A Tale of a Tub: Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind ... to which is Added an Account of a Battel Between the Antient and Modern Books in St. James's Library...

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J. Nutt, 1704 - 322 pages
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Page 54 - Once upon a time, there was a man who had three sons by one wife,* and all at a birth, neither could the midwife tell certainly which was the eldest. Their father died while they were young, and upon his deathbed, calling the lads to him, spoke thus: 'Sons, because I have purchased no estate, nor was born to any, I have long considered of some good legacies to bequeath...
Page 14 - Schemes of Religion and Government, whereof a great many are hollow, and dry and empty, and noisy, and wooden, and given to Rotation. This is the Leviathan from whence the terrible Wits of our Age are said to borrow their Weapons.
Page 59 - Proceed to the particular works of the creation, you will find how curious journeyman Nature has been, to trim up the vegetable beaux; observe how sparkish a periwig adorns the head of a beech, and what a fine doublet of white satin is worn by the birch.
Page 194 - I at all question but they will furnish plenty of noble matter for such whose converting imaginations dispose them to reduce all things into types; who can make shadows, no thanks to the sun ; and then mould them into substances, no thanks to philosophy; whose peculiar talent lies in fixing tropes and allegories to the letter, and refining what is literal into figure and mystery.
Page 139 - Men do Lords, learn their Titles exactly, and then brag of their Acquaintance. Or Secondly, which is indeed the choicer, the profounder, and politer Method, to get a thorough Insight into the Index,' by which the whole Book is governed and turned, like Fishes by the Tail.
Page 171 - In the proportion that credulity is a more peaceful possession of the mind than curiosity, so far preferable is that wisdom which converses about the surface to that pretended philosophy which enters into the depth of things, and then comes gravely back with informations and discoveries that in the inside they are good for nothing.
Page 241 - In this mansion he had for some time dwelt in peace and plenty, without danger to his person by swallows from above, or to his palace by brooms from below...
Page 59 - They held the universe to be a large suit of clothes, which invests everything : that the earth is invested by the air ; the air is invested by the stars ; and the stars are invested by the primum mobile. Look on this globe of earth, you will find it to be a very complete and fashionable dress. What is that which some call land, but a fine coat faced with green ? or the sea, but a waistcoat of water-tabby ? Proceed to the...
Page 60 - If one of them be trimmed up with a gold chain, and a red gown, and a white rod, and a great horse, it is called a...
Page 163 - For, what man in the natural state or course of thinking, did ever conceive it in his power, to reduce the notions of all mankind, exactly to the same length, and breadth, and height of his own ? yet, this is the first humble and civil design of all innovators in the empire of reason.

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