Gems of Great Authors; Or, the Philosophy of Reading and Thinking, Selected by J. Tillotson

Gems of Great Authors; Or, the Philosophy of Reading and Thinking, Selected by J. Tillotson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...in daily life there is no substitute for the charm of simplicity. A vulgar taste is not to be disguised by gold and diamonds. The absence of a true taste and real refinement or delicacy, cannot be compensated for by the possession of the most princely fortune. Mind measures gold, but gold cannot measure mind. Through dress the mind may be read, as through the delicate tissue the lettered page. A modest woman will dress modestly; a really refined and intellectual woman will bear the marks of careful selection and faultless taste. CCCXLIX. Reproof Of Foppery.--Dean Swift was a great enemy to extravagance in dress, and particularly to that distinctive ostentation in the middle classes, which led them to make an appearance above their condition in life. Of his mode of reproving this folly in those persons for whom he had any esteem, the following instance has been recorded: --When George Faulkner, the printer, re turned from London, where he had been, soliciting subscriptions for his edition of the Dean's works, he went to pay his respects to him, dressed in a lace waitcoat, a bag wig, and other fopperies. Swift received him with the same ceremony as if he had been a stranger. "And pray, Sir," said he, "what are your commands with me?" "I thought it was my duty, sir," replied George, " to wait upon you immediately upon my arrival from London." "Pray, sir, who are you?" "George Faulkner, the printer, sir." "You, George Faulkner, the printer? Why, you are the most impudent barefaced scoundrel of an impostor I ever met with! George Faulkner is a plain, sober citizen, and would never trick himself out in lace and other fopperies. Get you gone, you rascal, or I will immediately send you to...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657530X
  • 9781236575302