The British Essayists: Essays moral and literary

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J. Richardson, 1823 - English periodicals
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Page 160 - The general purpose of this Paper is to expose the false arts of life, to pull off the disguises of cunning, vanity, and affectation, and to recommend a general simplicity in our dress, our discourse, and our behaviour.
Page 161 - I fared like a distressed prince, who calls in a powerful neighbour to his aid; I was undone by my auxiliary; when I had once called him in, I could not subsist without dependence on him.
Page 30 - ... by a seasonable exertion of the laws, that the press cannot be abused to any bad purpose, without incurring a suitable punishment; whereas it never can be used to any good one, when under the control of an inspector. So true will it be found, that to censure the licentiousness, is to maintain the liberty of the press.
Page 40 - Nothing is better able to gratify the inherent passion of novelty; for Nature is always renewing her variegated appearance. She is infinite in her productions, and the life of man may come to its close before he has seen half the pictures which she is able to display. The taste for gardening in England is at present pure. Nature is restored to her throne, and reigns majestically beautiful in rude magnificence. The country abounds with cultivated tracts truly paradisaical.
Page 149 - Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken ; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee : 22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
Page 226 - Natural stupidity, natural ill temper, acquired ill habits, want of education, illiberal manners, and a neglect of the common rules of discretion, will render every species of intercourse disagreeable. When those are united by connubial ties, who were separated by natural and inherent diversity, no wonder if that degree of happiness, which can only result from a proper union, is unknown. In the forced alliance, which the poet of Venusium mentions, of the serpent with the dove, of the tiger with the...
Page 166 - This newfangled manner of delivering our sentiments is called writing sound sense : and if I find this mode seems likely to prevail, I shall certainly think it expedient to give into it, and very suddenly oblige the world with a CONNOISSEUR so sensible, that it will be impossible to understand it.
Page 223 - ... philosophical observer. To partake with children in their little pleasures, is by no means unmanly. It is one of the purest sources of mirth. It has an influence in amending the heart, which necessarily takes a tincture from the company that surrounds us. Innocence, as well as guilt, is communicated and increased by the contagion of example. And the great Author of evangelical philosophy has taught us to emulate the simplicity of the infantile age.
Page 260 - ... poetry, I believe it may be doubted, whether any one of them would be tolerated as the production of a modern poet. As a good imitation of the ancient manner it would find its admirers; but, considered independently as an original, it would be thought a careless, vulgar, inartificial composition. There are few who do not read Dr. Percy's own piece, and those of other late writers, with more pleasure than the oldest ballad in the collection of that ingenious writer.
Page 40 - to possess such a spot as this, and to be able at all times to taste the pleasure which I feel springing in my bosom.'' But, alas! the owner is engaged in other scenes. He is rattling over the streets of London, and pursuing all the sophisticated joys, which succeed to supply the place where Nature is relinquished.

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