Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnenden, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1853
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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. 4089
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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objects; and one often sees people angling for
praise, where, admitting all they say to he true,
(which, by the way, it seldom is) no just praiso
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 without
oaths, that he has drunk 4) six or eight bottles
of wine at a sitting; out of charity, I will
believe him a liar; for if I do not, I must think
him a beast.
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 be construed as fishing for
applause. Be your character what it will, it will
be known; and nobody will take it upon your
own word. Never imagine that any thing, you can
say yourself, will varnish your defects, oradd 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 obscure. 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 disguised, 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