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cion of doubt of his success in either instance,
yet had not his manners much the pre-emi-
nence over those of his neighbours; and as to
appearance, scarce ever did dancing-matter
look leis like the gentleman than did his lord-
ship. -
The statue is, according to the old idea,
always in block; but this is not the case with
man. A Phidias or a Praxiteles might produce
an elegant figure out of any tolerable found
piece of marble. But let us suppose the atten-
tion of the whole polite world to have been af-
fixed to the late Dr. Goldsmith from the hour
of his birth, would that attention have produced
the gentleman? No; he might, indeed, have
been wearied into imitations of gentility, as
the bear is taught to dance, by putting hot

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EXTRACTS from the APHORISMS of GREAT MEN. Sloanian MS. 1523.

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: Alluding to the print of Mr. Fox riding upon an elephant, in the character of Carlo

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of his popularity.

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§ The appellation given by Mr. Sheridan to Mr. Pitt, borrowed from the play of the Al

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