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There are some men of such rapid imagination, that, like the Peruvian torrent, when it brings down gold, mingles it with sand.
Plan of an English Dictionary, p. 53.
· INTELLIGENCE. . Without intelligence man is not social, he is: only gregarious; and little intelligence will there: be, where all are constrained to daily labour, and every mind must wait upon the hand.
Western Illands, p. 317. FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC INTER EFGENCE. . Of remote transactions, the first accounts are always. confused, and commonly exaggerated; and in domestic affairs, if the power to conceal is less, the interest to misrepresent is often greater; and what is sufficiently vexatious, truth seems tofly from curiosity; and as many enquiries produce many narratives, whatever engages, the public attention, is immediately disguised by the em-. bellishments of fiction. - Preliminary Discourse to the London Chronicle, 3. 154...
IR RESOLUTION. He thạt knows not wliither to go, is in no haste to move.
Life of Swift:
· Every man is of importance to himself, and, therefore, in his own opinion, to others; and supposing the world already acquainted with his pleasures and his pains, iss, perhaps, thie first to publish injuries or misfortunes which had never been known unless related by himself, and at
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those that hear him will only laugh ; for no man sympathises with the sorrows of vanity.
· Life of Pope.
The man who threatens the world is always ridiculous; for the world can easily go on without him, and, in a short time, will cease to miss him.
Ibid. No canse, more frequently produces bashfulness than too high an opinion of our own im- . portance. He that imagines an assembly filled with his merit, panting with expectation, and hushed with attention, easily terrifies hijnself witha the dread of disappointing them, and strains his imagipation in pursuit of something that may vindicate the veracity of fame, and show that his reputation was not gained by chance.
* Rambler, vol. 3, p. 319.
3.!". INSULT. - There are innumerable modes of insult, and tokens of contempt, for which it is not easy to find a name, which vanish to nothing in an attempt to describe them, and yet may, by continual repetition, make day pass after day in. sorrow and in terror.
Ibid. p. 262. Whatever be the motive of insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly scarcely can deserve resentment, and malice is punished by meglect.
come si ::::. . Ibid. vol. 4, p. 221.
LI, INCREDULITY. To re fuse credit, confers, for a moment, an appearance of superiority, which every little mind is
tempted to assume, when it may be gained so cheaply, as by withdrawing attention from evidence, and declining the fatigue of comparing probabilities.
Adler, vol. 2, p. 195.
The most pertinacious and vehement demonstrator may be wearied in time, by continual negation and incredulity, which an old poet, in his address to Raleigh, calls “ the wit of fools," obtunds the arguments which it cannot answer, as woolsacks deaden arrows, though they cannot repel them.
- Ibid. p. 1966 INĐUʻLGENCE. The man who commits common faults, should not be precluded from common indulgence.
Preliminary Discourse to the London Chronicle, p. 155.
INCLINATION. It may reasonably be asserted, that he'who finds himself strongly attracted to any particular study, though it may happen to be out of his proposed scheme, if it is not trifling or vicious, had better continue his application to it, , since it is likely that he will with much more case and expedition attain' that which a warm inclination stimulates him to pursue, than that at which a prescribed law compels him to toil.
..Ul. . . Idler, vol. 2, p. 85. RURAL IMPROVEMENTS.
Whether to plant a walk in undulating curves, and to place a bench at every turn where there as an object to catch the view; to make water M4
run where it will be heard, and to stagnate where it will be seen; to leave intervals where the eye will be pleased, and to thicken the plantation where there is something to be hidden, demands any great powers of mind, we will not enquire. Perhaps a surly and sullen speculator may think such performances rather the sport, than the business, of human reason. But it must be at least confessed, that to embellish the form of nature is an innocent amusement, and some praise must be allowed, by the most supercilious observer, to him who does best, what such multitudes are contending to do well.
Life of Shenstone. INNOCENCE. There are some reasoners who frequently con- found innocence with the mere incapacity of guilt; but he that never saw, or heard, or thought of strong liquors, cannot be proposed as a pattern of sobriety.
Life of Drake, p. 224.
O INCONSTANCY. VARA Inconstancy is in every case a mark of weakness.
Plan of an English Dictionary, p. 37. D E
INTEREST. Most men are animated with greater ardour by interest than by fidelity.
Life of Drake, p. 186.
INTEREST AND PRIDE. Interest and pride harden the heart; and it is vain to dispute against avarice and power.
Introduction to the World Displayed, p. 177.
KNOWLEDGE. MAN is not weak; knowledge is more than equivalent to force.. :
¿ Prince of Abysına, pa 90 As knowledge advances, pleasure passes froin the eye to the ear; but returns, as it declines,, from the ear to the eye.
Preface to Shakspeare, pe 34.." ! Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money; but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted i only in retirement,
Rambler, vol. I, P: 37. No degree of knowledge, attainable by man;, is able to set him above the want of hourly, as-sistance, or to extinguish the desire of fond endearments and tender officiousness; and, there-fore, no one should think it unnecessary to learn : those arts by: whiclr : friendship may be gained.'. Kindness is preserved by a constant reciprocation of benefits or interchange of pleasures; but such benefits only can be bestowed as others are ca-pable to receive, and such pleasures only innparted as others are qualified to enjoy.. By this descent from the pinnacles of art, no bonour: will be lost; for the condeseensions of learning: are always overpaid by gratitude. An elevated genius employed in little things, appears, to use" the simile of. Longinus, . “ like the sun in its evening declination; he remits his splendour, but retains his magnitade; and pleases more: though he dazzles less." I
Ibid. vol. 5, p. 19,