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Page 22 - Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
Page 204 - Two or three serenades, given as a lure ; Two or three oaths how much they endure ; Two or three messages sent in one day ; Two or three times led out from the play ; Two or three soft speeches made by the way ; Two or three tickets for two or three times ; Two or three love-letters writ all in rhymes ; Two or three months keeping strict to these rules ; Can never fail making a couple of fools.
Page 251 - Being informed that an impudent printer was to be punished for having published a spurious (King's) speech, he answered that he hoped the man's punishment would be of the mildest sort, because he had read both, and, as far as he understood either of them, he liked the spurious speech better than 'his own.
Page 197 - The lady, furnished with the letter, sets off, and on arriving at Newbury, feeling as usual, very nervous, she said to her confidant, " Long as Sir Walter has attended me, he has never explained to me what ails me. I have a great mind to open his letter and see what he has stated of my case to the Bath physician.
Page 38 - Good intentions are at least the seed of good actions ; and every man ought to sow them, and leave it to the soil and the seasons whether they come up or no, and whether he or any other gather the fruit.
Page 2 - Frugality is good, if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses ; the last bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begins covetousness ; the last without the first begins prodigality. Both together make an excellent temper. Happy the place where that is found.
Page 163 - WILL you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly; " 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy ; The way into my parlour is up a winding stair, And I have many curious things to show when you are there."
Page 249 - ... well immersed and stirred about therein. The feathers, when thoroughly moistened, will sink down, and should remain in the limewater three or four days, after which the foul liquor should be separated from them by laying them on a sieve.