If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix'd in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.
Note: A close modern equivalent of this advice comes from Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture: “When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.” https://kindle.amazon.com/work/last-lecture-randy-pausch/B00128QM4M
"Immodest words admit of no defense, For want of modesty is want of sense."
Note: This goes beyond "pride comes before a fall".
TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Note: All things in moderation.
he was in all his conduct a perfectly honest man, and methinks my testimony in his favour ought to have the more weight, as we had no religious connection.
Note: Mr. Whitfield