The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, Volumen19

J. Johnson, 1801

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Página 210 - This was all said and done with his usual seriousness on such occasions ; and, in spite of every thing we could say to the contrary, he actually obliged us to take the money.
Página 220 - Three years afterwards (1704) was published the Tale of a Tub. Of this book charity may be persuaded to think that it might be written, by a man of a peculiar character, without ill intention ; but it is certainly of dangerous example.
Página 210 - Ay, that would have done very well : two shillings : tarts a shilling. But you will drink a glass of wine with me, though you supped so much before your usual time, only to spare my pocket.' — ' No, we had rather talk with you than drink with you.
Página 211 - ... neglect of those ceremonies which custom has established as the barriers between one order of society and another. This transgression of regularity was by himself and his admirers termed greatness of soul ; but a great mind disdains to hold any thing by courtesy, and therefore never usurps what a lawful claimant may take away. He that encroaches on another's dignity, puts himself in his power; he is either repelled with helpless indignity, or endured by clemency and condescension.
Página 210 - But, if you had supped with me, as in all reason you ought to have done, you must then have drunk with me.
Página 206 - This easy and safe conveyance of meaning it was Swift's desire to attain, and for having attained he deserves praise, though perhaps not the highest praise. For purposes merely didactic, when something is to be told that was not known before, it is the best mode, but against that inattention by which known truths are suffered to lie neglected, it makes no provision ; it instructs, but does not persuade.
Página 43 - Temple, for recommending me to the late king, although without success, and for his choice of me to take care of his posthumous writings. But I hope you will not charge my living in his family as an obligation, for I was educated to little purpose, if I retired to his house on any other motives than the benefit of his conversation and advice, and the opportunity of pursuing my studies. For, being born to no fortune, I was at his death as far to seek as ever, and perhaps you will allow that I v. as...
Página 2 - I am in, how low I am fallen in your honour's thoughts, has denied me assurance enough to beg this favour, till I find it impossible to avoid : and I entreat your honour to understand, that no person is admitted here to a living, without some knowledge of his abilities for it : which it being reckoned impossible to judge in those who are not ordained, the usual method is to admit men first to some small reader's place, till, by preaching upon occasions, they can value themselves for better preferment.
Página 212 - The greatest difficulty that occurs, in analy2ing his character, is to discover by what depravity of intellect he took delight in revolving ideas, from which • almost every other mind shrinks with disgust.
Página 149 - The Duchess of Marlborough makes great court to me; but I am too old for her, mind and body.

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