The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers

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Page 188 - Papa could not hear me, and would play with me no more, for they were going to put him under ground, whence he could never come to us again.
Page 190 - ... why this cruelty to the humble, to the meek, to the undiscerning, to the thoughtless? Nor age, nor business, nor distress can erase the dear image from my imagination. In the same week, I saw her dressed for a ball, and in a shroud. How ill did the habit of death become the pretty trifler!
Page 12 - N- 147. SATURDAY, MARCH IS, 1709-1O. — — Ut emtris, anat.lii este. OVID. — — Be lovely, that you may be lovM. From my own Apartment, March 17. HEADING is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated ; by the other, virtue, which is the health of the mind, is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.
Page 240 - A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. It will lighten sickness, poverty, and affliction ; convert ignorance into an amiable simplicity ; and render deformity itself agreeable.
Page 313 - The appellation of gentleman is never to be affixed to a man's circumstances, but to his behaviour in them.
Page 116 - ... executions ; so men of letters and education feel their humanity most forcibly exercised, when they attend the obsequies of men who had arrived at any perfection in liberal accomplishments. Theatrical action is to be esteemed as such, except it be objected, that we cannot call that an art which cannot be attained by art.
Page 118 - ... had been unnatural, nay, impossible, in Othello's circumstances. The charming passage in the same tragedy, where he tells the manner of winning the affection of his mistress, was urged with so moving and graceful an energy, that, while I walked in the cloisters...
Page 72 - He thinks he gives you an account of an author when he tells you the subject he treats of, the name of the editor, and the year in which it was printed. Or, if you draw him into further particulars, he cries up the goodness of the paper, extols the diligence of the corrector, and is transported with the beauty of the letter. This he looks upon to be sound learning, and substantial criticism.
Page 71 - Tom Folio is seen at the door. There is not an auction where his name is not heard, and that too in the very nick of time, in the critical moment, before the last decisive stroke of the hammer. There is not a subscription goes forward in which Tom is not privy to the first rough draught of the proposals ; nor a catalogue printed, that doth not come to him wet from the press. He is an universal scholar, so far as the title-page of all authors...
Page 56 - tell me sincerely, what are your thoughts of the king of Sweden ?' (for though his wife and children were starving, I found his chief concern at present was for this great monarch.) I told him, ' that I looked upon him as one of the first heroes of the age.' But pray,' says he, ' do you think there is any thing in the story of his wound?

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