How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition

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Roberts brothers, 1872 - 78 стор.

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Сторінка 34 - Go, wondrous creature! mount where Science guides; Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides; Instruct the planets in what orbs to run, Correct old Time, and regulate the sun; Go, soar with Plato to th...
Сторінка 32 - When we look back upon the havoc which two hundred years have thus made in the ranks of our immortals — and, above all, when we refer their rapid disappearance to the quick succession of new competitors, and the accumulation of more good works than there is time to peruse, — we cannot help being dismayed at the prospect which lies before the writers of the present day.
Сторінка 23 - He who tells a lie, is not sensible how great a task he undertakes ; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
Сторінка 72 - ... on the Spaniards to do it, for he would have all the world to know that an Englishman was only to be punished by an Englishman...
Сторінка 37 - It was this opinion which mitigated kings into companions, and raised private men to be fellows with kings. Without force or opposition, it subdued the fierceness of pride and power; it obliged sovereigns to submit to the soft collar of social esteem, compelled stern authority to submit to elegance, and gave a domination, vanquisher of laws, to be subdued by manners.
Сторінка 37 - All the pleasing illusions which made power gentle and obedience liberal, which harmonized the different shades of life, and which by a bland assimilation incorporated into politics the sentiments which beautify and soften private society, are to be dissolved by this new conquering empire of light and reason.
Сторінка 21 - Mr Speaker, I smell a rat, I see him floating in the air ; but, mark me, I shall yet nip him in the bud.
Сторінка 56 - II OF DEATH MEN fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. Certainly, the contemplation of death, as the wages of sin and passage to another world, is holy and religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto nature, is weak. Yet in religious meditations there is sometimes mixture of vanity and of superstition. You shall read in some of the friars...
Сторінка 34 - He had good reason to believe that the delay was not an accident [accidental], but premeditated, and for supposing [to suppose, or else, for believing, above] that the fort, though strong both by art and naturally [nature], would be forced by the treachery of the governor and the indolent [indolence of the] general to capitulate within a week.
Сторінка 23 - The praise of judgment Virgil has justly contested with him, " but his invention remains yet unrivalled." It is evident, that in order to give the Sentence its due force, by contrasting properly the two capital words,

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