Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, Etc, Volume 1

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Pagina 141 - Serus enim Graecis admovit acumina chartis, Et post Punica bella quietus quaerere coepit, Quid Sophocles et Thespis et Aeschylus utile ferrent.
Pagina 220 - And portance in my travel's history; Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven, It was my hint to speak, — such was the process: And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.
Pagina xxxi - My own hope is, a sun will pierce The thickest cloud earth ever stretched ; That, after Last, returns the First, Though a wide compass round be fetched ; That what began best, can't end worst, Nor what God blessed once, prove accurst.
Pagina 32 - No poet (as I ventured to say at first to your Lordship) can do anything great in his own way without the imagination or supposition of a divine presence, which may raise him to some degree of this passion we are speaking of.
Pagina 124 - It was not enough that these pieces treated fundamentally of morals and in consequence pointed out real characters and manners: they exhibited them alive and set the countenances and complexions of men plainly in view. And by this means they not only taught us to know others, but, what was principal and of highest virtue in them, they taught us to know ourselves.
Pagina 218 - Our Relish or Taste must of necessity grow barbarous, whilst Barbarian Customs, Savage Manners, Indian Wars, and Wonders of the Terra Incognita, employ our leisure Hours, and are the chief Materials to furnish out a Library. These are in our present Days, what Books of Chivalry were, in those of our Forefathers.
Pagina 13 - Good-humour is not only the best security against enthusiasm, but the best foundation of piety and true religion ; for if right thoughts and worthy apprehensions of the Supreme Being are fundamental to all true worship and adoration, 'tis more than probable that we shall never miscarry in this respect, except through ill-humour only.
Pagina 176 - ... moral : a series of deep reflections drawn from one mouth, upon the subject of one single accident and calamity, naturally fitted to move horror and compassion. It may be properly said of this play, if I mistake not, that it has only one character or principal part. It contains no adoration or flattery of the...
Pagina 260 - Thus if one person were decreed to suffer for another's fault, the sentence would be just and equitable. And thus, in the same manner, if arbitrarily, and without reason, some beings were destined to endure perpetual ill, and others as constantly to enjoy good, this also would pass under the same denomination. But to say of anything that it is just or unjust, on such a foundation as this, is to say nothing, or to speak without a meaning.
Pagina 90 - A painter, if he has any genius, understands the truth and unity of design ; and knows he is even then unnatural when he follows Nature too close, and strictly copies Life.

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