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Page 470 - God, who placed me here, will do what he pleases with me hereafter, and he knows best what to do. May He bless you.
Page 335 - Patience is a most necessary qualification for business ; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.
Page 248 - It came at a very proper time ; Lord Bolingbroke had just taught me how History should be read ; Voltaire shows me how it should be written.
Page 23 - Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable ; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer it, than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
Page 363 - Wherever you are, inform yourself minutely of, and attend particularly to the affairs of France ; they grow serious, and in my opinion will grow more and more so every day. The king is despised, and I do not wonder at it ; but he has brought it about, to be hated at the same time, which seldom happens to the same man.
Page 463 - POPE in conversation was below himself; he was seldom easy and natural, and seemed afraid that the man should degrade the poet, which made him always attempt wit and humour, often unsuccessfully, and too often unseasonably. I have been with him a week at a time at his house at Twickenham, where I necessarily saw his mind in its undress, when he was both an agreeable and instructive companion.
Page 316 - I have never read it at all, so shall say nothing of it; but the Henriade is all sense from the beginning to the end, often adorned by the justest and liveliest reflections, the most beautiful descriptions, the noblest images, and the sublimest sentiments ; not to mention the harmony of the verse, in which Voltaire undoubtedly exceeds all the French poets...
Page 481 - I will call it a most fatal kind of melancholy in his nature, which often made him both absent and silent in company, but never morose or sour. At other times he was a cheerful and agreeable companion ; but, conscious that he was not always so, he avoided company too much, and was too often alone, giving way to a train of gloomy reflections. His constitution, which was never robust, broke rapidly at the latter end of his life.