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We may be playful, and yet innocent; grave, and yet corrupt. It is only from general conduct, that our true character can be portrayed.
When we bring the lawmaker into contempt, we have in effect annulled his laws.
By deferring our repentance, we accumulate
T'he pupils of a certain ancient philosopher, were not, during their first years of study, permitted to ask any questions.
We all have many failings and lapses to lament and recover.
There is no affliction with which we are visited, that may not be improved to our advantage.
The Christian Lawgiver has prohibited many things, which the heathen philosophers allowed.
Grammar, p. 39. Exercises, p. 33. Restlessness of mind disqualifies us, both for the enjoyment of peace, & the performance of our duty.
The arrows of calumny fall harmlessly at the feet of virtue.
The road to the blissful regions, is as open to the peasant as to the king.
A chilness, or shivering of the body, generally precedes a fever.
To recommend virtue to others, our lights must shine brightly, not dully.
The silent stranger stood amaz'd to see
The warmth of dissipation, destroys that sedateness of mind which is necessary to discover truth.
All these with ceaseless praise his works behold, Both day and night. In all our reasonings, our minds should be sin. cerely employed in the pursuit of truth.
Rude behaviour, and indecent language, are peculiarly disgraceful to youth of education.
The true worship of God is an important and awful service.
Wisdom alone is truly fair: folly only appears so.
RULE VIII. Grammar, p. 39. Exercises, p. 34. The study of the English language is making daily advancement.
A judicious arrangement of studies facilitates improvement.
To shun allurements is not hard,
Fverv nerson and thing connected with itseif, is apt to appear good and desirable in our eyes.
Errors and misconduct are more excusable in ignorant, than in well-instructed persons.
The divine laws are not reversible by those of
Gratitude is a forcible and active principle in good and generous minds.
Our natural and involuntary defects of body, are not chargeable upon us.
We are made to be serviceable to others, as well as to ourselves.
An obliging and humble disposition, is totally connected with a servile and cringing humour.
By solacing the sorrows of others, the heart is improved, at the same time that our duty is performed.
Labour and expense are lost upon a dronish spirit.
The inadvertences of youth may be excused, but knavish tricks should meet with severe reproof.
Grammar, p. 39. Exercises, p. 35. Love worketh no ill to our neighbour, and is the fulfilling of the law.
That which is sometimes expedient, is not always so.
We may be hurtful to others, by our example, as well as by personal injuries.
Where diligence opens the door of the understanding, and impartiality keeps it, truth finds an entrance and a welcome too.
CHAP. II. Containing corrections of the false Orthography,
Exercise, p. 36. NEGLECT no opportunity of doing good. No man can steadily build upon accidents. How shall we keep, what sleeping or awake, A weaker may surprise, a stronger take. Neither time nor misfortunes should erase the remembrance of a friend.
Moderation should preside, both in the kitchen and the parlour.
Shall we receive good at the Divine hand, and shall we not receive evil ?
In many designs, we may succeed and be miserable.
We should have sense and virtue enough to re. cede from our demands, when they appear to be unreasonable.
All our comforts proceed from the Father of Goodness.
The ruin of a state is generally preceded by a universal degeneracy of manners, and a contempt of religion.
His father omitted nothing in his education, that might render him virtuous and useful.
The daw in the fable was dressed in pilfered ornaments.
A favour conferred with delicacy, doubles the obligation.
They tempted their Creator, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
The precepts of a good education have often recurred in time of need.
We are frequently benefited by what we have dreaded.
It is no great virtue to live lovingly with good natured and meek persons.
The Christian religion gives a more lovely character of God, than any religion ever did.
Without sinistrous views, they are dexterous managers of their own interest.
Any thing committed to the trust and care of another, is a deposite.
Here finish'd he, and all that he had made
View'd and beheld! All was entirely good. It deserves our best skill to inquire into those rules, by which we may guide our judgment.
Food, clothing, and habitations, are the rewards of industry
If we lay no restraint upon our lusts, no controul upon our appetites and passions, they will hurry us into guilt and misery.
An Independent is one who, in religious affairs, holds that every congregation is a complete Church.
Receive his counsel, and securely move :
We lose it in the moment we detect. The acknowledgment of our transgressions must precede the forgiveness of them.
Judicious abridgments often aid the studies of youth.
Examine how thy humour is inclind,
He falters at the question :
To promote iniquity in others, is nearly the same as being the actors of it ourselves.
The glazier's business was unknown to the ancients.
T'he antecedent, in grammar, is the noun or pronoun to which the relative refers.
Exercises, p. 38. Be not afraid of the wicked: they are under the control of Providence. Consciousness of guilt may justly affright us.
Convey to others no intelligence which you would be ashamed to avow.
Many are weighed in the balance, and found wanting
How many disappointments have, in their conseqnences, saved a man from ruin!