John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
(continued) Edward Gibbon. (17371794) 4609
On the approach of spring I withdraw without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure.
Memoirs. Vol. i. p. 116. 4610
I was never less alone than when by myself. 1
Memoirs. Vol. i. p. 117.
Thomas Paine. (17371809) 4611
And the final event to himself [Mr. Burke] has been, that, as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.
Letter to the Addressers. 4612
These are the times that try mens souls.
The American Crisis. No. 1. 4613
The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again. 2
Age of Reason. Part ii. note.
John Wolcot. (17381819) 4614
What rage for fame attends both great and small! Better be damned than mentioned not at all.
To the Royal Academicians. 4615
No, let the monarchs bags and others hold The flattering, mighty, nay, al-mighty gold. 3
To Kien Long. Ode iv. 4616
Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt, And every grin so merry draws one out.
Expostulatory Odes. Ode xv.
Note 1. Never less alone than when alone. Samuel Rogers: Human Life. [ back] Note 2. Probably this is the original of Napoleons celebrated mot, Du sublime au ridicule il ny a quun pas (From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step). [ back]
Note 3. See Jonson, Quotation 15. [ back]