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Page 647 - No traveller returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all...
Page 613 - The time in which he lived had reason to lament his obstinacy of silence ; " for he was," says Steele, " above all men in that talent called humour, and enjoyed it in such perfection, that I have often reflected, after a night spent with him apart from all the world, that I had had the pleasure of conversing with an intimate acquaintance of Terence and Catullus, who had all their wit and nature, heightened with humour more exquisite and delightful than any other man ever possessed.
Page 647 - tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die: to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil...
Page 605 - I told him there was nothing I so ardently wished, as that we might some time or other publish a work written by us both, which should bear the name of The Monument, in memory of our friendship.
Page 615 - Drummer ; at the same time I will allow, that he sent for me, which he could always do, from his natural power over me, as much as he could send for any of his clerks when he was secretary of state, and told me that " a gentleman then in the room had written a play that he was sure I would like, but it was to be a secret, and he knew I would take as much pains, since he recommended it, as I would for him.
Page 605 - I had never publicly acknowledged them. After I have put other friends upon importuning him to publish dramatic, as well as other writings he has by him, I shall end what I think I am obliged to say on this head, by giving my reader this hint for the better judging of my productions, that the best comment upon them would be an account when the patron to the Tender Husband was in England, or abroad.
Page 363 - I shall not compliment you upon your birth, person, or fortune ; nor on any other the like perfections which you possess, whether you will or no ; but shall only touch upon those which are of your own acquiring, and in which every one must allow you have a real merit.
Page 623 - From place to place forlorn I go, With downcast eyes a silent shade; Forbidden to declare my woe; To speak, till spoken to, afraid.
Page 615 - was particular in this writer, that when he had taken his resolution or made his plan for what he designed to write, he would walk about a room and dictate it into language with as much freedom and ease as any one could write it down, and attend to the coherence and grammar of what he dictated.