The Works of Thomas De Quincey, Volume 5

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Hurd and Houghton, 1876

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Page 494 - Who but must laugh if such a man there be ? Who would not weep if Atticus were he?
Page 414 - For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His can't be wrong whose life is in the right...
Page 409 - twould a saint provoke" (Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke), " No, let a charming chintz, and Brussels lace Wrap my cold limbs, and shade my lifeless face : One would not, sure, be frightful when one's dead — And, Betty, give this cheek a little red.
Page 467 - Then he instructed a young nobleman, that the best poet in England was Mr. Pope (a Papist), who had begun a translation of Homer into English verse, for which he must have them all subscribe. " For," says he, " the author shall not begin to print till I have a thousand guineas for him.
Page 408 - Calista prov'd her conduct nice, And good Simplicius asks of her advice. Sudden she storms ! she raves ! you tip the wink; But spare your censure ; Silia does not drink. All eyes may see from what the change arose ; All eyes may see — a pimple on her nose. Papillia, wedded to her amorous spark, Sighs for the shades —
Page 386 - The commonest novel, by moving in alliance with human fears and hopes, with human instincts of wrong and right, sustains and quickens those affections.
Page 531 - But ask not to what doctors I apply ; Sworn to no master, of no sect am I : As drives the storm, at any door I knock, And house with Montaigne now, or now with Locke...
Page 389 - All the literature of knowledge builds only ground-nests, that are swept away by floods, or confounded by the plough; but the literature of power builds nests in aerial altitudes of temples sacred from violation, or of forests inaccessible to fraud. This is a great prerogative of the power literature; and it is a greater which lies in the mode of its influence. The knowledge literature, like the fashion of this world, passeth away. An...
Page 36 - Thus warranted, the fellows brought their cause before the Queen's Bench, and before the end of Easter term 1713 obtained a rule for the bishop to show cause why a mandamus should not issue to compel him to discharge his judicial functions. Two considerable advantages had been obtained by Bentley about this time. He had been able to apply the principle of divide et...
Page 387 - Lost, are not militant but triumphant for ever as long as the languages exist in which they speak or can be taught to speak. They never can transmigrate into new incarnations. To reproduce these in new forms, or variations, even if in some things they should be improved, would be to plagiarize. A good steamengine is properly superseded by a better. But one lovely pastoral valley is not superseded by another, nor a statue of Praxiteles by a statue of Michael Angelo.

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