Waifs and Strays: Chiefly from the Chess-board

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W.W. Morgan, 1876 - Chess - 233 pages
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Page 205 - What beast was't, then, That made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man.
Page 212 - What if my house be troubled with a rat And I be pleas'd to give ten thousand ducats To have it ban'd ? What, are you answer'd yet?
Page 106 - In my mind, the author of Don Quixote was a great man. So have there been many others. A great chess-player is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it. No act terminating in itself constitutes greatness.
Page 43 - Yes! where is he, the champion and the child Of all that's great or little, wise or wild? Whose game was empires, and whose stakes were thrones? Whose table earth — whose dice were human bones?
Page 205 - I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.
Page 109 - I endeavoured to make amends for my ignorance of drawing, by adopting a sort of technical memory respecting the scenes I visited. Wherever I went, I cut a piece of a branch from a tree — these constituted what I called my log-book ; and I intended to have a set of chessmen out of them, each having reference to the place where it was cut — as the kings from Falkland and Holy-Rood; the queens from Queen Mary's...
Page 160 - The glory of man, then, is knowledge; and Chess is the nourishment of the mind, the solace of the spirit, the polisher of intelligence, the bright sun of understanding, and has been preferred by the philosopher, its inventor, to all other means by which we arrive at wisdom.
Page 139 - ... and yet accountable to none but God only. They have power to exalt low things and abase high things, and make of their subjects like men at chess; a pawn to take a bishop or a knight, and to cry up or down any of their subjects as they do their money.
Page 103 - ... prodigious capacity; but there is no proof (that I know) that he had an atom of genius. His verses that remain are dull and sterile. He could learn all that was known of any subject; he could do anything if others could show him the way to do it. This was very wonderful; but that is all you can say of it. It requires a good capacity to play well at chess; but, after all, it is a game of skill, and not of genius. Know what you will of it, the understanding still...

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