The Critical Review: Or, Annals of Literature, Volume 22

Tobias Smollett
R[ichard]. Baldwin, at the Rose in Pater-noster-Row, 1798

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Page 384 - Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in all Venice. His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff : you shall seek all day ere you find them, and when you have them, they are not worth the search.
Page 291 - NARAYANA, or moving on the waters. " 11. From THAT WHICH is, the first cause, not the object of sense, existing every where in substance, not existing to our perception, without beginning or end, was produced the divine male, famed in all worlds under the appellation of BRAHMA.
Page 265 - His drawings almost rest on this quality alone for their value ; but possessing it in an eminent degree — and as no drawing can have any merit where it is wanting — his works, therefore, in this branch of the art, approach nearer to perfection than his paintings.
Page 290 - ... and the very morals, though rigid enough on the whole, are in one or two instances (as in the case of light oaths and of pious perjury) unaccountably relaxed...
Page 291 - He, having willed to produce various beings from his own divine substance, first with a thought created the waters, and placed in them a productive seed...
Page 290 - Veda, prove the author to have adored (not the visible material sun, but) that divine and incomparably greater light, to use the words of the most venerable text in the Indian scripture, which illumines all, delights all, from which all proceed, to which all must return, and which alone can irradiate (not our visual organs merely, but our souls and) our intellects.
Page 277 - ... their number be fully adequate to the work which they have to perform ; but let it not be swelled either from a love of parade or from blind indulgence, to an extent which is needless. In those ranks of life where the mind is not accustomed to continued reflection, idleness is a neverfailing source of folly and of vice. Forget not to indulge them, at fit seasons, with visits to their friends.
Page 82 - He is sometimes skittish and playful, and once ran away from me: you will hardly believe it, but there were more than fifty people after him, attempting in vain to stop him ; yet he turned back of himself, and never stopped till he ran his head kindly into my bosom.
Page 265 - This produced the ufual effects • — improved the picture for two or three months ; then ruined it for ever ! With all his excellence in this branch of the art, he was a great...
Page 9 - I have received from them, and the deep impression which the extraordinary mark they have now given me of their approbation and affection has made upon my mind, will be a source of perpetual consolation in my decline of life, under the pressure of bodily infirmities, which made it my duty to retire.

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