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Pàgina 96 - However, if I shall once have the honour to attend your Grace, I will out of fear and prudence appear as vain as I can, that I may not know your thoughts of me. This is your own direction, but it was needless. For Diogenes himself would be vain to have received the honour of being one moment of his life in the thoughts of your Grace.
Pàgina 150 - I see things more in the whole, more consistent, and more clearly deduced from, and related to each other. But what I gain on the side of philosophy, I lose on the side of poetry : the flowers are gone, when the fruits begin to ripen, and the fruits perhaps will never ripen perfectly.
Pàgina 327 - ... now handled by every dirty wench, condemned to do her drudgery, and, by a capricious kind of fate, destined to make other things clean, and be nasty itself; at length, worn to the stumps in the...
Pàgina 26 - Torpor, or he teazes me like the Fly. This is the Picture of an old Friend, and more like him than that will be which you once afked, and which he will fend you, if you continue ftill to defire it.
Pàgina 46 - Two sick friends never did well together ; such an office is fitter for servants and humble companions, to whom it is wholly indifferent whether we give them trouble or no. The...
Pàgina 27 - Auguftus : but Envy, and Party, and Pride, have hindered it among us. I do not include the Subalterns, of which you are feldom without a large Tribe. Under the name of Poets and Scriblers I fuppofe you mean the Fools you are content to fee fometimes, when they happen to be modeft ; which was not frequent among them while I was in the world.
Pàgina 28 - I like the scheme of our meeting after distresses and dispersions, but the chief end I propose to myself in all my labours is to vex the world rather than divert it ; and if I could compass that design without hurting my own person or fortune, I would be the most indefatigable writer you have ever seen without reading.
Pàgina 129 - ... one or two females) had got many lines by heart here and there, and repeated them often ; yet it happens, that not one...
Pàgina 31 - Our friend Gay is used as the friends of Tories are by Whigs — and generally by Tories too. Because he had humour, he was supposed to have dealt with Dr. Swift, in like manner as when any one had learning formerly, he was thought to have dealt with the devil...