Turns about Town

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George H. Doran Company, 1921 - 353 pages
 

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Page 354 - Many a man lives a burden to the earth ; but a good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life...
Page 106 - ... practised the literary scales; and it is only after years of such gymnastic that he can sit down at last, legions of words swarming to his call, dozens of turns of phrase simultaneously bidding for his choice, and he himself knowing what he wants to do and (within the narrow limit of a man's ability) able to do it.
Page 73 - ... has most time to consider others. That eminent chemist who took his walks abroad in tin shoes, and subsisted wholly upon tepid milk, had all his work cut out for him in considerate dealings with his own digestion. So soon as prudence has begun to grow up in the brain, like a dismal fungus, it finds its first expression in a paralysis of generous acts.
Page 119 - ... be embittered, to keep a few friends but these without capitulation — above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself — here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy.
Page 264 - To the rare Few who early in life have rid themselves of the Friendship of the Many, these pathetic papers are inscribed.
Page 262 - ... it credit and success, the Life of Dr. Johnson is, with the greatest propriety, dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was the intimate and beloved friend of that great man ; the friend, whom he declared to be ' the most invulnerable man he knew ; whom, if he should quarrel with him, he should find the most difficulty how to abuse 3.
Page 271 - ... than she had ever suspected. But never think too highly of yourselves, my sisters ; you were not, at your first appearance in the world, perfect and fully armed. Your grandmothers of the days of the mammoth and the giant bear did not wield the same domination over the prehistoric hunters and cavemen which you possess over us. You were useful then, and necessary, but you were not invincible. To tell the truth, in those far-off ages, and for long afterwards, you lacked charm. In those days you...
Page 260 - ... of the public Lands of the United States among the several States ; and that His Excellency the Governor be requested to transmit a copy of this report to the President of the United States, the Governors of each of the States and to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress. In Senate 20th December, 1833 agreed to. JACOB WOOD President of the Senate. Attest, JOHN A.
Page 36 - But man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave, solemnizing nativities and deaths with equal lustre, nor omitting ceremonies of bravery in the infamy of his nature.
Page 265 - TO THE ILLUSTRATOR In grateful acknowledgment of his amiable condescension in lending his exquisitely delicate art to the embellishment of these poor verses from his sincerest admirer THE AUTHOR.

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