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above our brethren ; and because we think we do over-top 'em we think we may over-look 'em too,
and despise 'em as vulgar and contemptible, &c. 225. To arrogate to our selves more than our due, is
the ready way to be deny'd that which else would
be confess'd our right. 226. “ Pride, of all others, the most dangerous fault,
Proceeds from want of sense, and want of thought.” 227. Vain-glorious men are the scorn of wise men,
the admiration of fools, idols of parasites, and slaves
of their own vaunts. 228. The Platonists give seven arguments for humility.
(1.) That the spirit of man is light and troublesome. (2.) His body is brutish and sickly. (3.) He is constant in folly and error, and inconstant in his manners and good purposes.
(4.) His labours are vain, intricate, and endless. (5.) His fortune is changeable, and seldom pleasing, never perfect. (6.) His wisdom comes not 'till he is ready to die; that is, 'till he is past using of it. (7.) His death is certain, always ready, and never far
off, 229. 'Tis not birth, wit, riches, or great employments,
but the right use of them in the discharge of his duty to God, himself, and neighbours, makes the worthy man.
230. To the descendants of noble families, where the
spirits have been rarifyed by vertue, and industry, and the blood holds its tincture, as it usually does, through successive generations, our best devoirs are due: But what 's nobility it self, if not accompanied with real goodness ; the honour paid such as usurp their ancestors arms, without inheriting their vertues, belongs to 'em no more than the reverence the good man did to Isis, belong'd to the
Ass that carried Her Image. 231.
Learn, child, to keep an even state,
Whatever scene your care imploys,
Not mean in grief, nor insolent in joys." 232. Are
you, turn your eye upon those that are under you: If you have no inferiors, have patience a while, and you shall have no superiors. The Grave requires no Marshal.
233. Son. An old man that upon entring the room
seem'd to want bread, was no sooner fill'd with wine, but boasted the being a projector from his
cradle, and told us, 234 That he had by him scores of rare projects in
posse, esse, and futuro. 235. That he could extract volatile spirits from lees
of wine, grounds of beer, or dust of tea, one drop whereof would turn a quart of water into the best wine, beer, or tea upon earth, for colour, taste, smell, and wholesomeness.
236. That he could separate the smells of all the differ
ent viands usually dress'd in a cook's shop, and thence extract salts of beef, veal, mutton, pork, &c. one grain whereof would strengthen and nourish a man
more than a pound of any of those sorts of meat. 237.
That to save watermen the labour of rowing against tide, he had contriv'd to make the Thames
continually to ebb on one side, and flow on t'other. 238. That he was an Adept, had lately discover's
longitude, and the perpetual motion, how to square
the circle, fix Mercury, and transmute lead into gold. 239. All which rare projects he intended to divide
into shares, and put in practice, as soon as only one hundred thousand pounds were subscribed,
and advanced him. 240. At this rate he made ropes of sand, built castles
in the air, and talked as if capable of benefiting mankind more than the invention of spectacles, tho' he never yet oblig'd the world with any thing
so useful as a mouse-trap. 241. father. Many projectors seem like those astro
logers that can direct others to find hidden treasures, whilst themselves are out at heels, and want repairs
at elbows. 242. 'Tis confess'd the benefit accruing to Spain, by
Columbus's discovery of the West Indies—To the
Italians, by procuring the eggs from China and Persia, and raising silk-worms in Italy-To England, from Sir Walter Raleigh's contrivance of raising tobacco and sugar in our plantations, &c.
will not allow us rashly to condemn all projects, 243. Yet had you Argus's eyes, Briareus's hands, and
Pluto's helmet, still great adventures are like leaps in hunting, they bring a man sooner into the
chase, but may chance to cost him a fall. 244 Babel's projectors seeking a name, found con
fusion; and Icarus by flying too high, melted his
waxen wings and fell into the sea. 245. Advise, deliberate, weigh, examine, consider
what's practicable and what's not, and compute the proportion between the means and the end ; lest too eagerly pursuing things out of your reach, you consume your
life and estate in hopeless and fruitless undertakings. 246. "Fools only make attempts beyond their skill,
A wise man's power's the limits of his will." 247. Who plows the clouds can only reap the wind.