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Página 218 - I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Página 89 - His Majesty the Emperor of the French, King of Italy, Protector of the confederation of the Rhine, and Mediator of Switzerland, was graciously pleased to make the following reply.
Página 161 - Faculté de théologie de Paris, et où il s'est passé tant de choses si extraordinaires et si hors d'exemple , en font concevoir une si haute idée , qu'on ne peut croire qu'il n'y en ait un sujet bien extraordinaire. Cependant vous serez bien surpris , quand vous apprendrez par ce récit à quoi se termine un si grand éclat ; et c'est ce que je vous dirai en peu de mots , après m'en être parfaitement instruit.
Página 4 - Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than, happiness makes them good. We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity : for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment...
Página 102 - Awake, my St. John! leave all meaner things To low ambition, and the pride of kings. Let us (since life can little more supply Than just to look about us and to die) Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man; A mighty maze! but not without a plan; A wild, where weeds and flowers promiscuous shoot; Or garden tempting with forbidden fruit.
Página 88 - What your father and your grandfather used as an elegance in conversation, is now abandoned to the populace, and every day we miss a little of our own, and collect a little from strangers : this prepares us for a more intimate union with them, in which we merge at last altogether. Every good writer has much idiom ; it is the life and spirit of language ; and none such ever entertained a fear or apprehension that strength and sublimity were to be lowered and weakened by it.
Página 100 - Fuyez de ces auteurs l'abondance stérile ; Et ne vous chargez point d'un détail inutile. Tout ce qu'on dit de trop est fade et rebutant ; L'esprit rassasié le rejette à l'instant. Qui ne sait se borner ne sut jamais écrire.
Página 3 - ... realms of my family : on the right was England, on the left was France : little else could I discover than sterile eminences and extensive shoals. They fled behind me : so pass away generations ; so shift and sink and die away affections. In the wide ocean I was little of a monarch : old men guided me, boys instructed me ; these taught me the names of my towns and harbours, those showed me the extent of my dominions : one cloud, that dissolved in one hour, covered them. I debark in Sicily, place...