An Enquiry Into the Morals of the Ancients

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W. Wilkins, 1735 - Ethics - 369 pages

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Page 176 - ... in such a manner, that if he became his enemy, it should not be in his power to hurt him.
Page 317 - But I fay unto you, Love your enemies, blefs them that curfe you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which defpitefully ufe you, and perfecute you...
Page 176 - Tully has therefore very justly exposed a precept delivered by some ancient writers, that a man should live with his enemy in such a manner as might leave him room to become his friend; and with his friend in such a manner, that if he became his enemy, it should not be in his power to hurt him.
Page 278 - Or through hewn woods their weighty strokes did sound ; And after the declining sun Had chang'd the shadows, and their task was done, Home with their weary team they took their way, And drown'd in friendly bowls the labour of the day.
Page 109 - ... and consider the generous seeds which are there planted, that might, if rightly cultivated, ennoble their lives, and make their virtue venerable to futurity ; how can they, without tears, reflect on the universal degeneracy from that public spirit, which ought to be the first and principal motive of all their actions?
Page 168 - That render man thus tractable and tame ? Are they not only to disguise our passions, To set our looks at variance with our thoughts, To check the starts and sallies of the soul, And break off all its commerce...
Page 320 - The gods, in bounty, work up storms about us, That give mankind occasion to exert Their hidden strength, and throw out into practice Virtues, which shun the day, and lie conceal'd In the smooth seasons and the calms of life.
Page 110 - Were it not for the heroes of so much per cent, as have regard enough for themselves and their nation to trade with her with their wealth, the very notion of public love would long before now have vanished from among us.
Page 283 - Time sensibly all things impairs; Our fathers have been worse than theirs ; And we than ours; next age will see A race more profligate than we (With all the pains we take) have skill enough to be.

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