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A clear, unblemished character comprehends not only the integrity that will not offer, but the spirit that will not submit to, an injury; and whether it belongs to an individual or to a community, it is the foundation of peace, of independence, of safety. Private credit is wealth ; public honour is security. The feather that adorns the royal bird supports his flight. Strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth. Junius.
Whether you look up to the top or down to the bottom, whether you mount with the froth or sink with the sediment, no rank in this country can support a perfectly degraded name. -Sir Philip Francis.
Resolute thoughts find words for themselves, and make their own vehicle. Impression and expression are relative ideas. He who feels deeply will express strongly.-Id.
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom; he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is -so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool. Colton.
An upright minister asks, what recommends a man; a corrupt minister, who.—1d.
None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them ; such persons covet secrets, as a spendthrift covets money, for the purpose of circulation.-Id.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing; a weak defence strengthens your opponent, and silence is less injurious than a bad reply.-Id.
Imitation is the sincerest flattery.-Id.
The history of our times, when it shall come to be compiled, will be that of masses, not of persons; of communities, not of leaders.—Isaac Taylor.
The excellent is rarely found, more rarely valued. The height charms us, the steps to it'do not; with the summit in our eye, we love to walk along the plain. - Translation of “ Wilhelm Meister.”
The Almighty has made men with arms long enough for anything, if they would only stretch them out. — Chatterton.
It may be said of eloquence as of a flame, that it requires matter to feed, motion to excite it, and that it brightens as it burns.- [Pitt's extemporaneous translation of this sentence from Tacitus :-"Eloquentia, sicut flamma, materie alitur, motu excitatur, et urendo clarescit.”]
INDEX OF WORDS EXPLAINED
IN THE NOTES.
Bravery, 95, 178.
Charles's Wain, 14.
Cheap, cheapside, 8.
Cheer, 55, 84.
Civil, civility, 90, 165.
Concert, consort, 135.
Coren = chosen, 17.
Dale - deal, 17.
Mvult = mue, 72, 173.
Nadder - adder, 14.
Naught, naughty, 37.
Nawl = awl, 14.
Nay, no, 50.
Newt = ewt - eft, 14.
Nouzle, nursle, 62.
· læfdige lady,
Loverd -hlaford lord. Perfeyte = perfect, 30.
Pleached, plight, 37.
Praise, price, prize, 94.
métier, 17. Principles, principals, 194.
INDEX OF WORDS EXPLAINED IN THE NOTES.
Rathe, rather, 126. Solemply, 54.
Strait, straight, 113.
Thurg = thorough -
| Trade, 61.
INDEX OF SYNONYMS, ETC., EXPLAINED
IN THE NOTES.
Ability, capacity, 294.
Discover, invent, 304.
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