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Page 100 - ... quarrels ; you will be obliged for maintenance to do any thing for any body ; your very talents will depart for want of hope and encouragement ; and you will go out of the world fretted, disappointed, and ruined.
Page 114 - I am more famed in heaven for my works than I could well conceive. In my brain are studies and chambers filled with books and pictures of old, which I wrote and painted in ages of eternity before my mortal life; and those works are the delight and study of archangels.
Page 74 - He went down a few steps, and returned again. ' What use is your book to me if I don't understand it? and your lute, you may take it again if you won't teach me to play on it. Come home with me, and give me the first lesson.' ' I will come tomorrow.'
Page 333 - Booth's peculiar felicity to be heard and seen the same ; whether as the pleased, the grieved, the pitying, the reproachful, or the angry. One would...
Page 159 - In good earnest the very frame was worth the money, there being nothing in nature so tender and delicate as the flowers and festoons about it, and yet the work was very strong; in the piece were more than 100 figures of men, &c. I found he was likewise musical, and very civil, sober, and discreet in his discourse. There was only an old woman in the house. So desiring leave to visit him sometimes, I went away.
Page 60 - I considered what various ways, and to what different purposes, the memory might be applied ; and fell upon one most suitable to my situation and idle disposition ; laying it down first as an axiom, that he who could by any means acquire and retain in his memory perfect ideas of the subjects he meant to draw, would have as clear a knowledge of the figure as a man who can write freely hath of the twenty-five letters of the alphabet and their infinite combinations.
Page 38 - Any general character, from the best to the worst, from the most ignorant to the most enlightened, may be given to any community, even to the world at large, by the application of proper means; which means are to a great extent at the command and under the control of those who have influence in the affairs of men.
Page 184 - To support his principal object he produced his second and third groups or masses; he perfectly understood in his art what is the most difficult in ours, the conduct of the background, by which the design and invention is set off to the greatest advantage. What the background is in painting, in architecture is the real ground on which the building is erected; and no architect took greater care than he that his work should not appear crude and hard: that is, it did not abruptly start out of the ground...
Page 91 - Lavater, who till now had continued his companion, presented him at parting with a card, on which he had inscribed in German, Do but the tenth part of what you can do. " Hang that up in your bed-head," said the physiognomist, " obey it — and fame and fortune will be the result.