The Mental and Moral Philosophy of Laughter: A Vista of the Ludicrous Side of Life

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Partridge & Oakey, 1852 - 191 страници

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Страница 36 - For, wit lying most in the assemblage of ideas, and putting those together with quickness and variety wherein can be found any resemblance or congruity, thereby to make up pleasant pictures and agreeable visions in the fancy...
Страница 46 - His father hath writ him as his own little story, wherein he reads those days of his life that he cannot remember ; and sighs to see what innocence he has outlived. The elder he grows, he is a stair lower from God ; and like his first father, much worse in his breeches.
Страница 31 - Smite thy bosom, sage, and tell, What is bliss? and which the way?" BOSWELL: "But why smite his bosom, Sir?" JOHNSON: "Why, to shew he was in earnest
Страница 104 - The Baconian constructs a diving-bell, goes down in it, and returns with the most precious effects from the wreck. It would be easy to multiply illustrations of the difference between the philosophy of thorns and the philosophy of fruit, the philosophy of words and the philosophy of works.
Страница 75 - And screams of horror rend the affrighted skies. Not louder shrieks to pitying heaven are cast, When husbands, or when lap-dogs breathe their last; Or when rich China vessels fallen from high, In glittering dust and painted fragments lie! Let wreaths of triumph now my temples twine (The victor cried), the glorious prize is mine!
Страница 30 - So, when two dogs are fighting in the streets, With a third dog one of the two dogs meets, With angry teeth he bites him to the bone, And this dog smarts for what that dog had done.
Страница 52 - OUT upon the calf, I say, Who turns his grumbling head away, And quarrels with his feed of hay Because it is not clover. Give to me the happy mind. That will ever seek and find Something fair and something kind, All the wide world over.
Страница 86 - ... that they support no cathedrals, maintain no pluralists, suffer no non-residence ; nay, the poor benighted creatures are ignorant even of tithes. Not a sheaf, or a lamb, or a pig, or the value of a plough-penny do the hapless mortals render from year's end to year's end ! Piteous as their lot is, what makes it infinitely more touching is to witness the return of good for evil in the demeanour of this wretched race. Under all this cruel neglect of their spiritual concerns, they are actually the...
Страница 112 - To be presented to a Pogram," said Miss Codger, "by a Hominy, indeed, a thrilling moment is it in its impressiveness on what we call our feelings. But why we call them so, or why impressed they are, or if impressed they are at all, or if at all we...
Страница 105 - Turkey carpets, to have been expressly designed not to resemble anything in the heavens above, in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth.