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conclusions, are best pleased with involution of argument and compression of thought ; they desire only to receive the seeds of know- ledge which they may branch out by their own power, to have the way to truth pointed out, which they can then follow without a guide.

The Guardian directs one of his pupils " to think with the wise, but speak with the vulgar." This is a precept specious enough, but not always practicable. Difference of thoughts will produce difference of language. He that thinks with more extent than another will want words of larger meaning; he that thinks with more subtilty will seek for terms of more nice discrimination ; and where is the wonder, since words are but the images of things, that he who never knew the original should not know the copies ?

Yet vanity inclines us to find faults any where rather than in ourselves. He that reads and grows no wiser, seldom suspects his own deficiency ; but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood ?

Among the hard words which are no longer to be used, it has been long the custom to number terms of art. " Every man," says Swift, " is more able to explain the subject of

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