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and obscure, which thou deignest to frequent. No desert can long deserve that name, or long remain barren, which is honoured by thy radiating presence. Wherever thou journeyest, plenty and pleasure are thy harbingers,-the thorn is softened to a flower, and from the barren rock, issues, at thy bidding, the most copious streams of running water. In thy train are all the graces, and the gayest assemblage of those enchanting ideas, which those graces inspire. Imagination, fancy, poesy, and every power belonging to her divine and ingenious sisters, are thine. They describe, sing, design, paint, and regulate their separate arts, each allied to the other, only under thy immemediate auspices.
With the blessings of health come sponta neously the blessing of correcter remark. The eye acquires a clearer light of its objectthe intellect is cleansed of those cloudy films which before entangled it, and the ways of men, their manners, and their hearts are more easily read, and more easily wrought upon.
One rough diamond is of more value than many smooth counterfeits.
Party esteem is but withered fruit, gathered under the trees of Sodom, and grows not on the trees of Zion.
No man is greater in my esteem than he that ventures his fame, to preserve the con science of an honest man.
The love of society is natural, but the choice of our company is matter of virtue and prudence.
He that converses with the proud, shall be puffed up; a lustful acquaintance makes a man lascivious.
True friends are all the world to one another, and he that has a friend to himself is also a friend to mankind.
Worthy minds deny themselves many advantages, to satisfy a generous benevolence, which they bear to their friends in distress.
The kindnesses of a friend lie deep; and whether present or absent, as occasion serves, he is solicitous about our concerns.
A friendship with a generous stranger is commonly more steady, than with the nearest relation.
Of all felicities, the most charming is that of a firm and gentle friendship, it sweetens all our cares, dispels all our sorrows, and counsels us in all our extremities..
It is a preposterous weakness to love a man before we know him, and not to care for him after.
True friendship is made up of virtue, as thing lovely; of familiar conversation as plea sant; and advantage, as necessary.
Nothing can impair perfect friendship; because truth is the only bond of it.
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy, aud divi ding of our grief.
Wise men only can be friends, the rest are but companions.
That friendship may be at once fond and lasting, there must not only be equal virtue on each part, but virtue of the same kind, not only the same end must be proposed, but the same means must be approved by both,
When once you proffer yourself a friend, endeavour to be always such; he can never have any true friends that will be often changing them.
Wealth without friends is like life without health; the one an uncomfortable fortune; the other a miserable being.
Charity is friendship in common, and friendship is charity inclosed.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life; the value cannot be estimated.
He is happy that finds a friend in extremity, but he much more so, who finds no extremity whereby to try his friend.
A true friend is a living treasure, a com fort in solitude, and a sanctuary in distress.
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and con tinues a friend unchangeable..
It is to the virtue and errors of our con versation, and ordinary deportment, that we owe both our friends and enemies, our good or bad characters abroad, our domestic peaceand troubles, and in a high degree the im provement and depravation of our minds.