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" IT is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself; it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him. There is no danger from me of offending him in this kind ; neither my mind,... "
Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of London from the Roman Invasion to ... - Page 181
by James Peller Malcolm - 1811 - 576 pages
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English Synonymes: With Copious Illustrations and Explanations, Drawn from ...

George Crabb - English language - 1826 - 688 pages
...are apt to disparage the writings of thenrivals ; ' It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself; it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him.' COWLEY. A person may detract from the skill of...
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The British Critic: A New Review, Volume 1

English literature - 1814
...am going on with my gwn •li it:; but as the incomparable' Mr. ' Cowley observes most -ingeniowsly, it is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of it grates Iiis own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing...
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Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors

Laconics, John Timbs - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1829
...conversation.—Khensfone. ccccv. " It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself," says Cowley: "it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him." Let the tenour of his discourse be what it will...
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Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors, Volume 2

John Timbs - Aphorisms and apothegms - 1829
...conversation.— -Shenstone. ccccv. " It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself," says Cowley: "it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him." Let the tenour of his discourse be what it will...
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The Pocket Lacon: Comprising Nearly One Thousand Extracts from the ..., Volume 1

John Taylor - Quotations - 1839
...Speaking of One's Self. — " It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself," says Cowley: "it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him." Let the tenour of his discourse bę what it will...
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Literary Leaves, Volume 1

David Lester Richardson - 1840
...the better order of his admirers. " It is a hard and nice subject," says Cowley, " for a man to speak of himself; it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any praise from him." Cowley, however, was himself an egotist, and ventured to...
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Literary Leaves; Or, Prose and Verse Chiefly Written in India, Volume 1

David Lester Richardson - English literature - 1840
...the better order of his admirers. " It is a hard and nice subject," says Cowley, " for a man to speak of himself ; it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any praise from him." Cowley, however, was himself an egotist, and ventured to...
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Materials for thinking extracted from the works of the learned of all ages

Materials - 1846
...Speaking of One's Self .—" It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself," says Cowley : " it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him." Let the tenour of his discourse be what it will...
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Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest ..., Volume 1

Robert Chambers - English literature - 1847
...these essays, the author's craving for peace and retirement is a frequently recurring theme. Of Myself. It is a har anything of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear anything of praise from him. There is no danger...
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Half-hours with the best authors, selected by C. Knight, Volume 4

Half hours - 1847
...bleeding heart, With all its throbs, its agonies. — Oh Fazio ! Oh Fazio ! 339.— OF MYSELF, COWLEY. IT is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself; it grates his own heart to say anything of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear anything of praise from him. There is no danger...
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