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Br NOAH WEBSTEP, ESO
VRINTED BY STWARD AND WILL ALS
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE REVISED EDITION.
THE American Selection, tho well received and much used in schools, has been thought susceptible of improvement; the compiler has therefore made some alterations, omitting some pieces which were believed to be less adapted to interest young minds, and substituting others, which cannot fail to be as entertaining as useful.
The present edition comprehends a great variety of sentiment, morality, history, elocution, anecdote and description; and it is believed, will be found to contain
: matter, as any compilation of the size fideid.EW YOR? NEW-HAVEN, SEPT. 1804.
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but great minds have but little admiration, because few things appear new to them.
It happens to men of learning as to ears of corn; they shoot up, and raise their heads high, while they are empty; but when full and swelled with grain, they begin to flag and droop.
He that is truly polite, knows how to contradict with respect, and to please without adulation ; and is e Uully remote from an insipid complaisance, and a low-fainitiarity,
The failings of good men are commonly more published in the world than their good deeds ; and one fault of a deserving man will meet with more reproaches, than all his virtucs, praise : Such is the force of ill will, and ili nature.
It is harder to avoid cerisure, than to gain at plause ; for this
may be done by one great or wise action in an age ; .but to escape censure, a nian must pass his whole hfe, without saying or coing one ill or toolish thing.
When Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Asia equally with him, he answered; The earth cannot bear two Suns, nor Asia two Kings. Parmenio, a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great offers that Darius had made, said, Were I Alexander, I wouit! except them. So would I, repied Alexander, were I Parmenio.
An old age unsupported with matter for discourse and meditation, is much to be dreaded. No state can be more destitute than that of him, who, when the delights of sense forsake him, has no pleasures of the mind.
Such is the condition of life, that something is always wanted to happiness. In youth, we have warm hopes, vhich are soon biasted by rashness and negligence ; and great designs, which are defeated by experience. In age. we have knowledge aud pruuence, without spirit to exert, or motives to prompt them. We are able to plan schemes and regulate measures, but have not time remaining to bring them to completion.
Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is alwys near at hand, and sits' upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware : Whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good