A Club Of One; Passages From The Note-book Of A Man Who Might Have Been Sociable

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byAddison Peale Russell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...busy about her hunting. But for every day's diligence in my library I do believe I should not myself be able to survive. Nothing but my books could enable me to endure my distresses. There is a story of a gentleman who was under close confinement in the Bastile seven years; A,tory of J tht BastUt. during which time he amused himself with scattering a few small pins about his chamber, gathering them up again, and placing them in different figures on the arm of a great chair. He often told his friends afterwards that unless he had found out this piece of employment, he verily believed he should have lost his senses. Sir Astley Cooper, when in re-,.,,, Coopcr. tirement, satiated with wealth and honors, is described as looking over the trees of his park with a conviction that some day he should hang himself from one of them. He had spent his life in routine work, and it was too late to educate his mind to anything else. Ennui, as Madame Roland defines it, is the disease of hearts without feeling, and of minds without resources. A writer in the London Spectator calls it a mental low fever. It has also been defined to be an afflicting sensation for want idUntuthe of a sensation. Whatever it is, idleness is cause of mnui. the prime cause of it. Montaigne relates that when once walking in the fields he was accosted by a beggar of Herculean frame, who solicited alms. " Are you not ashamed to beg?" said the philosopher, with a frown,--" you who are so palpably able to work? " " Oh, sir," was the sturdy knave's drawling rejoinder, " if you only knew how lazy I am! " Jeremy Taylor said to a lady of his acquaintance, who had been very neglectful of the education of ner son, " Madam, if you do not choose to fill your boy's head with something, believe me, the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...busy about her hunting. But for every day's diligence in my library I do believe I should not myself be able to survive...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217149030

ISBN - 13:9780217149037

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