What is the whole creation, but one great library; every volume in which, and every page in these volumes, are impressed with radiant characters of infinite wisdom; and all the perfections of the universe are contracted with such inimitable art in man, that he needs no other book but himself to make him a complete philosopher.

There is no necessity of being led through the several fields of knowledge; it will be sufficient to gather some of the fairest fruit from them all; and to lay up a store of good sense, sound reason, and solid virtue.

Learning is preferable to riches, and virtue to both. Useful knowledge can have no enemies, except the ignorant; it cherishes youth and delights the aged.

Wise men are instructed by reason; men: of less understanding by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts by nature.

The main opportunity for knowledge is after this life; but the only opportunity of being good is now; and, if we take care to improve this we are sufficiently secure of the other; but if this be neglected, all is lost.



No man can be provident of his time,

that is not prudent in the choice of his com pany.

The advantage of living does not consist in length of days, but in the right improvement of them. As many days as we pass without doing good, are so many days entirely lost.

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst; for which we must all account when time shall be no more.

To come but once into the world, and trifle away our right use of it-making that a

burden, which was given for a blessing is strange infatuation.

There is but little need to drive away that time by foolish diversions; which flies away so swiftly of itself; and, when once gone is never to be recalled.

A wise man counts his minutes, he lets no time slip; for time his life;

This day is only ours; we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the


A wise man will dispose of time past to observation and reflection; time present to duty; and time to come to providence.

Time ought, above all other kinds of property, to be free from invasion; and yet there is no man who does not claim the power of wasting that time which is the right of others.

None but a wise man can employ leisure well; and he that makes best use of his time, has none to spare.

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again, and what we call time enough, always proves little enough.

Things past, present, and to come, are strangely uniform, and of a colour; so that upon the matter forty years may serve for a sample of ten thousand.

The inconstancy of man's nature, and the mutability of things, occasions endless revolutions; we either improve or grow worse continually.

It seems all we do is but a rough draft, and that always something remains to be done, to make the work compleat.


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