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The vicious man is often looking round him, with anxious and fearful circumspection.
True friendship will, at all times, avoid a čare. less or rough behaviour,
Time brings a gentle and powerful opiate to all misfortunes,
Grammar, p. 260 Exercises, p. 116. The man of virtue and honour will be trusted, relied upon, and esteemed.
Deliberate slowly, execute promptly:
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends resolutely, and continues a friend unchangeably.
Sensuality contaminates the body, depresses the understanding, deadens the moral feelings of the heart, and degrades man from his rank in the creation.
Idlenegs brings forward and nourishes many bad passions.
We must stand or fall by our own conduct and character.
The man of order catches and arrests the hours as they fly.
The great business of life is, to be employed in doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our Creator.
Grammar, p. 260. Exercises, p. 116. This unhappy person had often been seriously, affectionately admonished, but in vain.
To live soberly, righteously, and piously, comprehends the whole of our duty.
When thy friend is calumniated, openly and boldly espouse his cause.
Benefits should be long and gratefully remembered.
True gentleness is native feeling, heightened and improved by principle.
The path of piety and virtue, pursued with a firm and constant spirit, will assuredly lead to happiness.
Human affairs are in continual motion and fluctuation, altering their appearance every moment, and passing into some new forms.
What can be said to alarm those of their danger, who, intoxicated with pleasures, become gid. dy and insolent; who, flattered by the illusions of prosperity, make light of every serious admonition, which their friends, and the changes of the world, give them ?
RULE VIII. Grammar, p. 260. Exercises, p. 117. If, from any internal cause, a man's peace of mind be disturbed, in vain we load him with riches.or honours.
Gentleness delights, above all things, to allevi. ate distress; and, if it cannot dry up the falling tear, to sooth at least the grieving heart.
Wherever Christianity prevails, it has discour. aged, and, in some degree, abolished slavery.
We may rest assured that, by the steady pursuit of virtue, we shall obtain and enjoy it.
Continue, my dear child, to make virtue thy principal study
To you, my worthy benefactors, am I indebted, under Providence, for all
Canst thou expect, thou betrayer of innocence, to escape the hand of vengeance ?
Come then, companion of my toils, let us take fresh courage, persevere, and hope to the end.
Peace of mind being secured, we may smile at misfortunes.
Virtue abandoned, and conscience reproaching us, we become terrified with imaginary evils.
Charles having been deprived of the help of tutors, his studies became totally neglected.
To prevent further altercation, I submitted to the terms proposed.
To enjoy present pleasure, he sacrificed his fu. ture ease and reputation.
To say the least, they have betrayed great want of prudence.
Grammar, p. 261. Exercises, p. 118. Hope, the balm of life, sooths us under every misfortune.
Content, the offspring of virtue, dwells both in retirement, and in the active scenes of life.
Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, was eminently good, as well as wise.
The patriarch Joseph, is an illustrious example of chastity, resignation, and filial affection.
Nothing is so opposite to the true enjoyment of life, as the relaxed and feeble state of an indolent mind.
The more a man speaks of himself, the less he likes to hear another talked of.
Nothing more strongly inculcates resignation, than the experience of our own inability to guide ourselves.
The friendships of the world, can subsist no longer than interest cements them.
Expect no more from the world than it is able
to afford you.
RULE XIII. Grammar, p. 261. Exercises, p. 178. He who is a stranger to industry, may possess, but he cannot enjoy.
Contrition, though it may melt, ought not to sink or overpower the heart of a Christian.
The goods of this world were given to man for his occasional refreshment, not for his chief felicity.
It is the province of superiors to direct, of inferiors to obey; of the learned, to be instructive, of the ignorant to be docile; of the old to be communicative, of the young to be attentive and dili. gent.
Though unavoidable calamities make a part, yet they make not the chief part, of the vexations and sorrows that distress human life.
An inquisitive and meddling spirit, often interrupts the good order, and breaks the peace of society.
RULE XIV. Grammar, p. 262 Exercises, p. 119. Vice is not of such a nature, that we can say to it, “ Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further."
One of the noblest of the Christian virtues, is, " to love our enemies."
Many too confidently say to themselves, “My mountain stands strong, and it shall never be removed."
We are strictly enjoined, “ not to follow a multitude to do evil."
RULE XV. Grammar, p. 262. Exercises, p. 119. The gentle mind is like the smooth stream, which reflects every object in its just proportion, and in its fairest colours.
Beware of those rash and dangerous connexions, which may afterwards load you with dishonour.
Blind must that man be, who discerns not the most striking marks of a Divine government, exercised over the world.
It is labour only which gives the relish to pleasure.
In that unaffected civility which springs from a gentle mind, there is an incomparable charm.
They who raise envy, will easily incur censure.
Many of the evils which occasion our complaints of the world, are wholly imaginary.
He who is good before invisible witnesses, is eminently so before the visible.
His conduct, so disinterested and generous, was universally approved.
Exercises, p. 120. The fumes which arise from a heart boiling with violent passions, never fail to darken and trouble the understanding.
If we delay till to-morrow what ought to be done to-day, we overcharge the morrow with a burden which belongs not to it.
By whatever means we may at first attract the attention, we can hold the esteem, and secure the hearts of others, only by amiable dispositions, and the accomplishments of the mind.
If the mind sow not corn, it will plant thistles.
One day is sufficient to scatter our prosperity, and bring it to nought.
Graceful in youth, are the tears of sympathy, and the heart that melts at the tale of wo.