The Life of Richard Porson, M. A.: Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge from 1792 to 1808

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Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861 - 431 oldal

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171. oldal - ... of one opinion, and making that opinion a truism which is accepted by all enlightened men, even though they have not themselves examined the evidence on which it rests. Thus, if any one in a company of ordinarily educated persons were to deny the motion of the earth, or the circulation of the blood, his statement would be received with derision, though it is probable that some of his audience would be unable to demonstrate the first truth, and that very few of them could give sufficient reasons...
130. oldal - To each his sufferings : all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan ; The tender for another's pain, The unfeeling for his own. Yet, ah ! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would destroy their paradise. No more ; — where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.
50. oldal - Read Homer once, and you can read no more ; For all books else appear so mean, so poor, Verse will seem prose : but still persist to read. And Homer will be all the books you need.
27. oldal - Muse's steed, Restrain his fury then provoke his speed : The winged courser, like a generous horse, Shows most true mettle when you check his course Those rules of old, discover'd, not devis'd, Are nature still, but nature methodiz'd : Nature, like liberty, is but restrain'd By the same laws which first herself ordain'd.
344. oldal - ... and all the ornaments and furniture carried away. In this edifice it was determined I should lodge. The great gate fronting to the north was about four feet high, and almost two feet wide, through which I could easily creep.
104. oldal - Whatever concern this may give me for myself, it gives me none for the public. I trust there are at least twenty or thirty in the University equally able and willing to undertake the office; possessed, many, of talents superior to mine, and all of a more complying conscience. This I speak upon the supposition that the next Greek Professor will be compelled to read lectures : but if the place remains a sinecure, the number of qualified persons will be greatly increased. And though it were even granted,...
153. oldal - The next had all the cunning of a Scot ; The third invention, genius — nay, what not ? Fraud, now exhausted, only could dispense To her fourth son their threefold impudence.
373. oldal - I am quite satisfied if, three hundred years hence, it shall be said that one Porson lived towards the close of the eighteenth century, who did a good deal for the text of Euripides.
102. oldal - SIR, — When I first received the favour of your letter, I must own that I felt rather vexation and chagrin than hope and satisfaction. I had looked upon myself so completely in the light of an outcast from Alma Mater, that I had made up my mind to have no farther connexion with the place.
307. oldal - Ma'am, you carry all before you ; Trust me, Lichfield swan, you do. MISS SEWARD. Ode didactic, epic, sonnet, Mr. Hayley you're divine. MR. HAYLEY. Ma'am, I'll take my oath upon it. You yourself are all the nine ! A PIPE OF TOBACCO, IN IMITATION OF SIX SEVERAL AUTHORS, BY ISAAC HAWKINS BROWNE, ESQ.

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