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Page 328 - Could great men thunder As Jove himself does, Jove would ne'er be quiet, For every pelting, petty officer Would use his heaven for thunder. Nothing but thunder...
Page 328 - Than the soft myrtle ; but man, proud man, Brest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd, — His glassy essence, — like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high Heaven, As make the angels weep ; who, with our spleens, Would all themselves laugh mortal.
Page 75 - In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace : and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
Page 68 - But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, 9 saith the LORD of hosts.
Page 159 - From this apparent failure in their expectations of an immediate increase of political happiness, the lovers of liberty and independence began to be less sanguine in their hopes from the American revolution, and to fear that they had built a visionary fabric of government, on the fallacious ideas of public virtue; but that elasticity of the human mind which is nurtured by free institutions, kept them from desponding.
Page 268 - Nisbet's immediate reply shows his wide reading and intimate acquaintance with the intellectual life and doings of the world, but it shows, too, that he finds in the century nothing good. The letter is profoundly pessimistic — there is nothing worthy of praise or even of approval. He writes: Your design of preaching the funeral sermon of the 18th century is pious and rational. It is fit that you should celebrate the Mother that bore you; and her character is large and various enough to afford numerous...
Page 138 - And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
Page 211 - Probably no man on this side of the Atlantic ever brought into the social circle such diversified and ample stores of erudition ; — such an extraordinary knowledge of men, and books, and opinions ; such an amazing fund of rare and racy anecdotes ; and all poured out with so much unstudied simplicity, with such constant flashes of wit and humour, and with such a peculiar mixture of satire and good nature, as kept every co.npany, whether young or old, hanging upon his lips, and doing constant homage...