Rank and Talent: A Novel, Volume 1

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Henry Colburn, 1835 - 943 pages
 

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Page 151 - element,' but the word is over-worn. \Exit. Vio. This fellow is wise enough to play the fool ; And to do that well craves a kind of wit : He must observe their mood on whom he jests, The quality of persons, and the time, And, like the haggard, check at every feather That comes before his eye. This is a practice As full of labour as a wise man's art : . , , For folly that he wisely shows is fit ; But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit.
Page 289 - And whether we shall meet again, I know not. Therefore our everlasting farewell take : For ever, and for ever, farewell, Cassius ! If we do meet again, why we shall smile ; If not, why then this parting was well made.
Page 14 - Yet this affected strain gives me a tongue, " As fetterless as is an emperor's. " I may speak foolishly, ay, knavishly, " Always carelessly, yet no one thinks it fashion " To poise my breath ; for he that laughs and " strikes, " Is lightly felt, or seldom struck again.
Page 32 - tis an impious age ; there was a time (And pity 'tis so good a time had wings To fly away...
Page 241 - MP" at the bottom of his direction, and dispatched it boldly by the post. CHAPTER in. Such is the weaknesse of all mental! hope ; So fickle is the state of earthly things, That ere they come into their aimed scope They fall so short of our frail reckonings, And bring us bale and bitter sorrowings, Instead of comfort which we should embrace.
Page 1 - The general state of men; wars, outrages, The ulcerous deeds of peace, it curbs and cures; It is the kingdom's eye, by which she sees The acts and thoughts of men. Throat. The kingdom's eye! I tell thee, fool, it is the kingdom's nose, By which...
Page 252 - So he quietly put up his razor, while Jenks started up from the chair in something very much resembling a passion. 'This is trifling! 'he exclaimed. 'You have claimed your whiskers — take them.' ' I believe a man has a right to do as he pleases with his own property,' I remarked, and left Jenks washing his face.
Page 85 - I have been taught, Octavio, to deserve, But not to seek reward, that does profane The dignity of virtue. If princes, For their own interests, will not advance Deserving subjects, they must raise themselves , By a brave contempt of fortune.
Page 51 - Exceeding fair she was not ; and yet fair In that she never studied to be fairer Than Nature made her ; beauty cost her nothing...

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