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Strana 524 - I pass'd — and they were gone. Read, ye that run, the awful truth With which I charge my page ; A -worm is in the bud of youth, And at the root of age.
Strana 247 - For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others.
Strana 247 - I doubt, too, whether any other Convention we can obtain may be able to make a better Constitution. For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views.
Strana 377 - Highness is the last of all mortals whom I should expect to see here." " It was curiosity that led me," said the other; " but I assure you," added he, " that the person -who is the object of all this pomp and magnificence, is the man I envy the least.
Strana 389 - Wiltshire men overcame, but both dukes were slain, no reason of their quarrel written ; such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows, flocking and fighting in the air?
Strana 286 - From his contemporaries he neither courted nor received support : There is in his writings nothing by which the pride of other authors might be gratified, or favour gained ; no exchange of praise, nor solicitation of support.
Strana 462 - Lordship's feelings upon such an occasion by our own, and considering, besides, that our numbers might be inconvenient, we desire, in this manner, affectionately to assure your Lordship, that we regret, with a just...
Strana 316 - The drinker collects his circle ; the circle naturally spreads; of those who are drawn within it, many become the corrupters and centres of sets and circles of their own : every one countenancing, and perhaps emulating the rest, till a whole neighbourhood be infected from the contagion of a single example.
Strana 461 - I am obliged to entreat your assistance. I am now under an arrest for five pounds eighteen shillings. Mr. Strahan, from whom I should have received the necessary help in this case, is not at home; and I am afraid of not finding Mr. Millar. If you will be so good as to send me this sum, I will very gratefully repay you, and add it to all former obligations. I am Sir, Your most obedient and most humble servant, SAMUEL JOHNSON. Gough Square, 16 March '.' In the margin of this letter there is a memorandum...
Strana 377 - I own," added Helve"tius to me, "• although I knew the danger to be greater of harbouring him at Paris than at London ; and although I thought the family of Hanover not only the lawful sovereigns in England, but the only lawful sovereigns in Europe, as having the...