A Grammar of the Italian Language: With a Copious Praxis of Moral Sentences. To which is Added an English Grammar for the Use of the Italians

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J. Nourse, 1778 - 448 pages
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Page 297 - ... and quickly shake off their reverence for modes of education, which they find to produce no ability above the rest of mankind. Books, says Bacon, can never teach the use of books.
Page 262 - A transition from an author's book to his conversation, is too often like an entrance into a large city, after a distant prospect. Remotely, we see nothing but spires of temples and turrets of palaces, and imagine it the residence of...
Page 397 - Maestro, che è quel, ch' l' odo? E che gent' è , che par nel dnol sì vinta ? Ed egli a me : questo misero modo Tengon l'anime triste di coloro, • Che visser senza infamia e senza lodo. Mischiate sono a quel cattivo coro Degli angeli, che non furon ribelli, Ne fur fedeli a Dio , ma per se foro.
Page 388 - ... deifies prudence : the youth commits himself to magnanimity and chance. The young man, who intends no ill, believes that none is intended, and therefore acts with openness and...
Page 337 - The utmost excellence at which humanity can arrive, is a constant and determinate pursuit of virtue, without regard to present dangers or advantage ; a continual reference of every action to the Divine will; an habitual appeal to everlasting justice; and an unvaried elevation of the intellectual eye to the reward which perseverance only can obtain.
Page 338 - But that pride which many, who presume to boast of generous sentiments, allow to regulate their measures, has nothing nobler in view than the approbation of men, of beings whose superiority we are under no obligation to acknowledge, and who, when we have courted them with the utmost assiduity...
Page 208 - As may with sweetness, through mine ear, Dissolve me into ecstasies, And bring all Heaven before mine eyes. And may at last my weary age Find out the peaceful hermitage, The hairy gown and mossy cell, Where I may sit and rightly spell Of every star that heaven doth shew, And every herb that sips the dew, Till old experience do attain To something like prophetic strain.
Page 371 - ... is to nail dogs to tables and open them alive ; to try how long life may be continued in various degrees of mutilation, or with the excision or laceration of the vital parts; to examine whether burning irons are felt more acutely by the bone or tendon ; and whether the more lasting agonies are produced by poison forced into the mouth, or injected into the veins.
Page 204 - Let this auspicious day be ever sacred, No mourning, no misfortunes happen on it ; Let it be mark'd for triumphs and rejoicings ! Let happy lovers ever make it holy, Choose it to bless their hopes and crown their wishes ; This happy day, that gives me my Calista...
Page 370 - ... who predicts the fate of battles and breach of alliances; to the usurer, who compares the different funds; and to the talker, who talks only because he loves to be talking.

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