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necessarily consider the whole extent of its application, and the whole weight of its im- portance. But let him not too readily imagine that another is ill employed, because, for want of fuller knowledge of his business, he is not able to comprehend its dignity. Every man ought to endeavour at eminence, not by pull- ing others down, but by raising himself, and enjoy the pleasure of his own superiority, whether imaginary or real, without interrupt- ing others in the same felicity. The philoso- pher may very justly be delighted with the extent of his views, and the artificer with the readiness of his hands ; but let the one remem- ber, that, without mechanical performances, re- fined speculation is an empty dream ; and the other, that, without theoretical reasoning, dex- terity is little more than a brute instinct.
��AMONG the many inconsistencies which folly produces, or infirmity suffers, in the human mind, there has often been observed a mani- fest and striking contrariety between the life of an author and his writings ; and Milton, in a letter to a learned stranger, by whom he had been visited, with great reason congratulates himself upon the consciousness of being found equal to his own character, and having pre-