Letters on education, and characters

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Bentley, 1847
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Page 434 - He was haughty, imperious, impatient •of contradiction, and overbearing ; qualities which too often accompany, but always clog, great ones. He had manners and address ; but one might discern through them too great a consciousness of his own superior talents. He was a most agreeable and lively companion in social life ; and had such a versatility of wit, that he could adapt it to all sorts of conversation.
Page 418 - God, who placed me here, will do what he pleases with me hereafter, and he knows best what to do. May He bless you.
Page 111 - You had better talk trifles elegantly, to the most trifling woman, than coarse inelegant sense to the most solid man. You had better return a dropped fan genteelly, than give a thousand pounds awkwardly; and you had better refuse a favour gracefully, than grant it clumsily. Manner is all, in everything; it is by manner only that you can please, and consequently rise.
Page 343 - Le peuple entra dans le sanctuaire, il leva le voile qui doit toujours couvrir tout ce que l'on peut dire et tout ce que l'on peut croire du droit des peuples et de celui des rois, qui ne s'accordent jamais si bien ensemble que dans le silence.
Page 302 - Patience is a most necessary qualification for business ; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.
Page 230 - It came at a very proper time; Lord Bolingbroke had just taught me how history should be read ; Voltaire shows me how it should be written.
Page 14 - People easily pardon, in young men, the common irregularities of the senses ; but they do not forgive the least vice of the heart. The heart never grows better by age ; I fear rather worse ; always harder. A young liar will be an old one ; and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older. But should a bad young heart, accompanied with a good head, (which, by the way, is very seldom the case,) really reform in a more advanced...
Page 415 - After the first compliments, the bishop said to me, " My friend Pope, considering your infirmities, and my age and exile, it is not likely that we should ever meet again ; and therefore I give you this legacy to remember me by it. Take it home with you, and let me advise you to abide by it."—" Does your lordship abide by it yourself?"—" I do."—" If you do, my lord, it is but lately.
Page 105 - On the other hand, let no complaisance, no gentleness of temper, no weak desire of pleasing on your part, no wheedling, coaxing, nor flattery, on other people's, make you recede one jot from any point that reason and prudence have bid you pursue; but return to the charge, persist, persevere, and you will find most things attainable that are possible. A yielding, timid meekness is always abused and insulted by the unjust and the unfeeling; but when sustained by the fortiter in re is always respected,...
Page 397 - There are but two objects in marriage, love or money. If you marry for love, you will certainly have some very happy days, and probably many very uneasy ones, if for money, you will have no happy days and probably no uneasy ones...

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