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MAXIMS AND

down on us so much hatred and persecution as our good qualities.


31.

We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible.


32.

If we had no faults ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in remarking them in others.


33.

Jealousy lives upon doubts—it becomes madness, or ceases entirely, as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.


34.

Pride always compensates itself, and loses nothing, even when it renounces vanity.[1]


35.

If we had no pride ourselves, we should not complain of that of others.[2]

  1. "Whoever desires the character of a proud man ought to conceal his vanity."—Swift, Thoughts on Varioui Subjects.
  2. "The proud are ever most provoked by pride."

    Cowper, Conversation.