The British Essayists: The Idler

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J. Johnson, J. Nichols and Son, R. Baldwin, F. and C. Rivington, W. Otridge and Son, W. J. and J. Richardson, A. Strahan, J. Sewell, R. Faulder, G. and W. Nicol, T. Payne, G. and J. Robinson, W. Lowndes, G. Wilkie, J. Mathews, P. McQueen, Ogilvy and Son, J. Scatcherd, J. Walker, Vernor and Hood, R. Lea, Darton and Harvey, J. Nunn, Lackington and Company, D. Walker, Clarke and Son, G. Kearsley, C. Law, J. White, Longman and Rees, Cadell, Jun. and Davies, J. Barker, T. Kay, Wynne and Company, Pote and Company, Carpenter and Company, W. Miller, Murray and Highley, S. Bagster, T. Hurst, T. Boosey, R. Pheney, W. Baynes, J. Harding, R. H. Evans, J. Mawman; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1802 - English essays
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Page 148 - Reynolds transfer to heroes and to goddesses, to empty splendour and to airy fiction, that art which is now employed in diffusing friendship, in reviving tenderness, in quickening the affections of the absent, and continuing the presence of the dead. Yet in a nation great and opulent there is room, and ought to
Page 55 - and is very seldom attained. The experiments that have been tried, are tried again; he that burned an animal with irons yesterday, will be willing to amuse himself with burning another to-morrow. I know not, that by living dissections any discovery has been made by which a single malady is more easily cured. And if the
Page xv - and struck it out." The same spirit of discontent with public men and measures induced him in No. 11, to describe the attendant on a Court, as one " whose business it is to watch the looks of a being, weak and foolish as himself.
Page 20 - N. 7. SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1758. ONE of the principal amusements of the Idler is to read the works of those minute historians the writers of news, who, though contemptuously overlooked by the composers of bulky volumes, are yet necessary in a nation where much wealth produces much leisure, and one part of the people
Page 136 - These are the great occasions which force the mind to take refuge in religion: when we have no help in ourselves, what can remain but that we look up to a higher and a greater Power ? and to what hope may we not raise our eyes and hearts, when we consider that the greatest POWER is the BEST
Page xvi - in this paper, for which he is unable to account, as he had heard Dr. JOHNSON commend the custom, and never could be at a loss for one, his memory being stored with innumerable passages of the classics. The author told Mrs. PIOZZI, however, that " this practice was forborne, the better to conceal himself and
Page 36 - to tell children of bugbears and goblins. Fear will find every house haunted; and idleness will wait for ever for the moment of illumination. This distinction of seasons is produced only by imagination operating on luxury. To temperance every day is bright, and
Page xxv - Speaking of his own discourses, our great artist says, " Whatever merit they have, must be imputed, in a great measure, to the education which I may be said to have had under Dr. JOHNSON. I do not mean to say, though it
Page 131 - There are some, however, that know the prejudice of mankind in favour of modest sincerity. The vender of the beautifying fluid sells a lotion that repels pimples, washes away freckles, smooths the skin, and plumps the flesh ;,and yet, with a generous abhorrence of ostentation, confesses, that it will not restore the bloom
Page 108 - once pursued the same course of science, and from whence they soared to the most elevated heights of literary fame. This is that incitement which Tally, according to his own testimony, experienced at Athens, when he contemplated the porticos where Socrates sat, and the laurel-groves where Plato disputed. But there are other circumstances, and of the highest importance,

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