The Life of Sir Joshua Reynolds: Comprising Original Anecdotes of Many Distinguished Persons, His Contemporaries; and a Brief Analysis of His Discourses

Henry Colburn, 1819

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Seite 148 - Pierced may be right. The consequence of a bruise is sometimes matter collected, and this can no way be cured without piercing or letting it out. Thus in Hamlet: " It will but skin and film the ulcerous place. Whiles rank corruption, mining all within, Infects unseen." Again,
Seite 223 - select and terse ; . - ; Jones teach me modesty and Greek, : • Smith how to think, Burke how to speak, And Beauclerk To converse. Let Johnson teach me how to place, In fairest light, each borrow'd grace, From him I'll learn to write; Copy his clear, familiar style, And from the roughness of his file Grow like himself—polite.
Seite 218 - gentle, complying, and bland ; Still born to. improve us in every part, His pencil our faces, his manners our heart: . To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering, When they judged without skill, : he
Seite 145 - frieze, Buttrice, nor coigne of vantage, but this bird Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle: Where they most breed and haunt, I have observ'd The air is delicate.
Seite 82 - for having, in a degree, forced himself into an intimacy; when Johnson said, " If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone: a man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
Seite 340 - that it is by being conversant with the invention of others, that we learn to invent; as, by reading the thoughts of others, we learn to think."— " The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter."—
Seite 14 - lay Spenser's Fairy Queen, in which he very early took delight to read, till, by feeling the charms of Terse, he became, as he relates, irrecoverably a poet. Such are the Accidents which, sometimes remembered, and perhaps sometimes forgotten, produce that particular designation of mind, and propensity for some certain science or
Seite 71 - were low indeed, he addressed himself in a loud tone to Mr. Reynolds, saying, " How much do you think you and I could get in a week, if we were to work as hard as we could?" as if they had been common mechanics.
Seite 145 - conversation •very naturally turns upon the beauty of its situation, and the pleasantness of the air; and Banquo, observing the martlets' nests in every recess of the cornice, remarks, that where those birds most breed and haunt the air is delicate. The subject of
Seite 330 - like an angel, but talk'd like poor Poll." Sir Joshua Reynolds mentioned to Boswell that he frequently had heard Goldsmith talk warmly of the pleasure of being liked, and observe how hard it would be if literary excellence should preclude a man from that satisfaction, which he perceived it often did, from the envy which attended it ; and

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