Madness the Rage; Or, Memoirs of a Man Without a Name ...

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Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-row; and T. Gillet, Crown-court, Fleetstreet, 1810
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Page 138 - But when a man's fancy gets astride on his reason, when imagination is at cuffs with the senses, and common understanding, as well as common sense, is kicked out of doors, the first proselyte he makes is himself...
Page 132 - ... by the other extreme : for they do not appear to me to have lost the faculty of reasoning ; but having joined together some ideas very wrongly, they mistake them for truths, and they err as men do that argue right from wrong principles.
Page 66 - The scenes where ancient bards th' inspiring breath, Ecstatic, felt; and, from this world retir'd, Convers'd with angels and immortal forms, On gracious errands bent: to save the fall Of virtue struggling on the brink of vice ; In waking whispers, and repeated dreams, To hint pure thought, and warn the...
Page 44 - Nature gave us curiosity to excite the industry of our minds ; but she never intended it should be made the principal, much less the sole, object of their application. The true and proper object of this application is a constant improvement in private and in public virtue. An application to any study, that tends neither Erectly nor indirectly to make us better men and better citizens...
Page 44 - ... in this as in most other cases, who are so proud of being rational. We shall neither read to soothe our indolence, nor to gratify our vanity; as little shall we content ourselves to drudge like grammarians and critics, that others may be able to study with greater ease and profit, like philosophers and statesmen ; as little shall we affect the slender merit of becoming great scholars at the expense of groping all our lives in the dark mazes of antiquity.
Page 25 - I shall be pardoned for calling it by so harsh a name as "madness" when it is considered that opposition to reason deserves that name, and is really madness; and there is scarce a man so free from it but that if he should always, on all occasions, argue or do as in some cases he constantly does, would not be thought fitter for Bedlam than civil conversation.
Page 53 - Who, if some Block-head should be willing To lend him on his Soul a Shilling, A well-made bargain would esteem it, And have more sense than to redeem it...
Page 107 - By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap, To pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon, Or dive into the bottom of the deep, Where fathom-line could never touch the ground, And pluck up drowned honor by the locks; So he that doth redeem her thence might wear Without corrival all her dignities: But out upon this half-faced fellowship!
Page 141 - I do not doubt but England is at present as polite a nation as any in the world; but any man who thinks can easily see, that the affectation of being gay and in fashion has very near eaten up our good sense and our religion.
Page 170 - For this reason he regards his expulsion from Rome, as a man would being turned out of Bedlam, if the inhabitants of it should drive him out of their walls as a person unfit for their community. 'We are therefore to look upon every man's brain to be touched, however he may appear in the general conduct of his life, if he has an unjustifiable singularity in any part of his conversation or behaviour : or if he swerves from right reason, however common his kind of madness may be, we shall not excuse...

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