300. Often times excusing of a fault

Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,
As patches, set upon a little breach
Discredit more in hiding of the fault

Than did the fault before it was so patched. 301. How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds

Makes deeds ill done! 302 That which in mean men we entitle patience,

Is pale, cold cowardice in noble breasts. 303. Woe doth the heavier sit

Where it perceives it is but faintly borne. 301 Gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite

The man that mocks at it and sets it light. 305. O who can hold a fire in his hand

By thinking on the frosty Caucasus ?
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite,
By bare imagination of a feast?
Or wallow naked in December's snow,
By thinking on fantastic summer's heat ?
Oh, no! the apprehension of the good,
Gives but the greater feeling to the worse •
Fell sorrow's tooth doth never rankle more

Than when it bites, but lanceth not the sore. 306. If all the year were playing holidays,

To sport would be as tedious as to work.
307. The better part of valor is discretion.
308. See what a ready tongue suspicion hath!

He that but fears the thing he would not know,
Hath, by instinct, knowledge from others' eyes,

That what he feared, is chanced.
309. Nought so vile, that on the earth doth live,

But to the earth some special good doth give;
Nor aught so good, but strained from that fair
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse.
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,

And vice sometimes 's by action dignified. 310. Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. 311. O reason not the need; our basest beggars

Are in the poorest thing superfluous :
Allow not nature more than nature nesds,

Man's life is cheap as beast's. 212. Give thy thoughts no tongue,

Nor any unproportioned thought his act. 313. The friends thou hast and their adoption trisula

Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steal. 314.

Of entrance to a quarrel: but, being in,

Bear it, that the opposer may beware of thos 315. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. 310. The apparel oft proclaims the man. 317. Neither a borrower nor a lender be;

For loan oft loseth both itself and friend,

And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry 318. To thine own self be true;

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any mari 319. Trifles, light as air,

Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ.


He that is robbed, not wanting what is stolen,
Let himn not know it and he's not robbed at all.


1. On the mineral, animal, and vegetable kingdoms, as furnishing subjects

of interesting inquiry. 2. On reflection, reading, and observation, as affording a knowledge of bu

man nature. 3. On the present character of the inhabitants of New-England, as result

ing from the civil, literary, and religious institutions of our fore

fathers. 4. The stability of the General Government of the United States as affect

ed by a national literature, common dangers, facility of mutual

intercourse, and a general diffusion of knowledge. 5. The obligations of a country to her warriors, her statesmen, her artists,

and her authors. 6. Public amusements, splendid religious ceremonies, warlike preparations,

and a display of a rigid police, as means of despotic power. 7. The comparative virtue of the enlightened and ignorant classes. 8. On the value to a nation of the abstract sciences, the physical sciences,

and literature. 9 The associations excited by visiting Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Palestine

considered with reference to their ancient history. 10. On the fine arts, as affecting the morals, refinement, patriotism, and

religion oi a country: 11. On architecture, painting, poetry, and music, as tending to produce

and perpetuate religious impressions. 22. On the comparative operation in obstructing the progress of truth, of

the spirit of controversy, the reverence of antiquity, the passion of

novelty, and the acquiescence in authority. .3. On the character of Hume, Robertson, Gibbon, and Mitford, as histo

rians. 14. On the characteristics of man and government, as found in the savage,

pastoral, agricultural, and commercial state. 15. On patronage, emulation, and personal necessity, as promotive of lit

erary exertion. 16. On the effect of agriculture and manufactures on the morals of the

community. 17. On the influence of Greek, Latin, English, and French literature on

taste. 18. On novels formed on fashionable, humble, and sea life. 19. Natural, civil, ecclesiastical, and literary history, considered in relation

to the tendency of each to improve and elevate the intellectual

faculties. 20. Miss Edgeworth, Hannah More, and Mrs. Hemans. 21. The letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montague, Horace Walpole, and

