The historical mirror; or, Biographical miscellany for the instruction and entertainment of youth

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Page 219 - Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God : I am the LORD.
Page 243 - ... face. He generally daubs himself with soup and grease, though his napkin is commonly stuck through a buttonhole, and tickles his chin. When he drinks, he infallibly coughs in his glass and besprinkles the company. Besides all this, he has strange...
Page 256 - ... a plain proof, in my mind, how low and unbecoming a thing laughter is. Not to mention the disagreeable noise that it makes, and the shocking distortion of the face that it occasions. Laughter is easily restrained by a very little reflection; but, as it is generally connected with the idea of gaiety, people do not enough attend to its absurdity. I am neither of a melancholy, nor a cynical disposition; and am as willing, and as apt, to be pleased as anybody; but I am sure that, since I have had...
Page 158 - ... of which the crafty man is always in danger; and when he thinks he walks in the dark, all his pretences are so transparent that he that runs may read them...
Page 159 - Indeed, if a man were only to deal in the world for a day, and should never have occasion to converse more with mankind, never more need their good opinion or good word, it were then no great matter...
Page 158 - ... few words ; it is like travelling in a plain beaten road, which commonly brings a -man sooner to his journey's end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves.
Page 158 - Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out ; it is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware : whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.
Page 242 - At dinner, his awkwardness distinguishes itself particularly, as he has more to do : there he holds his knife, fork, and spoon differently from other people; eats with his knife to the great danger of his mouth, picks his teeth with his fork, and puts his spoon, which has been in his throat twenty times, into the dishes again.
Page 242 - Awkwardness can proceed but from two causes; either from, not having kept good company, or from not having attended to/ it.
Page 160 - ... spent his reputation all at once, and ventured it at one throw: but if he be to continue in the world, and would have the advantage of...

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