Lacon; Or, Many Things in Few Words Addressed to Those who Think, Volumes 1-2

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1825 - Aphorisms and apothegms - 253 pages
 

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Page 41 - And down she sucked with her the whirling wave, Like one who grapples with his enemy, And strives to strangle him before he die.
Page 101 - And conceiving God to be the fountain of wisdom, I thought it right and necessary to solicit his assistance for obtaining it ; to this end I formed the following little prayer, which was prefixed to my tables of examination, for daily use.
Page 27 - There's nought, no doubt, so much the spirit calms As rum and true religion : thus it was, Some plunder'ed, some drank spirits, some sung psalms, The high wind made the treble, and as bass The hoarse harsh waves kept time ; fright cured the qualms Of all the luckless landsmen's sea-sick maws : Strange sounds of wailing, blasphemy, devotion, Clamour'd in chorus to the roaring ocean.
Page 41 - And first one universal shriek there rush'd, Louder than the loud ocean, like a crash Of echoing thunder ; and then all was hush'd, Save the wild wind and the remorseless dash Of billows ; but at intervals there gush'd, Accompanied with a convulsive splash, A solitary shriek, the bubbling cry Of some strong swimmer in his agony.
Page 69 - Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say...
Page 174 - No two things differ more than hurry and dispatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind, dispatch of a strong one.
Page 20 - Man's love is of man's life a thing apart ; 'Tis woman's whole existence...
Page 41 - No more — no more — Oh! never more on me The freshness of the heart can fall like dew, Which out of all the lovely things we see Extracts emotions beautiful and new; Hived in our bosoms like the bag o' the bee: Think'st thou the honey with those objects grew?
Page 14 - Lucretius' irreligion is too strong, For early stomachs, to prove wholesome food; I can't help thinking Juvenal was wrong, Although no doubt his real intent was good, For speaking out so plainly in his song, So much indeed as to be downright rude; And then what proper person can be partial To all those nauseous epigrams of Martial?
Page xii - That writer does the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.

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