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transitory lustre, irregular in its motion and delusive in its direction.

He then communicated the various pre- cepts given from time to time for the con- quest of passion, and displayed the happiness of those who had obtained the important victory, after which man is no longer the slave of fear, nor the fool of hope; is no more emaciated by envy, inflamed by anger, emas- culated by tenderness, or depressed by grief; but walks on calmly through the tumults or privacies of life, as the sun pursues alike his course through the calm or the stormy sky.

He enumerated many examples of heroes immovable by pain or pleasure, who looked with indifference on those modes or accidents to which the vulgar give the names of good and evil. He exhorted his hearers to lay aside their prejudices, and arm themselves against the shafts of malice or misfortune, by in- vulnerable patience : concluding, that this state only was happiness, and that this happiness was in every one's power.

��MARRIAGE has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.

" To indulge the power of fiction, and send imagination out upon the wing, is often the

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