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The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, M.B.: With Memoirs of His Life ...
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Page 288 - A man of letters at present whose works are valuable is perfectly sensible of their value. Every polite member of the community, by buying what he writes, contributes to reward him. The ridicule therefore of living in a garret might have been wit in the last age, but continues such no longer, because no longer true. A writer of real merit now may easily be rich if his heart be set only on fortune : and for those who have no merit it is but fit that such should remain in merited obscurity.
Page 3 - ... from the oracle of some coffeehouse, which oracle has himself gathered them the night before from a beau at a gaming-table, who has pillaged his knowledge from a great man's porter, who has had his information from the great man's gentleman, who has invented the whole story for his own amusement the night preceding.
Page 392 - ... 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 209 - ... was heir to no other inheritance than the virtues and frugality of her parents. Her father being dead, she lived with her aged mother in their cottage covered with straw ; and both, though very poor, were very contented.
Page 274 - I promised," replied the emperor with a generous air, " to destroy my enemies ; I have fulfilled my word, for see they are enemies no longer ; I have made friends of them.
Page 75 - A wretch, who in the deepest distress still aimed at good-humour, was an object my friend was by no means capable of withstanding : his vivacity and his discourse were instantly interrupted ; upon this occasion his very dissimulation had forsaken him. Even in my presence he immediately applied his hands to his pockets, in order to relieve her ; but guess his confusion when he found he had already given away all the money he carried about him to former objects.
Page 76 - ... 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...
Page 398 - I believe the devil put it in my head to fling my stick at it: — well, what will you have on't?
Page 11 - Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Page 251 - ... calamities of decaying nature, and the consciousness of surviving every pleasure, would at once induce him, with his own hand, to terminate the scene of misery ; but happily the contempt of death forsakes him at a time when it could only be prejudicial, and life acquires an imaginary value in proportion as its real value is no more.