Prague Studies in English, Volumes 1-5

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Universita Karlova, 1924 - English philology

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Page 46 - He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers...
Page 40 - So that these four causes concurring, the admiration of ancient authors, the hate of the schoolmen, the exact study of languages, and the efficacy of preaching, did bring in an affectionate study of eloquence and copie of speech, which then began to flourish. This...
Page 40 - Periods and Imitation, and the like. Then did Car of Cambridge and Ascham with their lectures and writings almost deify Cicero and Demosthenes, and allure all young men that were studious unto that delicate and polished kind of learning. Then did Erasmus take occasion to make the scoffing echo, "Decem annos consumpsi in legendo Cicerone"; and the echo answered in Greek One, Asine.
Page 48 - We carry with us the wonders we seek without us: there is all Africa and her prodigies in us; we are that bold and adventurous piece of Nature, which he that studies wisely learns in a compendium what others labour at in a divided piece and endless volume.
Page 47 - ... that general visitation of God, who saw that all that he had made was good, that is, conformable to his will, which abhors deformity, and is the rule of order and beauty. There is no deformity but in monstrosity, wherein, notwithstanding, there is a kind of beauty; nature so ingeniously contriving the irregular parts, as they become sometimes more remarkable than the principal fabric.
Page 160 - Or ce qui les caractérise, ce n'est pas, comme on pourrait le croire, leur qualité propre et positive, mais simplement le fait qu'ils ne se confondent pas entre eux.
Page 49 - If instead of falling foul of the ridiculous person with a satiric rod, to make him writhe and shriek aloud, you prefer to sting him under a semi-caress, by which he shall in his anguish be rendered dubious whether indeed anything has hurt him, you are an engine of Irony.
Page 50 - Denn näher betrachtet, beruht der Humor auf einer subjektiven, aber ernsten und erhabenen Stimmung, welche unwillkürlich in Konflikt geräth mit einer ihr sehr heterogenen, gemeinen Außenwelt, der sie weder ausweichen, noch sich selbst aufgeben kann...
Page 54 - The expulsion of the beautiful from thought, from sentiment, from language; a lawless and a merciless fury for the odd, the disorderly, the grotesque, the violent; strained analogies, unexpected images, pedantries, indelicacies, freaks of allusion, monstrosities of phrase; — these are the traits of Cotton Mather's writing, even as they are the traits common to that perverse and detestable...
Page 29 - A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!' cried a cheerful voice. It was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach. 'Bah!

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