Laconics

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 414 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...1629. DCLXIV-That part of life which we ordinarily understand by the word conversation, is an indulgence to the sociable part of our make; and should incline us to bring our proportion of good will or good humour among the friends we meet with, and not to trouble them with relations which must of necessity oblige them to a real or feigned affliction. Cares, distresses, diseases, uneasinesses, and dislikes of our own, are by no means to be obtruded upon our friends. If we would consider how little of this vicissitude of motion and rest, which we call life, is spent with satisfaction, we should be more tender of our friends, than to bring them little sorrows which do not belong to them. There is no real life but cheerful life; therefore valetudinarians should be sworn, before they enter into company, not to say a word of themselves until the meeting breaks up.--Speetator. DCLXV. Courts are too much for wits so weak as mine: Charge them with heav'ns artillery bold divine! From such alone the great rebukes endure, Whose satire's sacred, and whose rage's secure: 'Tis mine to wash a few light stains, but theirs To deluge sin, and drown a court in tears. Howe'er, what's now apocrypha, my wit, In time to come, may pass for holy writ. Satires nf Dr. Donn( versified by Pope. DCLXVI. As in geometry, the oblique must be known, as well as the right; and in arithmetic, the odd as well as the even; so inactions of life, who seeth not the filthiness of evil, wanteth a great foil to perceive the beauty of virtue.--Sir P. Sidney. DCLXVII. A man who should write, and honestly confess that lie wrote for bread, might as well send his manuscript to fire the baker's oven; not one creature will read him, all must be court-bred poets, or pretend, at least, to be...

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