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Page 171 - Which was the most splendid spectacle ever witnessed — the opening feast of Prince George in London, or the resignation of Washington ? Which is the noble character for after ages to admire — yon fribble dancing in lace and spangles, or yonder hero who sheathes his sword after a life of spotless honor, a purity unreproached, a courage indomitable, and a consummate victory?
Page 242 - Wise men have said are wearisome; who reads Incessantly, and to his reading brings not A spirit and judgment equal or superior (And what he brings, what needs he elsewhere seek) Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Deep versed in books and shallow in himself, Crude or intoxicate, collecting toys, And trifles for choice matters, worth a sponge; As children gathering pebbles on the shore.
Page 204 - You must have no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well-directed labour: nothing is to be obtained without it.
Page 241 - Advocate, or Parliamentary Hercules, one would incline to back him at first sight against all the extant world. The tanned complexion, that amorphous crag-like face ; the dull black eyes under their precipice of brows, like dull anthracite furnaces, needing only to be blown; the mastiff -mouth, accurately closed: — I have not traced as much of silent Berserkir-rage, that I remember of, in any other man.
Page 207 - No human being ever spoke of scenery for above two minutes at a time, which makes me suspect we hear too much of it in literature.
Page 122 - People used to call me a good writer then ; now they say I can't write at all ; because, for instance, if I think anybody's house is on fire, I only say, " Sir, your house is on fire ; " whereas formerly I used to say, " Sir, the abode in which you probably passed the delightful days of youth is in a state of inflammation...
Page 8 - The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be ; and that which is done is that which shall be done, and there is no new thing under the sun.
Page 243 - French) — after a rapid glance on the subject and distribution of a new book, I suspend the reading of it, which I only resume after having myself examined the subject in all its relations...
Page 243 - When a boy, I began to read very earnestly, but at the foot of every page I stopped, and obliged myself to give an account of what I had read on that page. At first I had to read it three or four times before I got my mind firmly fixed ; but now, after I have read a book through once, I can almost recite it from beginning to end.
Page 160 - Work thou for pleasure : paint or sing or carve The thing thou lovest, though the body starve. Who works for glory misses oft the goal ; Who works for money coins his very soul. Work for the work's sake, then, and it may be That these things shall be added unto thee.