The Edinburgh Review, Volume 57; Volume 91

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A. and C. Black, 1850 - English literature

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Page 366 - Wit, abstracted from its effects upon the hearer, may be more rigorously and philosophically considered as a kind of discordia concors: a combination of dissimilar images, or discovery of occult resemblances in things apparently unlike.
Page 532 - ... all the symptoms which I have ever met with in history, previous to great changes and revolutions in Government, now exist, and daily increase in France.
Page 3 - Science moves, but slowly, slowly, creeping on from point to point : Slowly comes a hungry people, as a lion, creeping nigher, Glares at one that nods and winks behind a slowly dying fire.
Page 7 - Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay To mould me man ? Did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me...
Page 375 - Change, from contrasting the monkeys with the 'prentice boys who are teasing them ; but a few pages of Locke, or a few lines of Milton, have always restored me to tranquillity, and convinced me that the superiority of man had nothing to fear.
Page 370 - I have talked of the danger of wit; I do not mean by that to enter into common-place declamation against faculties because they are dangerous ; wit is dangerous, eloquence is dangerous, a talent for observation is dangerous, every thing is dangerous that has efficacy and vigour for its characteristics ; nothing is safe but mediocrity.
Page 334 - Are brought ; and feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce, From beds of raging fire to starve in ice...
Page 378 - There was a good number entertained with good cheer by the chamberlain ; and after dinner they went to hunting the fox : there was a great cry for a mile, and at length the hounds killed him at the end of St. Giles's.
Page 139 - ... a paramount reverence for the forms of the constitution, enforcing obedience to the authorities acting under and within those forms, yet combined with the habit of open speech, of action subject only to definite legal control, and unrestrained censure of those very authorities as to all their public acts — combined too with a perfect confidence in the bosom of every citizen, amidst the bitterness of party contest, that the forms of the constitution will not be less sacred in the eyes of his...
Page 370 - ... morality, and religion ten thousand times better than wit ;— wit is then a beautiful and delightful part of our nature. There is no more interesting spectacle than to see the effects of wit upon the different characters of men, than to observe it expanding caution, relaxing dignity, unfreezing coldness — teaching age, and care, and pain, to smile — extorting reluctant gleams of pleasure from melancholy, and charming...

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