Stanley: Or, The Recollections of a Man of the World, Volume 1

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Lea & Blanchard, 1838
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Page 55 - Created half to rise, and half to fall; Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd; The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!
Page 109 - ... motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony.
Page 15 - Dreams, books, are each a world ; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good : Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
Page 205 - For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Page 22 - Tis strange — even those who do despair above, Yet shape themselves some fantasy on earth, To which frail twig they cling, like drowning men. Man. Ay — father ! I have had those earthly visions And noble aspirations in my youth, To make my own the mind of other men, The enlightener of nations ; and to rise I knew not whither — it might be to fall ; But fall, even as the mountain-cataract, Which having leapt from its more dazzling height, Even in the foaming strength of its abyss, (Which casts...
Page 123 - Let Phidias have rude and obstinate stuff to carve, though his art do that it should, his work will lack that beauty which otherwise in fitter matter it might have had. He that striketh an instrument with skill may cause notwithstanding a very unpleasant sound, if the string whereon he striketh chance to be uncapable of harmony. In the matter whereof things...
Page 240 - And wear, and lose them: yet remains an ear-ring To purchase them again, and this whole state. A gem but worth a private patrimony Is nothing: we will eat such at a meal. The heads of parrots, tongues of nightingales. The brains of peacocks and of...

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