The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 366
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[wounds] and lacerates the feelings of our friends, and drives us
from the confidence and respect, of all prudent virtuous and
good men. The more we indulge in vicious habits, the more
callous the heart becomes and may be had, step by step, untill
the mind may become prepared to perpetrate the most abominable
iniquities that can be immagined, when by determined fixed rules
that we will not indulge in the violation of the laws of God and
morality that we will endeavour to deserve the good opinion of
the wise the prudent and virtuous the practice will become easy
and pleasant, rather than irksome; and in passing through the
trying and checquered scenes of this life every gale will produce
some pleasure, and every shade invite some repose; and in the
last and trying hour when the cold hand of death presses upon
the human heart, and we take a review of the past, sweet will be
the reflection of having done well, calm will be the reflection
and safe the pillow, Whilst most horrible and excruciating, will
be the reflections, of the wicked and turbulence, and vicious, in
the hour of death.
There are some cardinal rules, by which every young man
entering into life should be governed, and from which he should
never depart, the first is to always speak and think with rever-
ential Awe of the God of the Universe, to always keep in mind
that a young man cheapens himself in the estimation of all good
and reflecting men and women by speaking of God or religion
with redicule or contempt. Never forget under any circumstances
the duty and respect which you owe to your parents who have
been the authors of your being, and who have nourished and
cherished you and who have watched over you in sickness and in
health with the most heart felt anxiety. Love and admonish
your brothers, and sisters with kind, and conciliating language.
Be polite and courteous to all keeping in mind that true
politeness consists in making all with whom we associate, easy
comfortable and hapy, when we give little preferences, and little
conveniences to our companions, which is no sacrifice to us, it
will be remembered by them with gratitude. A mild and gen-
erous reply to even a rude remark will throw your adversary
infinitely below you in his own estimation and in the estimation
of all amiable men, Trust none to keep secrets that ought
not to be told; the true art of a prudent and great man is to be
able, to learn the opinions and wants of others, while at the
same time able to keep his own, whilst the honorable man will
never disclose the secrets with which he has been intrusted.
Avoid political and religious controversy as much as possible, and
never contradict an individual with whom you are conversing,
it always gives offence, and will profit you nothing Doct,
Franklin42 was said to be the most amiable and agreeable man,
42Benjamin Franklin. Dictionary of American Biography, VI, 583-98.
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