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Page 330 - The treasures of the deep are not so precious As are the conceal'd comforts of a man Locked up in woman's love. I scent the air Of blessings, when I come but near the house. What a delicious breath marriage sends forth. The violet bed's not sweeter.
Page 370 - ... tis a soul like thine, a soul supreme, in each hard instance tried, above all pain, all passion and all pride, the rage of power, the blast of public breath, the lust of lucre and the dread of death.
Page 390 - It makes us proud when our love of a mistress is returned ; it ought to make us prouder that we can love her for herself alone, without the aid of any such selfish reflection. This is the religion of love.
Page 394 - The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals, and have no hope of rising in their own esteem, but by lowering their neighbours. The severest critics are always those, who have either never attempted, or who have failed in original composition.
Page 355 - It is often harder to praise a friend than an enemy. By the last we may acquire a reputation for candour ; by the first we only seem to discharge a debt, and are liable to a suspicion of partiality. Besides, though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration ; and the shining points of character are not those we chiefly wish to dwell upon.
Page ix - How much he had it at heart," says the editor of the manuscript, which was given to the world some years after the death of the author, " may, however, be inferred from the extraordinary pains he then took to make some progress in it. He told his physicians that he did not care what severity of treatment he was subjected to, provided he could live six months longer to complete what he had begun. By dictating a word at a time, he succeeded in bringing it down to his fifteenth year. When the clearness,...
Page 359 - Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope ; and few are reduced so low as that. XXXV. Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope. XXXVI. While we desire we do not enjoy ; and with enjoyment desire ceases, which should lend its strongest zest to it. This, however, does not apply to the gratifications of sense, but to the passions, in which distance and difficulty have a principal share. XXXVII. To deserve any blessing is to set a just value...
Page 34 - For my own part, so total and striking was the change which had taken place in my situation, that I could not but feel it very sensibly. I was more conscious of it than most boys would have been, and therefore not a little satisfied. The former part of my life had most of it been spent in turmoil, and often in singular wretchedness. I had been exposed to every want, every weariness, and every occasion of despondency, except that such poor sufferers become" reconciled to, and almost insensible of,...