Essays on Men and Manners

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Bradbury, Evans & Company, 1868 - 340 strán (strany)
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Strana 232 - AVARICE is the most opposite of all characters to that of God Almighty, whose alone it is, to give and not receive. A MISER grows rich by seeming poor ; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
Strana 276 - THE making presents to a lady one addresses, is like throwing armour into an enemy's camp, with a resolution to recover it. HE that lies a-bed all a summer's morning, loses the chief pleasure of the day : he that gives up his youth to indolence, undergoes a loss of the same kind.
Strana 248 - ... to curse him to his face. A glass or two of wine extraordinary only raises a valetudinarian to that warmth of social affection, which had naturally been his lot, in a better state of health. Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments. Be cautious not to consider a person as your superior, merely because he is your superior in the point of assurance. This has often depressed the spirit of a person of desert and diffidence.
Strana 237 - Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice ; whereas, a child can clench its fist the moment it is born. It is a point of prudence, when you converse with your inferior, to consider yourself as conversing with his inferior, with whom, no doubt, h« may have the same connection that you have with him ; and to be upon your guard accordingly.
Strana 165 - HAD I a fortune of eight or ten thousand pounds a year, I would methinks make myself a neighbourhood. I would first build a village with a church, and people it with inhabitants of some branch of trade that was suitable to the country round. I would then, at proper distances, erect a number of genteel boxes of about a thousand pounds a piece, and amuse myself with giving them all the advantages they could receive from taste.
Strana 278 - The philosophers and ancient sages, who declaimed against the vanity of all external advantages, seem in an equal degree to have countenanced and authorized the mental ones, or they would condemn their own example. Superiority in wit is more frequently the cause of vanity than superiority of judgment ; as the person that wears an ornamental sword, is ever more vain than he that wears an useful one.
Strana 240 - A lady of good-nature would forgive the blunder of a country esquire, who, through zeal to serve her with a glass of claret, should involve his spurs in her Brussels apron. On the contrary, the fop (who may in some sense use the words of Horace Quod verum atque decens euro et rogo et omnis in hoc sum) would be entitled to no pardon for such unaccountable misconduct.
Strana 218 - THERE is nothing more universally prevalent than flattery. Persons, who discover the flatterer, do not always disapprove him, because he imagines them considerable enough to deserve his applications. It is a tacit sort of compliment, that he esteems them to be such as it is worth his while to flatter : And when I tell him he hates flattery, He says he does, being then most flattered.
Strana 135 - ... that they be not distinguishable from clouds. Yet this mere extent is what the vulgar value. LANDSCAPE should contain variety enough to form a picture upon canvas ; and this is no bad test, as I think the landscape painter is the gardener's best designer 1 designer. The eye requires a sort of balance here ; but not so as to encroach upon probable nature.
Strana vi - When forc'd the fair nymph to forego, What anguish I felt in my heart ! Yet I thought (but it might not be so) 'Twas with pain that she saw me depart. She gaz'd, as I slowly withdrew, My path I could hardly discern ; So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.

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