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MAXIMS ANS

and from habit ; and the generality of men die because they cannot help dying.


25.

When great men suflfer themselves to be overcome by the length of their misfortunes, they let us see that they only supported them through the strength of their ambition, not through that of their minds; and that, with the exception of a good deal of vanity, heroes are made just like other men.[1]


26.

It requires greater virtues to support good, than bad fortune.[2]


27.

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at '

steadily.

  1. " There was never yet philosopher That could endure the tooth-ache patiently, ^ However they have writ the style of gods, And made a push at chance and sufferance." Much Ado ahout Nothing Act v. Scene 1.
  2. 26. " Fortunam adhuc tantum adversam tulisti ; secun- ' dœ res acrioribus stimulis animos explorant, quia miseriœ tolerantur, felicitate corrumpimur." — ^Tac. Hist. i. 15. " Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue." — Bacok, Easay on Adversity.