Collected Papers (original and Reprinted) in Prose and Verse, 1842-1862

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John Murray, 1862 - England - 293 pages

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Page 122 - Quoted an excellent mot of somebody to Fontenelle, on the latter saying that he flattered himself he had a good heart — " Yes, my dear Fontenelle, you have as good a heart as can be made out of brains." In talking with Hallam afterwards, I put it to him, why it was that this short way of expressing truths did not do with the world, often as it had been tried, even Rochefoucauld being kept alive chiefly by his ill-nature. There was in this one saying to Fontenelle all that I myself had expended...
Page 106 - Lord B., Scott, and I dined at the Pellegrino ; before we went Lord B. read me what he has done of the third canto of ' Don Juan.' In the evening all went to the Opera together, and from thence at twelve o'clock to a sort of public-house, to drink hot punch ; forming a strange contrast to a dirty cobbler, whom we saw in a nice room delicately eating ice. Lord B. took me home in his gondola at two o'clock ; a beautiful moonlight, and the reflection...
Page 211 - It is not needed in order to recommend truth to wise men, and indeed, from its generally dealing in exaggeration and slight misrepresentation, is likely to offend them. It is his mastery of ridicule which renders Sydney Smith so powerful as a diffuser of ideas, for in order to diffuse widely it is necessary to be able to address fools. His powers as a diffuser, as compared with the powers of a great inventor, who was latterly altogether wanting in the diffusing power, are well shown in his article...
Page 115 - All this very kind and liberal of Lord Wellesley ; and God knows how useful such an aid would be to me, as God alone knows how I am to support all the burdens now heaped upon me ; but I could not accept such a favour.
Page 110 - This day ten years we were married, and, though Time has made his usual changes in us both, • we are still more like lovers than any married couples of the same standing I am acquainted with. Asked to dine at Rancliffe's, but dined at home alone with Bessy. This being Sunday, our dance, in celebration of the day, deferred till to-morrow. Received a letter yesterday from my dear father, which, notwithstanding the increased tremor...
Page 107 - From thence to the church of the Annunziata : heard mass sung, which was very fine. Whether it be my popish blood or my poetical feelings, nothing gives me more delight than the
Page 91 - Such are my plans, and such are my hopes. I wait but for the arrival of the Edinburgh Review, and then ' a long farewell to all my greatness.

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