Speaking without thinking, is shooting To know how to be content with a little, without taking aim. lie doth not lose is not a morsel for a fool's mouth. That his labour who counts every word he, is never to be called liutle, which a man speaks. One mild word quenches more thinks to be enough. Oftwo cowards, he heat than a whole bucket of water. Use hatla the better who first finds the other good words to put off your rotten apples. out. The worst pig often gets the best Give every man good words, but keep pear. The devil turns his back when he your purse-strings close. Fine words will finds the door shut against him. The not keep a cat from starving le that hath wiser man yields to him who is more than no patience, hath nothing at all. No pa- his match. Ile who thinks he can do most tience, no true wisdom. Make one bar- is most mistaken. The wise discourses of gain with other men, but make fuur with a poor man go for nothing I'cor folks yourself. There is no fool to a learned have neither any kindred nor any friends. fool. The first degree of folly is to think Good preachers give their hearers fruit, one's self wise ; the next to tell others not flowers. Woe to those preachers who so; the third to despise all counsel. If listen not to themselves. Ile who quakes wise men play the tool, they do it with a for cold, either wants money to buy him vengeance. One fool in one house is cloaths, or wit to put them on. Poverty enough in all conscience. lle is not a is a good hated by all men. le that thorough wise man who cannot play the would have a thing done quickly and fool on a just occasion. A wise man doth well, must do it himself. Ile who knows that at the first which a fool must do at most is the least presuming or confident. the last. Men's years and their faults are 'Tis more noble to make yourself great, always more than they are willing to own.

than to be born so. The beginning of Men's sins and their debts are more than an amour (or gallantry) is fear, the middle they take them io be. Punishment sin, and the end sorrow or repentance. though lame overtakes the sinner at the 'The beginning only of a thing is hard, last. He considers ill, that considers not and costs dear. A fair promise catches on both sides. Think much and often, the fool. Ile who is bound for another speak little and write less. Consider goes in at the wide end of the horn, and well, Who you are, What you do, must come out at the narrow if he can. Whence you came, and Whither you are Promising is not with design to give, to go. Keep your thoughts to yourself, but to please fools. Give no great credit let your mien be free and open. Drink to a great promiser. Prosperity is the wine with pears, and water after figs. worst enemy men usually have. Proverbs When the pear is ripe, it must fall of course. bear age, and he who would do well may He that parts with what heought, loscs no- view himself in them as in a looking-glass. thing by the shift. Forgive every man's A proverb is the child of experience. lle faults except your own. To forgive in- that makes no reckoning of a farthing, will juries is a noble and God-like revenge. not be worth an halfpenny. Avoid care'Tis a mark of great proficiency, to bear fully the first ill or mischief, for that will easily the failings of other men. Fond breed an hundred more. Reason governs love of a man's self shews that he doth not the wise man, ard a cudgel the fool. Sufknow himself. That which a man likes fering is the monitor of fools, reason of wise well is half done. He who is used to do

If you would be as happy as any kindnesses, always finds them when he king, consider not the few that are before, stands in need. A wise lawyer never goes but the many that come behind you. Our to law himself. A sluggard takes an nun- religion and our language we suck in with dred steps, because he would not take one our milk. Love, knavery, and necessity, in due time. When you are all agreed make men good orators. There is no upon the time, quoth the curate, I will fence against what comes from Heaven. inake it rain. I will do what I can, and Good husbandry is the first step towards a little less, that I may hold out the better. riches. A stock once gotten, wealth grows Trust some few, but beware of all mcn. up of its own accord. Wealth hides many Hie who knows but little presently outs with a great fault. Good ware was never dear, it. lle that doth not mind small things nor a miss ever worth the money sue costs. will never get a great deal. John Do The fool's estate is the first spent. Wealth liitle was the son of Good-wife Spin-litie. is his that enjoys it, and the world is his



who scrambles for it. A father with very

A father with very man would not be alone even in paradise. . great wealth, and a son with no virtue at One nap finds out, or draws on another. all. Little wealth, and little care and Have good luck, and you may lie in bed. trouble. The Roman conquers by sitting He that will maintain every thing must still at home. Between robbing and re- bave his sword always ready drawn. storing men commonly get thirty in the That house is in an ill case where the dishundred. He is learned enough who taff commands the sword. One sword knows how to live well. The more a keeps another in the scabbard. Ile that man knows, the less, credulous he is. speaks ill of other men, burns bis own There is no harm in desiring to be thought tongue. He that is mosi liberal where he wise by others, but a great deal in a man's should be so, is the best husband. He is thinking bimself to be so. Bare wages gainer enough who gives over a vain hope. never made a servant rich. Losing much A mighty hope is a mighty cheat. Hope breeds bad blood. Llealth without any is a pleasant kind of deceit. A man caumoney is half sickness. When a man is

