The Philosophical Dictionary for the Pocket
Thomas Brown, 1765 - 335 pages
First edition in English of Voltaire's 'Dictionnaire philosophique, portatif', which had originally appeared in Geneva under a false London imprint. The book was banned in France, and burned in Geneva.
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Page 261 - I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and on this rock will I build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it...
Page 143 - The fathers have eaten four grapes, " and the children's teeth are fet on edge...
Page 292 - The wrath of a king is as the roaring of a lion ; but his favour is as the dew upon the grass.
Page 32 - Ask a Guinea Negro ; and with him beauty is a greasy black skin, hollow eyes, and a flat nose. Put the question to the devil, and he will tell you, that beauty is a pair of horns, four claws, and a tail.
Page 11 - Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
Page 3 - Otherwise, the land is a good land, and still capable of affording its neighbours the like supplies of corn and oil, which it is known to have done in the time of Solomon.
Page 144 - Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love ; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine.
Page 318 - That house had some distant claim to a province, the last proprietor of which died of an apoplexy. The prince and his council instantly resolve, that this province belongs to him by divine right. The province, which is some hundred leagues from him, protests that it does not so much as know him ; that it is not disposed to be governed by him ; that before prescribing laws to them, their consent, at least, was necessary: these...