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67 Vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Blows dust in others' eyes.
68 Those that with haste will make a mighty fire,
Begin it with weak straws.
69 Great griefs medicine the less.
70 Great men have reaching hands.
71 An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.
72 Dread curses-like the sun 'gainst glass, Or like an overcharged gun-recoil. 22-iii. 2. 73 Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant More learned than their ears.
74 Wishers were ever fools.
75 'Tis better playing with a lion's whelp,
Than with an old one dying.
76 Achievement is command; ungain'd, beseech.t
77 What is the trust or strength of foolish man?
Made good guard for itself.
A beggar's book
Outworths a noble's blood.‡
80 The harder match'd, the greater victory.
81 There's beggary in the love that can be reckon'd.
82 Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts.
83 Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
84 Friendly counsel cuts off many foes. 21-iii. 1.
*That is, which blows dust.
† Men, after possession, become our commanders; before it, they are our supplicants.
That is, the literary qualifications of a bookish beggar are more prized than the high descent of hereditary greatness.
Let that be left
Which leaves itself.
86 Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.*
89 Keep where there is wit stirring, and leave the faction of fools.
90 High events strike those that make them.
91 Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
92 Take all the swift advantage of the hours.
93 Men ne'er spend their fury on a child. 23—v. 5. 94 When workmen strive to do better than well, They do confound their skill in covetousness.
95 A sentence is but a cheverilt glove to a good wit; how quickly the wrong side may be turned outward! 4-iii. 1.
96 If one should be a prey, how much the better To fall before the lion, than the wolf? 4-iii. 1.
97 The man, that once did sell the lion's skin While the beast lived, was kill'd with hunting 20-iv. 3.
98 Where fair is not, praise cannot mend the brow. 8-iv. 1.
99 He is but the counterfeit of a man, who hath not the life of a man.
When law can do no right,
101 A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good livery
If he be sick
With joy, he will recover without physic.
103 There's small choice in rotten apples.
104 Many can brook the weather, that love not the
105 The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs
106 The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet.
107 Short-lived wits do wither as they grow.
103 The better part of valour is-discretion.
109 They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse.
110 Time is the old justice, that examines all of
111 He, that is giddy, thinks the world turns round.
112 Headstrong liberty is lash'd with woe.
113 Melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.
114 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
115 Self-love is not so vile a sin
116 Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes.
*This would be true if self-love did not lead into self-neglect. False estimation, as vanity, or over-estimation, as pride, leads to neglect of the virtues and most valuable attainments, which is self in the highest sense. Self-respect, l'amour de soi, is admirably distinguished by Rousseau from l'amour propre, the injurious and nar. row love of self.
War is no strife,
To the dark house,* and the detested wife.
122 An honest man is able to speak for himself, when
Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will
Honest plain words best pierce the ear of grief.
131 The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
Who will not change a raven for a dove?
133 A good conscience will make any possible satis
The house made gloomy by discontent. (See Prov.)
ti. e. Judge of what is done in these times according to the exi
gencies that overrule us.
134 Gently to hear, kindly to judge.
135 Abstinence engenders maladies.
136 Journeys end in lovers meeting.
137 What is yours to bestow, is not yours to reserve.
138 Death remember'd should be like a mirror, Who tells us, life's but breath.
139 Cupid's butt-shaft is too hard for Hercules' club; his disgrace is to be called boy; but his glory is to subdue men.
Are words, and poor conditions.
141 We must be gentle now we are gentlemen.
142 Whence honour but of danger wins a scar, As oft it loses all.†
143 Death and danger dog the heels of worth.
144 Justice always whirls in equal measure.
145 Sow'd cockle reap'd no corn.
146 He is well paid that is well satisfied.
Much in our vows, but little in our love.
That never mean to part.
149 The daintiest last, to make the end most sweet.
* Arrow to shoot at butts with.
The sense is, From that abode, where all the advantage that honour usually reaps from the danger it rushes upon, is only a scar in testimony of its bravery; as, on the other hand, it is often the cause of losing all, even life itself.