The Life of Pythagoras: With His Symbols and Golden Verses. Together with the Life of Hierocles, and His Commentaries Upon the Verses. Collected Out of the Choicest Manuscripts, and Tr. Into French, with Annotations

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J. Tonson, 1707 - Ethics - 389 pages
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Page 164 - If Evil were thy Deeds, repenting mourn, And let thy Soul with strong Remorse be torn. If Good, the Good with Peace of Mind repay, And to thy secret Self with Pleasure say, Rejoice, my Heart, for all went well to Day.
Page 157 - Nor think it chance, nor murmur at the load; For know what man calls Fortune is from God.
Page 164 - Where have I fail'd in what I ought to do ? In what to God, to man, or to myself I owe ? Inquire severe, whate'er from first to last, From morning's dawn till ev'ning's gloom has past.
Page 163 - A juft Proportion of thy tender Care: -For Health and Welfare prudently provide, And let its lawful Wants be all fupply'd.
Page 164 - Be careful still to guard thy soul from wrong, And let thy thought prevent thy hand and tongue. Let not the...
Page 29 - ... simple, included another wholly figurative. Pythagoras borrowed these three different ways from the Egyptians in all the instructions he gave ; but chiefly imitated the symbolical style, which he thought very proper to inculcate the greatest and most important truths ; for a symbol, by its double sense, the proper and the figurative, teaches two things at once ; and nothing pleases the mind more than the double image it represents to our view. In this manner Pythagoras delivered many excellent...
Page 161 - But tbou, in all thou dost, with early cares Strive to prevent at first a fate like theirs ; That sorrow on the end may never wait. Nor sharp repentance make thee wise too late. Beware thy meddling hand in ought to try, That does beyond thy reach of knowledge lie; But seek to know, and bend thy serious thought To search the profitable knowledge out.
Page 337 - Thou wilt likewise know, that men draw upon themselves their own misfortunes voluntarily, and of their own free choice. 55. Unhappy that they are! They neither see nor understand that their good is near them.
Page 164 - The wretched race an end of woes would find. And yet be bold, O man, divine thou art, And of the gods celestial essence part.

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