The Beauties of History; Or, Pictures of Virtue and Vice, Drawn from Real Life

The Beauties of History; Or, Pictures of Virtue and Vice, Drawn from Real Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1801* edition. Excerpt: ...is no virtue there is no security that our honour, confidence, and friendship will not be betrayed and abused. In general, they suffer most from pretended friendship who least deserve to Suffer. It is very rare for the honest heart to prove distrustful; and more rare still for him not to be deceived, who is a stranger to suspicion. There are men of a character so open, and generous that there is no one but would be a gainer by making them their friends; but when these contract a friendship they risk more than others: for so many advantages, arise from aspiring after their esteem, that they can never be certain that it is not courted with a view to interest: and a self-intelifid. friend is nevera true one. It is to! upright and sincere hearts-that I especially direct my counsels on friendship, for what matters it if deceivers are deceived? Though friendship hath nothing in it of a selfish nature, yet it is pleased with kindness and good offices: these are to friends what caresses are to lovers; not reasons for beginning to love, but motives to love more affectionately: like a breath of wind, which, though it produces not the flame, renders it more ardent.;, . 1 There are so many ways of obliging a friend that in what situation soever we find him, some one of these is always practicable: seize, therefore, every opportunity that offers, and, if it be possible, wait not till he himself tells you in what instance it s in ypurpower toserve him. Endeavour to know his wants, and provide for them before he himself has perceived them; and thus he will always be ready to foresee and prevent yours. Have a regard however to the deli' cacy of your friend, for you may perhaps disoblige through a desire to oblige too much; cover, therefore, your services with..show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681584
  • 9781236681584