Practical Wisdom: A Manual of Life

Arthur L. Humphreys, 1907 - 310 Seiten
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Seite 158 - The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour : but the rich hath many friends.
Seite 177 - Neither borrow money of a neighbour or a friend, but of a stranger; where, paying for it, thou shalt hear no more of it. Otherwise thou shalt eclipse thy credit, lose thy freedom, and yet pay as dear as to another. But in borrowing of...
Seite 179 - Be sure to keep some great man thy friend, but trouble him not for trifles. Compliment him often with many, yet small gifts, and of little charge. And if thou hast cause to bestow any great gratuity, let it be something which may be daily in sight : otherwise, in this ambitious age, thou shalt remain like a hop without a pole ; live in obscurity, and be made a foot-ball for every insulting companion to spurn at.
Seite 180 - ... advancement, the second makes thee known for a man well bred, the third gains a good report, which once got is easily kept; for right humanity takes such deep root in the minds of the multitude as they are easilier gained by unprofitable courtesies, than by churlish benefits; yet I advise thee not to affect or neglect popularity too much; seek not to be Essex; shun to be Raleigh. IX. Trust not any man with thy life, credit, or estate; for it is mere folly for a man to enthrall himself to his...
Seite 157 - ... a beggar ; and believe thy father in this, and print it in thy thought, that what virtue soever thou hast, be it never so manifold, if thou be poor withal, thou and thy qualities shall be despised : besides, poverty is ofttimes sent as a curse of God ; it is a shame amongst men, an imprisonment of the mind, a vexation of every worthy spirit...
Seite 156 - ... by a syllable or word to abuse thee ; if for a poor man, thou must pay it thyself; if for a rich man, it need not ; therefore from suretyship, as from a man-slayer or enchanter, bless thyself...
Seite 53 - Besides, it is so coarse a reason which will be assigned for a lady's too great warmth upon such an occasion, that modesty no less than prudence ought to restrain her, since such an indecent complaint makes a wife much more ridiculous than the injury that provoketh her to it. But it is yet worse, and more unskilful, to blaze it in the world, expecting it should rise up in arms to take her part; whereas, she will find it can have no other effect than that she will be served up in all companies as...
Seite 174 - ... other two parts will do no more than defray thy extraordinaries, which always surmount the ordinary by much ; otherwise thou shalt live like a rich beggar, in continual want. And the needy man can never live happily nor contentedly; for every disaster makes him ready to mortgage or sell. And that gentleman who sells an acre of land, sells an ounce of credit; for gentility is nothing else but ancient riches.
Seite 172 - When it shall please God to bring thee to man's estate, use great providence and circumspection in choosing thy wife. For from thence will spring all thy future good or evil. And it is an action of life, like unto a stratagem of war ; wherein a man can err but once. If thy estate be good, match near home, and at leisure ; if weak, far off and quickly.
Seite 68 - The last supposition I will make, is, That your Husband should be weak and incompetent to make use of the Privileges that belong to him. It will be yielded, that such a one leaveth room for a great many Objections. But God Almighty seldom sendeth a Grievance without a Remedy...

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