Letters Concerning Education: Addressed to a Gentleman Entering at the University

Mess. Rivington, and T. Payne and Son: Mess. Merrill at Cambridge: J. Fletcher, and W. Jackson, Oxford, 1785 - 340 pagina's

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Pagina 49 - And though a linguist should pride himself to have all the tongues that Babel cleft the world into, yet if he have not studied the solid things in them as well as the words and lexicons, he were nothing so much to be esteemed a learned man, as any yeoman or tradesman competently wise in his mother dialect only.
Pagina 323 - Logic, therefore, so much as is useful, is to be referred to this due place, with all her well-couched heads and topics, until it be time to open her contracted palm into a graceful and ornate rhetoric taught out of the rule of Plato, Aristotle, Phalereus, Cicero, Hermogenes, Longinus.
Pagina 175 - ... if wise men and prophets be not extremely out, have a great power over dispositions and manners to smooth and make them gentle from rustic harshness and distempered passions.
Pagina 293 - That the design of pastoral poesy is, to represent the undisturbed felicity of the golden age, is an empty notion, which, though supported by a Rapin and a Fontenelle,* I think, all rational critics have agreed to extirpate and explode.
Pagina 324 - Tasso, Mazzoni, and others, teaches what the laws are of a true epic poem, what of a dramatic, what of a lyric, what decorum is, which is the grand masterpiece to observe.
Pagina 260 - ... refinement, and is by proper care greatly improved. In this respect a taste in the fine arts goes hand in hand with the moral sense, to which indeed it is nearly allied ; both of them discover what is right and what is wrong: fashion, temper, and education, have an influence to vitiate both, or to preserve...
Pagina 324 - To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less subtile and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate. I mean not here the prosody of a verse, which they could not but have hit on before among the rudiments of grammar...
Pagina 260 - Poetry tends alfo to improve us in Virtue — to invigorate and confirm every liberal and manly notion. A juft tafte in the elegant Arts has great affinity and connexion with the moral tafte. Both of them difcover what is right and what is wrong. Fafhion, temper, and education have an influence to vitiate both, or to preferve them pure and untainted ; neither of them are arbitrary nor local, being implanted in Human Nature, and governed by •Principles common to all men.* Should it be faid that...
Pagina 293 - I do not remember that even these, or any other critics, have remarked the circumstance that gave origin to the opinion, that any golden age was intended. Theocritus, the father and the model of this enchanting species of composition, lived and wrote in Sicily. The climate of Sicily...
Pagina 35 - An application to any study, that tends neither directly nor indirectly to make us better men and better citizens, is at best but a specious and ingenious sort of idleness, to use an expression of Tillotson ; and the knowledge we acquire by it is a creditable kind of ignorance, nothing more.

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