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Bread is the staff of life.
Tale of a Tub.
The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
Thoughts on Various Subjects. Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
A nice man is a man of nasty ideas. Ibid. Not die here in a rage like a poisoned rat in a hole. Letter to Bolingbroke, March 21, 1729.
I shall be like that tree, I shall die at the top. Scott's Life of Swift.
ALAIN RENÉ LE SAGE.
I wish you all sorts of prosperity with a little Gil Blas. Book vii. Ch. 4.
1 When the poem of "Cadenus and Vanessa," was the general topic of conversation some one said, "Surely that Vanessa must be an extraordinary woman, that could inspire the Dean to write so finely upon her." Mrs. Johnson smiled and answered, that "she thought that point not quite so clear, for it was well known the Dean could write finely upon a broomstick."— Johnson's Life of Swift.
COLLEY CIBBER. 1671-1757.
So mourned the dame of Ephesus her love; And thus the soldier, armed with resolution, Told his soft tale, and was a thriving wooer. Richard III. Altered. Act ii. Sc. 1.
Now by St. Paul the work goes bravely on.
Act iii. Sc. I.
The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian dome
I've lately had two spiders
Crawling upon my startled hopes.
Now tho' thy friendly hand has brushed 'em from
Yet still they crawl offensive to my eyes ;
I would have some kind friend to tread upon 'em. Act iv. Sc. 3.
Off with his head! so much for Buckingham! Act iv. Sc. 3.
And the ripe harvest of the new-mown hay
Act v. Sc. 3.
With clink of hammers1 closing rivets up.
1 With busy hammers. - Shakespeare, Henry V., Act iv. Chorus.
No, never be it said.
Perish that thought!
Conscience, avaunt, Richard 's himself again!
A weak invention of the enemy.1
SUSANNAH CENTLIVRE. 1667-1723.
The real Simon Pure.
Act v. Sc. 3.
A Bold Stroke for a Wife. Act v. Sc. 1.
SIR RICHARD STEELE. 1671-1729.
(Lady Elizabeth Hastings.) Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; to love her was a liberal education.2 The Tatler. No. 49.
1 A thing devised by the enemy. — Shakespeare, Richard III, Act v. Sc. 3.
2 Leigh Hunt incorrectly ascribes this expression to Congreve.
JOSEPH ADDISON. 1672 1719.
The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers,
Act i. Sc. I.
Thy steady temper, Portius, Can look on guilt, rebellion, fraud, and Cæsar, In the calm lights of mild philosophy.
Act i. Sc. I. 'T is not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius; we'll deserve it. Act i. Sc. 2. Blesses his stars and thinks it luxury.
Act i. Sc. 4. 'Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism.
Act i. Sc. 4.
Were you with these, my prince, you'd soon forget
A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty
Act ii. Sc. 1.
The woman that deliberates is lost.
Act iv. Sc. 1.
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honour is a private station.
Act iv. Sc. 4.
It must be so
Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror,
Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought!
Act v. Sc. I.
I'm of conjectures,
Act v. Sc. I.