Curiosities of Literature, by I. Disraeli

R. Bentley, 1838 - 256 pagina's
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Pagina 4 - O, how canst thou renounce the boundless store Of charms which Nature to her votary yields ! The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, and garniture of fields ; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, Ľ And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of Heaven, O, how canst thou renounce^ and hope to be forgiven...
Pagina 228 - Lords and Commons of England, consider what nation it is whereof ye are and whereof ye are the governors : a nation not slow and dull, but of a quick, ingenious, and piercing spirit, acute to invent, subtle and sinewy to discourse, not beneath the reach of any point the highest that human capacity can soar to.
Pagina 144 - No might nor greatne'ss in mortality Can censure 'scape ; back-wounding calumny The whitest virtue strikes : What king so strong, Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue ? But who comes here ? Enter ESCALUS, Provost, Bawd, and Officers.
Pagina 3 - Lights who beam'd through many ages, Left to your conscious leaves their story, And dared to trust you with their glory ; And now their hope of fame achieved, Dear volumes ! — you have not deceived ! HENRY DE RANTZU.
Pagina 245 - COURTEOUS READER : I have heard that nothing gives an author so great pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
Pagina 72 - esteemed more fame than conscience. The best wits in England were employed in making his history; Ben himself had written a piece to him of the Punic war, which he altered and set in his book.
Pagina 150 - Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses, so as a man may have a quarrel to marry when he will.
Pagina 196 - To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Pagina 154 - ... of the earth to which we can rise, neither at the tops of the loftiest buildings, nor even on the summits of the highest mountains, it appeared to him reasonable to conclude that this power must extend much...
Pagina 65 - ... him. Indeed it was true of him, what was said of Cato Uticensis, " that he seemed to be born to that only which he went about ; " so dexterous was he in all his undertakings, in court, in camp, by sea, by land, with sword, with pen ; witness in the last his " History of the World," wherein the only default (or defect rather) that it wanted one half thereof.

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