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" Alas, I cannot see in the dark; nature has not furnished me with the optics of a cat. Must I pore upon mathematics? Alas, I cannot see in too much light; I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four farthings... "
The Quarterly Review - Seite 6
1854
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Journal of Social Science, Bände 30-31

1892
...very possible," he wrote to his friend West, from English Cambridge, in 1736,—"it is very possible that two and two make four; but I would not give four...of life, give me the amusements of it. The people around me, it seems, know all this, and more; and yet I do not know one of them who inspires me with...
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Selections from the Poetry and Prose of Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray - 1894 - 179 Seiten
...mathematics? Alas, I cannot see in too much light; I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and 15 two make four, but I would not give four farthings...yet I do not know one of them who inspires me with 20 any ambition of being like him. Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known by...
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English Men of Letters, Band 11

John Morley - 1894
...For such learning Gray had neither taste nor patience. " It is very possible," he writes to West, " that two and two make four, but I would not give four...the profits of life, give me the amusements of it." His account of the low condition of classic learning at Cambridge we must take with a grain of salt....
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The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray: English and Latin

Thomas Gray - 1894 - 319 Seiten
...able to give himself up to his friends and classical companions. "It is very possible," he writes, "that two and two make four, but I would not give...clearly; and if these be the profits of life, give me tlio amusements of it. The people I behold all around me, it seems, know all this and more, and yet...
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Studies in Some Famous Letters ...

John Cann Bailey - 1899 - 308 Seiten
...I pore upon mathematics ? Alas! I cannot see in too much light—I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...the profits of life, give me the amusements of it." We get a fairly good idea of one side of Gray from this; but we may add to it a more complete portrait...
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The Letters of Thomas Gray: Including the Correspondence of Gray and ..., Band 1

Thomas Gray - 1900
..."a renegade Dominican friar." See Mason's note on letter xiii. infra. no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...who inspires me with any ambition of being like him. Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known by the name of Babylon, that the prophet...
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English Men of Letters: Pope, by Leslie Stephen, 1900; Johnson by Leslie ...

1900
...taste nor patience. " It is very possible," he writes to West, " that two and two make four, but 1 would not give four farthings to demonstrate this...the profits of life, give me the amusements of it." His account of the low condition of classic learning at Cambridge we must take with a grain of salt....
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Architects of English Literature: Biographical Sketches of Great Writers ...

Robert Farquharson Sharp - 1900 - 326 Seiten
...mathematics, which were so much insisted upon, he had no taste. " It is very possible," he wrote, " that two and two make four, but I would not give four farthings to demonstrate this ever so clearly." His delicate health made it additionally difficult for him to shake off the depression he felt amongst...
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On the Nationalisation of the Old English Universities

Lewis Campbell - 1901 - 306 Seiten
...letter to West in December, 1736, is perhaps not too familiar for quotation : — " It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...who inspires me with any ambition of being like him. Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known by the name of Babylon, that the prophet...
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Some XVIII Century Men of Letters: Biographical Essays, Band 2

Whitwell Elwin - 1902
...the Review.] 3 [To George Montagu ; Walpole's Letters, ed. Cunningham, vol. ip 15.] AT CAMBRIDGE 453 the determination not to take a degree. " It is very...them who inspires me with any ambition of being like him."1 Contempt of knowledge is always based upon ignorance. In his riper manhood he regretted his...
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