Miscellanies. The Tenth Volume. By Dr. Swift

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R. Dodsley, 1745 - 277 páginas
 

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Página 185 - The greatest scorn of learned vanity ! (And then how much a nothing is mankind! Whose reason is weigh'd down by popular air, Who, by that, vainly talks of baffling death; And hopes to lengthen life by a transfusion of breath, Which yet whoe'er examines right will find To be an art as vain as bottling up of wind...
Página 86 - Therefore sit down and be quiet, and mind your business as you should do, and contract your friendships, and expect no more from man than such an animal is capable of, and you will every day find my description of Yahoos more resembling.* You should think and deal with every man as a villain, without calling him so, or flying from him, or valuing him less. This is an old true lesson.
Página 23 - And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Página 99 - I could not behave myself tolerably, and should redouble her sorrow. Judge in what a temper of mind I write this. The very time I am writing, I conclude the fairest soul in the world hath left its body.
Página 5 - It must be allowed, that every man is bound to follow the rules and directions of that measure of reason which God hath given him ; and indeed he cannot do otherwise, if he will be sincere, or act like a man.
Página 64 - ... my friend the Dean, who is properly the author of the Dunciad : it had never been writ but at his request, and for his deafness ; for had he been able to converse with me, do you think I had amused my time so ill...
Página 235 - Imaginary evils soon become real ones by indulging our reflections on them ; as he, who in a melancholy fancy sees something like a face on the wall or the wainscot, can, by two or three touches with a lead pencil, make it look visible, and agreeing with what he fancied...
Página 235 - Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business, because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination. This I once said to my lord Bolingbroke, and desired he would observe, that the clerks in his office used a sort of ivory knife with a blunt edge to divide a sheet of paper, which never failed to cut it even, only requiring a...
Página 191 - How ftrange a paradox is true, That men who liv'd and dy'd without a name Are the chief heroes in the facred lift of Fame.
Página 10 - And all this is highly reasonable : for faith is an entire dependence upon the truth, the power, the justice, and the mercy of God ; which dependence will certainly incline us to obey him in all things.

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