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Page 158 - Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls : Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis something, nothing ; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands : But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed, Oth.
Page 63 - ... tis his business to be ill used and resent nothing; and so must answer as obligingly to those that give him an hour or two's trouble and buy nothing, as he does to those- who in half the time lay out ten or twenty pounds. The case is plain, and if some do give him trouble and do not buy, others make amends and do buy; and as for the trouble, 'tis the business of the shop.
Page 64 - ... done. There are men who have by custom and usage brought themselves to it, that nothing could be meeker and milder than they when behind the counter, and yet nothing be more furious and raging in every other part of life : nay, the provocations they have met with in their shops have so irritated their rage, that they would go...
Page 62 - ... worth of goods, and scarce bids money for any thing ; nay, though they really come to his shop with no intent to buy, as many do, only to see what is to be sold, and though he knows they cannot be better pleased, than they are, at some other shop where they intend to buy, 'tis all one, the tradesman must take it, he must place it to the account of his calling, that...
Page 243 - THE COMPLETE ENGLISH TRADESMAN CHAPTER XXV Of the dignity of trade in England, more than in other countries. That England is the greatest trading country in the world; that our climate is the best to live in; that our men are the stoutest and best; that the tradesmen in England are not of the meanest of the people; that the wealth of the nation lies chiefly among them; that trade is a continual fund for supplying the decays in the ranf.
Page 62 - A tradesman behind his counter must have no flesh and blood about him, no passions, no resentment ; he must never be angry, no, not so much as seem to be so, if a customer tumbles him five hundred pounds...
Page 21 - If any man were to ask me, which would be supposed to be a perfect style, or language, I would answer, that in which a man speaking to five hundred people, of all common and various capacities, idiots or lunatics excepted, should be understood by them all...
Page 244 - As so many of our noble and wealthy families are raised by, and derive from trade, so it is true, and, indeed, it cannot well be otherwise, that many of the younger branches of our gentry, and even of the nobility itself, have descended again into the spring from whence they flowed, and have become tradesmen...
Page 244 - Kings that ever reign'd in England, that best understood the country and the people that he govern'd, us'd to say, That the Tradesmen were the only Gentry in England: His Majesty spoke it merrily, but it had a happy signification in it, such as was peculiar to the best Genius of that Prince, who, tho...
Page 64 - The bottom of all is, that he is intending to get money by them ; and it is not for him that gets money to offer the least inconvenience to them by whom he gets it. He is to consider that, as Solomon says, "the borrower is servant to the lender;'1 so the seller is servant to the buyer.