By Anthony Hamilton, with notes by Sir Walter Scott

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All day poring over his books, and went

to bed soon

Ambition to pass for a wit, only

established her tiresome

An affectation of purity of manners

As all fools are who have good memories

Better memory for injuries than for


Better to know nothing at all, than to

know too much

Better to partake with another than to

have nothing at all

Busy without consequence

By a strange perversion of language,

styled, all men of honour

Despising everything which  was not

like themselves

Devote himself to his studies, than to

the duties of matrimony

Duke would see things if he could

Embellish the truth, in order to

enhance the wonder

Entreating pardon, and at the same time

justifying her conduct

Envy each other those indulgences which

themselves refuse

Every thing that is necessary is

honourable in politics

Four dozen of patches, at least, and

ten ringlets of hair

Good attendants, but understood

cheating still better

Great earnestness passed for business

Grew so fat and plump that it was a

blessing to see her

Hardly possible for a woman to have

less wit, or more beauty

He had no sentiments but such as others

inspired him with

He talked eternally, without saying


He as little feared the Marquis as he

loved him

His mistress given him by his priests

for penance

How I must hate you, if I did not love

you to distraction

Impenetrable stupidity (passed) for


Impertinent compliments

Life, in his opinion, was too short to

read all sorts of books

Long habit of suffering himself to be

robbed by his domestics

Maxim of all jealous husbands

Never felt the pressure of indigence

Not disagreeable, but he had a serious

contemplative air

Not that he wanted capacity, but he was

too self-sufficient

Obstinate against all other advices

Offended that his good fortune raised

him no rivals

One amour is creditable to a lady

Possessed but little raillery, and

still less patience

Public is not so easily deceived as

some people imagine

Public grows familiar with everything

by habit

Reasons of state assume great


Resolved to renounce the church for the

salvation of my soul

She just said what she ought, and no


So weak as to transform your slave into

your tyrant

Terrible piece of furniture for the

country (educated girl)

The shortest follies are the best

There are men of real merit, or

pretenders to it

They can by no means bear the

inconstancy of their mistresses

Those who open a book merely to find


Very willing to accept, but was tardy

in making returns

Wealth was necessary for the

conveniencies of a long life

What jealousy fears, and what it always


What a glory would it be to have a Cato

for a husband

Would have been criminal even in

chastity to spare (her husband)

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