Seneca's Morals by way of abstract. To which is added, A discourse under the title of An after-thought. By sir R. L'Estrange

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Side 69 - He that places a man in the possession of himself, does. a great thing; for wisdom does not show itself so much in precept, as in life ; in a firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite: it teaches us to do as well as to talk : and to make our words and actions all of a color.
Side 20 - It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man I will oblige a great many that are not so.
Side 44 - And the mischief is, that the number of the multitude carries it against truth and justice, so that we must leave the crowd if we would be happy; for the question of a happy life is not to be decided by vote: nay, so far from it that plurality of voices is still an argument of the wrong; the common people find it easier to believe than to judge; and content themselves with what is usual; never examining whether it be good or no.
Side 16 - There is not any benefit so glorious in itself, but it may yet be exceedingly sweetened, and improved by the manner of conferring it. The virtue, I know, rests in the intent; the profit in the judicious application of the matter; but, the beauty and ornament of an obligation, lies in the manner of it. — Seneca. ccxcvm. The modern device of consulting indexes, is to read i -,ook» hebraically, and begin where others usually end.
Side 141 - I shall, without any scruple, make him the confidant of my most secret cares and counsels. It goes a great way toward the making of a man faithful, to let him understand that you think him so ; and he that does but so much as suspect that I will deceive him, gives me a kind of right to cozen him. When I am with my friend, methinks I am alone, and as much at liberty to speak...
Side 44 - ... for he that is so, wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach ; but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it. Tranquillity is a certain equality of mind, which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress.
Side 45 - The joy of a wise man stands firm without interruption; in all places, at all times and in all conditions, his thoughts are cheerful and quiet. As it never came...
Side 304 - ... it. I stood my ground, without laying violent hands upon myself, to escape the rage of the powerful ; though under Caligula I saw cruelties, to such a degree, that to be killed outright was accounted a mercy. And yet I persisted in my honesty, to shew that I was ready to do more than die for it. My mind was never corrupted with gifts ; and when the humour of avarice was at the height, I never laid my hand...
Side 253 - Speech is an index of the mind: when you see a man dress and set his clothes in print, you shall be sure to find his words so too, and nothing in them that is firm and weighty: it does not become a man to be delicate. As it is in drink, the tongue never trips till the mind be overborne, so it is with speech; so long as the mind is whole and sound, the speech is masculine and strong, but if one fails, the other follows.
Side 227 - ... them. We are all members of one body, and it is as natural to help one another as for the hands to help the feet, or the eyes the hands. Without the love and care of the parts, the whole can never be preserved, and we must spare one another, because we arc born for society, which cannot be maintained without a regard to particulars.

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