Cowper. 22. Personal merit and powerful friends, as promoting advancement in life. 23. The influence of Young's and Cowper's Poems. 24. The commercial spirit of modern times, considered in its influence on

the political, moral, and literary character of a nation. 25. Sterne, Rabelais, and Cervantes. 6. The difference of feeling in the young and the old, with regard to u

novation. 7, War, commerce, and missionary enterprises, as means of civilizing 28. The political reformer, the schoolmaster, and the missionary. 29. The country gentleman and the plebeian. 30. Ancient and modern honors to the dead. 31. Common sense, genius, and learning, — their characteristics, compara

barbarous countries.

tive value, and success. 32. The prospects of a scholar, a politician, and an independent gentleman

in the United States. 33. Contemporary and subsequent narratives, of historical events. 34. Franklin, Davy, and Fulton. The comparative value of their discove

ries and improvements. 35. The comparative induence of natural scenery, the institutions of socio

ty, and individual genius on taste. 36. Heraclitus, Democritus, Epicurus, and Diogenes. 37. The ages of Queen Elizabeth, Charles the Second, Queen Anne, and

the present age, considered in a literary point of view. 38. Egypt as described by Herodotus, Greece under Pericles, the Augustan

age of Rome, Spain under Isabella, Italy in the fifteenth and six

teenth centuries, and France under Louis the Fourteenth. 39. Reading, writing, observation of men and manners, and the study of

nature, as means of intellectual development. 40. Popular elections, a free press, and general education. 41. The Roman ceremonies, the system of the Druids, the religion of the

Hindoos, and the superstitions of the American Indians. 42. The literature and morals of a country, as affected by the efforts of in

dividual minds, the prevailing religious faith, the established form of

government, and the employment most general among the people. 43. Actions, words, manners, and expression of countenance, as indicative

of character. 14. The poets of England, Spain, France, and Italy. 15. The military character of Napoleon, Washington, Wellington, Freder

ick the Great, and Charles the Twelfth. 46. The ages of Augustus, Lorenzo de Medicis, Louis the Fourteenth, and,

Queen Anne. 47. The religious institutions of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. 43. Politics, war, literature, and science, as a field for the exercise of

talents. 49. Astronomy, Anatomy, the instinct of animals, and the moral and intel

lectual nature of man, as affording proof of an intelligent Creator. 50. History, biography, and fiction. 51. The evils of a life of solitude, of fashion, of business, and of public

office. 52. On classical learning, the study of mathematics, and of the science of

the human mind, as contributing to intellectual culture. 53. On the operation of climate on the moral, intellectual, and military

character. 54. On the power of the oriental, Gothic, and classical superstitions, to at

fect the imagination and the feelings. 55. On pastoral, epic, and dramatic poetry. 56. On the rank and value of the mental endowments of Shakspeare, Scott,

Locke, Newton, and the Earl of Chatham. 57. Roman, Grecian, and Egyptian remains. 58. On the influence of spring, summer, autumn, and winter upon the

thoughts, feelings, and imagination. 59. Britain, France, Italy, and Greece, as interesting to an American trav

eller 60 On the pleasures of the antiquary, the traveller, the literary recluse.

and the man of business. 61. On the beneficial effects of mechanics, chemistry, astronomy and agri


62. On the influence of peace upon the condition of the agriculturist, the

manufacturer, the merchant, and the professional man. 63. On the views of life taken by Democritus, Heraclitus, Diogenes, and

Zeno. 64. On the tendency of poetry, history, and ethical science, to promote im

provement in virtue. 65. On the influence on personal happiness, of natural temper, cultivated

taste, external condition, and social intercourse. 66. On novelty, sublimity, beauty, and harmony, as sources of gratification 67. Ancient ethics, considered as pictures of manners, as proofs of genius,

or as sources of entertainment. 88. The union which a harmony of motive produces between men of dif

ferent pursuits, and that which results merely from a similarity of

action. 69. The respective claims of poetry, painting, architecture, and sculpture

as means of refinement of taste. 70. Personal memoirs and formal histories, as illustrations of national pre

