on than to learn it; as it would be much harder

one side, where omnipotence takes the for him, while he is awake, to keep his eyes

other."—Ibid. vol. 4, p. 22. always shut than open.”—South, vol. 2, p.

" It is enough that God has put a man's 389.

actions into his own power, but the success “ One is born with a kind of lethargy

of them, I am sure, he has not.”—Ibid. p. 27. and stupefaction into the world, armed with

This we may rest upon as certain, that an iron body and a leaden soul against all he is still the powerfullest preacher and the the apprehensions of ordinary sorrow.”— best orator, who can make himself best Ibid. p. 480.

understood."-Ibid.

p.

151. " I CANNOT see but that the itch in the “ A LIBERTY of sin, (christen it by the ear is as bad a distemper as in any other

name of what liberty you will) is yet one part of the body, and perhaps worse.”

of the greatest and dreadfullest judgements Ibid. p. 529.

which can befall any person or people, and

a certain cause as well as sign of an ap“ Certain it is, that the virtues of a proaching destruction.”—South, vol. 4, p. prince are a blessing to more than to bim- 429. self and his family. They are a public

“Let faction look and speak big in a tuseminary of blessings: they are the palla- mult, and in the troubled waters of rebeldiums and the strong holds, nay, the common stock and the inheritance of the king- certain event, and that without the spirit of

lion, yet I dare vouch this as a truth of dom.”—Ibid. p. 566.

prophecy, that courage assisted with law,

and law executed with courage, will assuSouth speaks of men whose souls serve only to keep their bodies from putrefaction. redly prevail.”—Ibid. vol. 5, p. 64. Ingelo has the same thought, the people of “ NOTHING can be more irrational, than his Piacenza, he says, suppose

it

was put to be dogmatical in things doubtful; and into the body only to keep it sweet.”

to determine, where wise men only dispute.” Bentivolio g. Urania, p. 46.

-Ibid.

p.

243. The wittiest and strongest writer in our “ Pour moi, parmi des fautes innombrables, language says,

" that is not wit which con- Je n'en connois que deux considérables, sists not with wisdom.” — South, vol. 3, Et dont je fais ma declaration;

C'est l'entreprise et l'execution.

A mon avis fautes irréparables “No man shall ever come to heaven him

Dans ce volume."-BENSERADE.

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p. 33.

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“Il y a des occasions où il faut laisser | tunity to the virtue of patience."!—Ibid. pdormir les Loix d'autant qu'elles sont faites 332. pour les hommes, et non pas les hommes pour elles."-AMELOT DE LA HOUSSAIE. “How hard is it to draw a principle into

all its consequences, and to unravel the A WISE remark, and of wide application : mysterious fertility but of one proposition ! _"Que les insolences d'un peuple contre-Ibid. p. 330. ses voisins se termineront toûjours à une guerre; non seulement parce que l'homme ANDREW MARVELL says of Talbot, in one prudent se lasse de souffrir, mais aussi parce of the State Poems, que l'insolent se lasse d'être souffert."Ibid.

“He's of a size indeed to fill a porch,

But ne'er can be a pillar of the church." “ Moderons nos propres væux,

Vol. 1, p. 91. Tâchons à nous mieux connoître, Desire tu d'être heureux ?

" A BUSY man, Desire un peu moins de l'être."

And what is that at best, but one whose DE CHARLEVAL

mind

Is made to tire himself and all mankind." “ Voici comment j'ai compté

Ibid. p. 182. DRIDEN. Dès ma plus tendre jeunesse, La vertu, puis la santé,

“ His nose turns all his handkerchiefs to Puis la gloire, puis la richesse.”—Ibid.

tinder.”—Ibid. Continuation, p. 237. “Men who have built their faith upon “ Ir we pursue most of those contentions the ruins of charity, and wholly cried up which afflict the world, to their first prinone, while they sufficiently acted down the ciple, we shall find that they issue from other."-South, vol. 6, p. 8.

pride, and pride from self-opinion, and a

strange persuasion that men have of their “ Tuat man will one day find it but a knowledge of those things of which they are poor gain, who hits upon truth with the loss indeed ignorant."—SOUTH, vol. 7, p. 120. of charity.”—Ibid. p. 30.

“When we speak to a superior, to use “Tue height of prudence is, in all pre- words few and expressive is the proper dia. cepts, laws, and institutions to distinguish lect of respect.”—Ibid. p. 319. persons, times, and occasions; and accord. ingly to discriminate the obligation, and

“Who among the rude vuigar's a prophet upon the same exigence of justice to dis

at least, pense with it in some, upon which it con

But who e'er preached well when the peofirms it in others."—Ibid.

ple were pleased ?"

State Poems, vol. 3, p. 171. “What is absurd in the sanctions of right reason, will never be warranted by the “I went without feet, and flew without rules of religion.”—Ibid.

wings.”—M. Magist. vol. 2, p. 36. The Sermon._“It inevitably puts us upon an act of religion : if good, it invites

I “The worst speak something good. If all

want sense, us to a profitable hearing ; if otherwise, it

God gives a text, and preacheth patience." inflicts a short penance, and gives an oppor- GEORGE HERBERT. Church Porch.-J. W.W.

p. 221.

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