not leave his experience or wisdom to his tumbling down every saint lends a hand. heirs. Fools learn to live at their own cost, He that unscasonably plays the wise man the wisc at other men's. He is master of is a fool. He that pretends too much to the whole world who hath no value for it. wisdom is counted a fool. A wise man He who saith Woman, saith Wo to man. never sets his heart upon what he cannot One enemy is too much for a man in a have. A lewd batchelor makes a jealous great post, and an hundred friends are too husband. That crown is well spent which few. Let us enjoy the present, we shall saves you ten. Love can do much, but have trouble enough hereafter. Men toil scorn or disdain can do more. If you and take pains in order to live casily at would have a thing kept secret, never last. He that takes no care of bimself, tell it to any one; and if you would not must not expect it from others. Industry have a thing known of you, never do it. makes a gallant man, and breaks ill forWhatever you are going to do or say, tune. Study, like a staff of cotton, beats think well first what may be the conse- without noise. Mother-in-law and daughquence of it. They are always selling wit ter-in-law are a tempest and hail storm. to others who have the least of it for them- If pride were a deadly disease how many selves. He that gains time gains a great would be now in their graves ! He wbo point. Every ditch is full of after-wit

. cannot hold his peace, will never lie at ease. A little wit will serve a fortunate man, A fool will be always talking, right or The favour of the court is like fair wea- wrong. In silence there is many a good ther in winter. Neither take for a servant morsel. Pray hold your peace, or you him whom you must entreat; nora kinsman will make me fall asleep. The table, a nor a friend, if you would have a good one. secret thief, sends bis master tothe bospital. A man never loses by doing good offices to Begin your web and God will supply you

others. He that would be well served, with thread. Too much fear is an ene| must know when to change his servants. my to good deliberation. As soon as ever

Ignorance and prosperity make men bold God hath a church built for him, the and confident. He who employs one devil gets a tabernacle set up for himself. servant in any business, hath him all Time is a file that wears, and makes no there : who employs two, hath half a ser- noise. Nothing is so hard to bear well as vant ; who three bath never a one, prosperity. Patience, time, and money, Either a civil grant or a civil denial. set every thing to rights. The true art of When

business with a ma making gold is to have a good estate, and give him title enough. The covetous man, to spend but little of it. Abate two thirds is the bailiff, vot the master, of his own of all the reports you hear. A fair face, estate. Trouble not your head about the or a fine head, and very little brains in it. weather or the government. Like with He who lives wickedly lives always in like looks well, and lasts long. All world- fear. A beautiful face is a pleasing traitor ly joy is but a short-lived dream. That If three know it, all the world will know is a cursed pleasure that makes a man a it too. Many hath too much, but nobuby fool. The soldier is well paid for doing hath enough. An honest man bath babi mischief, A soldier, fire, and water, soon as much more brains as he needs, a knave make room for themselves. A consider- haih not half enough. A wise man ing, careful man is half a conjuror. A changes his mind when there is reason

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for it. From hearing comes wisdom; counts very unskilfully who leaves God and from speaking, repentance. Old age out of his reckoning. Nothing is of any is an evil desired by all men, and youth great value but God only. All is good an advantage which no young man un- that God sends us. He that hath chile derstands. He that would have a good dren, all his morsels are not his own, revenge let him leave it to God. Would Thought is a nimble footman. Many you be revenged on your enemy? live know every thing clse, but nothing at all as you ought, and you have done it to of themselves. We ought not to give purpose. He that will revenge every the fine flour to the devil, and the bran affront, either falls from a good post, or

to God. Six foot of earth make all men never gets up to it. Truth is an inhabitant of one size. Ile that is born of a hen of heaven. That which seems probable must scrape for his living. Afflictions is the greatest enemy to the truth. A draw men up towards heaven. That thousand probabilities cannot make one which does us good is never too late, truth. 'Tis no great pains to speak the Since my house must be burnt I will warm truth. That is most true which we least myself at it. Tell every body your bucare to hear. Truth hath the plague in siness, and the devil will do it for you. his house (i. e. is carefully avoided). A A man was hanged for saying what was wise man will not tell such a truth as true. Do not all that you can do; spend every one will take for a lie. Long voy- not all that you have; believe not all that ages occasion great lies. The world you hear; and tell not all that know. makes men drunk as much as wine doth. A man should learn to sail with all winds. Wine and youth are fire upon fire. En

He is the man indeed who can govern rich your younger age with virtue's lore. himself as he ought. He that would live "Tis virtue's picture which we find in long must sometimes change his course books. Virtue must be our trade and of life. When children are little they study, not our chance. We shall have a make their parent's heads ach; and when house without a fault in the next world. they are grown up, they make their hearts Tell me what life you lead, and I will ach. To preach well, you must first tell you bow you shall die. He is in a practice what you teach others. Use or low form who never thinks beyond this practice of a thing is the best master. А short life. Vices are learned without a man that hath learning is worth two who teacher. Wicked men are dead whilst have it not. A fool knows his own busi.

