venient feafon, and will bend a little rather
than be torn up by the roots. Ever buy
your wit at other men's charges. You muft
let your phlegm fubdue your choler, if yoa
would not fpoil your bufinefs. Take not
phyfic when you are well, left you die to be
better. Do not do evil to get good by it,
which never yet happened to any. That
pleafure is much too dear which is bought
with any pain. " To live poor that a man
may die rich, is to be the king of fools, or
a fool in grain. Good wine makes a bad
head and a long ftory. Be as eafy as you
can in this world, provided you take good
care to be happy in the next. Live well
and be chearful. A man knows no more to
any purpofe than he praftifes. He that
doth moft at once doth leaft. He is a wretch
whofe hopes are all below. Thank you, good
pufs, ftarved my cat. No great good comes
without looking after it. Gather the rofe,
and leave the thorn behind. He who would
be rich in one year is hanged at fix months
end. He who hath a mouth will certainly
cat. Go early to the market, and as late as
ever you can to a battle. The barber learns
to fhave at the beards of fools. , He who is
lucky (or rich) pafles for a wife man too.
He commands enough who is ruled by a
wife man. He who reveals his fecret makes
himfelf a flave. Gaming fhews what metal
a man is made of. How can the cat help it
if the maid be a fool ? Fools grow up apace
without any watering. God fupplies him
with more, who lays out his eftate well.
The printing-prefs is the mother of errors.
Let me fee your man dead, and I will tell
you how rich he is. Men live one half of
the year with art and deceit, and the other
half with deceit and art. Do yourfelf a
kindnefs, Sir. [The beggar's phrafe for
Give alms] I was well, would be better;
took phyfic, and died. [On a monument.]
All row galley- wife ; every matj draws to-
wards himfelf. He ^vho hath money and
capers is provided for Lent. A proud maa
hath vexation or fretting enough. He who
buys by the penny keeps his own houfe and
other men's too. Tell me what company
you keep, and I will tell you what you do.
At a good pennyworth paufe a while. He
who doth his own bufinefs doth not foul his
fingers. It is good feafting at other men's
houfes. A wife man makes a virtue of what
he cannot help. Talk but little, and live
as you Ihould do.
Â§ 153. Old Spanijb Tro'verhs.
He is a rich man who hath God for his
friend. He is the beft fcholar who hath
learned to live well, A handful of mother-
wit is worth a buftiel of learning. Whea
all men fay you are an afs, it is time to bray.
Change of weather finds difcourfe for fools.
A pound of care will not pay an ounce of
debt. The forrow men have for others
hangs upon one hair. A wife man changes
his mind, a fool never will. That day on
which you marry you either marr or make
yourfelf. God comes to fee, or look upon
us, without a bell. You had better leave
your enemy fomething when you die, than
live to beg of your friend. That's a wife
delay which makes the road fafe. Cure
your fore eyes only with your elbow. Let
us thank God, and be content with what we
have. Xiie foot of the owner is the beft
manure for his land. He is my friend who
grinds at my mill. Enjoy that little you
have while the fool is hunting for more.
Saying and doing do not dine together.
Money curfes all difeafes. A life ill-fpent
makes a fad old age. It is money that
makes men lords. We talk, but God doth
what he pleafes. May you have good luck,
my fon, and a little wit will ferve your turn.
Gifts break through ftone walls. Go not to
your doftor for every ail, nor to your law-
yer for every quarrel, nor to your pitcher
for every thirft. There is no better look-
ing-glafs than an old true friend. A wall
between both beft preferves friendlhip. The
fum of all is, to ferve God well, and to do
no ill thing. The creditor always hath a
better memory than the debtor. . Setting
down in writing is a lafting memory. Re-
pentance always cofts very dear. Good-
breeding and money make our fons gentle-
men. As you ufc your father, fo your chil-
dren will ufe you. There is no evil, but
fome good ufe may be made of it. No
price is great enough for good counfel.
Examine not the pedigree nor patrimony of
ELEGANT EXTRACTS, Book IV.
a good man. There is no ilJ thing in Spain
' but that which can fpeak. Praife the man
whofe bread you eat. God keep me from
him whom I truft, from him whom I truft
not I fhall keep myfelf. Keep out of an
hafiy ma.n's wa^for a while, out of a fullen
man 'sail thedaysofyourlife. Ifyouloveme,
John, your deeds will tell me fo. I defy all
fetters, though they were made of gold. Few
die of hunger, a hundred thoufand of fur-
feits Govern yourfelf by reafon, tho' fome
like It, others do not. If you woukl know
the worth of a ducat, go and borrow one.
