The Polite Philosopher; Or, an Essay on that Art which Makes a Man Happy in Himself, and Agreeable to Others ...

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J. Wilson, and sold by E. Nutt A. Dodd, 1736 - Conduct of life - 54 pages

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Page 11 - Perfon equally diftinguifhed by his Birth and Fortune. He has naturally good Senfe ; and that too hath been improved by a regular Education. His wit is lively, and his Morals without a Stain. — Is not this an amiable Character ? Yet Hcnorius is not beloved.
Page ii - ... polite. It may be, graver Books have been written on this Subject, but few more to the Point; its Author being equally fkilled in Books and in Men, in the dead Languages and the living : I prefume; therefore, that his Obfervations will be generally found true, and his Maxims juft. At fir.ft fight, it may feem that this Book is calculated only for a few ; but I beg leave to obferve, that in Truth there are but few to whom it may not be ufeful. As every Man in his Station ought to be honeft, fo...
Page 48 - Pride in Men,' which hinders their yielding, in point of Knowledge, Honour, or Virtue, to one another. This immediately forfakes us at the Sight of Woman.
Page 29 - Way of effecting what they defire: For what can be denied to Beauty, when fpeaking with an Air of Satisfaction ? Complacence does all that Vehemence would extort, as Anger can alone abate the Influence of their Charms.
Page 35 - Set of Characters I once had the Opportunity of feeing, which will afford a juft Picture of thefe Marplots in Converfation, and which my Readers, if they pleafe, may call the Alterably of Impertinents.
Page 30 - Oppofition, to a Man of tolerable Senfe, will be the ftrongeft Reproof for his Inadvertency : Whereas a Perfon of a loquacious Difpofition, may often efcape open Cenfure from the Refpect due to his Quality ; or from an Apprehenfion in thofe with whom he converfes, that a Check would but increafe the Evil; and, like, curbing a hard-mouthed Horfe, ferve only to make him run. the fafter: From whence the Perfon in fault is often rivetted in his Error, by miftaking a filent Contempt for profound Attention,...
Page 14 - Sage thinks in quite a different Way. Perfpicuity is the Garment in which his Conceptions appear ; and his Sentiments, if they are of any Ufe, carry this additional Advantage with them, that fcarce any Labour is required in attaining them. Graver Difcourfes, like galenical Medicines, are often formidable in their Figure, and naufeous in their Tafte. Lectures from a Doctor in our Science, like a...
Page 2 - Adjunction of polite, would be underftood to mean that Sort of Wifdom, which teaches Men to be at Peace in themfelves, and neither by their Words or Behaviour to difturb the Peace of others. Academical Critics may, perhaps, expect that I fhould at leaft quote fome Greek Sage or other, as the Patron of that kind of Knowledge, which I am about to reftore ; and as I pique myfelf on obliging every Man in his Way, I fhall put them in mind of one ARISTIPPUS, who was...
Page 43 - Exa&nefs, clothe them with all the Elegance of Language, in order to their making the moft magnificent Figure when they come abroad in the World. So copious a Subject as the Praifes of the Fair, may, in the Opinion of my Readers, lay me under great Difficulties in this Refpect.
Page 9 - Exadtly parallel to this, is that wrong Notion, which many have, that nothing more is due from them to their Neighbours, than what refults from a Principle of Honefty ; which commands us to pay our Debts, and forbids us to do Injuries : Whereas a thoufand little Civilities, Complacencies, and Endeavours to give others Pleafure, are...

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