Sobriquets and Nicknames, Volume 1888

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Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1887 - Fiction - 482 pages

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Page 318 - Yes, trust them not: for there is an upstart crow beautified with our feathers, that with his tiger's heart, wrapt in a player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you; and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country.
Page 2 - Of these the false Achitophel was first, A name to all succeeding ages curst: For close designs and crooked counsels fit, Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit; Restless, unfixed in principles and place, In power unpleased, impatient of disgrace ; A fiery soul, which working out its way, Fretted the pigmy body to decay, And o'er-informed the tenement of clay.
Page 154 - But as the twilight deepened, he appeared to grow ' very sad about something,' and at length wandered out into the barn-yard, to which his wife, in her anxiety for his health, followed him, entreating him in vain to observe that frost had set in, and to return to the fireside. On being again and again requested to do so, he...
Page 366 - A man of such a gemal mood The heart of all things he embraced, And yet of such fastidious taste, He never found the best too good. Books were his passion and delight And in his upper...
Page 9 - Tis easy conduct when Exchequers flow, But hard the task to manage well, the low : For sovereign power is too depress'd or high, When kings are forced to sell, or crowds to buy. Indulge one labour more, my weary Muse, For Amiel ; who can Amiel's praise refuse ? Of ancient race by birth, but nobler yet In his own worth, and without title great.
Page 357 - Twijfler, which in English means doubter; a name admirably descriptive of his deliberative habits. For though he was a man shut up within himself like an oyster, and of such a profoundly reflective turn that he scarcely ever spoke except in monosyllables; yet did he never make up his mind on any doubtful point.
Page 70 - Sunk were his eyes, his voice was harsh and loud, Sure signs he neither choleric was nor proud : His long chin proved his wit, his saint-like grace — A church vermilion and a Moses
Page 8 - H. Fielding has given a true picture of himself and his first wife, in the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Booth, some compliments to his own figure excepted; and, I am persuaded, several of the incidents he mentions are real matters of fact.
Page 320 - Shimei, whose youth did early promise bring Of zeal to God and hatred to his king, Did wisely from expensive sins refrain, And never broke the sabbath but for gain: Nor ever was he known an oath to vent, Or curse, unless against the government.
Page 107 - There is no God, should now give glory unto His greatness : for penetrating is His power, His hand lies heavy upon me, He hath spoken unto me with a voice of thunder, and I have felt He is a God that can punish enemies. Why should thy excellent wit, His gift, be so blinded, that thou...

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