-3. Tristram Shandy

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Page 162 - A MAN'S body and his mind, with the utmost reverence to both I speak it, are exactly like a jerkin, and a jerkin's lining ; — rumple the one, — you rumple the other.
Page 5 - I WISH either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me...
Page 110 - WRITING, when properly managed (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation. As no one, who knows what he is about in good company, would venture to talk all; so no author, who understands the just boundaries of decorum and good- breeding, would presume to think all : The truest respect which you can pay to the reader's understanding, is to halve this matter amicably, and leave him something to imagine, in his turn, as well as yourself.
Page 175 - God. may he (Obadiah) be damned (for tying these knots). We excommunicate and anathematize him, and from the thresholds of the holy church of God Almighty we sequester him, that he may be tormented, disposed and delivered over with Dathan and Abiram, and with those who say unto the Lord God, ' Depart from us, we desire none of thy ways.
Page 192 - ... twill be well if, in time to come, the succession of our ideas be of any use or service to us at all. Now, whether we observe it or no, continued my father, in every sound man's head there is a regular succession of ideas...
Page 106 - IMAGINE to yourself a little squat, uncourtly figure of a Doctor Slop, of about four feet and a half perpendicular height, with a breadth of back, and a sesquipedality of belly, which might have done honour to a serjeant in the horse-guards.
Page 93 - twill be time to return back to the parlour fire-side, where we left my uncle Toby in the middle of his sentence. CHAPTER V /WHEN a man gives himself up to the government of a ruling passion, — or, in other words, when his HobbyHorse grows headstrong, — farewell cool reason and fair discretion...
Page 29 - ... grave or serious of mortal men for days and weeks together ; — but he was an enemy to the affectation of it, and declared open war against it, only as it appeared a cloak for ignorance, or for folly : and then, whenever it fell in his way, however sheltered and protected, he seldom gave it much quarter. Sometimes, in his wild way of talking...
Page 56 - Sir, — you are incapable of it ; you would have trampled upon the offer ; — you would have thrown the temptation at the tempter's head with abhorrence. Your greatness of mind in this action, which I admire, with that generous contempt of money, which you...
Page 35 - Yorick's last breath was hanging upon his trembling lips ready to depart as he uttered this ; — yet still it was uttered with something of a Cervantic tone; and as he spoke it, Eugenius could perceive a stream of lambent fire lighted up for a moment in his eyes; faint picture of those flashes of his spirit, which (as...

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