Memoirs of the Life, Works, and Correspondence of Sir William Temple, Bart, Volume 1

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1836 - Authors, English - 2 pages
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Page 69 - A man so various, that he seemed to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome: Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong, Was everything by starts, and nothing long; But, in the course of one revolving moon, Was chemist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon: Then all for women, painting, rhyming, drinking, Besides ten thousand freaks that died in thinking.
Page 336 - If you look about you, and consider the lives of others as well as your own; if you think how few are born with honour, and how many die without name or children; how little beauty we see, and how few friends we hear of; how many diseases, and how much poverty there is in the world; you will fall down upon your knees, and, instead of repining at one affliction, will admire so many blessings which you have received from the hand of God.
Page 248 - ... else, but in good plain sense, with show of application if he had business that deserved it, and that with extreme good agreeable humour and dispositions; and thus far of his way without any vice. Besides, being sleepy always by ten o'clock at night, and loving hunting as much as he hates swearing, and preferring cock ale* before any sort of wine.
Page 336 - The style periodique is, where the sentences are composed of several members linked together and hanging upon one another, so that the sense of the whole is not brought out till the close.
Page 307 - ut tu semper eris derisor!' at omnes di exagitent me si quicquam. 'quid, militibus promissa Triquetra 55 praedia Caesar an est Itala tellure daturus?' iurantem me scire nihil mirantur ut unum scilicet egregii mortalem altique silenti. perditur haec inter misero lux non sine votis: o rus, quando ego te aspiciam? quandoque licebit 60 nunc veterum libris, nunc somno et inertibus horis ducere sollicitae iucunda oblivia vitae?
Page 295 - ... falling upon the Dutch insolence, I said, that however matters went, it must be confessed that there was some merit in my family, since I had made the alliance with Holland, and my wife was like to have the honour of making the war.
Page 323 - The first proceeds from heat of the brain, which makes the spirits more airy and volatile, and thereby the motions of thought lighter and quicker, and the range of imagination much greater than in cold heads, where the spirits are more earthy and dull ; thought moves slower and heavier, but thereby...
Page 337 - I saw it draw out to such unhappy consequences, and threaten no less than your child, your health, and your life, I could no longer forbear this endeavour, nor...
Page 336 - Almighty gave you all the blessings of life, and you set your heart wholly upon one, and despise or undervalue all the rest : is this his fault or yours ? Nay, is it not to be very unthankful to Heaven, as well as very scornful to the rest of the world ? Is it not to say, because you have lost one thing God has given, you thank him for nothing he has left, and care not what he takes away ? Is it not to say, since that one thing is gone out of the world, there is nothing left in it which you think...
Page 3 - For if you are not I am not, only if I had been so wise as to have taken hold of the offer was made me by Henry Cromwell, I might have been in a fair way of preferment, for, sure, they will be greater now than ever.

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