Observations, Anecdotes, and Characters, of Books and Men

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J. Murray, 1820 - 302 pages

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Page 133 - That's very strange ; but if you had not supped, I must have got something for you. Let me see, what should I have had ? A couple of lobsters ; ay, that would have done very well ; two shillings— tarts, a shilling ; but you will drink a glass of wine with me, though you supped so much before your usual time only to spare my pocket ?' ' No, we had rather talk with you than drink with you.
Page 148 - Snch a post as that, and such a wife as the Countess, do not seem to be, in prudence, eligible for a man that is asthmatic, and we may see the day when he will be heartily glad to resign them both.
Page 129 - Prior was not a right good man. He used to bury himself for whole days and nights together with a poor mean creature, and often drank hard.
Page 136 - OOOJJO some time; but afterwards thought it would be better to write a comedy on the same plan. This was what gave rise to the Beggar's Opera.
Page 10 - Addison, to let him know that I was not unacquainted with this behaviour of his; that if I was to speak severely of him in return for it, it should...
Page 8 - Iliad, because he had looked over Mr. Tickell's, but could wish to have the benefit of his observations on my second, which I had then finished, and which Mr. Tickell had not touched upon.
Page 262 - ... nec sum animi dubius, verbis ea vincere magnum quam sit, et angustis hunc addere rebus honorem...
Page 158 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea -shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Page 146 - Cato, he brought it to me ; desired to have my sincere opinion of it, and left it with me for three or four days. I gave him my opinion sincerely, which was, " that I thought he had better not act it, and that he would get reputation enough, by only printing it.
Page 162 - M great man operated very strongly in him in the very beginning of his life, and continued to the very end of it. One day as he was looking over some papers in his scrutoire with Lord Cadogan, he opened one of the little drawers, took out a green purse, and turned some broad pieces out of it, and after viewing them for some time with a satisfaction that appeared very visible in his face, " Cadogan (says he), observe these pieces well ; they deserve to be observed.

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