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Impudence in an Englishman is sullen and insolent, in a Scotchman is untractable and rapacious, in an Irishman absurd and fawning; as the course of the world now runs, the impudent Englishman behaves like a surly landlord, the Scot like an ill-received guest, and the Irishman like a stranger who knows he is not welcome. There is seldom anything entertaining either in the impudence of a South or North Briton; but that of an Irishman is always comic. A true and genuine impudence is ever the effect of ignorance without the least sense of it. Steele.
How To Go Through The World.
To go safely through the world, one must have the eye of a falcon, the ear of an ass, the face of an ape, the mouth of a pig, the shoulders of a camel, and the legs of a deer. Italian Proverb.
One should take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
Qualifications Of The Poet.
He who, in an enlightened and literary'society, aspires to be a great poet, must first become a little child. He must take to pieces the whole web of his mind. He must unlearn much of that knowledge which has perhaps constituted hitherto his chief title to superiority. His very talents will be a hindrance to him. His difficulties will be proportioned to his proficiency in the pursuits which are fashionable among his contemporaries; and that proficiency will in general be proportioned to the vigour and activity of his mind. Macaulay.
What Is A Libel?
A libel, according to Sir Francis Bacon, his description thereof, is a lie, a notorious untruth; and then a bell some loud and lewd tongue hath tolled, yea, rung it out, and perchance was welcome music to some hearers thereof.
He that begins without reason, hath reason enough to leave off, by perceiving he had no reason to begin. Jeremy Taylor. Chaos Descrtbed.
Mr , in his poem, makes trees coeval with
chaos;—which is next door to Hans Sachse, who, in describing chaos, said it was so pitchy dark that even the cats ran against each other!
Logic And Ethics Compared.
Ethics makes a man's soul mannerly and wise; but logic is the armoury of reason, furnished with all offensive and defensive weapons.
Table Talk Of The Ancients.
- It would be unpardonable to omit mentioning the table talk of the ancients. In fact, it was one of the points in which they had an advantage over us; for though they were less domestic, they were more social. The absence of printing imparted to their conversation the same superior importance which it gave to their oratory. A modern philosopher lives like a hermit, and publishes in quarto; the ancient one carried his philosophy about with him, and propagated it in the market-place, in shops, and at suppers. The table talk of an age was its wisdom.
TTannay. Pedigree Out-pedigreed.
I remember a contest in the Court of Honour, betwixt the two houses of Constable—the one of Flamborough-head, the other of ConstableBuxton, both in Yorkshire—which should be the eldest. The decision was, it was never decided, both sides producing such ancient evidences that, in mounting up in antiquity like hawks, they did not only lessen but fly out of sight, even beyond the ken and cognizance of any record. Thomas Fuller.
The Advantages Of Courtesy.
I have seen some people rude by being over civil and troublesome in their courtesy; though, these excesses excepted, the knowledge of courtesy and good manners is a very necessary study. It is, like grace and beauty, that which begets liking and an inclination to love one another at first sight, and in the beginning of an acquaintance a familiarity; and consequently, that which first opens the door, and introduces us to better ourselves by the examples of others, if there be anything in the society worth taking notice of.
A Picture Of The Press.
There she is—the great engine—she never sleeps. She has her ambassadors in every quarter of the world—her couriers upon every road. Her officers march along with armies, and her envoys walk into statesmen's cabinets. They are ubiquitous. Yonder journal has an agent at this minute giving bribes at Madrid, and another inspecting the price of potatoes at Covent Garden. Look! here comes the Foreign Express galloping in. They will be able to give news at Downing Street to-morrow: funds will rise or fall, fortunes be made or lost; Lord B. will get up, and, holding the paper in his hand, and seeing the noble marquis in his place, will make a great speech; and Mr Doolan will be called away from his supper at the back kitchen, for he is foreign sub-editor, and sees the mail on the newspaper sheet before he goes to his own. Thackeray.
"Every little helps to lessen the freight," said the captain, as he threw his wife overboard.