The British Essayists: The Looker-on

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Sivu 217 - For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh : how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God...
Sivu 53 - ... or any other person's, when I am convinced I myself should have said it, if he had not: these I call my conscientious witticisms, and give them a leaf in my common-place book to themselves. " I have the pleasure to tell you that my collection is now become not only considerable in bulk, but (that I may speak humbly of its merit) I will also say that it is to the full as good, and far more creditable to any gentleman's character, than the books which have been published about a certain great wit...
Sivu 22 - Nicolas's—He was a Jew.-— This of a certain would have been a staggering item in a poor devil's confession, but then it was a secret to all the world but Nicolas, and Nicolas's conscience did not just then urge him to reveal it; he now began to overhaul the inventory of his personals about him, and with some satisfaction...
Sivu 116 - ... gentlemen, they can fill them to the life. Think only what a violence it must be to the nerves of an humble unpretending actor, to be obliged to play the gallant gay seducer, and be the cuckold-maker of the comedy, when he has no other object at heart but to go quietly home, when the play is over, to his wife and children, and participate with them in the honest earnings of his vocation; can such a man compete with the Lothario of high life? And now I mention the cares of a family, I...
Sivu 25 - I were blest with the forbearance of holy Job (for like him too I am married, and my patience hath been exercised by a wife), yet could I not forbear to smite my beast for her obstinacy, and the rather because I was summoned in the way of my profession, as I have already made known to your most merciful ears, upon a certain crying occasion, which would not admit of a moment's delay.
Sivu 110 - Thucydides; I never beheld two more venerable old men than the poet and the historian, nor such comely persons as Alcibiades and Antipho ; Socrates was exceedingly like the busts we have of him, his head was bald, his beard bushy, and his stature low ; there was something very deterring in his countenance ; his person was mean and his habit squalid ; his vest was of loose drapery thrown over his left shoulder after the fashion of a Spanish Capa, and seemed to be of coarse cloth, made of black wool...
Sivu 147 - ... in the ranks of the insurgents, seldom fail to turn the fate of the battle, and commit dreadful havock in the peaceful quarters of the invaded virtue. It is apparent then, that all these intermediate propensities are a kind of balancing powers, which seem indeed to hold a neutrality in moral affairs, but, holding it with arms in their hands, cannot be supposed to remain impartial spectators of the fray, and therefore must be either with us or against us. I shall make myself better understood...
Sivu 31 - ... on a sofa in the last state of despair, and given way to an effusion of tears; when the lieutenant entered the cabin he rose trembling from his couch, and with the most supplicating action presented to him his sword, and with it a casket which he carried in his other hand ; as he tendered these spoils to his conqueror, whether through weakness or of his own will, he made a motion of bending his knee: the generous Briton, shocked at the unmanly overture, caught him suddenly with both hands, and...
Sivu 180 - ... tis a volume of comedies ; he opens it at random ; 'tis all alike to him where he begins ; all our poets put together are not worth a halter; he stumbles by mere chance upon
Sivu 194 - I knew the man to be a notorious damper, I parried his question, as I have often parried other plump questions, by answering nothing, without appearing to be mortified or offended : to say the truth, I do not well know what answer I could have given, had I been disposed to attempt it : I shall speak very ingenuously upon the subject to my candid readers, of whose indulgence...

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