The Book of Human Character, Volume 2

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Contents

Who speak Truth for ignoble Ends 12 Who preserve Friendship with both Parties
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Lovers of Power
21
Conformers to the Taste of Others 15 Who never interfere with other Mens Concerns
25
Where Politeness is altered by the mention of Money
26
Who ask Advice without telling all the Circumstances
27
Rienzi 19 Who waste by Littles
28
Seals 21 Who prefer one Bird in the Hand to two in the Bush
29
Who never reward those they approve
30
Who are careless of Futurity 24 Who in Success wear new Faces
31
Who are always concerning themselves about the Future
32
On comparing Conditions
33
Who waste great Powers on subordinate Subjects
34
Who are true to the Word but false to the Spirit
35
Intriguers
36
Who bear patiently
37
Who sacrifice Great to Little
38
Who yield all Things to gain one Point
39
Who are slow to begin and difficult to execute
40
Who stand alone
41
Men of mere Plausibility
42
Who have Strength and no Power to communicate
43
Who keep the best Gun till the last
44
Who are active in driving Others
45
Noble Enemies
46
Heroic Untruths
47
Pope Alexander VI Borgia and Louis XI
49
Who doubt Veracity
50
Lord Townsend and Lord Granville
51
Who act unwisely on a great Mans Lesson
52
Who cannot confine themselves to one Object
53
Who bear evil Accidents with Propriety
54
Who act for Years contrary to their own Opinions 56 The Patient
56
Who cut Webs of their own spinning
57
Who can adopt Words to Occasions
58
The obsequious and treacherous
59
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60
Who will not be
61
Who let others dictate
62
Who take middle Courses
63
Who seldom return Bows
64
Roundabout Questioners
77
Who appear well prepared when they are not
83
Who resemble the Minstrels of Illyria
89
14
91
Who do only one Thing at a Time
95
Who acknowledge the Superiority of their Rivals
101
Who fasten Motives on their Rivals they never dreamed
107
Mountains in labour
114
Whose first Thoughts are best
118
Lovers and Haters of History
124
15
136
Sic vos non vobis
179
Lorenzo de Medici
186
25
187
Characters which remind us of certain pictorial Sketches
192
Who sink into Contempt after they have succeeded
198
The House of Savoy
205
Who are always in a Bustle
211
How some Persons are swayed
214
Who gain Popularity by Courtesy
215
Whose first Thoughts are best
217
Three illustrative instances of Promotion
218
Who worship Success as a God
219
Who know not the extent of their Success
221
Who fancy the Just can never succeed
222
Who exercise Cunning in proposing Accusations
223
Whose Castles are supported by Vices
224
Who are tried almost beyond their Strength
225
Men of CreditMen of Character
226
Who have power to take Advantage of unfavourable Circumstance
227
Who are defective in obvious Things
229
Who expect Wheat from Chaff
230
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231
Who excel and yet do not accomplish all they propose to themselves
232
Who forget the main Points
233
Who are unequal
234
Who carry every Thing to Extremity
236
Marplots
237
Who attempt to catch Birds with Chaff
240
Success of some compared to Kites
241
Sallust in regard to Success
242
Who cannot stay long in a Place
243
Ferdinand I of Spain
244
Who never forsake their Sphere of Business
246
Who injure their own Causes
251
Who can soar or sit
252
Who contract their Wants
253
Whose Cunning declares its Imbecility
254
Who change their Skins as it were
256
207 Brawlers for Equality
258
Syllas Confession
264
Men of Artifice
271
Who have many Methods of ensuring similar Purposes
277
Who are tried beyond their Strength
283
Admirers of small Things
289
Who are easily ruined
295
Mirabeau
303
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313
Cardinal Richelieu Cardinal of Lorraine and Cardinal
319
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323
Who detest Opposition
325
Too great for Monuments
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Page 324 - Yet he who reigns within himself, and rules Passions, desires, and fears, is more a king; Which every wise and virtuous man attains : And who attains not, ill aspires to rule Cities of men, or headstrong multitudes, Subject himself to anarchy within, Or lawless passions in him which he serves...
Page 75 - Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great; With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the stoic's pride, He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest; In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer; Born but to die, and...
Page 261 - AH ! who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar; Ah! who can tell how many a soul sublime Has felt the influence of malignant star, And waged with Fortune an eternal war; Check'd by the scoff of Pride, by Envy's frown, And Poverty's unconquerable bar, In life's low vale remote has pined alone, Then dropt into the grave, unpitied and unknown...
Page 204 - Others more mild, Retreated in a silent valley, sing With notes angelical to many a harp Their own heroic deeds and hapless fall By doom of battle ; and complain that fate ' Free virtue should enthrall to force or chance.
Page 16 - Seasons" wonders that he never saw before what Thomson shows him, and that he never yet has felt what Thomson impresses.
Page 260 - Ye fields, where summer spreads profusion round ; Ye lakes, whose vessels catch the busy gale; Ye bending swains, that dress the flowery vale ; For me your tributary stores combine : Creation's heir, the world, the world is mine.
Page 237 - These are the forgeries of jealousy: And never, since the middle summer's spring, Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead, By paved fountain or by rushy brook, Or in the beached margent of the sea, To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind, But with thy brawls thou hast disturb'd our sport.
Page 115 - Behold, ye pilgrims of this earth, behold! See all but man with unearned pleasure gay ! See her bright robes the butterfly unfold, Broke from her wintry tomb in prime of May. What youthful bride can equal her array? Who can with her for easy pleasure vie? From mead to mead with gentle wing to stray, From flower to flower on balmy gales to fly, Is all she has to do beneath the radiant sky.
Page 286 - If chance the radiant sun with farewell sweet Extend his evening beam, the fields revive, The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings.
Page 76 - The proper study of mankind is man. Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride, He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest; In doubt to deem himself a God, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer...

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