The Gentleman's Pocket Magazine
by George Cruikshank
ISBN 0217626998 (0-217-62699-8)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1829. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... on dissatisfaction. tn almost every stage of a man's life, there appears something wanting to complete his happiness. The mind is ever on the wing in quest of some object, the attainment of which, it is vainly hoped, will produce permanent felicity: but those persons pursue an imaginary pursuit. Were all our wishes gratified, we should feel unhappiness; for nothing, indeed, can be more dreaded, than that state of existence where the mind has nothing to wish; when no charming hopes beguile the hours of life, and no previous solicitude gives the zest to subsequent gratification. The tradesman, who has toiled for years to gain an independence, vainly imagines to enjoy, in the autumn of life, perfect tranquillity. The melody of birds, the fragrance of meadows, the coolness of groves, the ripling of streams, and the charming sight of rural nymphs and swains at their early toil, in anticipation already he enjoys. But view him retired from business; does he now experience those exquisite delights 1 alas! after the novelty is over, his passion for those objects is abated, his mind, accustomed to regular avocations, is now exposed to the ravages of languor, without fondness for books, and destitute of an early fund of information, he now experiences a sensation perfectly new to him--want of employ. Independence proves to him a source of anxiety, and, if it were not for shame, he would relinquish his country seat, and abandon for ever those charms which he fondly thought existed in rural life, for the charming enjoyments of trade, that leave no time unemployed, and which, by its fatigues, like the wand of Morpheus, impart sweet repose. The insufficiency of wordly distinctions to produce happiness, is unquestionable. Though the laurel soon fades on the brow Of the conquero...
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