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which has been frequently visited, though without pleasure, the last look is taken with heaviness of heart,


Ibid. vol. 2, p. 281.

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TIME. HE that runs against timre, has an'antagonist not subject to casualties.

Life of Pope. The story of Melancthon affords a striking lecture on the value of time, which was, that whenever he made an appointment, he expected not only the hour, but the minute, to be fixed, that the day might not run out in the idleness of suspence.

Rambler, vol. 2, p. 39. When we have deducted all that is absorbed in sleep, all that is inevitably appropriated to the demands of nature, or irresistibly engrossed by tyranny of custom; all that passes in regulating 'the superficial decorations of life, or is given up in the reciprocations of civility to the disposal of others; all that is torn from us by the violence of disease, or stolen imperceptibly away by lassitude and languor; we shall find that part of our duration very small, of which we can truly call ourselves masters, or which we can spend wholly at our own choice.

*Ibid. vol. 3, p. 13. Time, like money, may be lost by unreasonable avarice.

Life of Burnham, p. 295.

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Time is the inflexible enemy of all false hypotheses.

Treatise on the Longitude, p: IC.

An Italian philosopher expressed in his motto, “ That time was his estate." An estate, indeed, which will produce nothing without cultivation, but will always abundantly repay the labours of industry, and satisfy the most extensive desires, if no part of it be suffered to lie waste by negligence, to be over-run with noxious plants, or laid out for show rather than for use.

Rambler, vol. 3, p. 18.

Time, amongst other injuries, diminishes the power of pleasing.

. Ibid. p. 216.

Time ought, above all other kinds of property, to be free from invasion; and yet there is no man who does not claim the power of wasting that time which is the right of others.

Idler, vol. 1, P. 78.

Life is continually ravaged by invaders ; one steals away an hour, and another a day; one conceals the robbery by hurrying us into business, another-by lulling us with amusement; the depredation is continued through a thousand vicissitudes of tumult and tranquillity, till, having lost all, we can lose no more.

Ilid. To put every man in possession of his own time, and rescue the day from a succession of · usurpers, is beyond hope : yet, perhaps, some stop might be put to this unmerciful persecution, if all would seriously reflect, that whoever pays a


visit that is not desired, or talks longer than the hearer is willing to attend, is guilty of an injury which he cannot repair, and takes away that which he cannot give.

Ibid. p. 81.

Time, with all its celerity, moves slowly to him whose whole employment is to watch its Aight.

Ibid. p. 180.

Time is, of all modes of existence, most obsequious to the imagination.

Preface to Shakspeare, p. 1:14.

TIME PAST. Whether it be that life has more vexations than comforts, or, what is in event just the same, that evil makes deeper impressions than good, it is certain that few can review the tiine past without heaviness of heart. He remembers many calamities incurred by folly.; many opportunities lost by negligence. The shades of the dead rise up before him, and he laments the companions of his youth, the partners of his amusements, the assistants of his labours, whom the hand of death has snatched away.

Idler, vol. I, p. 249.

TRIFLES. It may be frequently remarked of the studious and speculative, that they are proud of trifles, and that their amusements seem frivolous and childish; whether it be that men, conscious of great reputation, think themselyes above the reach of censure, and safe in the admission of negligent indulgences, or that mankind expect, from elevated genius, an uniformity of greatness,



and watch its degradation with malicious won. der, like him, who having followed with his eye an eagle into the clouds, should lament that she ever descended to a perch.

Life of Pope. Trifes always require exuberance of ornament. The building which has no strength, can be van lued only for the grace of its decorations. The pebble must be polished with care, which hopes to be valued as a diamond, and words ought surely to be laboured, when they are intended to stand for things.

Rambler, vol. 3, p. 280.

To proportion the eagerness of contest to its importance, seems too hard a task for human wisdom. The pride of wit has kept ages busy in the discussion of useless questions, and the pride of power has destroyed armies to gain or 'to keep

unprofitable possessions.

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TRAVELLING..". sv ** All travel has its advantages; if the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own; and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it,

Western Ihands, P- 322. * He that would travel for the entertainment of others, should remember, that the great object of

remark is HUMAN Life. Every nation has some*thing in its manufactures, its works of genius, its medicines, its agriculture, its customs, and its policy. He only is an useful traveller, who brings home something by which his country may be benefitted, who procures some supply of want, or some mitigation of evil, which may enable his readers to compare their condition with that of others; to improve, it wherever it is worse, and wherever it is better, to enjoy it.


Idler, vol. 2, p. 253.

It is by studying at home, that we must obtain the ability of travelling with intelligence and improvement.

Life of Gray.

TRADE. Nothing dejects a trader like the interruption of his profits.

Taxation no Tyranny, P. 30 The theory of trade is yet but little understood, and therefore the practice is often without real advantage to the public; but it might be carried on with more general success, if its principles were better considered. Lipi dan - E ' stato Preface to the Preceptor, P.77.91 P

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d o . Berish Truth is scarcely to be heard, but by those from whom it can serve no interest to conceal it,

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Truth has no gradations; nothing which admits of increase can be so much what it is, as truth is truth. There may be a strange thing, and a thing more strange. But if a proposition be true, there can be none more true. Su 22

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