Memoirs of the life, works, and correspondence of sir William Temple


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Page 184 - I know several learned men (or that usually pass for such, under the name of critics) have not esteemed them genuine, and Politian, with some others, have attributed them to Lucian: but I think he must have little skill in painting, that cannot find out this to be an original; such diversity of passions, upon such variety of actions and passages of life and government, such freedom of thought, such boldness of expression, such bounty to his friends, such scorn of his enemies, such honour of learned...
Page 139 - I entreat that your honour will consider this, and will please to send me some certificate of my behaviour during almost three years in your family; wherein I shall stand in need of all your goodness to excuse my many weaknesses and oversights, much more to say any thing to my advantage.
Page 268 - Were I to prescribe a rule for drinking, it should be formed upon a saying quoted by Sir William Temple: The first glass for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humour, and the fourth for mine enemies.
Page 141 - I expected every great minister, who honoured me with his acquaintance, if he heard or saw any thing to my disadvantage, would let me know in plain words, and not put me in pain to guess by the change or coldness of his countenance or behaviour ; for it was what I would hardly bear from a crowned head, and I thought no subject's favour was worth it ; and that I designed to let my lord keeper and Mr Harley know the same thing, that they might use me accordingly.
Page 141 - never to appear cold to me, for I would not be treated like a schoolboy; that I had felt too much of that in my life already...
Page 140 - ... to my advantage. The particulars expected of me are what relate to morals and learning, and the reasons of quitting your honour's family, that is, whether the last was occasioned by any ill actions. They are all left entirely to your honour's mercy, though in the first I think I cannot reproach myself any farther than for infirmities.
Page 141 - I called at Mr. Secretary the other day, to see what the d ailed him on Sunday : I made him a very proper speech ; told him I observed he was much out of temper, that I did not expect he would tell me the cause, but would be glad to see he was in better...
Page 143 - I think Mr. St. John the greatest young man I ever knew ; wit, capacity, beauty, quickness of apprehension, good learning, and an excellent taste ; the best orator in the house of commons, admirable conversation, good nature, and good manners ; generous, and a despiser of money.
Page 170 - The call for books was not in Milton's age what it is in the present. To read was not then a general amusement; neither traders, nor often gentlemen, thought themselves disgraced by ignorance. The women had not then aspired to literature, nor was every house supplied with a closet of knowledge.
Page 296 - tis affected. Ambitioned is a great word with him, and ignore ; my concern, or of great concern, is, it seems, properer than concernment : and though he makes his people say fine handsome things to one another, yet they are not easy and naive like the French, and there is a little harshness in most of the discourse that one would take to be the fault of a translator rather than of an author. But perhaps I like it the worse for having a piece of Cyrus by me that I am hugely pleased with, and that...

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