Cyclopædia of biography, a series of original memoirs of the most distinguished persons of all times ed. by E. Rich


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Seite 183 - I came into the House one morning, well clad, and perceived a gentleman speaking, whom I knew not, very ordinarily apparelled ; for it was a plain cloth suit, which seemed to have been made by an ill country tailor ; his linen was plain, and not very clean; and I remember a speck or two of blood upon his little band, which was not much larger than his collar : his hat was without a hatband. His stature was of a good size ; his sword stuck close to his side ; his countenance swollen and reddish; his...
Seite 9 - That it be recommended to the respective assemblies and conventions of the united colonies, where no government sufficient to the exigencies of their affairs has been hitherto established to adopt such government as shall, in the opinion of the representatives of the people, best conduce to the happiness and safety of their constituents in particular, and America in general.
Seite 320 - I had no sooner spoken these words but a loud though yet gentle noise came from the heavens, for it was like nothing on earth, which did so comfort and cheer me that I took my petition as granted, and that I had the sign I demanded, whereupon also I resolved to print my book.
Seite 154 - It may be observable too, that my muse and my spouse were equally prolific ; that the one was seldom the mother of a child, but in the same year the other made me the father of a play.
Seite 23 - The history of Alexander forms an important epoch in the history of mankind. Unlike other Asiatic conquerors, his progress was marked by something more than devastation and ruin ; at every step of his course the Greek language and civilization took root and flourished ; and after his death Greek kingdoms were formed in all parts of Asia, which continued to exist for centuries. By his conquests the knowledge of mankind was in.
Seite 333 - Sir, (added he) go back to those who sent you, and acquaint them, that no officer of mine shall attend soldiers ; and let them know at the same time, that the laws of this kingdom are not to be executed by the sword : these matters belong to the civil power, and you have nothing to do with them.
Seite 264 - The philosopher, however, was supported only by philosophy, and in the love of truth he found л miserable substitute for the hopes of the martyr. Galileo cowered under the fear of man, and his submission was the salvation of the church. The sword of the inquisition descended on his prostrate neck, and though its stroke was not physical, yet it fell with a moral influence, fatal to the character of its victim, and to the dignity of science.
Seite 403 - Be of good comfort, master Ridley, and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
Seite 57 - He ever wish'd to pass for what he was : One that swerved much and oft, but being still Deliberately bent upon the right, Had kept it in the main ; one that much loved Whate'er in man is worthy high respect, And in his soul devoutly did aspire To be it all ; yet felt from time to time The littleness that clings to what is human. And suffer'd from the shame of having felt it.
Seite 261 - Whether he most excelled in portraits, landscapes, or fancy pictures, it is difficult to determine : whether his portraits were most admirable for exact truth of resemblance, or his landscapes for a portrait-like representation of nature, such as we see in the works of Rubens, Ruysdael, or others of these schools.

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