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his acquaintance, reconciles to all his vices and all his absurdities ; and who easily persuade themselves to esteem him, by whose regard they consider themselves as distinguished and exalted.

It is dangerous for mean minds to venture themselves within the sphere of greatness. Stupidity is soon blinded by the splendour of wealth, and cowardice is easily fettered in the shackles of dependance. To solicit patronage is, at least, in the event, to set virtue to sale. None can be pleas. ed without praise, and few can be praised without falsehood ; few can be assiduous without servility, and none can be servile without corruption.

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