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157. oldal - One of the most genial spirits I ever met,' he wrote, ' his conversation is like summer lightning— brilliant, sparkling, but harmless. In his wildest sallies I never heard him give utterance to an unkind thought.
318. oldal - Kilgobhin, and few will read without emotion his allusion to the fact that they were ' written in breaking health and broken spirits. The task that was once my joy and pride, I have lived to find associated with my sorrows. It is not, then, without a cause I say, 'I hope this effort may be my last.
312. oldal - ... very tangible advantages, too — I do not think the present occupants make, the house as pleasant as their fathers did, and for the very simple reason that they never try. "Indifferentism is the tone of the day. No one must be eager, pleased, displeased, interested, or anxious about anything. Life is to be treated as a tiresome sort of thing, but which is far too much beneath one to be thought of seriously — a wearisome performance, which good manners require you should sit out, though nothing...
283. oldal - The agent that acts so favourably with others goes wrong with me. Something or other has been omitted in my temperament, or something has been mixed up with it that ought not to have been there. I cannot tell which. Whatever it be, it renders me incapable of practising that sage and well-regulated economy by which other men secure themselves against difficulties, and " show a surplus" in their-annual balance-sheet.
410. oldal - Thackeray paid Lever the very handsome compliment of saying that he would rather have written Lorrequer's English version of the student song, The Pope he leads a Happy Life, than anything he had himself hitherto done in literature.
228. oldal - With him we encounter no repetitions; all is varied, novel, and interesting as nature herself; and this great master of humour moves us to tears or laughter without the semblance of an effort on his part; and as for those "inexpensive guests...
63. oldal - ... Cheapside, scarce yet the gayer spark Achieves the Sunday triumph of the Park ; Scarce yet you see him, dreading to be late, Scour the New Road and dash through Grosvenor Gate ; Anxious — yet timorous too — his steed to show, The hack Bucephalus of Rotten Row.
417. oldal - No second-rate imitator can write in that way ; no coarse scene-painter can charm us with an allusion so delicate and perfect. But what bitter satire, what relentless dissection of diseased subjects ! Well, and this, too, is right, or would be right, if the savage surgeon did not seem so fiercely pleased with his work. Thackeray likes to dissect an ulcer or an aneurism ; he has pleasure in putting his cruel knife or probe into quivering, living flesh. Thackeray would not like all the world to be...
67. oldal - Cultivate not only the corn-fields of 284 285 the mind, but the pleasure-grounds also,' •was a motto of Dr. Whately's. This cultivation was often a labor rather than a luxury. His hilarity was not always the result of happiness. ' Gay spirits,' he once said, 'are always spoken of as a sign of happiness, though every one knows to the contrary. A cockchafer is never so lively as when a pin is stuck through his tail ; and a hot floor makes Bruin dance.
271. oldal - All the way from the hotel to the Rotunda (a mile), I had to contend against the stream of people who were turned away. When I got there, they had broken the glass in the payboxes, and were offering freely for a stall. Half of my platform had to be taken down, and people heaped in among the ruins. You never saw such a scene.

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