Anecdotes, Bons-mots, and Characteristic Traits of the Greatest Princes, Politicians, Philosophers, Orators, and Wits of Modern Times ...: Calculated to Inspire the Minds of Youth with Noble, Virtuous, Generous, and Liberal Sentiments
G. Kearsley, 1789 - Anecdotes - 359 pages
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Page 128 - Why, Sir, when they come to me with a dead stay-maker and a dying parson, what can a man do?" He said, however, that "he hated to give away literary performances, or even to sell them too cheaply: the next generation shall not accuse me...
Page 160 - That tongue which set the table on a roar, And charm'd the public ear, is heard no more ! Clos'd are those eyes, the harbingers of wit Which spoke, before the tongue, what Shakespeare writ; Cold are those hands, which, living, were stretched forth At friendship's call to succour modest worth.
Page 148 - Under thefe limitations, in the midft of a great city, one would imagine it almoft impoffible that a duel could ever end in blood ; however, this is not the cafe: — A crofs is always painted on the wall oppofite to the fpot where a knight has been killed, in commemoration of his fall. — We counted about twenty of thefe crofles.
Page 240 - I had fixed a resolution, in the beginning of my life, always to leave the public to judge between my adversaries and me, without making any reply, I must adhere inviolably to this resolution...
Page 76 - In these two princely boys! They are as gentle As zephyrs, blowing below the violet, Not wagging his sweet head: and yet as rough, Their royal blood enchafd, as the rud'st wind, That by the top doth take the mountain pine, And make him stoop to the vale.
Page 122 - With a contempt not inferior he received the praises of a pretty lady's face and behaviour: "She says nothing Sir (answers Johnson) ; a talking blackamoor were better than a white creature who adds nothing to life, and by sitting down before one thus desperately silent, takes away the confidence one should have in the company of her chair if she were once out of it.
Page 122 - that you could not stand five minutes with that man beneath a shed while it rained, but you must be convinced you had been standing with the greatest man you had ever yet seen.
Page 152 - ... at one end of the room, took off his cloak, folded it very carefully, laid it upon the floor, and fat down upon it ; in all which he was imitated by his followers. In this...
Page 127 - Johnson made him a comical answer one day, when seeming to repine at the success of Beattie's Essay on Truth — "Here's such a stir (said he) about a fellow that has written one book, and I have written many.
Page 239 - I formerly used the freedom to complain, when you favoured me with a sight of the manuscript, are either removed or explained away, or atoned for by civilities, which are far beyond what I have any title to pretend to. It will be natural for you to imagine, that I will fall upon...