SECRETS OF COMFORT
. – Though
sometimes small evils, like invisible insects, inflict pains and a single
hair may stop a vast machine, yet the chief secret of comfort lies in
not suffering trifle to vex one, and in prudently cultivating an under
growth of small pleasures, since very few great ones, alas! Are let on
– Sharp’s Essays.
The wisest and happiest man is he who, by constant attention
of thought, discovers the greatest opportunity of doing good, and with
ardent and animated resolution breaks through every opposition that he
may improve these opportunities.
A DREADFUL CASE. – I have just received a letter
from my old acquaintance -, who now resides in Liverpool, begging some
assistance. He is not only in the depth of poverty, but disease has commenced
its attacks. He began life with £8000, besides what he had with
his wife. I was present when the last family estate was brought to the
hammer. Inattention to business, and the other vices arising from indulgence
in liquor, have produced this sad reverse of fortune, and what is worse,
even now I see not the least signs of repentance or reformation.