The economy of human life: translated from an Indian manuscript written by an ancient Bramin : to which is prefixed, an account of the manner in which the said manuscript was discovered, in a letter from an English gentleman residing in China to the Earl of *******.

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For anyone wishing to cut to the chase about your life and on what considerations you should conduct it, read this. I have been enlightened by it. Many times I do go and read it.


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Page 90 - O think not, bold man, because thy punishment is delayed, that the arm of the Lord is weakened ; neither flatter thyself with hopes that he winketh at thy doings. His eye pierceth the secrets of every heart, and he remembereth them for ever ; he respecteth not the persons nor the stations of men.
Page 77 - THE peace of society dependeth on justice ; the happiness of individuals, on the safe enjoyment of all their possessions. Keep the desires of thy heart, therefore, within the bounds of moderation ; let the hand of justice lead them aright. Cast not an evil eye on the goods of thy neighbour ; let whatever is his property be sacred from thy touch. Let no temptation allure, nor any provocation excite thee, to lift up thy hand to the hazard of his life.
Page 51 - Happy were the man that should make her his wife ; happy the child that shall call her mother. She presideth in the house and there is peace : she commandeth with judgment, and is obeyed. She ariseth in the morning, she considers her affairs, and appointeth to every one their proper business. The care of her family is her whole delight, to that alone she applieth her study : and elegance with frugality is seen in her mansions. The prudence of her management is an honour to her husband, and he heareth...
Page 169 - Wouldst thou learn to die nobly? Let thy vices die before thee. Happy is he who endeth the business of his life before his death; who, when the hour of it cometh, hath nothing to do but to die; who wisheth not delay, because he hath no longer use for time.
Page 96 - ... stretch it out to the assistance of thy brother ! Why of all things living art thou alone made capable of blushing ? The world shall read thy shame upon thy face ; therefore do nothing shameful. Fear and dismay, why rob they thy countenance of its ruddy splendor ? Avoid guilt, and thou shalt know that fear is beneath thee ; that dismay is unmanly.
Page 50 - Submission and obedience are the lessons of her life, and peace and happiness are her reward. Before her steps walketh prudence, and virtue attendeth at her right hand. Her eye speaketh softness and love ; but discretion with a sceptre sitteth on her brow. The tongue of the licentious is dumb in her presence, the awe of her virtue keepeth him silent. When scandal is busy, and the fame of her...
Page 134 - And darest thou to infringe it ? Set not thy judgment above that of all the earth ; neither condemn, as falsehood, what agreeth not with thine own apprehension. Who gave thee the power of determining for others ? Or who took from the world the right of choice ? How many things have been rejected which are now received.
Page 62 - True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind : The fool is obstinate, and doubteth not ; he knoweth all things, but his own ignorance.
Page 58 - The piety of a child is sweeter than the incense of Persia offered to the sun; yea, more delicious than odours wafted from a field of Arabian spices by the western gales. Be grateful then to thy father, for he gave thee life; and to thy mother for she sustained thee.
Page 124 - Lo ! men adorn the instruments of death with gold and gems, and wear them above their garments. He who begetteth a man hideth his face ; but he who killeth a thousand is honoured.

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