The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, Band 16
J. Johnson, J. Nichols, R. Baldwin, Otridge and Son, J. Sewell, F. and C. Rivington, T. Payne, R. Faulder, G. and J. Robinson, R. Lea, J. Nunn, W. Cuthell, T. Egerton, ... [and 12 others], 1801
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Seite 142 - I directly advise you to go upon the road, which is the only post of honour left you : there you will meet many of your old comrades, and live a short life and a merry one, and make a figure at your exit, wherein I will give you some instructions.
Seite 314 - He said, that the difference betwixt a mad-man and one in his wits, in what related to speech, consisted in this : That the former spoke out whatever came into his mind, and just in the confused manner as his imagination presented the ideas. The latter only expressed such thoughts, as his judgment directed him to chuse, leaving the rest to die away in his memory. And that if the wisest man would at any time utter his thoughts, in the crude indigested manner, as they come into his head, he would be...
Seite 319 - Of arguers, perpetual contradictors, long talkers, those who are absent in company, interrupters, not listeners, loud laughers. Of those men and women whose face is ever in a smile, talk ever with a smile, condole with a smile, &c. Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation; as it is generally in books the worst sort of reading.
Seite 340 - ... next, as to the style; that he affects the use of French words, as well as some turns of expression peculiar to that language* I believe, those who make the former criticism, do not well consider the nature of Memoirs. It is to the French (if I mistake not) we chiefly owe that manner of writing ; and Sir William Temple is not only the first, but, I think, the only Englishman (at least of any consequence) who ever attempted it.
Seite 194 - I shall not often draw such long quotations as this, which I could not forbear to offer as a specimen of the propriety and perspicuity .of this author's style. And indeed, what a light...
Seite 250 - But none of these defects derive contempt to the speaker : whereas, what we call the Irish brogue is no sooner discovered, than it makes the deliverer in the last degree ridiculous and despised ; and, from such a mouth, an Englishman expects nothing but bulls, blunders, and follies.
Seite 346 - It is generally believed that this author has advanced our English tongue to as great a perfection as it can well bear...
Seite 317 - Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none : if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.