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EGIN to be good betimes: thou canst not be too good; nor too foon.
1763 Sell not Virtue to purchafe Wealth.
1764 Let thy Infide be better than thy Out
1765 Judge not a Man by his Incomes, but by his Expences.
1766 Be induftrious; but not affected in fhewing thy Abilities.
1767 Think a Day before thou promisest any thing of Moment.
1768 Read not to difpute but live: not to talk but know.
1769 Be pleafant and familiar; but not to Cheapnefs and Contempt.
1770 Then speak when it is not expedient to hold thy peace.
1771 Of all Studies ftudy thy prefent Condition.
1772 Let thy Vices die before thee.
1773 Undertake coolly; and execute with Ardour.
1774 Live in the World as if thou meanedit to leave it.
1775 Be as good in Prosperity as in Adverfity.
1776 Thou oughteft to ftartle at the paffing Bell of thy Friend.
1777 Sufpect all extraordinary and groundless Civilities.
1778 If thou expecteft to receive Good, do thou thyfelf do Good.
1779 Take as much Care to blame thyself, as to reprove others.
1780 Obferve all Men; but thyself most. 1781 Do nothing for thy Friend against thy Confcience.
1782 See not with others Eyes; but always have thy own about thee.
1783 Carry it courteoufly to all; familiarly to few; and flatter none.
1784 If thou haft Knowledge, let others light their Candle at thine.
1785 Tell not to him that thou thinkeft will not believe thee.
1786 Neither oppose, nor despise what thou doft not understand.
1787 Add not one Inch to Beauty; 'twill raise it up into Vanity.
1788 Be not fo frugal of thy Time, as to lavish away thy Health.
1789 Be a good Man, tho' thou beeft not fo accounted.
1790 Make God thy Friend; and then it's no Matter who is thy Enemy.
1791 If thou wouldeft not fear Death, live a good Life.
1792 It's Goodness, not Greatness, that will do thee Good.
1793 Never think thyfelf the wifer for pleafing of Fools.
1794 Choose not a Wife fo much by thy Eye, as by thy Ear.
1795 Use Temporal Things, but defire Eter
1796 Thou shouldeft grace thy Houfe; not/ thy House thee.
1797 Do ill to none; fpeak ill of none. / 1798 Be not of any Faction: A wife Man is always free.
1799 Know thyfelf; fo fhall no Flatterer get
1800 Make not a Jeft of another Man's Infirmity. Remember thy own.
1801 Be good to thy Servants; but not fami liar with them.
1802 If thou canst not talk to the Purpose learh to hearken.
1803 Be merciful to every one, even to a Beast.
1804 Never marry without full Confent on Both Sides.
1805 Let thy Library lie chiefly in thy Head, and in thy Heart.
1806 If thou boastest of thyself; thou affrontest the Company.
1807 Do what is thy Duty. And what is more is Vanity.
1808 If thou canst not undergo Croffes joyfully; t bear them patiently.
1809 If thou doft what thou canst not to err, thou wilt mifs very narrowly.
1810 Accuftom thyfelf to do well, upon all (Occafions.
1811 Prize not thyfelf for what thou hast; but by what thou art.
1812 If thou art envyed, let it not trouble thee, it's a good Sign.
1813 Keep thy Promise precifely with all the World: but promife not for others.
1814 Always tell Truth: where it is not loved, it is refpected and feared.
1815 Take Care of thy Bufiness thy felf, if thou wouldeft have it fucceed.
1816 Believe not that Men have an Esteem for thee only because they fay fo.
1817 Keep thy Eyes wide open before Marriage; and half fhut afterwards.
1818 Look upon thy Life as a Stream that continually runs, and never returns.
1819 Pray for Infidels; but never give up thy Creed in Compliment to them.
1820 Wish and fpare not; but let not Laziness make thy Wishes vain.
1821 Spend not thy Time idly: thy Country, thy Friends, and thyfelf need it..
1822 Do good to all; that thou mayest keep thy Friends, and gain thy Enemies.
1823 Difpute not against common Custom, that would be fighting against the whole World. 1824 Account him thy Friend that delires thy Good more than thy good Will.
1825 Labour not to inform a proud Man; 'twill but make him thy Enemy.
1826 If thou wouldeft live without Croffes; fix not thy Affections on the World.
1827 If thou wouldest fucceed in thy Project, conceal thy Secret.
1828 Other Mens Sins ought to put thee in Mind of thy own Frailty.
1829 In mixt Affemblies be fure fay nothing against any one's Sentiments.
1830 Defire nothing, but what thou knoweft thy felf capable of and fit for.
1831 Then only doft thou begin to live when thou art got above the Fears of Death.
1832 Be refpectful before the Learned, and filent before the Ignorant.
1833 Engage not fo far in any Party, as to make its Quarrels thine.
1834 Let Calamity be the Exercise; but not the Overthrow of thy Virtue.
1835 Never reprehend a Fault thou art apt to commit thyfelf.
1836 If thou doft not in some fort live to others; thou doft not live to thyself.
1837 Speak fparingly to thy Competitor for Caution fake; and to others for Civility.
1838 If thou art cenforious, thou art full of Pride, Malice, Envy and Prejudice.
1839 It concerns thee more, to govern thy Will, than to increafe thy Knowledge.
1840 Set thy own Works before thy Eyes; and caft other Mens behind thy Back.
1841 Neither hate the Man for his Vice: nor love the Vice for the Man's fake.
1842 Fear Pride and Vanity, even in thy best and most virtuous Actions.
1843 Suppofe all thy Auditors Enemies when thou difpraisest any.