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Página 8 - Our friend Gay is used as the friends of Tories are by Whigs, and generally by Tories too. Because he had humour he was supposed to have dealt with Dr. Swift ; in like manner as when any one had learning formerly he was thought to have dealt with the devil.
Página 10 - ... that any man can care for a hundred thousand people who never cared for one ? No ill-humoured man can ever be a patriot, any more than a friend. I designed to have left the following page for Dr. Arbuthnot to fill, but he is so touched with the...
Página 8 - I have often imagined to myself, that if ever all of us meet again, after so many varieties and changes, after so much of the old world and of the old man in each of us has been altered, that scarce a single thought of the one, any more than a single atom of the other, remains just the same ; I have fancied, I say, that we should meet like the righteous in the millennium, quite in peace, divested of all our former passions, smiling at our past follies, and content to enjoy the kingdom of the just...
Página 348 - I have observed that in comedy, the best actor plays the part of the droll, while some scrub rogue is made the hero, or fine gentleman. So, in this farce of life, wise men pass their time in mirth, while fools only are serious.
Página 83 - Lords and Commons, nemine contradicente; and the whole town, men, women, and children, are quite full of it. Perhaps I may all this time be talking to you of a book you have never seen, and which hath not yet reached Ireland ; if it hath not, I believe what we have said will be sufficient to recommend it to your reading, and that you will order me to send it to you.
Página 165 - I am in my own farm," says he, "and here I shoot strong and tenacious roots: I have caught hold of the earth, to use a gardener's phrase, and neither my enemies nor my friends will find it an easy matter to transplant me again.
Página 260 - I was forty-seven years old when I began to think of death ;* and the reflections upon it now begin when I wake in the morning, and end when I am going to sleep.
Página 186 - I NOW hold the pen for my Lord Bolingbroke, who is reading your letter between two haycocks, but his attention is somewhat diverted by casting his eyes on the clouds, not in admiration of what you say, but for fear of a shower.
Página 233 - ... have hecatombs of roasted oxen sacrificed to him. Since he became so conspicuous, Will Pulteney hangs his head to see himself so much outdone in the career of glory. I hope he will get a good deal of money by printing his play, but, I really believe, he would get more by showing his person ; and I can assure you, this is the very identical John Gay, whom you formerly knew, and lodged with in Whitehall two years ago.