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Trang 324 - I rather take this quality to spring from a very common infirmity of human nature, inclining us to be most curious and conceited in matters where we have least concern, and for which we are least adapted by study or nature.
Trang 189 - GOD, HAVING made man such a creature that in his own judgment it was not good for him to be alone, put him under strong obligations of necessity, convenience, and inclination to drive him into society, as well as fitted him with understanding and language to continue and enjoy it.
Trang 202 - If she had looked up to that man with any degree of the respect she professes, she would have supposed his ability to judge of fit and right, at least equal to that of a raw wench just out of her primer.
Trang 22 - ... to destroy or corrupt it in .all. With such a minister, and such a parliament, let us suppose a case which I hope will never happen : a prince upon the throne, uninformed, ignorant, and unacquainted with the inclinations and true interest of his people, weak, capricious, transported with unbounded ambition, and possessed with insatiable avarice.
Trang 96 - All places that the eye of heaven visits Are to a wise man ports and happy havens. Teach thy necessity to reason thus ; There is no virtue like necessity.
Trang 43 - English language in eloquence, propriety, and masculine expressions ; so he was the best judge of, and fittest to prescribe rules to Poetry and Poets, of any man who had lived with, or before him, or since : if Mr. Cowley had not made a flight beyond all men, with that modesty yet, to ascribe much of this, to the example and learning of Ben. Johnson.
Trang 199 - This young lady was argued with by the divines, and threatened by her guardian in vain. She persisted in resigning her splendid expectations for what appeared to her the path of duty. Her father, on being made acquainted with her...
Trang 135 - O YEZ ! This is, that all may learn, Whom it may happen to concern, To any lady, not a wife, Upon a lease, to last for life, By auction will be let this day, And entered on some time in May, A vacant heart ; not ornamented On plans by Chesterfield invented, A plain, old-fashioned habitation, Substantial without decoration, Large, and with room for friends to spare ; Well-situate, and in good repair.
Trang 43 - Johnson's name can never be forgotten, having by his very good learning, and the severity of his nature and manners, very much reformed the stage; and indeed the English poetry itself. His natural advantages were, judgment to order and govern fancy, rather than excess of fancy, his productions being slow and upon deliberation, yet then abounding with great wit and fancy, and will live accordingly...