Modern Anecdotes: A Treasury of Wise and Witty Sayings of the Last Hundred Years

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William Davenport Adams
Hamilton, Adams, 1886 - Anecdotes - 276 pages

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Page 168 - The spirit that I have seen May be the devil : and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, — As he is very potent with such spirits, — Abuses me to damn me: I'll have grounds More relative than this: — the play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
Page 243 - During the years of scarcity at the end of the last and beginning of the present century...
Page 176 - Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpassed, The next in majesty, in both the last. The force of Nature could no farther go ; To make a third she joined the former two.
Page 41 - ... the necessary ablutions. Nor did he change his linen more frequently than he washed himself. Complaining one day to Dudley North that he was a martyr to the rheumatism, and had ineffectually tried every remedy for its relief, " Pray, my lord," said he, " did you ever try a clean shirt?
Page 20 - I assure you/ replied Hook, with a gravity that must have been almost preternatural, ' it has been I know so reported in the country, but without the least foundation in fact; those rascally newspapers will say anything.
Page 96 - A woman, having a settlement, married a man with none ; The question was, he being dead, if that she had was gone. Quoth Sir John Pratt : ' Her settlement suspended did remain, Living the husband ; but, him dead, it doth revive again.
Page 173 - Minister as capable of sleeping while he ruined his country — the latter only complained how cruel it was to be denied a solace which other criminals so often enjoyed, that of having a night's rest before their fate.
Page 77 - Prithee," said my lord judge, "how came that in ?" " Why, if it please you, my lord, your name is Bacon, and mine is Hog, and in all ages Hog and Bacon have been so near kindred, that they are not to be separated." " Ay, but," replied judge Bacon, "you and I cannot be kindred except you be hanged ; for Hog is not Bacon until it be well hanged.
Page 202 - Monk Lewis was a great favourite at Oatlands. One day after dinner, as the Duchess was leaving the room, she whispered something into Lewis's ear. He was much affected, his eyes filling with tears. We asked what was the matter. " Oh," replied Lewis, " the Duchess spoke so very kindly to me! " — " My dear fellow," said Colonel Armstrong,* " pray don't cry; I daresay she didn't mean it.
Page 70 - I was about to state the fact and my reasons. Kenyon, however, broke in upon me, and, with some warmth, stated that I was always so obstinate, there was no dealing with me. ( Nay/ interposed Thurlow, ( that's not fair. You, Taffy, are obstinate, and give no reasons ; you, Jack Scott, are obstinate, too ; but then you give your reasons, and d — d bad ones they are...

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