No companion like money. A good wife
is the wo.kmanfhip of a good hufband.
The fool fell in love with the lady's lared
spron. The friar who siks for God's fake,
afks for himfelf too. God keeps him who
takes what care he can of himftlf. Nothing
is valuable in this world, except as it tends
to the next. Smoke, raining into the houfe,
and a talking wife, make a man run out of
doors. There is no to-morrow for an afking
friend God keep me from ftill-water, from
that which is rough I will keep myfelf.
Take your wifesfirft advice, not her f^cond.
Tell not what you know, judge not what
you fee, and you will live in quiet. Hear
reafon, or Ihe will make herfelf be heard.
Gifts enter every where without a wimble.
A great fortune with a wife is a bed full of
brambles. One pin for your purfe, and two
for your mouth. There was never but one
man who never did a fault. He who pro-
mifes runs into debt. He who holds his
peace gathers ftones. Leave your fon a
good reputation and an employment. Re-
ceive your money before you give a receipt
for it, and take a receipt before you pay it.
God doth the curt, and the phyfician takes
the money fof it. Thinking'is very far
from knowing the truth. Fools make great
feafls, and wife men eat of them. June,
July, Auguft,and Carthagena, are the four
bed ports of Spain. A gentle calf fucks her
o\vn mother, and four cows more (between
two ov/n brothers, two witnefles, and a no-
tary) . The devil brings a modeft man to
the court. He who will have a mule without
any fault, muft keep none. The wolves eat
the poor afs that hath many owners. Vifit
your aunt, but not every day in the year.
In an hundred years time princes are pea-
fants, and in an hundred and ten peafants
grow princes. The poor cat is whipped,
becaufe our dame will not fpin. ' Leave
your jelt whilft you are mofl pleafedwith it.
Whither goeft thou, grief ? Where I am
ufed to go. Leave a dog and a great talker
in the middle of the ftreet. Never trufi: a
man whom you have injured. The laws
go on the king's errands. Parents love
indeed, others only talk of it. Three helping
one another will do as much as fix men
fingle. She fpihs well who breeds her
childrrn well. You cannot do better for
your daughter than to breed her virtuoufly,
nor for your fon than to fit him for an em-
ployment. Lock your door, that fo you
may keep your neighbour honeft. Civil
obliging language cofts but little, and doth
a great deal of good. One "Take it'*
is better than two " Thou fhalt have its.'*
Prayers and provender never hindered any
man's journey. There is a fig at Rome for
him who gives another advice before he afks
it. He who is not more or better than an-
other, dsferves not more than another. He
who hath no wifdom hath no worth. It is
better to be a wife than a rich man. Becaufe
I would live quietly in the world, I hear,
and fee, and fay nothing. Meddle not be-
tween two brothers. The dead and the ab-
fent have no friends left them. Who is the
true gentleman or nobleman ? He whofe
aftions make him (o. Do well to whom
you will ; do any man harm, and look to
yourfelf. Good courage breaks ill luck to
pieces. Great poverty is no fault or bafe-
nefs, but fome inconvenience. The hard-
hearted man gives more than he who has
nothing at all. Let us not fall out, to give
the devil a dinner. Truths too fine fpun
are fubtle fooleries. If you would always
have money, keep it when you have it.
I fufpeft that ill in others which I know by
myfelf. Sly knavery is too hard for honeft
wifdom. He who refolves to mend hath
God on his fide. Hell is crowded up with
ungrateful wretches. Think of yourfelf, and
let me alone. He can never enjoy himfelf
one day who fears he may die at night. He
who hath done ill once, will do it again.
No evil happens to us but what may do us
good. If I have broke my leg, who knows
but it is beft for me. The more honour we
have, the more we thirfl after it. If you
would be Pope, you muft think of nothing
elfe. Make the night night, and the day
day, and you will be merry and wife. He
who eats moft, eats leaft. If you would
live in health, be old betimes. I will go
warm, and let fools laugh on. Chufe your
wife on a Saturday, not on a Sunday.
Drinking water neither makes a man fick
nor in debt, nor his wife a widow. No
NARRATIVES, DIALOGUES, &c.
pottage is good without bacon, no fermon
without St. Auguftin. Have many ac-
quaintance, and but a few friends. A won-
drous fair woman is not all her hufband's
own. He who marries a widow, will have
a dead man's head often thrown in his diih.
Away goes the devil when he finds the door
ihut againft him. It is great courage to
fufFer, and great wifdom to hear patiently.
Doing what I ought fecures me againft all
cenfures. I wept when I was born, and
every day lliews why. Experience and
wifdom are the two beft fortune-tellers.
The beft foldier comes from the plough.
