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ed, is always treachery combined with infidelity.
We should give our heart to our Creator, reverence to our superiors, our bosom to our friend, diligence to our calling, and relief to the needy.
WEALTH, LUXURY AND PLEASURES.
WEALTH cannot confer greatness: for
nothing can make that great, which the decree of nature has ordained to be little. The bramble may be placed in a hot bed, but can never become an oak.
The little value providence sets on riches, is seen by the persons on whom they are generally bestowed.
Vice is covered by wealth, and virtue by poverty.
A great fortune in the hands of a fool is a great misfortune. The more riches a fool has, the greater fool he is.
Too much wealth is generally the occasion of poverty. He whom the wantonness of abundance has once softened, easily sinks into a neglect of his affairs; and he that thinks he can afford to be negligent, is not far from being poor.
Nothing can be more inglorious than a gentleman only by name; whose soul is ignorant, and whose life is immoral.
Riches cannot purchase worthy endowments; they make us neither more wise, nor more healthy.
None but intellectual pleasures are what we can properly call our own.
The luxurious live to eat and drink; but the wise and temperate eat and drink to live.
It is more honourable not to have, and yet deserve; than to have and not deserve.
He that is violent in the pursuit of pleasure, will not stick to turn villain for the purchase.
The little soul that converses no higher than the looking glass, and a fantastic dress, may help to make up the show of the world; but must not be reckoned among the rational inhabitants of it.
If sensuality were pleasure, beasts are happier than men. But human felicity is lodged in the soul, not in the flesh.
He that lives in pleasure is dead while he lives; but he that resists pleasures, crowns his life.
He has riches sufficient, who has enough to be charitable.
Though want is the scorn of every wealthy fool, an innocent poverty is yet preferable to all the guilty affluence the world can offer.
We are come to such an extraordinary pitch of politeness, that the affectation of be ing gay, and in fashion, has very near taken from us our good sense, and our religion.
The delicacies of entertainments, the divertisements of the theatre, the magnificence of courts, nor the most shining assemblies, can give full satisfaction to any wise man.
Pleasures, while they flatter a man, sting him to death. Men may surfeit with too much, as well as starve with too little.
The Egyptians at their feasts, to prevent excesses, set a skeleton before their guests with this motto, "Remember ye must be shortly such."
There is but one solid pleasure in life; and that is our duty; how miserable then, how unwise, how unpardonable are they, who make that one a pain.