Sketches from the Diary of a Commercial Traveller

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J. Masters, 1847 - 264 páginas
 

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Página 36 - ... limit of becoming mirth, I never spent an hour's talk withal. His eye begets occasion for his wit ; For every object that the one doth catch The other turns to a mirth-moving jest, Which his fair tongue, conceit's expositor, Delivers in such apt and gracious words, That aged ears play truant at his tales, And younger hearings are quite ravished ; So sweet and voluble is his discourse.
Página 256 - ... and who, having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his hands on ! — If this won't turn out something, — another will ;— no matter, — 'tis an...
Página 256 - What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests his heart in everything, and who, having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing that he can fairly lay his hands on.
Página 97 - Though based upon self-interest, yet it is the most enlightened and benevolent form which the projects of self-interest ever took. It is, in fact, in a limited sense, and a practicable method, the agreement of a community to consider the goods of its individual members as common. It is an agreement that those whose fortune it shall be to have more than average success, shall resign the overplus in favour of those who have less.
Página 209 - The cause was then submitted to the jury, which returned a verdict for the plaintiff for the full amount of the policy, $5,000, with interest, upon which judgment was duly entered for the plaintiff, and the defendant brings error.
Página 216 - Master," it is not possible to contrive any plan of abridgment of labour, or of husbanding time, which, whilst this grand obstacle exists, can be effectually useful. How often have we seen a young man, anxious to erect a character on the progress of his scholars, strive and struggle from nine in the morning till five or six in the evening, under this oppressive load of duty, and yet be compelled, after all, to leave unaccomplished much of what his pupils were capable of performing, merely from his...
Página 186 - ... laughing at or ridiculing the weakness or infirmities of others by way of diverting a company.
Página 97 - It is an agreement that those whose fortune it shall be to have more than average success, shall resign the overplus in favour of those who have less. The certainty is the only thing bargained for. Trade and speculation might have realized greater results ; trade and speculation might have realized ruin ! The man who is dependent upon his daily exertions for the support of his family, must feel that the comfort of his own family is dependent for its continuance upon his continued existence. Existence...
Página 139 - Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes ; I should have found in some part of my soul A drop of patience : but, alas ! to make me A fixed figure, for the hand of scorn To point his slow unmoving finger at...
Página 243 - Saracenic head and ponderous double chin ; apparently fed up with smoking, drinking bitter beer, and better beverages, with a broad Pecksniff sort of frill always oozing from his waistcoat, a smirk always upon his countenance, too doubtful to have the credit of sincerity ; an oily, soft sawder, Sam Slick sort of tongue; a wheezy, self-satisfied, but suppressed horse-laugh; and one general mode of reception for all arrivers. And this habit compels him, parrot-like, to repeat, in a whining, insincere...

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