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Page 114 - ... discourse, or distract you so that you cannot go on, and by consequence, if they cannot be as witty as you are, they can hinder your being any wittier than they are. Thus, if you talk of a candle, he
Page 59 - They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths : their soul is melted because of trouble : they reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
Page 175 - ... we see no chasms or gaps. All quite down from us the descent is by easy steps, and a continued series of things, that in each remove differ very little one from the other.
Page 167 - ... parish, that he has left money to build a steeple to the church : for he was heard to say some time ago, that if he lived two years longer, Coverley church should have a steeple to it.
Page 161 - Catholic world in the following manner. ' There were not ever, before the entrance of the Christian name into the world, men who have maintained a more renowned carriage, than the two great rivals who possess the full fame of the present age, and will be the theme and examination of the future.
Page 168 - This letter, notwithstanding the poor butler's manner of writing it, gave us such an idea of our good old friend, that upon the reading of it there was not a dry eye in the club. Sir Andrew, opening the book, found it to be a collection of acts of parliament.
Page 77 - His Latin and Greek stood him in little stead ; he was to give an account only of the state of his soul : whether he was of the number of the elect ; what was the occasion of his conversion ; upon what day of the month and hour of the day it happened ; how it was carried on, and when completed. The whole examination was summed up with one short question, namely, whether he was prepared for death...
Page 197 - ... fellow, upon changing his condition, will be no longer puzzled how to stand the raillery of his facetious companions; that he need not own he married only to plunder an heiress of her fortune, nor pretend that he uses her ill, to avoid the ridiculous name of a fond husband.