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in the grovelling, the disagreeable, and the little. And yet we wonder that age should be feeble and querulous,-that the freshness of youth should fade away. Both worlds would hardly satisfy the extravagance of our desires and our presumption.
THE MAIN CHANCE.
"Search then the ruling passion: there alone
I AM one of those who do not think that mankind are exactly governed by reason or a cool calculation of consequences. I rather believe that habit, imagination, sense, passion, prejudice, words, make a strong and frequent diversion from the right line of prudence and wisdom. I have been told, however, that these are merely the irregularities and exceptions, and that reason forms the rule or basis; that the understanding, instead of being the sport of the capricious and arbitrary decisions of the will, generally dictates the line of conduct it is to pursue, and that self-interest or the main chance is the unvarying load-star of our affections or