Elements of General Knowledge: Introductory to Useful Books in the Principal Branches of Literature and Science. Designed Chiefly for the Junior Students in the Universities, and the Higher Classes in Schools, Volume 1
Printed at the Press of H. Maxwell, for F. Nichols, Philadelphia, and J. A. Cummings, Boston, 1805 - Books and reading
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Page 36 - The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith, makes up the highest perfection.
Page 29 - Some Passages of the Life and Death of John Earl of Rochester ;" which the critic ought to read for its elegance, the philosopher for its arguments, and the saint for its piety.
Page 377 - Shakes off the dust, and rears his reverend head. Then sculpture and her sister-arts revive ; Stones leap'd to form, and rocks began to live; With sweeter notes each rising temple rung; A Raphael painted, and a Vida sung.
Page 117 - Dryden saw very early that closeness best preserved an author's sense, and that freedom best exhibited his spirit ; he therefore will deserve the highest praise, who can give a representation at once faithful and pleasing, who can convey the same thoughts with the same graces, and who, when he translates changes nothing but the language.
Page 226 - I have regularly and attentively perused these Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion that this volume, independently of its divine origin, contains more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, more pure morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence, than can be collected from all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written.