Historical Lights; Six Thousand Quotations from Standard Histories and Biographies

Historical Lights; Six Thousand Quotations from Standard Histories and Biographies

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...hung up in his parish church as a memorial the one pair of shoes in which he had trudged nine hundred miles.--Knight's Eno., vol. 3, ch. 22, p. 347. 3570. MEMORY, Blunders of. Goldsmith. One relates to a venerable dish of peas, served up at Sir Joshua's table, which should have been green, but were any other color. A wag suggested to Goldsmith, in a whisper, that they should be scut to Hammersmith, as that was the way to turn-em-green (Turnham Green). Goldsmith, delighted with the pun, endeavored to repeat it at Burke's table, but missed the point. "That is the way to make 'em green," said he. Nobody laughed. He perceived he was at fault. "I mean that is the road to turn 'em green." A dead pause and a stare; "whereupon," adds Beauclerc, "he started up disconcerted and abruptly left the table."--Irving's GoldSmith, ch. 34, p. 201. 3571. MEMORY, Excellent. Samuel Johnson. He was uncommonly inquisitive; and his memory was so tenacious that he never forgot anything that he either heard or read. Mr. Hector remembers having recited to him eighteen verses, which, after a little pause, he repeated verbatim, varying only one epithet, by which he improved the line.--Boswell'b Johnson, p. 9. 3572. MEMORY, Extraordinary. Poet Shelley. His powers of memory were extraordinary, and the rapidity with which he read a book, taking in seven or eight lines at a glance, and seizing the sense upon the hint of leading words, was no less astonishing. Impatient speed and indifference to minutiae were indeed among the cardinal qualities of his intellect. To them we may trace not only the swiftness of his imaginative flight, but also his frequent satisfaction with the somewhat less than perfect inartistic execution.--Symonds'...show more

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  • Paperback | 906 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 45mm | 1,583g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236606914
  • 9781236606914