He is rich who desires nothing ness better than a wise man doth anomore. To recover a bad man is a double ther's. He who understands most is other kindness or virtue. Who are you for? men's master. Have a care of-llad I I am for him whom I get most by. He known this before. Command your serwho eats but of one dish never wants a vant, and do it yourself, and you will physician. He hath lived to ill purpose have less trouble You may know the who cannot hope to live after his death, master by his man. He who serves the Live as they did of old; speak as men public hath but a scurvy master. He that

The mob is a terrible monster. would have good offices done to him, Hell is very full of good meanings and must do them to others. 'Tis the only intentions. He only is well kept whom true liberty to serve our good God. The

Break the legs of an evil common soldier's blood makes the genecustom. Tyrant custom makes a slave ral a great man. An huge great house of reason. Experience is the father, and is an huge great trouble. Never advise memory the mother of wisdom. He who a man to go to the wars, nor to marry. doeth every thing he has a mind to do, Go to the war with as many as you can, doth not what he should do. He who and with as few to counsel. 'Tis better says all that he has a mind to say, hears keeping out of a quarrel than to make it what he hath no mind to hear. That up afterward. Great birth is a very poor city thrives best where virtue is most dish on the table. Neither buy any esteemed and rewarded. , He cannot thing of, nor sell to, your friend. Sickgo wrong whom virtue guides. The or diseases are visits from God. sword kills many, but wine many more. Sickness is a personal citation before our "Tis truth which makes the man angry. Judge. Beauty and folly do not often

He who tells all the truth he knows, must part company. Beauty beats a call upon lie in the streets. Oil and truth will get a drum. Teeth placed before the tongue uppermost at the last. A probable story give good advice. A great many pair is ihe best weapon of calumny. Ile of shoes are worn out before men do

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all they say. A great many words will to be better. Do not do evil to get good not fill a purse. Make a slow answer to by it, which never get happened to any. a hasty question. Self praise is the ground That pleasure's much too dear which is of hatred. Speaking evil of one another bought with any pain. To live poor is the fifth element men are made up of. that a man may die rich, is to be the king When a man speaks you fair look to your of fools, or a fool in grain. Good wine purse. Play not with a man till you hurt makes a bad head, and a long story. Be him, nor jest till you shame bim. Eating as easy as you can in this world, promore, than you should at once, makes vided you take good care to be happy in you cat less afterward. He makes his

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Live well, and be cheerful. grief light who thinks it so. He thinks A man knows no more to any purpose but ill who doth not think twice of a than he practises. He that doth most thing. He who goes about a thing him- at once doth least. He is a wretch whose self, hath a mind to have it done ; who hopes are all below. Thank you, good sends another, cares not whether it be puss, starved my cat. No great good done or no.

There is no discretion in comes without looking after it. Gather love, nor counsel in anger. Wishes never the rose, and leave the thorn behind. He can fill a sack. The first step a man who would be rich in one year is hanged makes towards being good, is to know he at six months end. He who bath a mouth is not so already. He who is bad to his will certainly eat. Go early to the markrelations is worse to himself. 'Tis good et, and as late as ever you can to a batto know our friend's failings, but not tle. The barber learns to shave at the to publish them. A man may see his beards of fools. He who is lucky (or own faults in those which others do. rich) passes for a wise man too. He "Tis the virtue of saints to be always commands enough who is ruled by a wise going on from one kind and degree of He who reveals his secret makes virtue to another. A man may talk like himself a slave, Gaming shews what a wise man, and yet act like a fool. mettle a man is made of. How can the Every one thinks he hath more than his cat help it if the maid be a fooli Fools share of brains. The first chapter (or grow up apace without any watering. point) of fools is to think they are wise God supplies him with more who lays men. Discretion, or a true judgment of out his estate well. The printing-press things, is the parent of all virtue. Chas- is the mother of errors. Let me see your tity is the chief and most charming beau- man dead, and I will tell you how rich ty. Little conscience and great diligence he is. Men live one half of the year with make a rich man. Never count four art and deceit, and the other half with except you have them in your bag. Open deceit and art. Do yourself a kindness, your door to a fair day, but make yourself Sir.-(The beggar's phrase for Give ready for a foul one. A little too late is alms.) I was well, would be better, too late still. A good man is ever at took physic, and died.-(On a monuhome wherever he chance to be. Build- ment.) --- All row galley-wise; every man ing is a word that men pay dear for. If draws toward himself. He who hath you would be healthful, clothe yourself money and capers is provided for Lest

