Saturday, December 6, 2014


The idol is not created by the gilder, but by the genuflector; he who knows, desires more that man shall need him than thank him. To hold them expectant is the art of the courtier, to rely upon their thankfulness, the art of peasant, for the first remembers as the second forgets. More is to be gained from dependents than from courtesy; he shortly turns his back upon the well who has drunk his fill, and the squeezed orange falls from golden salver into the dung. When dependence goes, decent deportment goes, and with it respect. Let it be a lesson and the first from experience, to keep hope alive but never satisfied, remaining necessary always even to the crowned head; but do not carry this to the point of silence that he may commit error, or so far as to make incurable the mischief of another, for your personal profit.

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