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Page 420 - You say you cannot conceive how lord Shaftesbury came to be a philosopher in vogue; I will tell you: first, he was a lord; secondly, he was as vain as any of his readers ; thirdly, men are very prone to believe what they do not understand; fourthly, they will believe any thing at all, provided they are under no obligation to believe it...
Page 457 - His energy divine; he tells the heart, He meant, he made us to behold and love What he beholds and loves, the general orb Of life and being; to be great like him, Beneficent and active. Thus the men Whom Nature's works can charm, with God himself Hold converse; grow familiar, day by day, With his conceptions, act upon his plan; And form to his, the relish of their souls.
Page 72 - He that teaches us any thing which we knew not before, is undoubtedly to be reverenced as a master. He that conveys knowledge by more pleasing ways, may very properly be loved as a benefactor ; and he that supplies life with innocent amusement, will be certainly caressed as a pleasing companion.
Page 119 - to India, who was invited there to make a fortune; but it did not take place. He talked much of travelling into Poland, to observe the life of the Palatines, the account of which struck his curiosity very much.
Page 316 - The composition of sermons is not very difficult : the divisions not only help the memory of the hearer, but direct the judgment of the writer ; they supply sources of invention, and keep every part in its proper place.
Page 136 - Yet hear, alas ! this mournful truth, Nor hear it with a frown ; — Thou canst not make the tea so fast As I can gulp it down.
Page 456 - ... scenes? Painters, statuaries', and poets, therefore, are always ambitious to acknowledge themselves the pupils of nature ; and as their skill increases, they grow more and more delighted with every view of the animal and vegetable world. But the...
Page 223 - I was so far from giving an intemperate opposition, that I could not be said, in any sense of the word, to oppose them at all ; I mean, the three first. I certainly voted against the secretary of the day, but oftener voted with him. In Lord Hertford's administration, I had attained to a certain view and decided opinion of what was fit, in my mind, to be done for this country.
Page 233 - ... our people they had taken, were given up to their young warriors to be put to death after their barbarous manner. On our retreat, we were met by colonel Logan, who was hastening to join us, with a number of well armed men.