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A serious proposal to the ladies (1694)
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Your glass will not do you half so much service as a serious reflection on your own minds.
We all agree that its fit to be as Happy as we can, and we need no Instructor to teach us this Knowledge, 'tis born with us, and is inseparable from our Being, but we very much need to be Inform'd what is the true Way to Happiness.
Friendship is a virtue which comprehends all the rest; none being fit for this, who is not adorned with every other virtue.
It is not the Head but the Heart that is the Seat of Atheism.
The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices that lie in the way of Truth, to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons; to place our Subject in a Right Light, and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it.
Tis very great pity that they who are so apt to over-rate themselves in smaller matters, shou'd, where it most concerns them to know, and stand upon their Value, be so insensible of their own worth.
We ought as much as we can to endeavour the Perfecting of our Beings, and that we be as happy as possibly we may.
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