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that raises the credit of their beauty, and are ready, however virtuous, to pardon any act which they think excited by their own charms."..

Notes upon Shakspeare, vol. 2, p. 156. It is said of a woman who accepts' a worse match than those which she had refused, that she has passed through the wood, and at last has · taken a crooked stick.

Ibid. p. 286. Nothing is more common than for the younger part of the sex, upon certain occasions, to say in à pet what they do not think, or to think for a time on what they do not finally resolve.

. . . . Ibid. vol. 4, p. 1os.

As the faculty of writing has been chiefly a masculine endowment, the reproach 'of making the world miserable has been always thrown upon the WOMEN; and the grave and the merry have equally thought themselves at liberty to conclude either with declamatory complaints, or satirical censures, of female folly or fickleness.

Rambler, vol. I, p. 108.

Of women it has been always known, that no censure wounds so deeply, or rankles so long, as that which charges them with want of beauty.

Ibid. p. 242.

It may be particularly observed of women, that they are for the most part good or bad, -as they fall among those who practise vice or virtue; and that neither education nor reason gives them" much security against the influence of example. Whether it be, that they have less


courage to stand against opposition, or that their i desire of admiration makes them sacrifice their principles to the poor pleasure of worthless praise, it is certain, whatever be the cause, that female goodness seldom keeps its ground against laughter, flattery, or fashion.

i [bid. vol. 2, p. 59. The wisdom of those by whom our female education was instituted, should always be ad. mired for having contrived that every woman, of whatever condition, should be taught some arts of manufacture, by which the vacuities of recluse and domestic leisure may be filled up. Those arts are more necessary, as the weakness, of their sex, and the general system of life, debar ladies from many employments, which, by v diversifying the circumstances of men, preserve them from being cankered by the rust of their own thoughts.

Ibid. p. 180. Women, by whatever fate, always judge absurdly of the intellects of boys. The vivacity and confidence which attract female admiration, are seldom produced in the early part of life, but by ignorance, at least, if not by stupidity ; ,

for they proceed not from confidence of right, but · fearlessness of wrong. Whoever has a clear ap

prehension, must have quick sensibility; and
where he has no sufficient reason to trust his
own judgment, will proceed with doubt and
caution, because he perpetually dreads the dis-
grace of error.

Ibid. vol. 4, p. 186.
The weakness they lament, themselves create;
Instructed from their infant years to court,
With counterfeited tears, the aid of man,
They seepi to shudder at the rustling breeze,


Start at the light, and tremble in the dark; :
Till affectation, ripening to belief,
And folly, frighted at her own chimeras,
Habitual cowardice usurps the soul.

, Irene, p. 28


Some light might be given to those who shall endeavour to calculate the increase of English wealth, by observing that Latymer, in the time of Edward VL wentions it, as a proof of his father's prosperity_That though but a yeoman, he gave his daughters five pounds each for her portion. At the latter end of Elizabeth, seven hundred pounds were such a temptation to courtship as made all other motives suspected.-Congreve makes twelve thousand pounds more than a counterbalance to the affectation of Belinda.No poet would now fly his favourite character at less than fifty thousand.

Notes upon Shakspeare, vol. 1, p. 317.

There is always danger lest wickedness, con-
joined with abilities, should steal upon esteem,
though it misses of approbation.

Ibid. vol. 10, p. 628..

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WINE. . In the bottle, discontent seeks for comfort, cowardice for courage, and bashfulness for confidence; but who ever asked succour from Bacchus, that was able to preserve himself from be- .. ing enslaved by his auxiliary?

Life of Addison.


WRONGS. Men are wrong for want of sense, but they are wrong by halves for want of spirit.'

· Taxation no Tyranny, p. 42. Men easily forgive wrongs which are not committed against themselves.

Notes, upon Shakspeare, vol. 4, P. 158. The power of doing wrong with impunity, selo dom waits long for the will.

Observation on the State of Affairs, 1756, p. 22.

LETTER-WRITING. in The importance of writing letters with propriety, justly claims to be considered with care, since, next to the power of pleasing with his presence, every man should wish to be able to give delight at a distance.

Preface to the Preceptor p. 68. • MECHANICAL WRITING.. i The mechanical art of writing began to be cultivated amongst us in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and was at that time so highly valued, that it contributed much to the fame and fortune of him who wrote his pages with neatness, and embellished them with elegant draughts and illuminations; it was partly, perhaps, to this encouragement, that we now surpass all other nations in this art.

Life of Roger Ascham, p. 238.

NEWS-WRITER. In Sir Henry Wotton's jocular definition, “ an ambassador is said to be a man of virtue, sent abroad to tell lies for the advantage of his


ons in thint, that was pa

country." A news-writer is a man without virtue, who writes lies at home for his own profit.

Idler, vol. 3, p. 38 SPLENDID 'WICKEDNESS. There have been men splendidly wicked, whose endowments threw a brightness on their crimes, and whom scarce any villainy made perfectly detestable, because they never could be wholly divested of their excellencies: but such have been, in all ages, the great corrupters of the world; and their resemblance ought no more to be preserved than the art of murdering without pain.

Rambler, vol. I, p. 22.

WONDER: All wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance.

Life of Yalden. Wonder is a pause of reason, a sudden cessation of the mental progress, which lasts only while the understanding is fixed upon some single idea, and it is at an end when it recovers force enough to divide the object into its parts, or mark the intermediate gradations from the first agent to the last consequence.

Rambler, vol. 3, p. 186

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YOUTH TOUTH is of long duration; and in maturer 'age, when the enchantments of fancy shall çease, and phantoins of delight dance no more about us, we shall have' no comforts but the esteem of wise mer, and the mean of doing good. Let


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