An Historical and Critical Dictionary, Volume 2

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Hunt and Clarke, 1826 - Biography - 438 pages

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Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), French philosophe and reviewer. After moving to Rotterdam, he devoted himself to writing this biographical and historical "dictionary", a seminal work appearing in parts in ... Read full review

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Page 76 - That his ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts.
Page 129 - Neque mala vel bona, quae vulgus putet: multos, qui conflictari adversis videantur, beatos, at plerosque quamquam magnas per opes miserrimos. si illi gravem fortunam constanter tolerent, hi prospera inconsulte utantur.
Page 86 - ... others the contrary. My last reflection is, that men usually are excessive in their murmurs against fortune ; for very often they impute to her what they ought to charge on their own imprudence. Homer was not ignorant of this fault, for he introduces the gods complaining of this injustice of men : — Perverse mankind ! whose wills, created free, Charge all their woes on absolute decree ; All to the dooming gods their guilt translate, And follies are miscall'd the crimes of fate.* POPE.
Page 195 - And rule the Country Kingdoms, once our own! Did we for these Barbarians plant and sow, On these, on these, our happy Fields bestow?
Page 247 - A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house...
Page 87 - Quippe ita se res habet, ut plerumque [qui] fortunam mutaturus Deus, consilia corrumpat, efficiatque, quod miserrimum est, ut, quod accidit, id etiam merito accidisse videatur, et casus in culpam transeat.
Page 393 - Ille, datis vadibus, qui rure extractus in urbem est, Solos felices viventes clamat in urbe. Caetera de genere hoc (adeo sunt multa) loquacem Delassare valent Fabium. Ne te morer, audi Quo rem deducam. Si quis deus, en ego...
Page 12 - There was among the natural philosophers of the heathens, a great variety of opinions about the origin of the world, and the nature of the element, or elements, of which they pretended particular bodies to have been formed. Some maintained that water was the principle of all things, others gave that quality td the air, others to the fire, others to homogenial parts, &c.
Page 97 - Hence it is, that the new romances keep as far on as possible from the romantic way; but by this means true history is made extremely obscure ; and I believe the civil powers will at last be forced to give these new romancers their option; either to write pure history, or pure romance ; or at least to use crotchets to separate the one from the other, truth from fiction.* Art.
Page 74 - To dalliance, banquet, and ignoble ease. The path to peace is virtue : what I show, Thyself may freely on thyself bestow ; Fortune was never worshipp'd by the wise, But, set aloft by fools, usurps the skies.

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