The Guardian, Volume 1

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J. Tonson, 1714 - English periodicals - 348 pages
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Page 135 - From the several characters that were given, and the exceptions that were made, as this or that gentleman happened to be named, I found that a lady is not difficult to be pleased, and that the town swarms with fine gentlemen. A nimble pair of heels, a smooth complexion, a full-bottom wig, a laced shirt, an embroidered suit, a pair of fringed gloves, a hat and feather; any one or more of these and the like...
Page 14 - As they hired people to rail at him in that circumstance to make him as humble as they could, we have fellows to flatter him, and make him as proud as they can.
Page 97 - Besides the Decency of this Rule, it is certainly founded in good Policy. A Man who talks of any thing he is already famous for, has little to get, but a great deal to lose.
Page 263 - Providence hath with a bountiful hand prepared variety of pleasures for the various stages of life. It behoves us 'not to be wanting to ourselves, in forwarding the intention of nature, by the culture of our minds...
Page 203 - Having by an habitual reflection on these truths made them familiar, the effect is, that I, among a number of persons who have debauched their natural taste, see things in a peculiar light, which I have arrived at, not by any uncommon force of genius, or acquired knowledge, but only by unlearning the false notions instilled by custom and education.
Page 68 - I remember about thirty years ago, an eminent divine, who was also most exactly well-bred, told his congregation at Whitehall, that if they did not vouchsafe to give .their lives a new turn, they must certainly go to a place which he did not think fit to name in that courtly audience.
Page 85 - And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures...
Page 45 - Senses, delightful in the Operation, may be taken at all Hours without Confinement, and is as properly given at a Ball or Playhouse as in a private Chamber. It restores and vivifies the most dejected Minds, corrects and extracts all that is painful in the Knowledge of a Man's self.
Page 133 - A brave man struggling in the storms of fate, And greatly falling with a falling state.

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