Imaginary Conversations of Literary Men and Statesmen, Volume 2

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H. Colburn, 1826 - 632 pages

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Page 462 - 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 389 - We are what suns and winds and waters make us; The mountains are our sponsors, and the rills Fashion and win their nursling with their smiles.
Page 343 - It says, not one or two paths, but all : for vice hath one or two passably pleasant in the season, if we could forget that, when we would return, the road is difficult to find, and must be picked out in the dark. Imagine anything in the semblance of a duty attended by regret and sorrow, and be assured that Holiness has no concern in it. Admonition...
Page 4 - We enter our studies, and enjoy a society which we alone can bring together. We raise no jealousy by conversing with one in preference to another; we give no offence to the most illustrious, by questioning him as long as we will, and leaving him abruptly.
Page 392 - O thou immortal Spartan ! at whose name The marble table sounds beneath my palms, Leonidas ! even thou wilt not disdain To mingle names august as these with thine ; Nor thou, twin-star of glory, thou whose rays Stream'd over Corinth on the double sea, Achaian and Saronic ; whom the sons Of Syracuse, when Death removed thy light, Wept more than slavery ever made them weep, But shed (if gratitude is sweet) sweet tears . . The hand that then pour'd ashes o'er their heads Was loosen'd from its desperate...
Page 422 - He will look out upon the world and know its secret. By contact with divine things, he will become divine. His will be the perfect life, and his only.
Page 458 - Willingly, my lord ; but since a greater man than either of us has laid down a more comprehensive one, containing all I could bring forward, would it not be preferable to consult it ? I differ in nothing from Locke, unless it be that I would recommend the lighter as well as the graver part of the ancient classics, and the constant practice of imitating them in early youth. This is no change in the system, and no larger an addition than a woodbine to a sacred grove. Chesterfield. I do not admire Mr...
Page 461 - ... who stand at the bottom and never mounted it, can compare it with few only, and with those imperfectly. Until a short time ago I could have conversed more fluently about Plato than I can at present : I had read all the titles to...
Page 229 - The nether orange, mix'd with grey. This hairy meteor did denounce The fall of sceptres and of crowns ; With grisly type did represent Declining age of government ; And tell, with hieroglyphic spade, Its own grave and the state's were made...
Page 194 - ... that his enemies dreaded him, as something more than mortal ; and both friends and foes believed him to act always by a peculiar impulse and direction from the gods. His merit however was wholly military, void of every accomplishment of learning, which he openly affected to despise; so that Arpinum had the singular felicity to produce the most glorious contemner as well as the most illustrious improver of the

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