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Page 313 - ... with her in creating such a striking resemblance of her works. Thus the arts may be justly termed imitative, even in the article of invention: for in forming a character, contriving an incident, and describing a scene, he must still keep nature in view, and refer every particular of his invention to her standard; otherwise his production will be destitute of truth and probability, without which the beauties of imitation cannot subsist.
Page 211 - ... or their misery. But who are those who make the streets their couch, and find a short repose from wretchedness at the doors of the opulent ? These are strangers, wanderers, and orphans, whose circumstances are too humble to expect redress, and whose distresses are too great even for pity.
Page 16 - The same ambition that actuates a monarch at the head of his army, influenced my father at the head of his table ; he told the story of the ivy-tree, and that was laughed at ; he repeated the jest of the two scholars and one pair of breeches, and the company laughed at that ; but the story of Taffy in the sedan-chair was sure to set the table in a roar.
Page 216 - Though we had no arms, one Englishman is able to beat five French at any time; so we went down to the door where both the sentries were posted, and rushing upon them, seized their arms in a moment, and knocked them down. From thence nine of us ran together to the quay, and seizing the first boat we met, got out of the harbour and put to sea. We had not been here three days before we were taken up by the Dorset privateer, who were glad of so many good hands; and we consented to run our chance.
Page 303 - ... scribendi recte sapere est et principium et fons : rem tibi Socraticae poterunt ostendere chartae, 310 verbaque provisam rem non invita sequentur. qui didicit patriae quid debeat et quid amicis, quo sit amore parens, quo frater amandus et hospes, quod sit conscripti, quod iudicis officium, quae partes in bellum missi ducis, ille profecto 315 reddere personae scit convenientia cuique.
Page 123 - Here, cried he, in raptures to himself, here it is ; under this stone there is room for a very large pan of diamonds indeed. I must e'en go home to my wife, and tell her the whole affair, and get her to assist me in turning it up.
Page 130 - The old man's passion for confinement is similar to that we all have for life. We are habituated to the prison, we look round with discontent, are displeased with the abode, and yet the length of our captivity only increases our fondness for the cell. The trees we have planted, the houses we have built, or the posterity we have begotten, all serve to bind us closer to earth, and...
Page 215 - When the peace came on, I was discharged , and, as I could not work, because my wound was sometimes painful, I listed for a landinan in the East India Company's service. I here fought the French in six pitched battles ; and verily believe that, if I could read or write, our captain would have given me promotion, and made me a corporal.
Page 214 - Here I lived an easy kind of a life for five years. I only wrought ten hours in the day, and had my meat and drink provided for my labour.