The budget of wit and amusement; being a select collection of anecdotes, bon mots, etc. of celebrated characters including many originals

 
9781231056202: The budget of wit and amusement; being a select collection of anecdotes, bon mots, etc. of celebrated characters including many originals

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. 1812 Excerpt: ...and Latin peels, philosophers, and orators." Alcibiades, one day boasting of his riches, and the great extent of his possessions, Socrates led him to a geographical chart, and asked hivn in what part Attica stood. It took up but a small spot in the map, and little more than a point. Socrates then desired him to shew him all his vast possessions on that map; but he replied, "They are too small to be placed on a general map." "See, then, (remarked Socrates,) what you make such a boast of, and in what you pride yourself so much, is but an imperceptible point of earth." The etiquette of the Spanish court was formerly the most severe of any in Europe. One of their Kings fell a victim to it. Philip III. being newly recovered from a dangerous malady, was sitting near a chimney, in which was so large a fire of wood, that he was almost stifled. Etiquette did not permit him to rise, nor a common domestic to enter. At length the Marquis de Pojar, who was chamberlain, came in, but etiquette forbade his interference; ancFthe Duke of Usseda, master of the household, was sent for. He was gone out; and the flame increased, while the King, rather than violate his dignity, bore it patiently. But his blood was so heated, that the next morning an erysepelas of the head appeared, and a relapse of the fever soon carried him off. When Pyrrhus King of Epirus was preparing for an expedition he had long meditated against the Romans Cyneas, one of his chief favorites, asked him what he proposed to himself by this war?" To conquer the Romans, and reduce all Italy to ©bedience," was the reply.--"What then?" asked Cyneas. "To pass over into Sicily, (answered Pyrrhus) and then all the Sicilians must be Oup subjects. "And what do...

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