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Page 157 - And, to conclude, He that leaveth nothing to Chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things. Sufpicion is rather a Virtue than a Fault, as long as it doth like a Dog that watcheth, and doth not bite. A wife Man, in trufting another, muft not rely upon his Promife againft his Nature. Early
Page 45 - at the price of a Difficulty. This made that he had as little Eagernefs to oblige, as he had to hurt Men ; the Motive of his giving Bounties was rather to make Men lefs uneafy to him, than more eafy to themfelves ; and yet no ill-nature all this while. He would flide from an
Page 118 - Popularity is a Crime from the Moment it is fought; it is only a Virtue where Men have it whether they will or no. It is generally an Appeal to the People from the Sentence giveii by Men of
Page 12 - that with thinking often of it, (as Men are apt to do of every thing they like) he might, by the Effect: chiefly of his Memory, put together a few Lines with his own Hand, .without any help at the time; in which there .was nothing extraordinary, but that one fo little inclined to write at all,
Page 87 - too. • The Thoughts of the People have no regular Motion, they come out by Starts. There is an accumulative Cruelty in a number of Men, though none in particular are ill-natured. The angry Buzz of a Multitude is one of the
Page 40 - E had a Mechanical Head, which appeared in his Inclination to Shipping and Fortification, &c. This would make one conclude, that his Thoughts would naturally have been more fixed to Bufinefs, if his Pleafures had not drawn them away from it.
Page 6 - The Cardinal de Retz , &c. I will not enter into it minutely, but whenever it was, it is obfervable that the Government of France did not think it advifeable to difcover it openly; upon which fuch obvious Reflections may be made, that I will not mention them. Such a Secret can never be put into a place which is
Page 109 - At Court, if a Man hath too much Pride to be a Creature!, he had better ftay at home: A Man who will rife at Court muft begin, by creeping upon All-four: A Place at 'Court, like a Place in Heaven, is to be got by being much upon
Page 56 - Men fhould confider, that as there would be no falfe Dice, if there were no true ones, fo if Diflembling is grown univerfal, it ceafeth to be foul play, having an implied Allowance by the general Practice. He that was fo often forced to