Seneca's Morals by Way of Abstract: To which is Added, a Discourse Under the Title of An After-thought

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Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1818 - 475 sider

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Side 102 - I will eat and drink, not to gratify my palate, or only to fill and empty, but to satisfy nature. I will be cheerful to my friends, mild and placable to my enemies. I will prevent an honest request, if I can foresee it, and I will grant it without asking. I will look upon the whole world as my country, and upon the gods both as the witnesses and the judges of my words and deeds.
Side 70 - It is safer to affront some people than to oblige them ; for the better a man deserves, the worse they will speak of him : as if the possessing of open hatred to their benefactors were an argument that they lie under no obligation.
Side 271 - ... without measure and without foundation. There is nothing great but what is virtuous, nor indeed truly great, but what is also composed and quiet. Anger, alas! is but a wild impetuous blast, an empty...
Side 90 - God and man, to enjoy the present, without any anxious dependence upon the future. Not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient; for he that is so, wants nothing.
Side 20 - The manner of saying or of doing any thing, goes a great way in the value of the thing itself. It was well said of him that called a good office, that was done harshly, and with an ill will, a stony piece of bread ; it is necessary for him that is hungry to receive it, but it almost chokes a man in the going down.
Side 130 - Wherefore let us examine, watch, observe and inspect our own hearts for we ourselves are our greatest flatterers: we should every night call ourselves to an account, what infirmity have I mastered to-day ? What passion opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired ? Our vices will abate of themselves, if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Side 167 - ... toward a new master. There is nothing our own, but that which we give to ourselves; and of which we have a certain and an inexpugnable possession. Avarice is so insatiable, that it is not in the power of liberality to content it...
Side 164 - Nay, we are so delicate, that we must be told when we are to eat or drink; when we are hungry or weary; and we cherish some vices as proofs and arguments of our happiness. The most miserable mortals are they that deliver themselves up to their palates, or to their lusts : the pleasure is short and turns presently nauseous, and the end of it is either shame or repentance. It is a brutal entertainment, and unworthy of a man, to place his felicity in the service of his senses.
Side 62 - 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 92 - ... that can look death in the face and bid it welcome, open his door to poverty, and bridle his appetites, this is the man whom Providence has established in the possession of inviolable delights. The pleasures of the vulgar are ungrounded, thin, and superficial; but the other arc solid and eternal.

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