MAN is a being formed for society, and is incapable of hap. piness in any other state. When separated trom his fellows, he is like a plant torn up by the root, which soon droops and decays.
Society it is that can alone raise him to the dignity of a useful and happy being, for though occasional solitude may be favourable to the production of some virtues, continual seclusion from our fdellow-creatures, is inimical to the exercise of almost all.
Independence of mind is indeed necessary, but it is an independence that rather needs the fostering influence of society, than is adverse to it. No one who had not experienced them, could form an idea of the salutary effects of pure anid virtuous friendship.
It is a tree, whose fruit is real happiness, and they who have never tasted of it, are unable to understand to what degree this life may be pregnant with delight.
A warm and disinterested friendship is perhaps the genuine source of all our perfections: no one whose heart is too cold for such an attachment, can have made much pro. gress in virtue.
We must have some kind ear to listen to our tale of joy or sorrow, some well known eye to beam on us the glance of ap. probation, some friendly tongue to give us the word of encouragement, or we should languish in the path of life, and drop into the grave, without having performed one use. ful action, or conceived one gene. rous thought.
But he, who- has a friend to watch his progress, and applaud his endeavors, is capable of everything that is great or praise. worthy.
Man requires applause to urge him on in the path of excel. lence, and what applause is likely to be so powerful, as that of a sincere friend, who knows our cha. racter, and is acquainted with all our motives.