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Page 5 - ... because it was possible she might be conversant in romances), and by her judgment was guided whether to receive or reject it.
Page 5 - But I know not how it comes to pass that professors in most arts and sciences are generally the worst qualified to explain their meanings to those who are not of their tribe : a common farmer shall make you understand in three words that his foot is out of joint, or his collar-bone broken, wherein a surgeon, after a hundred terms of art, if you are not a scholar, shall leave you to seek.
Page 16 - I cannot forbear warning you, in the most earnest manner, against endeavouring at wit in your sermons, because, by the strictest computation, it is very near a million to one that you have none ; and because too many of your calling have consequently made themselves everlastingly ridiculous by attempting it.
Page 62 - I cannot conceive you to be human creatures, but a certain sort of species hardly a degree above a monkey ; who has more diverting tricks than any of you, is an animal less mischievous and expensive, might in time be a tolerable critic in velvet and brocade, and for aught I know, would equally become them.
Page 61 - ... more thought, memory, and application to be fools, than would serve to make them wise and useful. When I reflect on this, I cannot conceive you to be human creatures, but a...
Page 30 - THERE is no talent so useful toward rising in the world, or which puts men more out of the reach of fortune, than that quality generally possessed by the dullest sort of men, and in common speech called discretion ; a species of lower prudence, by the assistance of which...
Page 13 - As I take it, the two principal branches of preaching are, first, to tell the people what is their duty, and then to convince them that it is so.
Page 58 - To say the truth, I never yet knew a tolerable woman to be fond of her own sex.
Page 22 - If a rational man reads an excellent author with just application, he shall find himself extremely improved, and, perhaps, insensibly led to imitate that author's perfections, although in a little time he should not...
Page 414 - ... for the order in general : That I knew it was necessary for their party, to make their bottom as wide as they could, by taking all denominations of Protestants to be members of their body : That I would not enter into the mutual reproaches made by the violent men on either side; but that the connivance or encouragement given by the Whigs to those writers of pamphlets who reflected upon the whole body of the clergy, without any exception, -would unite the church to one man to oppose them, and...