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Seite 42 - 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 73 - 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 154 - 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 173 - The Hypocaust is of a triangular figure, supported by thirty-two pillars, two feet ten inches and a half high, and about eighteen inches distant from each other. Upon each is a tile eighteen inches square, as if designed for a capital ; and over them a perforated tile, two feet square. Such are continued over all the pillars. Above these are two layers ; one of coarse mortar, mixed with small red gravel, about three inches thick ; and...
Seite 151 - 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 162 - 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 hand-maids. Friendly, cordial, and cheerful to those she loved ; she was more esteemed, more amusing, and more regretted, than many a polished character, over whose smooth, but insipid surface, the attention of those who have mind passes listless and uninterested.
Seite 154 - 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 156 - Esteem of great powers, or amiable qualities newly discovered, may embroider a day or week, but a friendship of twenty years, is interwoven with the texture of life. 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 182 - Dr. Taylor is better, and is gone out in the chaise. My rheumatism is better too. I would have been glad to go to Hagley, in compliance with Mr. Lyttelton's (') kind invitation, for, beside the pleasure of his company, I should have had the opportunity of recollecting past times, and wandering per mantes notos(') et flumina.
Seite 161 - With a marked vulgarity of address and language, and but little intellectual cultivation, she had a certain shrewdness of understanding, and piquant humour, with the most perfect truth and integrity. By these good traits in her character were the most respectable inhabitants of this place induced to bear with kind smiles her mulish obstinacy and perverse contradictions. Johnson himself, often her guest, set the example, and extended to her that compliant indulgence which he shewed not to any other...