Wine wears no breeches. ' The hole in the
wall invites the thief. A wife man doth not
hang his wifdom on a peg. A man's love
and his belief are feen by what he does. A
covetous man makes a half-penny of a far-
thing, and a liberal man makes fix-pence of
It. In December keep yourfelf warm and
jQeep. He who will revenge every aiFront,
means noc to live long. Keep your money,
niggard, live miferably, that your heir may
fquander it away. In war, hunting, and
Jove, you have a thoufand forrows for every
joy or pleafure. Honour and profit will
not keep both in one fack. The anger of
brothers is the anger of devils. A mule and
a woman do beft by fair. means. A very
great beauty is either a fool or proud. Look
upon a picture and a battle at a good diftance.
A great deal is ill wafted, and a little would
do as well. An eftate well got is fpent, and
that which is ill got deftroys its mafter too.
That which is bought cheap is the deareft.
It is more trouble to do ill than to do well.
The hulband muft not fee, and the wife
muft be blind. While the tali maid is ftoop-
ing, the little one hath fwept the houfe.
Neither fo fair as to kill, nor fo ugly as to
fright a man. May no greater ill befal you
than to have many children and but a little
bread for them. Let nothing affright you
but fin. I am no river, but can go back
when there is reafon for it. Do not make
me kifs, and you will not make me fin.
Vain-glory is a flower which never comes to
fruit. The abfent are always in the fault.
A great good was never got with a little
pains. Sloth is the key to let in beggary.
I left him I knew, for him who was highly
praifed, and I found reafon to repent it.
Do not fay, I will never drink of this water,
however dirty it is. He who trifles away
his time, perceives not death, which ftands
upon his ftioulders. He who fpits againft
heaven, it falls upon his face. He who
ftumbles, and falls not, mends his pace.
He whoisfick of folly recovers late or never.
He who hath a mouth of his own fhould
not bid another man blow. He who hath
no ill fortune is tired out with good. He
who depends wholly upon another's pro-
viding for him, hath but an ill breakfcft,
and a worfe fupper. A chearful look, and
forgivenefs, is the beft revenge of an afrront.
The requeft of a grandee is a kind of force
upon a man. I am always for the ftrongeft
fide. If folly were pain, we fiiould have
great crying out in every houfe. S-erve a
great man, and you will know what forrow
is. Make no abfolute promifes, for nobody
will help you to perform them. Every man
is a fool in another man's opinion. Wifdora
comes after a long courfe of years. Good
fortune comes to him who takes care to get
her. They have a fig at Rome for him who
refufes any thing that is given him. One
love drives out another. Kings go as far a*
they are able, not fo far as they defire to go.
So play fools â€” I muft love you, and you
love fomebody elfe. He who thinks what
he is to do, muft think v/hat he fliould fajr
too. A mifchief may happen which will do
me (or make me) good. Threatened mea
eat bread ftill, i. e. live on. Get but a
good name, and you may lie in bed. Truth,
is the child of God. He who hath an ill
caufe, let him fell it cheap. A wife man
never fays, I did not think of that. Refpe<S
a good man, that he may refpeft you, and
be civil to an ill man, that he may not affront
you. A wife man only knows when to
change his mind. The wife's counfel is not
worth much, but he who takes it not is a
fool. When two friends have a common
purfe, one fings and the other weeps. I loft
my reputation by fpeaking ill of others, and
being worfe fpoken of. He who loves you
will make you weep, and who hates you
may make you laugh. Good deeds live and
fiourifh when all other things are at an end.
At the end of life La Gloria is fung. ' By-
yielding you make all your friends; but if
you will tell all the truth you know, you
will have your head -broke. Since you know
every thing, and I know nothing, pray tell
me what I dreamed this morning. Your
looking-glafs will tell you what none of
your friends will. The clown was angry,
and he paid dear for it. If you are vexed
or angry, you will have two troubles inftead
of one. The laft year was ever better than
the prefent. That wound that was never
given is beft cured of any other. AfRicfions
ELEGANT EXTRACTS, Book IV.
teach much, but they area hard cruel mafter.
Improve rather by other men's errors, than
find fault with them. Since you can bear
â– with your own, bear with other men's fail-
ings too. Men lay out all their underftand-
ing in fludying to know one another, and
fo no man knows himfelf. The applaufe
of the mob or multitude is but a poor com-
fort. Truths and rofes have thorns about
them. He loves you better who drives to
make you good, than he who ftrives to
pleafe you. You know not what may hap-
pen, is the hope of fools. Sleep makes
every man as great and rich as the greateft.
Follow, but do not run after good fortune.
