Select British Classics, Volume 8

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J. Conrad, 1803

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Subject of Essays often suggested by chance c
Folly and Inconvenience of Affectation
Prohibition of Revenge justified by Reason c
History of a Beauty
Anxieties of Literature not less than those of Public
Anningait and Ajut a Greenland History
Desire of Gain the general passion
History of Anningait and Ajut concluded
Difficulty of educating a young Nobleman
Contrariety of Criticism Vanity of Objection
Favour often gained with little assistance from un derstanding
Miseries of a Beauty defaced
Mischiefs of Falsehoods Character of Turpicula
Idleness an anxious and miserable State
History of Abouzaid the Son of Morad
Folly of annual Retreats into the country
Meanness and Mischiefs of indiscriminate Dedica tion
Necessisy of Literary Courage
Original characters to be found in the country Cha racter of Mrs Busy
A critical examination of Sampson Agonistes
Criticism continued
Danger of attempting wit in conversation Charac ter of Papilius
An account of Squire Bluster
Criterions of Plagiarism
Difficulty of raising Reputation Various species of Detractors
Petty writers not to be despised
An account of an author travelling in quest of his own character Uncertainty of Fame
Courtiers Esteem of Assurance
Cruelty of parental Tyranny 221
Benefits not always entitled to gratitude 150 Adversity useful to the acquisition of knowledge
Climacterics of the mind
Criticism on Epistolary Writings

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Page 46 - Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry 'Hold, hold!
Page 80 - We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true principles of action are not known, but because for a time they are not remembered ; and he may therefore be justly numbered among the benefactors of mankind, who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind.
Page 129 - ... on every side in danger of error and of guilt, which we are certain to avoid only by speedy forgiveness. From this pacific and harmless temper, thus propitious to others and ourselves, to domestic tranquillity and to social happiness, no man is withheld but by pride, by the fear of being insulted by his adversary, or despised by the world. It may be laid down as an unfailing and universal axiom, that " all pride is abject and mean.
Page 47 - ... peruses it without some disturbance of his attention from the counteraction of the words to the ideas. What can be more dreadful than to implore the presence of night, invested not in common obscurity, but in the smoke of hell ? Yet the efficacy of this invocation is destroyed by the insertion of an epithet now seldom heard but in the stable, and dun° night may come or go without any other notice than contempt.
Page 79 - The depravity of mankind is so easily discoverable, that nothing but the desert or the cell can exclude it from notice. The knowledge of crimes intrudes uncalled and undesired. They whom their abstraction from common occurrences hinders from seeing iniquity, will quickly have their attention awakened by feeling it. Even he who ventures not into the world, may learn its corruption in his closet.
Page 172 - Wit, you know, is the unexpected copulation of ideas, the discovery of some occult relation between images in appearance remote from each other; an effusion of wit, therefore, presupposes an accumulation of knowledge ; a memory stored with notions, which the imagination may cull out to compose new assemblages. Whatever may be the native vigour of the mind, she can never form many combinations from few ideas, as many changes can never be rung upon a few bells.
Page 6 - ... repulsion. There are others which immediately cohere whenever they come into the reach of mutual attraction, and with very little formality of preparation mingle intimately as soon as they meet.
Page 240 - He that condemns himself to compose on a stated day, will often bring to his task an attention dissipated, a memory embarrassed, an imagination overwhelmed, a mind distracted with anxieties, a body languishing with disease : he will labour on a barren topic, till it is too late to change it ; or, in the ardour of invention, diffuse his thoughts into wild exuberance, which the pressing hour of publication cannot suffer judgment to examine or reduce.
Page 121 - As every scheme of life, so every form of writing has its advantages and inconveniences, though not mingled in the same proportions. The writer of essays escapes many embarrassments to which a large work would have exposed him ; he seldom harasses his reason with long trains of consequences, dims his eyes with the perusal of antiquated volumes, or burdens his memory with great accumulations of preparatory knowledge.
Page 118 - Envy is almost the only vice which is practicable at all times, and in every place; the only passion which can never lie quiet for want of irritation: its effects therefore are every-where discoverable, and its attempts always to be dreaded.

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