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Seite 41 - Dovedale by the extent of its prospects, the awfulness of its shades, the horrors of its precipices, the verdure of its hollows, and the loftiness of its rocks : the ideas which it forces upon the mind are, the sublime, the dreadful, and the vast. Above is inaccessible altitude, below is horrible profundity.
Seite 71 - You think I love flattery (says Dr. Johnson), and so I do; but a little too much always disgusts me: that fellow Richardson, on the contrary, could not be contented to sail quietly down the stream of reputation, without longing to taste the froth from every stroke of the oar.
Seite 152 - The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket ; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed. From the author of Fitzosborne's Letters I cannot think myself in much danger. I met him only once about thirty years ago, and in some small dispute reduced him to whistle ; having not seen him since, that is the last impression.
Seite 155 - A friend may be often found and lost, but an old friend never can be found, and nature has provided that he cannot easily be lost.
Seite 138 - The return of my birth-day, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
Seite 149 - Dr. Johnson shook the hospitable master of the house kindly by the hand, and said, " Farewell my dear Sir, and remember that I wish you all the success which ought to be wished you, which can possibly be wished you indeed — by an honest man.
Seite 152 - There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow; but there is something in it so like virtue, that he who is wholly without it, cannot be loved, nor will by me at least be thought worthy of esteem.
Seite 173 - ... level of the former, and is of the same rectangular figure ; so that both together are an exact square. This was the room allotted for the slaves who attended to heat the place ; the other was the receptacle of the fuel designed to heat the room above, the concamerata...
Seite 160 - Johnson himself set the example, and extended to her that compliant indulgence which he showed not to any other person. I have heard her scold him like a schoolboy, for soiling her floor with his shoes; for she was clean as a Dutch-woman in her house, and exactly neat in her person. Dress, too, she loved in her odd way ; but we will not assert that the Graces were her handmaids. Friendly, cordial, and cheerful to those she loved, she was more esteemed, more amusing, and more regretted, than many...