Anger is the weaknefs of the underftanding.
Great polls and offices are like ivy on the
wall, which makes it look fine, but ruins
it. Make no great hafte to be angry ; for
if there be occafion, you will have time
enough for it. Riches, which all applaud,
the owner feels the weight or care of. A
competency leaves you wholly at your dif-
pofal. Riches make men worfe in their
latter days. He is the only rich man who
underftands the ufe of wealth. He is a
great fool who fquanders rather than doth
good with his eftate. To heap frefti kind-
nefles upon ungrateful men, is the wifeft,
but withal the mofl cruel revenge. The
fool's pleafures coft him very dear. Con-
tempt of a man is the fharpeft reproof.
Wit without difcretion is a fword m the
hand of a fool. Other virtues without pru-
dence are a blind beauty. Neither enquire
after, nor hear of, nor take notice of, the
faults of others when you fee them. Years
pafs not over men's heads for nothing. An
halter will fooner come without taking any
care about it, than a canonry. If all afles
wore packfaddles, what a good trade would
the packfadlers have. The ufual forms of
civility oblige no man. There is no more
faithful nor pleafant friend than a good
book. He who loves to employ himfelf
well, can never want fomething to do. A
thoufand things are well forgot for peace
and quietnefs' fake. A wife man avoids all
occafionsot being angry. A wife man aims
at nothing which is out of his reach. Nei-
ther great poverty nor great riches will hear
reafon. A good man hath ever good luck.
No pleafure is a better pennyworth than
that which virtue yields. No old age is
agreeable but that of a wife man. A nTan's
vvifdom is no where more feen than in his
marrying himfelf. Folly and anger are
bi'.t two names for the lame thing. Fortune
knocks once at leaft at every one's door..
The father's virtue is the beft inheritance a
child can have. No fenfual pleafure ever
lafled fo much as for a whole hour. Riches
and virtue do not often keep one another
company. Ruling one's anger well, is not
fo good as prevt nting it. The moft ufeful
learning in the world, is that which te.ches
us how to die well. The 'jeft men come
worfe out of company than they went into
it. The moft mixed or allayeJ joy is that
men take in their children. Find nioney
and marriage to rid yourfelf of an ill
daughter. Thc'e is no better advice thaa
to look always at the iflue of thii)gs. Com-
pare your griels with other men's, and they
will fcera lels. Owe money to be paid at
Eafler, and Lent will feem liort to you.
He who only returns home, : -h not run
away. He can do nothing well who is at
enmity with his God. Many avoid others'
becaufe they fee not, and know not, them-
felves, God is always opening his hand to
us. Let us be friends, and put out the de-
vil's eye. It is true there are many very
good wives, but they are under ground.
Talking very much, and lying, are coufm-
germans. With all your learning be fure
to know yourfelf. One error breeds twenty-
more. I will never jeft with my eye nor
with my religion. Do what you have to
do juft now, and leave it not for to-mor-
row. Ill tongues fhould have a pair of
fciflbrs. Huge long haix*, and very little
brains. Speak little, hear much, and you
willfeldombe much out. Give me a virtu-
ous woman, and I will make her a fine wo-
man. He who trufts no body, is n:^vcr de-
ceived. Drink water like an ox, wine like
a king of Spain. I am not forry that my
fon lofes his money, but that he will have
his revenge, and play on ftill. My mother
bid me be confident, but lay no wagers. A
good fire is one half of a man's life. Co-
vetoufnefs breaks the fack ; i.e. lofes a
great deal. That meat relifhes beft which
cofts a man nothing. The afs bears his load,
but not an over-load. He who eats his
cock alone, muft catch his horfe fo too.
He who makes more of you than he ufed
to do, either would cheat you or needs you.
He that would avoid the fin, muft avoid the
occafion of it. Keep yourfelf from the
anger of a great man, from a tumult of the
mob, from fools in a narrow way, from a
man that is marked, from a widow that hatk
been thrice married, from wind that comes
in at a hole, and from a reconciled enemy.
NARRATIVES, DIALOGUES, &c.
One ounce of mirth is worth more than
ten thoufand weight of melancholy. A
contented mind is a great gift of God He
that would cheat the devil muft rife early in
the morning Every fool is in love with
his own bauble. Everv iH man will havÂ«
an ill time. Keep your fword between you
and the ftrength of a clown. Be ye laft to
go over a deep river. He who hatha hand-
fome wife, or a raftle on the frontier, or a
vineyard nenr the higtiway, never wants a
quarrel. Never deceive your phyfirian,
your confefTor, nor your lawyer Make a
bridge of lilver for a flying euemy Never
truft him whom you have wronged Seek
for good, and be ready for evil. What you
can do alone by yourfelf, expeft not from
another. Idlenefs in youth makes way for
a painful and miferable old age He who
pretends to be every body's particular friend
is nobody's Confider well before you tie
that knot j^ou never can undo. Neither
praife nor difpraife any before you know
them. A prodigal fon fucceeds a covetous
father. He is fool enough himfelf who
will bray againft another afs. Though old
and wife, yet flill advife Happy is he that
mends of himfelf, without the help of
others. A wife man knows his own igno-
rance, a fool thinks he knows every thing.
