The Works of D. Jonathan Swift: In Nine Volumes, Volume 6

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Dublin printed; and Edinburgh reprinted, for G. Hamilton & J. Balfour, and L. Hunter, at Edinburgh; and A. Stalker, at Glasgow; and sold by them and other booksellers., 1752

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Page 184 - Scenes you have passed, have not been able to attain that one quality peculiar to a great man, of forgetting every thing but injuries. Of this I am a living witness against you ; for being the most insignificant of all your old humble servants, you were so cruel as never to...
Page 175 - I think myself obliged to them all ; some have cured me of my fears, by shewing me how impotent the malice of the world is ; others have cured me of my hopes, by shewing how precarious popular friendships are ; all have cured me of surprize.
Page 177 - ... me does me a great deal of good, and lays me under an obligation to him, which I am not obliged to pay him in another coin : The Fool obliges me to be almoft as much upon my guard as the knave, and he makes me no amends ; he numbs me like the Torpor, or he teazes me like the Fly.
Page 175 - ... as you would be glad to live with, if a dull climate and duller company have not altered you extremely from what you was nine years ago. The hoarse voice of party was never heard in...
Page 174 - Laziness; in defending his own cause he pleads yours, and becomes your Advocate while he appeals to you as his Judge. You will do the...
Page 176 - ... of this kind give me but little trouble ; I contributed nothing to them ; and a friend who breaks with me unjustly, is not worth preserving.
Page 176 - ... me in the affairs of it, and this principle extends my cares but a little way. Perfect Tranquillity is the general...
Page 178 - Your notions of friendship are new to me : I believe every man is born with his quantum ; and he cannot give to one without robbing another.
Page 181 - Lord B. is above trifling : when he writes of any thing in this world, he is more than mortal ; if ever he trifles, it muft be -when he turns a Divine.
Page 178 - I have often endeavoured to establish a friendship among all men of genius, and would fain have it done : they are seldom above three or four contemporaries, and if they could be united, would drive the world before them.

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