The English Instructor; Or, Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose: Selected from the Most Eminent English Writers, and Designed for the Use and Improvement of Those who Learn that Language

J. Gravier, 1816 - 238 ページ

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123 ページ - judge of particulars one by one; but the general counsels, and the plots, and marshalling of affairs, come best from those that are learned. To spend too much time in studies is sloth ; to use them too much for ornament is
123 ページ - to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humour of a scholar. They perfect nature , and are perfected by experience ; for natural abilities are like natural plants , that need pruning by duty., and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at
123 ページ - serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. The chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business. For expert men can execute, and
184 ページ - Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony ; who though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth ; as which of you shall not? With this 1 depart , that as I
237 ページ - The islands, said he, that lie so fresh and green before thee, and with which the whole face of the ocean appears spotted as far as thou canst see , are more in number than the sand on the sea-shore ; there are myriads of islands
196 ページ - hand , and with a rusty nail he was etching ' another day of misery to add to the heap. As I darkened the little light he had , he lifted : up a hopeless eye towards the door, then cast]' it down — shook his head, and went on with his work
232 ページ - the tops of the mountains, 1 fell into a profound contemplation on the vanity of human life; and passing from one thought to another, surely, said I, man is but a shadow, and life a dream. Whilst I was thus musing, I cast
232 ページ - eyes towards the summit of a rock that was not far from me, where 1 discovered one in the habit of a shepherd, with a little musical instrument in his hand As I looked upon him, he applied it to his
194 ページ - me but health , thou great Bestower of it, and give me but this fair goddess as my companion ; and shower down thy mitres, if it seems good unto thy divine providence , upon those heads which are aching for them. — Pursuing these ideas , I sat down close by my table , and leaning
121 ページ - a hypocrite hath so many things to attend to, as make his life a very perplexed and intricate thing. A liar hath need of a good memory , lest he contradict at one time what he said at another; but truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand,