Miscellanies of Edward Fitzgerald

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byEdward Fitzgerald

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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.1904 Excerpt: ... Preface to Polonius Few books are duller than books of Aphorisms and Apophthegms. A Jest-book is, proverbially, no joke; a Witbook, perhaps, worse; but dullest of all, probably, is the Moral-book, which this little volume pretends to be. So with men: the Jester, the Wit, and the Moralist, each wearisome in proportion as each deals exclusively in his one commodity. "Too much of one thing," says Fuller, " is good for nothing." Bacon's Apophthegms seem to me the best collection of many men's sayings; the greatest variety of wisdom, good sense, wit, humour, and even simple naivete (as one must call it for want of a native word), all told in a style whose dignity and antiquity (together with perhaps our secret consciousness of the gravity and even tragic greatness of the narrator) add a particular humour to the lighter stories. Johnson said Selden's Table-talk was worth all the French " Ana " together. Here also we find wit, humour, fancy, and good sense alternating, something as one has heard in some scholarly English gentleman's after-dinner talk--the best English common sense in the best common English. It outlives, I believe, all Selden's books; and is probably much better, collected even imperfectly by another, than if he had put it together himself. What would become of Johnson if Boswell had not done as much for his talk? If the Doctor himself, or some of his more serious admirers, had recorded it! And (leaving alone Epictetus, a Kempis, and other Moral aphorists) most of the collections of this nature I 86 have seen are made up mainly from Johnson and the Essayists of the last century, his predecessors and imitators; when English thought and language had lost so much of their vigour, freshness, freedom, and picturesqueness--so much, in short, of their na...

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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.1904 Excerpt: ... Preface to Polonius Few books are duller than books of Aphorisms and Apophthegms. A Jest-book is, proverbially, no joke; a Witbo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217784917

ISBN - 13:9780217784917

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