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The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I
written by "Halsey, Francis W. (Francis Whiting), 1851-1919"
...Fond pride of dress is sure a very curse; Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.' And again, 'Pride is as loud a beggar as Want, and a great deal more saucy.' When you have bought one fine thing, you must buy ten more, that your appearance may be all of a piece; but Poor Dick says, 'It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.' And it[66] is as truly folly for the poor to ape the rich as for the frog to swell in order to equal the ox. 'Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore. It is, however, a folly soon punished; for, as Poor Richard says, 'Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt. Pride breakfasted with Plenty, dined with Poverty, and supped with Infamy.' And, after all, of what use is this pride of appearance, for which so much is risked, so much is suffered? It can not promote health, nor ease pain; it makes no increase of merit in the person; it creates envy; it hastens misfortune. "But what madness must it be to run in debt for these superfluities.... When you have got your bargain, you may, perhaps, think little of payment; but, as Poor Richard says, 'Creditors have better memories than debtors; creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.' The day comes round before you are aware, and the demand is made before you are prepared to satisfy it; or, if you bear your debt in mind, the term, which at first seemed so long, will, as it lessens, appear extremely short. Time will seem to have added wings to his heels as well as his shoulders. 'Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.' At present, perhaps, you may think yourselves in thriving circumstances, and that you can bear a little extravagance without injury; but 'For age and want save while you may; No morning sun lasts a whole day.' [67] Gain may be temporary and uncertain, but ever, while you live, expense is constant and certain; and 'It...

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