Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, Volume 2

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Pagina 492 - Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.
Pagina 492 - Yet, even in the Old Testament, if you listen to David's harp, you shall hear as many hearse-like airs as carols : and the pencil of the Holy Ghost hath laboured more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
Pagina 196 - For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Pagina 492 - Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.
Pagina 190 - Forgiveness to the injured does belong ; But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.
Pagina 492 - Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; .and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Pagina 53 - It is clear that Johnson himself did not think in the dialect in which he wrote. The expressions which came first to his tongue were simple, energetic, and picturesque. When he wrote for publication, he did his sentences out of English into Johnsonese. His letters from the Hebrides to Mrs. Thrale are the original of that work of which the Journey to the Hebrides is the translation; and it is amusing to compare the two versions. "When we were taken upstairs," says he in one of his letters, "a dirty...
Pagina 222 - It seemed as if his labours were repaid By the mere noise and movement of the fray : No conquests nor acquirements had he made ; His chief delight was, on some festive day To ride triumphant, prodigal, and proud, And shower his wealth amidst the shouting crowd.
Pagina 377 - The Attorneyship for Francis is that I must have ; and in that I will spend all my power, might, authority, and amity, and with tooth and nail procure the same for him against whomsoever ; and whosoever getteth this office out of my hands for any other, before he have it, it shall cost him the coming by.
Pagina 89 - It could never be hoped,' he observes elsewhere, ' that more sober or dispassionate men would ever meet together in that place, or fewer who brought ill purposes with them.

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