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11 November 2014
An ancient prophecy ... pronounced, That the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it!
11 November 2014
Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
11 November 2014
Dr. Calder [a Unitarian minister] said of Dr. [Samuel] Johnson on the publications of Boswell and Mrs. Piozzi, that he was like Actaeon, torn to pieces by his own pack.
11 November 2014
Two clergymen disputing whether ordination would be valid without the imposition of both hands, the more formal one said, "Do you think the Holy Dove could fly down with only one wing?"
11 November 2014
Shakespeare had no tutors but nature and genius. He caught his faults from the bad taste of his contemporaries. In an age still less civilized Shakespeare might have been wilder, but would not have been vulgar.
11 November 2014
I have sometimes seen women, who would have been sensible enough, if they would have been content not to be called women of sense—but by aiming at what they had not, they only proved absurd—for sense cannot be counterfeited.
11 November 2014
How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
11 November 2014
Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
11 November 2014
[French] authors are more afraid of offending delicacy and rules, than ambitious of sublimity.
11 November 2014
When Lady Mary Tufton married Dr. Duncan, an elderly physician, Mr. George Selwyn said, "How often will she say with Macbeth 'Wake, Duncan, with thy knocking—would thou couldst!'"

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