. warm, and eat sparingly. Rich men are A proud man hath vexation or fresting slaves condemned to the mines. Many enough. He who buys by the penny men's estates come in at the door, and keeps his own use and other men's too. go out at the chimney. Wealth is more Tell me what company you keep, and ! dear to men than their blood or life is. will tell you what you do. Ai a good Foul dirty water makes the river great. pennyworth pause a while. He who That great saint interest rules the world doth his own business doth not foul bis alone. Their power and their will are fingers. "Tis good feasting at other men's measures princes take of right and wrong. houses. A wise man makes a virtue of In governing others you must do what what he cannot help. Talk but lille, you can do, not all you would do. A and live as you should do. wise man will stay for a convenient season, and will bend a little, rather than

§ 153. Old Spanish Proverbs. be torn up by the roots. Ever buy your

Heis a rich man who hath God for bis wit at other men's charges. You must friend. He is the best scholar who hath let your phlegm subdue your choler, if learned to live well. A handful of metber. you would not spoil your business. Take wit is worth a bushel of learning. Wher not physic when you are well, lest you die all men say you are an ass, 'tis time to


bray. Change of weather finds discourse apron. The friar who asks for God's sake, for fools. A pound of care will not pay asks for himself too. God keeps him who an ounce of debt. The sorrow men have takes what care he can of himself. No. for others hangs upon one hair. A wise thing is valuable in this world except as man changes his mind, a fool never will. it tends to the next. Smoke, raining into That day on which you marry, you either the house, and a talking wife, make a mar or make yourself. God comes to 'man run out of the doors. There is no tosec, or look upon us, without a bell. You morrow for an asking friend. God keep had better leave your enemy something me from still water, from that which is when you die, than live to beg of your rough I will keep myself. Take your friend. That's a wise delay which makes wife's first advice, not her second. Tell not the road safe. Cure your sore eyes only what you know, judge not what you see, with your elbow, Let us thank God, and and you will live in quiet. Hear reason, be content with what we have. The foot or she will make herself to be heard. Gifts of the owner is the best manure for bis enter every where without a wimble. A land. lle is my friend who grinds at my great fortune with a wife is a bed full of mill. Enjoy that little you have while brambles. One pin for your purse, and the fool is hunting for more. Saying and two for your mouth. There was never doing do not dine together. Money but one man who never did a fault. He cures all diseases. A lite ill spent makes who promises runs into debt. He who a sad old age. 'Tis money that makes holds his peace gathers stones. Leave men lords. We talk, but God doth what your son a good reputation, and an einhe pleases. May you have good luck, my ployment. Receive your money before son, and a little wit will serve your turn. you give a receipt for it, and take a reGifts break through stone walls. Go not ceipt before you pay it. God doth the to your Doctor for every ail, nor to your cure, and the physician takes the money lawyer for every quarrel, nor to your for it. Thinking is very far from knowpitcher for every thirst. There is no bet- ing the truth. Fools make great feasts, ier looking-glass than an old true friend. and wise men eat of thein. June, July, A wall between both best preserves friend- August, and Carthagena, are the four best ship. The sum of all is, to serve God ports of Spain. A gentle calf sucks her well, and to do no ill thing. The credi- own mother, and four cows more.

Betor always hath a better memory than the tween two own brothers, two witnesses, debtor. Setting down in writing is a and a notary, the devil brings a modest lasting memory. Repentance always costs man to the court. lle who will have a very dear. Good breeding and money mule without any fault, must keep nonc. make our sons gentlemen. As you uise The wolves eat the poor ass that hath your father, so your children will use you. many owners. Visit your aunt, but not There is no evil, but some good use may every day in the year. In an hundred be made of it. No price is great enough years time princes are peasants, and in for good counsel. Examine not the pedi- an hundred and ten peasants grow gree nor patrimony of a good man. There princes. The poor cat is whipped because is no ill thing in Spain but that which our dame will not spin. Leave your jest can speak. Praise the man whose bread whilst you are most pleased with it. you eat,

God keep me from him whojn Whither goest thou, grief? Where I am I trust, from him whom I trust not I used to go. Leave a dog and a great shall keep myself. Keep out of an hasty talker in the middle of the street. Never man's way for a while, out of a sullen trust a man whom you have injured. man's all the days of your life. If you The laws go on the king's errands. Palove me, John, your deeds will tell me so. rents love indeed, others only talk of it. I defy all fetters though they were made Three helping one another will do as of gold. Few die of hunger, an hundred much as six men single. She spins well thousand of surfeits. Govern yourself who breeds her children well. You canby reason, though some like it, others do not do better for your daughter than to not. If

you would know the worth of breed her virtuously, nor for your son than a ducat, go and borrow one. No compa. to fit him for an employment. Lock nion like money. A good wife is the your door, that so you may keep your workmanship of a good husband. The neighbour honest. Civil obliging lanfool fell in love with the lady's laced guage costs but little, and doth a great

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