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INDIAN READER.

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Nature has given us two ears and only one mouth, in order that we may listen much and speak little.-ANON.

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The good things which belong to prosperity are to be desired; but the good things which belong to adversity are to be admired.-SENECA.

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In taking revenge a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over he is superior.-BACON.

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To show mercy to the wicked is injustice to the good, and to pardon oppressors is to wrong the oppressed.— GULISTAN.

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Envy is a fire which, when it flares up, burns everything whether moist or dry; and excessive jealousy so influences a man that he cannot see even what is for his own good.-FABLES OF BIDPAI.

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Our thoughts are our own whilst we keep them in our hearts, but when once we let them escape they are in the power of another, who may make use of them to our injury.-ANON.

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Speak in such wise between two enemies that, if they become friends, thou mayst not be ashamed.-Gulistan.

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking makes what we read ours.— LOCKE.

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Two persons undergo useless trouble, and exert themselves to no purpose. One, he who amasses riches and does not enjoy them; the other, he who acquires knowledge and does not act according to it.-GULISTAN.

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If we saw ourselves in the light in which others see us, or in which they would see us if they knew all, a reformation would generally be unavoidable. We could not otherwise endure the sight.-ADAM SMITH.

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THE BARBER AND THE IMPERTINENT FELLOW.

A conceited impertinent fellow once

Did you ever shave a monkey ?" replied the man, never; but if you will

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I will try."-
."-ANON.

THE EMPEROR TITUS.

said to a barber,

"Why, no sir,”

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The Emperor Titus said, "If anyone speaks ill of me, I must take care not to punish him; if he has spoken through carelessness, I must despise him; if through folly, I must pity him; if it be an injury, I must pardon him." -ANON.

A SECURE GOVERNMENT.

A philosopher of Greece being asked under what government men could live with the greatest security, and least danger, answered, "Under that where virtue finds many friends, and where vice finds few partisans, or has none at all.”— ANON.

CURE FOR GOUT.

Abernethy, the celebrated surgeon, was once asked by a rich, luxurious patient, what was the best cure for gout. 'Live upon sixpence a day, and earn it!" was the answer. -ANON.

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ANECDOTE OF QUIN THE ACTOR.

When Quin, the actor, was one day lamenting his growing old, a pert young fellow asked him what he would give to be as young as he. "I would be content," replied Quin, "to be as foolish."-ANON.

FABLE THE FOX AND THE GRAPES.

A fox, very hungry, chanced to come into a vineyard, where there hung branches of charming ripe grapes, but nailed up so high, that he leaped till he quite tired himself, without being able to reach one of them. At last, "Let who will take them," says he, "they are but green and sour; so I will let them alone."-ESOP'S FABLES.

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THE DOCTOR AND HIS PATIENTS.

A doctor whenever he went into a burying-ground used to pull his mantle across his face: persons enquired of him the reason of such a proceeding: he replied, "I am ashamed on account of the men in this place of burial, since they died owing to my medicine."-PERSIAN Tales.

THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE FOOL.

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An ignorant person one day seeing a man of learning enjoying the pleasures of the table, said, "So, sir, philosophers I see can indulge in delicacies." Why not?" replied the other, "do you think good things were intended merely for fools ?"-ANON.

ANECDOTE OF THE CHIEF MAGISTRATE OF LONDON.

A story is told of a certain chief magistrate of London, who, hearing that a person of his acquaintance had been attacked twice with fever, and died in consequence, enquired if he died on the first or second occasion.—ANON.

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There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to

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