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" His first defect is that to which may be imputed most of the evil in books or in men. He sacrifices virtue to convenience, and is so much more careful to please than to instruct, that he seems to write without any moral purpose. From his writings indeed... "
The dramatic (poetical) works of William Shakspeare; illustr., embracing a ... - Page xxxiii
by William Shakespeare - 1850
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THE DRAMATIC WORKS AND POEMS OF WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE

SAMUEL WLLER SINGER, F.S.A. - 1871
...and of Mr. Boaden, I speak o Sir Godfrey's present to Dryden as of a copy from th Chandos portrafc ter Shoe-tie the great traveller, and wild Half-can...ABHORSON. Abhor. Sirrah, bring .Barnardine hither. pi moral duty may be selected," (indeed !) " but his irecepts and axioms drop casually from him:" x...
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Shakspeare's Dramatic Art: And His Relation to Calderon and Goethe, Volume 2

Hermann Ulrici - 1876 - 554 pages
...reproaches against Shakspeare which are more or less unfounded. His chief fault is said to be that ' he sacrifices virtue to convenience, and is so much...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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The Plays and Poems of Shakespeare, Volumes 1-2

William Shakespeare - 1878
...pretentious to renown; and little regard is due to that bigotry which sets candor higher than truth. His first defect is that to which may be imputed most...moral purpose. From his writings indeed a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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Rose-Belford's Canadian Monthly and National Review, Volume 6

1881
...materials as they came to hand. Of all things he was the least [didactic. Let us listen to Johnson. ' His first defect is that to which may be imputed most...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally : but his precepts and...
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Selections in English Prose from Elizabeth to Victoria (1580-1880).

James Mercer Garnett - 1891 - 701 pages
...pretensions to renown ; and little regard is due to that bigotry which sets candour higher than truth. His first defect is that to which may be imputed most...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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Shakespeare's Dramatic Art: History and Character of Shakespeare's ..., Volume 2

Hermann Ulrici - 1895
...reproaches against Shakspeare which are more or less unfounded. His chief fault is said to be that ' he sacrifices virtue to convenience, and is so much...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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Selections in English Prose from Elizabeth to Victoria, 1580-1880

James Mercer Garnett - 1899
...pretensions to renown ; and little regard is due to that bigotry which sets candour higher than truth. His first defect is that to which may be imputed most...virtue to convenience, and is so much more careful tojaleas.? than tojnstruct, that he seems to write without any moral purpose. From his writings, indeed,...
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The World's Best Essays, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Volume 6

David Josiah Brewer - 1900
...pretensions to renown; and little regard is due to that bigotry which sets candor higher than truth. His first defect is that to which may be imputed most...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally; but his precepts and...
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Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare

David Nichol Smith - 1903 - 358 pages
...pretensions to renown ; and little regard is due to that bigotry which sets candour higher than truth. His first defect is that to which may be imputed most...moral purpose. From his writings indeed a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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A History of English Poetry, Volume 4

William John Courthope - 1903
...seriousness, which Johnson declared to be wanting in Shakespeare. Shakespeare sacrifices [says the moralist] virtue to convenience, and is so much more careful...moral purpose. From his writings, indeed, a system of social duty may be selected, for he that thinks reasonably must think morally ; but his precepts and...
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