The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff Esq;: Revised and Corrected by the Author. ...

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John Nutt, and sold by John Morphew, near Stationers-Hall., 1712 - English essays

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Page 197 - THERE are two kinds of immortality; that which the soul really enjoys after this life, and that imaginary existence by which men live in their fame and reputation. The best and greatest actions have proceeded from the prospect of the one or the other of these; but my design is to treat only of those who have chiefly proposed to themselves the latter, as the principal reward of their labours. It was for...
Page 281 - His mother, between laughing and chiding, would have put him out of the room; but I would not part with him so. I found upon conversation with him, though he was a little noisy in his mirth, that the child had excellent parts, and was a great master of all the learning on the other side eight years old.
Page 277 - The boys and girls strive who shall come first, when they think it is I that am knocking at the door ; and that child which loses the race to me runs back again to tell the father it is Mr.
Page 351 - I read in books or see among mankind, than such passages as represent human nature in its proper dignity. As man is a creature made up of different extremes, he has something in him very great and very mean.
Page 225 - I see you do not like the subject I am upon: let nothing provoke you to fall upon an imperfection he cannot help; for, if he has a resenting spirit, he will think your aversion as immoveable as the imperfection with which you upbraid him.
Page 57 - August 24. The author of the ensuing letter, by his name, and the quotations he makes from the ancients, seems a sort of spy from the old world, whom we moderns ought to be careful of offending; therefore I must be free, and own it a fair hit where he takes me, rather than disoblige him. • SIR, ' Having a peculiar humour of desiring to be . somewhat the better or wiser for what I read, I am always...
Page 197 - ... which Men live in their Fame and Reputation. The best and greatest Actions have proceeded from the Prospect of the one or the other of these; but my Design is to treat only of those who have chiefly proposed to themselves the latter as the principal Reward of their Labours. It was for this Reason that I excluded from my Tables of Fame all the great Founders and Votaries of Religion; and it is for this...
Page 105 - He never attempts your passions until he has convinced your reason. All the objections which he can form are laid open and dispersed before he uses the least vehemence in his sermon ; but when he thinks he has your head, he very soon wins your heart; and never pretends to show the beauty of holiness until he hath convinced you of the truth of it.
Page 277 - I am, as it were, at home at that house, and every member of it knows me for their wellwisher. I cannot, indeed, express the pleasure it is to be met by the children with so much joy as I am when I go thither. The boys and girls strive who shall come first when they think it is I that am knocking at the door...
Page 351 - Their business is, to depreciate human nature, and consider it under its worst appearances. They give mean interpretations and base motives to the worthiest actions : they resolve virtue and vice into constitution. In short, they endeavour to make no distinction between man and man, or between the species of men, and that of brutes.

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