The Works of Jonathan Swift: Miscellaneous essays

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Página 491 - ... graceful, and agreeable young women in London, only a little too fat. Her hair was blacker than a raven, and every feature of her face in perfection. . . . Never was any of her sex born with better gifts of the mind, or who more improved them by reading and conversation.
Página 439 - ... have only one set of ideas, and one set of words to clothe them in ; and these are always ready at the mouth : so people come faster out of a church when it is almost empty, than when a crowd is at the door.
Página 329 - THE HONOURABLE ROBERT BOYLE'S MEDITATIONS. '""PHIS single stick, which you now behold ingloriously lying •*- in that neglected corner, I once knew in a flourishing state in a forest ; it was full of sap, full of leaves, and full of boughs ; but now, in vain does the busy art of man pretend to vie with nature, by tying that withered bundle of twigs to its sapless trunk...
Página 283 - The women look like angels, and would be more beautiful than the sun, were it not for little black spots that are apt to break out in their faces, and sometimes rise in very odd figures. I have observed that those little blemishes wear off very soon; but when they disappear in one part of the face, they are very apt to break out in another, insomuch that I have seen a spot upon the forehead in the afternoon, which was upon the chin in the morning.
Página 449 - The two maxims, of any great man at court are* always to keep his countenance, and never to keep his word.
Página 436 - The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet, when we want shoes.
Página 239 - He had scarce sat down, when the same beautiful virgin that had introduced Homer brought in another, who hung back at the entrance, and would have excused himself, had not his modesty been overcome by the invitation of all who sat at the table. His guide and behaviour made me easily conclude it was Virgil. Cicero next appeared, and took his place. He had inquired at the door for Lucceius to introduce him ; but not finding him there, he contented himself with the attendance of many other writers,...
Página 243 - THE following letter has laid before me many great and manifest evils in the world of letters, which I had overlooked ; but they open to me a very busy scene, and it will require no small care and application to amend errors which are become so universal. The affectation of politeness is exposed in this epistle with a great deal of wit and discernment; so that whatever discourses I may fall into hereafter upon the subjects the writer treats of, I shall at present lay the matter before the world,...
Página 489 - This day, being Sunday, January 28th, 1727-8, about eight o'clock at night, a servant brought me a note, with an account of the death of the truest, most virtuous, and valuable friend, that I, or perhaps any other person ever was blessed with.
Página 107 - O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. ~] Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.