Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, Volume 3

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Page 353 - For if he passes the present only for a moment, he may as well pass it for many years. And by this reckoning he may with as good right repeat the...
Page 177 - Among the vulgar, perhaps it may do wonders. A devil and a hell may prevail, where a jail and gallows are thought insufficient.
Page 170 - ... and have occafion to find that, after all, the world too knows better ; and that their few friends and admirers have either a Very (hallow wit, or a very profound hypocrify.
Page 277 - Earl of was pleased to read the tragedy twice over before it was acted, and did me the favour to send me word, that I had written beyond any of my former plays, and that he was displeased any thing should be cut away.
Page 181 - Tis the inward beauty of the body. And when the harmony and just measures of the rising pulses, the circulating humours, and the moving airs or spirits, are disturbed or lost, deformity enters, and with it, calamity and ruin. Should not this (one would imagine) be still the same case and hold equally as to the mind?
Page 164 - ... properly of themselves without our art, promotion or assistance, the general idea which 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 291 - ... reformers are nicely qualified to hit the air of breeding and gentility, they will in time, no doubt, refine their manner and improve this jocular method, to the edification of the polite world, who have been so long seduced by the way of raillery and wit.
Page 177 - this is right, or that wrong": they may believe "this a crime, or that a sin; this punishable by man, or that by God": yet if the savour of things lies cross to honesty; if the fancy be florid and the appetite high towards the subaltern beauties and lower order of worldly symmetries and proportions, the conduct will infallibly turn this latter way.
Page 141 - And now in all the principal Works of Ingenuity and Art, SIMPLICITY and NATURE began chiefly to be fought : And this was the TASTE which lafted thro' fo many Ages, till the Ruin of all things, under a Univerfal Monarchy.
Page 42 - We know very well, that nothing is more injurious to the police, or municipal conftitution of any city or colony , than the forcing of a particular trade. Nothing more dangerous than the overpeopling any manufacture, or multiplying the traders or dealers of whatever vocation , beyond their natural proportion, and the public demand. Now, it happened of old, in this mother -land of fuperftition, that the fons of certain artifts were by la\# obliged always to follow the fame calling with their fathers...

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