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" Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide... "
Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors - Seite 97
von John Timbs - 1829
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The Poetical Works of John Dryden, Band 1

John Dryden - 1855 - 658 Seiten
...calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands, to boast his wit. Great-wits ate-sure-to madness. .pear allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide ; {Else why should he, with wealth and honour blest, ' ^Refuse his age the needful hours of rest ? Punish a body which he could not please ; Bankrupt...
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Laconics, Or The Best Words of the Best Authors

1856
...he returns home, he buys a seat in parliament, and studies the constitution. — Machenzie. CCCCXCVL Great wits are sure to madness near allied. And thin...bless'd, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest 1 Punish a body which he could not please ; Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease ? And all to leave...
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Studies in English poetry [an anthology] with biogr. sketches and notes by J ...

Joseph Payne - 1856
...sought the storms ; but, for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit. Great wits5 are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions...divide ; Else why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest ? Punish a body which he could not please ; Bankrupt...
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A Collection of Familiar Quotations: With Complete Indices of Authors and ...

John Bartlett - 1856 - 358 Seiten
...its way, Fretted the pigmy body to decay, And o'er informed the tenement of clay. Part i. Line 163.. Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. Part i. Line 169. And all to leave what with his toil he won, To that unfeather'd two-legg'd thing,...
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Observations on the Criminal Responsibility of the Insane: Founded on the ...

Caleb Williams - 1856 - 26 Seiten
...and rendered confinement necessary for the sake of themselves and of others. If it be true, that " Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide," it will be admitted that great depravity stands very much in the same relation to madness. Indeed,...
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Essays Biographical and Critical: Chiefly on English Poets

David Masson - 1856 - 475 Seiten
...high, He sought the storms; but, for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands, to boast his wit. Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide." Or, in the lines which he sent to Tonson the publisher as a specimen of what he could do in the way...
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Half-hours with the freethinkers, ed. by J. Watts, 'Iconoclast', and A. Collins

John Watts - 1857
...his family, in the character of Achitophel : — ' Else why should he, with wealth and honours blest, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest? Punish a...could not please; Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of case. And all to leave what with his toil he won, To that unfeather'd two legg'd thing, a son.' A new...
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Modern English Literature: Its Blemishes and Defects

Henry Hegart Breen - 1857 - 307 Seiten
...unceremoniously purloined as Seneca. From him Dryden has adopted the first line of the well-known couplet : — " Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide." And from Dryden, Pope has transferred the last line to his " Essay on Man," thus : — " What thin...
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Principles of Elocution

Thomas Ewing - 1857 - 412 Seiten
...high He sought the storms, but for a calm unfit, "Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit. Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. In friendship false, implacable in hate, Resolved to ruin or to rule th« state. To compass this the...
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Horace, with Engl. notes by J.E. Yonge, Teil 2

Quintus Horatius Flaccus - 1858
...versus fecit . Satirically made a synonyme for insanit. Cp. Ars Poet. 296. Dryden's lines are famous : Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. Absalom and Ahithopbel. (operis dandis, Cic. Farad, vi.; U understood by many in this sense ; though...
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