The Works of Sir William Temple Bart,: Complete in Four Volumes Octavo. : To which is Prefixed, The Life and Character of the Author, Volume 3

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J. Clarke, T. Wotton, D. Brown, H. Lintot ... [and 13 others], 1757 - Europe

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Page 221 - ... if there want sense in proportion to money, or if nature be not followed ; which I take to be the great rule in this, and perhaps in every thing else, as far as the conduct not only of our lives, but our governments.
Page 450 - But, God be thanked, his pride is greater than his ignorance ; and what he wants in knowledge, he supplies by sufficiency. When he has looked about him as far as he can, he concludes there is no more to be seen ; when he is at the end of his line, he is at the bottom of the ocean ; when he has shot his best, he is sure, none ever did nor ever can shoot better or beyond it. His own reason is the certain measure of truth, his own knowledge, of what is possible in nature...
Page 453 - Phalaris to have more race, more spirit, more force of wit and genius, than any others I have ever seen, either ancient or modern.
Page 216 - ... some of the company that were reviling our climate, and extolling those of Italy and Spain, or at least of France. He said he thought that was the best climate, where he could be abroad in the air with pleasure, or at least without trouble...
Page 394 - For there must be an universal genius, of great compass as well as great elevation ; there must be a sprightly imagination or fancy, fertile in a thousand productions, ranging over infinite ground, piercing into every corner, and by the light of that true poetical fire discovering a thousand little bodies or images in the world, and similitudes among them unseen to common eyes, and which could not be discovered without the rays of that sun.
Page 221 - The perfectest figure of a garden I ever saw, either at home or abroad, was that of Moor Park in Hertfordshire, when I knew it about thirty years ago. It was made by the Countess of Bedford...
Page 449 - ... we pretend to give a clear account how thunder and lightning (that great artillery of God Almighty) is produced ; and we cannot comprehend how the voice of a man is framed, that poor little noise we make every time we speak.
Page 494 - ... of them which makes them inexcusable. In this world, madam, there is nothing perfectly good ; and whatever is called so, is but either comparatively with other things of its kind, or else with the evil that is mingled in its composition ; so he is a good man who is better than men commonly are, or in whom the good qualities are more than the bad...
Page 417 - We are not only more unlike one another than any nation I know, but we are more unlike ourselves too at several times, and owe to our very air some ill qualities as well as many good.
Page 494 - If you look about you, and consider the lives of others as well as your own; if you think how few are born with honour, and how many die without name or children; how little beauty we see, and how few friends we hear of; how many diseases, and how much poverty there is in the world; you will fall down upon your knees, and, instead of repining at one affliction, will admire so many blessings which you have received from the hand of God.

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