gress. 71. An old and a new country, as fields for enterprise. 72. The superiority of conscience to human laws. 73. Ancient and modern notions of liberty. 74. The scientific traveller and the missionary. 75. A profound philosophy and a wide observation of men, as elements et

a statesman. 76. The pastoral and the hunter's life. 77. The war spirit in republics and in monarchies. 78. Modern explorations in Africa and America. 79. The influence of devotion to the person of the Sovereign in monarch101

and to that of a popular favorite in republics. 80. Explorations by sea and by land. $1. The study of grammor, logic, and the mathamatics, as contributing to

the development of the intellectual powers. 82. Personal beauty, elevation of rank, and the possession of riches, as

passports in society. 83. The animal, the mineral, and the vegetable kingdoms, as fields of sci

entific discovery. 84. The pulpit, the prers, and the school room, as efficient agents on the

morals of a people. 85. The horse, the cow, and the sheep, as contributing to the comfort and

convenience of mankind. 86. The expectation of reward and the fear of punishment, as affecting a

moral agent. 87. The pursuits of agriculture, the profession of arms, the business of

trade, and the labors of the mechanic, as affecting the taste wid

morals of a people. 88. Color, form, and size, as elements of physical beauty 89. Quickness of perception, retentiveness of memory, anů p!cdding for

severance, as contributing to mental advancement. 70. The six follies of science. The quadrature of the circle ; tbe multipli

cation of the cube; perpetual motict; the philoacahua's stone

magic; and judicial astrology. 01. Skepticism and creduiity compared as obstacies to fois)!sjir di im

provement. P2. Pantry and history considered as sources of amzseme



1. Attachment to party as a ground of action, for an upright politician. 2. On the defects and

advantages of history, as afferding a knowledge of the motives and actions of individuals, and of the character of ha

man nature. 3. Dn the goou and bad effects of emulation. 4. On the moral influence of the Christian Sabbath. 5. On the influence of fashion on the judgment of right and wrong. 6. On the influence of the multiplicity of books, on the interests of litera

ture and science. 7. Deference to great names in philosophy, and to high rank in the social

state. 8. The enthusiast and the matter of fact man. 9. 'On the advantages and disadvantages resulting to a scholar, from fre

quent intercourse with mixed society. 10. On the effects of literary reviews, as at present conducted. 11. On the comparative prevalence and strength of the principles of loyal

ty and independence in man. 12. On the character of ancient and modern patriotism. 13. Of establishing a University in the country or in a city. 14. Foreign travellers in the United States. 15. On the different views, which literary men take of the world at their

first entrance upon it. 16. The difference of manners in Rome and in modern civilized states. 17. On active profession, as injuring or assisting the efforts of a literary 18. The comparative influence of governments and of individuals, in effect

ing great public improvements. 19. The literary influence of a reading public. 20. The views taken of a nation, by itself and others. 21. The moral effects of public, and of domestic amusements. 22. The effects of controversy on partisans, and on the public. 23. The influence of the Roman Gladiatorial shows, and of the Greek

games, on the character of the people. 24. The comparative effects of literature and of science, on the progress

of civilization. 25. The effect which acquaintance with foreign languages has upon the

originality of a nation's literature. 26. The comparative influence of individuals and learned societies in form

ing the literary character of a nation. 27. The influence of the multiplication of books upon literature. 28. The study of nature,

and of man, as affording a proper field for the poet. 29. The standard of taste. 30. The novels of Fielding, Richardson, and the author of Waverley. 31. The comparative importance of the expeditions to ascertain the North

West passage, and the source of the Niger. 32. Intellectual, moral, and physical education. 33. The prospects of Christianity in India. 34. The satires of Horace and Juvenal. 35. How far the right should be controlled by the expedient. 36. On the comparative value of contemporaneous and posthumous fame 37. On the evils of anarchy, and of an arbitrary government. 38. Diligent observation of facts and philosophical use of them. 39. On superstition and skepticism.

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