This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1780 edition. Excerpt: ...Height of them, that they will not laste always: Which is a Canker in the Delights, even in the greatest, anil the most ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1780 edition. Excerpt: ...Height of them, that they will not laste always: Which is a Canker in the Delights, even in the greatest, anil the most fortunate of Men. CHAP. XX. Happy is the Man that may chuse his own Business. OH! The Bkflings of Privacy, and Leisure'! The Wish of powersul and eminent, but the Privilege only of Inseriors; who are the only People that live to themselves: Nay, the very Thought and Hope of it, is a Consolation, even in the middle of all the Tumults and Hazards, that attend Greatness. It was Augustus his Prayer that he might live to retire, and deliver himself from public Business: His Discourses were still'pointing that way, and the highest Felicity which this mighty Prince had in Profpect, was the divesting himself of that-illustrious State, which how glorious soever in shew, had at the Bottom of it, only Anxiety and Care. But it is one Thing to retire for Pleasure, and another Thing for Virtue: Which must be active, even in that Retreat, and give Proof of what it has learned: For a good, and a wise Man. does in Privacy consult the Well-being of Posterity. Zeno and Cryjippus did greater Things in their Studies, than is they had led Armies, born Offices, or given Laws: Which in Truth they did, not to one City alone, but to all Mankind: Their Quiet contributed more to the common Benesit than the Sweat and Labour of other People. That Retreat is not worth the while, which does not afford a Man greater and nobler Work than Business. There's no flavish Attendance upon great Ossicers; no Canvassing for Places, no making of Parties; no Difappointments in my Pretensions to this Charge, to that Regiment; or to such, or such a Title: no Envy cf any Man's Favour, or Fortune: but a calm Enjoyment of the general Bounties of Providence, in Company...Read Less
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