What you eat yourfelf never gains you a
friend. Great houfe-keeping makes but a
poor will. Fair words and foul deeds de-
ceive wife men as well as fools. Eating too
well at firft makes men eat ill afterwards.
Let him fpeak who received, let the giver
hold his peace. A houfe built by a man's
father, and a vineyard planted by his grand-
father. A dapple-grey horfe will die fooner
than tire. No woman is ugly when fhe is
drelTed. The befl remedy againft an evil
man, is to keep at a good diftance from him.
A man's folly is feen by his finging, his
playing, and riding full fpeed. Buying a
thing too dear is no bounty. Buy at a fair,
and fell at home. Keep aloof from all
quarrels, be neither a witnefs nor party.
God doth us more and more good every
hour of our lives. An ill blow, or an ill
word, is all you will get from a fool. He
who lies long in bed his eftate pays for it.
Confider well of a bufinefs, and difpatch it
quickly. He who hath children, hath nei-
ther kindred nor friends. May I have a
difpute with a wife man, if with any. He
who hath loft fhame is loft to all virtue.
Being in love brings no reputation to any
paan, but vexation to all. Giving to the
poor leflens no man's (lore. He who is
idle is always wanting fomewhat. Evil
comes to us by ells, and goes away by
in-hes. II? whofe houfe is tiled with gk&
nnft not throw ftones at his neighbours.
The man is fire, the woman tow, and the
devil comes to blow the coals. He who .
doth not look forward, finds himfelf behind
other men. The love of God prevails for
ever, al! other things come to nothing. He
who is to ffive an account of himfelf and
others, muft know both himfelf and them.
A man's love and his faith appear by his
works or deeds. In all contention put a
bridle upon your tongue. In a great froll
a nail is worth a horfe I went a fool to
the couit, and came back an afs. Keep
money when you are young, that you may
have it when you are old. Speak but little,
and to the purpofe, and you will pafs for
fomebody. If you do evil, expeft to fulfer
evil. Sell cheap, and you will fell as much
as four others. An ill child is better fick
than well. He who rifes early in the morn-
ing hath fomewhat in his head. The gal-
lows will have its own at laft. A lye hath
no legs. Women, wind, and fortune, are
ever changing. Fools and wilful men make
the lawyers great. Never fign a writing
till you have read it, nor drink water till
you have feen jt. Neither is any barber
dumb, nor any fongfter very wife. Neither
give to all, nor contend with fools. Do no
ill, and fear no harm. He doth fomething
who fets his houfe on fire ; he fcares away
the rats, and warms himfelf. I fell nothing
on truft till to-morrow. [Written over the
(hop doors.] The common people pardon
no fault in any man. The fidler of the
fame town never plays well at their feaft.
Either rich, or hanged in the attempt. The
feaft is over, but here is the fool ftill To
divide as brothers ufe to do : that which is
mine is all my own, that which is yours I
go halves in. ' There will be no money got
by lofing your time. He will foon be a loft
man himfelf who keeps fuch men company.
By courtefies done to the meaneft men,
you get much more than you can lofe.
Trouble not yourfelf about news, it will
foon grow ftale and you will have it. That
which is well faid, is faid foon enough.
When the devil goes to his prayers he means
to cheat you. When yon meet with a fool,
pretend bufinefs to get rid of him. Sell him
tor an afs at a fair who talks much and
knows little. He who buys and fells doth
not feel what he fpends. He who ploughs
his land, and breeds cattle, fpins gold. He
who will venture nothing muft never get
on horfeback. He who goes far from home
for a wife, either means to cheat or will be
cheated. He who fows his land, trufls in
God. He who leaves the great road for a
by-path, thinks to fave ground, and he lofes
it. He who ferves the public obliges no-
body. He who keeps his firft innocency,
efcapes a thoufand fins. He who abandons
his poor kindred, God forfakes him. He
â€¢who is not handfome at twenty, nor ftrong
at thirty, nor rich at forty, nor wife at fifty,
will never be handfome, flrong, rich, nor
â– wife. He who refolves on the fudden, re-