Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times: In Three Volumes, Volume 3

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John Darby in Bartholomew-close, 1732 - Ethics

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Page 260 - Tis not the Possible, but the Probable and Likely, which must be the Poet's Guide in Manners. By this he wins Attention, and moves the conscious Reader or Spectator; who judges best from within, by what he naturally feels and experiences in his own Heart. The Perfection of Virtue is from long Art and Management, Self-controul, and, as it were, Force on Nature.
Page 180 - ... from the perfection of Nature in her just adapting of every limb and proportion to the activity, strength, dexterity, life and vigour of the particular species or animal designed.
Page 262 - We see in outward carriage and behaviour how ridiculous any one becomes who imitates another, be he ever so graceful. They are mean spirits who love to copy merely, nothing is agreeable or natural but what is original. Our manners, like our faces, though ever so beautiful, must differ in their beauty.
Page 140 - ... wrought out of nature and drawn from the necessary operation and course of things, working, as it were, of their own accord and proper inclination.
Page 164 - ... is formed of all this management and the clear notion we attain of what is preferable and principal in all these subjects of choice and estimation will not, as I imagine, by any person be taken for innate. Use, practice and culture must precede the understanding and wit of such an advanced size and growth as this.
Page 26 - The just composer of a legitimate piece is like an able traveller, who exactly measures his journey, considers his ground, premeditates his stages and intervals of relaxation and intention to the very conclusion of his undertaking, that he happily arrives where he first proposed when he set out.
Page 333 - I fay, let us fuppofe, that in this ftate of things, one or more of the moft Eminent then in the Church, either out of Defign, or out of fuperftitious...
Page 177 - But such is the nature of the liberal, polished, and refined part of mankind. So far are they from the mere simplicity of babes and sucklings that, instead of applying the notion of a future reward or...
Page 285 - Jcholaftical, under the appearance of a polite Work. It afpires to Dialogue, and carrys
Page 183 - Will it not be found in this respect, above all, "that what is beautiful is harmonious and proportionable'; what is harmonious and proportionable is true; and what is at once both beautiful and true is, of consequence, agreeable and good"?

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