The Calamities and Quarrels of Authors: With Some Inquiries Respecting Their Moral and Literary Characters, and Memoirs for Our Literary History, Volume 2

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W. J. Widdleton, 1868 - Authors

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Page 16 - Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world, Like a Colossus ; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Page 122 - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike...
Page 217 - ... ribs; so was this pair of friends transfixed, till down they fell, joined in their lives, joined in their deaths; so closely joined that Charon would mistake them both for one, and waft them over Styx, for half his fare.
Page 226 - A Discourse of Ecclesiastical Polity,' wherein the authority of the civil magistrate over the consciences of subjects in matters of external religion is asserted ; the mischiefs and inconveniences of toleration are represented, and all pretences pleaded in behalf of liberty of conscience are, fully answered.
Page 121 - Leave him as soon as you can,' said Addison to me, speaking of Pope; 'he will certainly play you some devilish trick else : he has an appetite to satire.
Page 286 - For it is with the mysteries of our religion as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole have the virtue to cure, but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect.
Page 197 - For physic and farces His equal there scarce is — His farces are physic — His physic a farce is.
Page 29 - When Glory, like the dazzling Eagle, stood Perch'd on my Beaver, in the Granic Flood, When Fortune's Self my Standard trembling bore, And the pale Fates stood frighted on the Shore, When the Immortals on the Billows rode, And I myself appear'd the leading God.
Page 121 - Addison, to let him know that I was not unacquainted with this behaviour of his; that if I was to speak severely of him in return for it, it should...
Page 223 - ... this, he daily enlarged not only his conversation but his conscience, and was made free of some of the town vices ; imagining, like Muleasses, King of Tunis (for I take witness that on all occasions I treat him rather above his quality than otherwise), that by hiding himself among the onions he should escape being traced by his perfumes.

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