Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnende, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich; Bomhoff, Derk
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1840
5e verb. dr.
Opmerking: Vert. van: Englisches Lesebuch für Anfänger, nebst Wörterbuch und Sprachlehre. - 1795
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4085
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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objects; and one often sees people angling fiH-
praise, where admitting all they say to be true,
(which, by the way, it seldom is) no just praise
is to be caught 1). One man affirms that he has
rode 2) post a hundred miles 3) in six hours;
probably it is a lie; but, supposing it to be true,
what then? Why he is a very good postboy, that
is all. Another asserts, and probably not witho^it
oaths, that he has drunk 4) six or eight bottles
of wine at a sitting; out of charity, I vvillbelieve
him a liar; for if I do not, I must think him a
Such, and a thousand more, are the follies and
extravagancies, which vanity draws people into.
The only sure way of avoiding these evils, is,
never to speak of yourself at all. But when,
historically, you are obliged to mention yourself,
take care not to drop one single word,, that can
directly or indirectly he construed as fishing for
applause. Be your character what it will, it will
be known; and nobody will take it upon your
•wn word. Never imagine that any thing you can
say yourself will varnish your defects, or add lus-
tre to your perfections; but, on the contrary,
it may, and nine times in ten will, make the for-
mer more glaring, and the latter obeure. If you
are silent upon your own subject, neither envy,
indignation, nor ridicule, will obstruct or allay
the applause which yOu may really deserve; but
if you publish your own panegyric, upon any
occasion, or in any shape whatsoever, and how-
ever artfully dressed or diguised, they will all
conspire against you, and you will be disappoint-
ed of the very end you aim at.
Take care never to seem dark and mysterious;
which is not only a very unamiable character, but
a very suspicious one too: if you seem mysterious
with others, they will be really so with you, and
you will know nothing.
Always look people in the face when you speak