Let none be rich, and Poverty
Would not be thought so great a Misery.
Our discontent is from comparison;
Were better states unseen, each man would like his own.
I know of but one remedy against the fear of death that is effectual and that will stand the test either of a sick-bed, or of a sound mind—that is, a good life a clear conscience, an honest heart, and a well-ordered conversation; to carry the thoughts of dying men about us and so to live before we die as we shall wish we had when we come to it.
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